Pardon the Bushism. The CPC’s spin regarding the oil crowding out grain shipments by rail must be inspired by Dubya.
@saskboy @LHubich That’s an odd argument. Isn’t grain literally the food?— Stefani Langenegger (@SLangeneggerCBC) March 07, 2014
Elizabeth May provides some sanity on the issue.
“The current rail cars used for shipping hazardous materials are not safe. Both the US and Canadian Railway Safety Boards have ruled that the DOT111 cars are unsafe, needing upgrading and replacement.”
The insanity is underneath, from Joan Crockatt.
March 6, 2014 For Immediate Release
Oil and gas putting food on (Read more…)
Greece signs an excellent deal for supply of gas from Russia. The deal is signed somewhere between Feb 9 and Feb 26. Now read the news items below and wonder if a Tom Clancy wannabe is gonna write a book on the how, the why and the when…. only this time round, it won’t be fiction.
From Reuters via Downstream dated Feb 26, 2014
…Greece’s natural gas distributor DEPA has clinched a new gas supply deal with Russian energy giant Gazprom, which includes a 15 percent price cut backdated to last July, Greece’s energy ministry said on Tuesday.
The new agreement extends a current deal between the two companies by 10 years to 2026, the energy ministry said in a statement, confirming what sources told Reuters last week…..
From Reuters via Downstream dated Feb 26, 2014:
…Fire Breaks Out at Lukoil’s Stavrolen Petrochemical Plant in S. Russia.
- A fire broke out at Lukoil’s petrochemical plant in the southern Russian city of Budyonnovsk, wounding some, a local Emergency Ministry said on Wednesday.
The Emergency Ministry said the fire broke out after a loss of pressure in the ethylene section of the Stavrolen plant in Russia’s southern region of Stavropol. It did not say how many people were injured.
A spokeswoman for Lukoil declined to comment….
From Reuters via Downstream dated Feb 28, 2014:
…The European Union could extend financial aid to Ukraine to overhaul its gas pipeline network, the bloc’s Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said.
Ukraine is an important transit pipeline route for Russian natural gas supplies to Europe and current political tensions there follow the government’s decision to spurn a pact with the EU in favour of closer ties with Russia.
“We are prepared to help with the overhaul of the gas pipeline network of Ukraine,” Oettinger said. “This involves a high triple digit million euros sum.”
Oettinger’s comments, confirmed by the European Commission on Friday, were made in an interview with German magazine Focus.
Commission spokeswoman Sabine Berger said the executive was “acting as a facilitator for the international financial institutions to provide the necessary loans” to help modernise Ukraine’s ageing infrastructure.
Ukraine stunned the EU by spurning a trade deal in November and President Viktor Yanukovich’s decision to side instead with Russia triggered mass protests, which led to his ouster…….
….Fire hits at Tatarstan refinery An investigation is under way into a fire that broke out on Mar. 3 at TAIF Group’s 7 million tonne/year Nizhnekamsk refinery in Tatarstan, Russia…..
From Reuters via Downstream dated March 4, 2014
….Russia’s Nizhnekamsk Refinery to Halt Gasoline Output After Fire.
Repairing damage caused by a fire at the gasoline production unit of the Nizhnekamsk refinery will likely take at least two months and probably stop production, Russia’s Emergency Ministry and an industry source said on Tuesday.
The Emergency Ministry for the Russian region of Tatarstan said on its website that a fire broke out on Monday at one of the units at the refinery, part of Russian mid-sized oil producer Tatneft.
The fire caused no injuries and was put out the same evening, it said.
An industry source said diesel production was unaffected.
The refinery refined 8.26 million tonnes of oil and produced 579,100 tonnes of gasoline and 2.05 million tonnes of diesel last year, according to the Energy Ministry.
Gasoline from the refinery is consumed domestically.
Production of naphtha, exports of which reached around 1.77 million tonnes last year, was unaffected, the industry source said……..
Obama and Kerry have both told Russia there will be consequences for their actions in the Ukraine. The question is “what consequences?” The only thing the West can do which would really hurt Russia and Putin is strong financial sanctions: freeze Russian accounts, institute a trade embargo, etc—the full Iran treatment. The problem is that [...]
