Friends of the Earth says special interests have tainted Keystone XL approval process — again

The Keystone pipeline opposition has galvanized, with activists angered not just over the pipeline’s heavy carbon footprint, but the lack of transparency and political influence-peddling around the DC review and permitting for the project. This week, Friends of the Earth filed an FOIA request to bring information to light about what it sees as a corrupted process.

Arkansas leak a sign of things to come?

While details regarding the cause of the rupture and the magnitude of the spill are still coming in, the Mayflower tar sands spill is yet another demonstration of the risks that tar sands pipelines pose to the communities and sensitive water resources they cross. At about a tenth of the full capacity of the Keystone XL tar sands pipelines, the 90,000 bpd Pegasus pipeline rupture offers us a small sample of the risk that tar sands pipelines pose to American communities.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein arrested in Texas while protesting Keystone XL pipeline

Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for president, has been arrested in Texas while helping protesters of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Stein, who was being detained at the Wood County Jail, was helping resupply members of the Tar Sands Blockade who’re encamped in the trees trying to stop the path of the pipeline through East Texas.

Before being detained by local authorities — joining dozens of protesters who’ve been arrested for civil disobedience against the pipeline project — Dr. Stein issued a statement linking Keystone XL to the climate change that’s causing havoc with the U.S. economy and environment.

Dispatches from Upside Down World

Some days, there’s so much nonsense floating by. This is when I say we’ve slipped into Upside Down World, where we humans seem willing to push the planet to absurd extremes, risking our survival, because we’re just too stupid, greedy, stubborn or short-sighted to find better ways.
Take Rick Santorum telling his audiences that the earth is here for man, not the other way around.
I don’t think Santorum is stupid or greedy, but like most politicians, he’s working an angle. With this earth/man pitch, he’s obviously trying to appeal to Christians who believe that “man” (I would have once assumed that included woman; not so sure this week) has been placed by God to be above all other creatures, and therefore all things on earth.

America needs green energy jobs….not a risky tar sands pipeline

In Washington, the loudest voices have the biggest pocketbooks. And they’re taking the US on a death march with fossil fuels.
Unlike most advanced nations, where green energy has taken firm root, the US tarries, only half-committed to new energy while guzzling more oil per capita than any other nation. We know this habit is unsustainable. It continues because oil is profitable. And Big Oil peels off some of its largesse to buy acquiescence from Washington.
That