At least 2 Weyburn City Councillors were not duped by anti-Wind propaganda that afflicts many municipalities. There’s probably no bylaw against this family running a noisy, polluting diesel generator in their backyard, contributing to poor health of their neighbours. I’d have to reason that the neighbour(s) who complained about this windmill isn’t very bright. The […]
As scientists have demonstrated in the past, the strip mining and tailing ponds employed on a Mordorific scale in northern Alberta are polluting ground and river waters. Sorry #tarsand shills, but turns out you’ve been lying all along when you’ve said that areas surrounding the tarsands are not being polluted. You may have to be […]
The derailment of an oil train in Lac Mégantic last year killed 47 people and spilled millions of litres of crude oil into the town. Since then, a number of other fuel trains have derailed. Yet transportation companies insist that it’s safe to move dangerous goods by rail. Roger Annis has been researching the expansion of the oil-by-rail industry. He speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams.
The controversial Keystone XL pipeline has received a big bolster of support by a US State Department report finding that the pipeline won’t create a significant increase in greenhouse gases, effectively ensuring that Barack Obama will OK the proposal. A huge amount of momentum in the environmental movement was tied up in this project and it should rightly be thought of as a significant loss in the fight. However, for a variety of reasons, pipelines are simply not the best elements of our society for the environmental movement to target and it is a mistake, I think, to have (Read more…)
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This past October 2013, I was walking with many of my family, friends who were mostly children on a historic walk to create awareness about an oil spill by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL). The spill started in May 2013 near Cold Lake, Alberta within Treaties 6 and 8 territories. To this day, CNRL still has no idea how to stop it.
To start things off, let me quickly make mention of Neil Young and his current efforts to bring more attention to the oil sands and first nation rights. Good on ya Neil! It is about time someone with some international clout got on board to make Harper sweat a little, even though in a few weeks the media will probably pretend this intervention or concert never happened…anyways moving on.
Individuals who work out west in the oil sands are hard working people, they often times leave their families to work long hours and get all dirty just so a (Read more…)
Inspired by this headline: http://www.pressprogress.ca/en/post/neil-young-keeps-rockin-conservatives-world
PLASTER ROCK, N.B. – A CN freight train carrying crude oil and propane derailed Tuesday night in a sparsely populated region of northwestern New Brunswick, forcing the evacuation of about 50 to 60 people after a fire that the rail […]
The fifties and sixties were a crazy time when it came to nuclear bombs. Half the population was trying to build shelters to get away from them, and half saw them as the wave of the future. Some of that second half came up with a great idea – nuke Cana…
Baytex Energy wells near Peace River come under fire
Political cartoonist Gareth Lind takes a satirical approach to the ongoing pipeline debate
Our lying Prime Minister felt betrayed and angry, and … deceived?
The scheme only became public after a CTV news report on the evening of May 14.
The next morning, said Harper, he met with Wright, the successful Toronto financier he had brought to Ottawa in 2010 to be his right-hand man.
“He told me what he had done,” said Harper.
“I think, to be frank, my first series of reactions were probably in the realm of more stunned and disbelief.
“I, for the life of me, still can’t figure out – I don’t think anybody can figure out – (Read more…)
The National Energy Board joint review panel examining the $6.5-billion Enbridge Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline will release its report and recommendation Thursday afternoon on whether the project should be built. The 1,177-kilometre pipeline would transport oilsands crude from northern Alberta […]
Why? Why? Releasing these hypocrites will mean they will make their way to other countries where they know they can bully without being thrown in the slammer. Will they ever make their way to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Libya, Algeria and other Musl…
OTTAWA — Transport Canada was warned in an internal audit seven years ago that Quebec, the Prairies and the North — the sites of some recent high-profile railway accidents — had the highest rates of non-compliance with federal rules surrounding […]
OTTAWA — As the federal government continues to lobby for more access to Europe and the United States to sell Canada’s oil and other natural resources, an internal analysis reveals that senior bureaucrats see few opportunities for growth in these […]
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper said some rules were broken in the Lac-Megantic runaway train disaster, but he rejected opposition accusations Thursday that his government had ignored warning signs that led to the fatal tragedy. Pressed by NDP Leader […]
OTTAWA — The NDP will roll out details of its “pan-Canadian” energy plan Wednesday — a plan focused on sustainability, partnerships with provinces and First Nations communities and long-term prosperity, Postmedia News has learned. Leader Tom Mulcair is expected to […]
IMO, Mark Jaccard is a piece of shit. What are the bets that this guy’s bank balance has been made heavier by those who are doing their best to keep Canada from becoming one of the strongest nations in oil production?
….A former Harper government appointee used a keynote speech at a Washington event Monday to trample Canadian authorities’ message on oil pipelines while describing the country as an environmental “rogue state.”…..
……Jaccard, an adviser to different governments and a professor at B.C.’s Simon Fraser University, said he doesn’t want the oilsands shut down — he just doesn’t want them to grow.
“On climate, Canada is a rogue state,” Jaccard said.
“It’s accelerating the global tragedy … The U.S. government should reject Keystone XL and explain to the Canadian government that it hopes to join with Canada (on a global climate plan).”
That message stands in sharp contrast to that of the Canadian government, which has spent millions to publicize the benefits to both countries of developing the oilsands.
Jaccard was the headline speaker at a summit tied to a well-connected Democratic donor, the so-called “green billionaire” Tom Steyer, and attended by a number of U.S. media outlets…..
November 16 was the national Defend our Climate day of action. There were 130 events across the country to oppose the Alberta tar sands and the pipelines that carry the oil. Ben West is a campaigner with ForestEthics. He talks about why so many people …
As I predicted back in September, the Mulcair NDP has wasted no time in demonstrating that the “Love is better than anger” NDP is long gone, as Mulcair candidates in the by-elections (particularly Toronto Centre) have spared no opportunity in launching angry attacks on the third-party Liberals.
Mulcair’s candidate in Toronto Centre, Linda McQuaig has been negative from day one, attacking the Liberal candidate for not being “from” Toronto (an interesting strategy in a riding with one of the largest population of New Canadians in the country and not one I really thought worked well for the NDP against Glen Murray (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Why not a McQuaig vs. Mulcair debate on natural resource development?
Italy wanted Gadhafi dead, right? So, it’s only fitting that they should suffer the consequences of their shortsightedness.
…. Protesters have blocked access to a major gas terminal in Libya, the head of Italian oil and…
but only if peace comes back to the hellholes around it. Like somebody said recently, the fiasco with Syria is also to do with oil and gas pipelines and only those pulling the strings on entire nations, have access to the master pla…
I blame the government for anything and everything that is a mess with Native Indians, their protests, their lifestyle, education, standard of living,etc.etc. just like I blame the government for anything and everything that is a mess because of shariah-desiring Muslim immigrants. Why? I’ll tell you why … at least in the case of Indians. The other problem is an ongoing, never-ending subject of almost all my posts at this blog.
If the Canadian government, both provincial and federal, had not let the Ontario Indians rampage for months on end in Calendonia without lifting a finger to either arrest the hooligans or draw up a law to prevent them from harassing citizens of Caledonia, the Indians would be wary of trying similar tricks that we see today in New Brunwick.
If the Canadian government had stopped giving free money to the Indians and instead made them work for their money and invested our taxpayers’ money in more programs to get them to educate themselves, got social workers visiting their reservations every single day to check on their young people to prevent the rampant incest and human trafficking going unabated in those communities ….. instead of sending taxpayers’ money overseas to other countries …. perhaps a bigger percentage of the Indian community would have bettered themselves.
We have a government in place to protect the laws of the country which laws were put in place for the sole purpose of protecting the citizens and the citizens’ property from just such troublemakers. So, why didn’t the cursed Dalton McGuinty, the ex-premier of Ontario do his duty? Liberals can never answer difficult questions and Conservatives have never learnt how to keep repeating the questions until they are answered truthfully. The losers in these situations are always the ordinary people like us.
When a gardener is blind to small unwelcome shoots showing up where they shouldn’t and neglects to uproot and destroy the potentially thorny poisonous growths, then the gardener deserves to have his prized orchids infested with a bacteria that can spread to the rest of the garden. Such willfully blind gardeners, in a world not gone blind on the whole, would be fired or thrown in prison and the keys dropped in the deepest end of the ocean. Sadly for all us commonsense citizens, our world has gone crazy and our crazy gardeners in the halls of power are in charge of our crazy world.
In my opinion, the biggest mistake made with regard to the Indian issue was the fiasco in Ontario. That and that alone has lead to what’s happening now in New Brunswick and spreading to other places.
From CanadianPress via YahooNews:
Tensions at a shale gas protest in Rexton, N.B., remained high on Saturday as a small group of protesters seized vehicles and equipment from two news agencies while others blocked a highway.
Jim Haskins, news director for Global News in New Brunswick, said journalist Laura Brown was at the site of an ongoing shale gas protest around noon when about five protesters confronted another media outlet and seized a vehicle on Route 134.
Haskins said Brown got into her vehicle and locked the door, but was threatened by the protesters.
“They knocked on the window and demanded that she get out of the vehicle and leave it,” said Haskins. “At first she refused, but the situation she felt was unsafe and unstable so reluctantly she locked the vehicle, left and started walking away.
RCMP Const. Jullie Rogers-Marsh said police had taken statements from the media and was investigating.
Haskins, who is based in Halifax, said Brown was able to retrieve her vehicle and equipment just after 4 p.m. with the help of some First Nations people. He said no equipment was damaged.
CTV News reported that one of its news crews was also told by the protesters to leave behind their satellite truck and equipment while filming in a warehouse parking lot. Wendy Freeman, the president of CTV News, said in the email the network had no other immediate comment………
Ezra Levant writing at his blog:
….Foreign money is radicalizing Canadian Indians. Thursday’s riot in Rexton, N.B., was an act of eco-terrorism.
Terrorism is defined as the use of violence, or the threat of violence, to achieve political objectives.
Anti-oil and gas extremists have not been able to stop perfectly legal, perfectly safe seismic trucks from exploring for natural gas in New Brunswick. So if they can’t convince their fellow Canadians with arguments and facts, perhaps they’ll terrorize them into submission.
Or maybe even kill them.
And these brave “warriors” brought women and children with them. Why? As cannon fodder? As human shields?
Let us take a moment to praise the RCMP, who took out this large terrorist encampment and made 40 arrests without the loss of life. …….
….Hundreds of people have gathered for a meeting in New Brunswick to talk about an ongoing protest over shale gas exploration.
One speaker at the community hall in Elsipogtog First Nation has apologized to media who had their vehicles and equipment seized by some protesters Saturday.
The apology sparked a standing ovation from the crowd of 300 community members and protesters.
Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is in Rexton to show his support for the protest and arrived at the meeting with Elsipogtog Chief Arren Sock.
The protesters want SWN Resources to stop seismic testing and leave the province……….
…A Sun News Network reporter and four other journalists were swarmed by Native protesters Saturday near a shale gas exploration site in New Brunswick.
Sun News reporter Kris Sims said about eight people threatened her, a Global News journalist, a CTV reporter and two other crew members while they were filming six burned cop cars that were set ablaze by protesters during violent anti-fracking protests Thursday near Rexton.
Sims said a man dressed in camoflouge shouted, “Get the f— out of here or I’ll break your f—ing cameras! All you tell are lies!”
The same protester then threatened to destroy their cars, vans and video equipment.
“Get your vans out of here before I seize it. Get it out of here right now before I seize it and that’s going where the f—ing other cars were going,” he said while gesturing to the razed RCMP cars.
As the journalists grabbed their cameras and tried to leave, the group surrounded them and demanded that they exit their cars, Sims said.
One woman blocked Sims’ car and threatened to drag her out, she said.
When she was asked who she worked for, Sims said she identified herself as a reporter…..
….A Global New Brunswick reporter and other journalists had their vehicles and camera equipment seized while covering the ongoing shale gas protests in Rexton, N.B.
Hours after a threatening confrontation at the site of an ongoing anti-shale gas protest in northeastern New Brunswick, a Global News reporter was able to safely retrieve her vehicle and camera equipment.
Members of a local Mi’kmaq First Nation community who were at the site of the Rexton, N.B. demonstration were able to escort Global‘s Laura Brown to her vehicle late Saturday afternoon….
I would look for a money trail to catch the core culprits behind the violence at the supposedly “peaceful protest” yesterday. Money changed hands, that’s for sure … and once you find those hands or a whiff of the dirt on them, you will h…
By Alex Boutilier For Postmedia News OTTAWA – The federal Conservatives hope to counter “intense and sustained public relations campaigns” against Alberta’s oilsands with a $24-million international advertising blitz. The two-year ad campaign will target political and business leaders, as […]
There is a deeper reason for the war on drugs, which is the central reason for the policy, even outweighing profits from private prisons and seizure of property by law enforcement officers, both of which no doubt are also significant and strong motivations for keeping the “war on drugs” going. Nearly thirty years ago, Chomsky […]
Amid rumors that the Obama administration might try to cut an emissions deal with Canada in order to justify approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, leaders from 25 U.S. environmental groups — backed by millions of members and at least 75,000 individuals willing to engage incivil disobedience — warned the president on Tuesday that such a deal would be considered nothing less than a bitter betrayal.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Residents of the central Calgary neighbourhood of Inglewood staged a protest action against CP Rail over its transport of dange…
Hundreds of protesters, many of them wearing white lab coats, gathered yesterday across 17 Canadian cities to express their annoyance at the federal government’s anti-science policies. Advocates say the campaign to counter these measures has moved into…
Friday, September 13, 2013
With an Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline plan in the balance, an attack on Syria would be the latest Western war waged against a Middle E…
Inspired by this headline: http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/music/2013/09/12/neil_youngs_music_banned_from_radio_station_after_hiroshima_remark.html
BANGKOK – The price of oil rose Wednesday, a day after President Barack Obama…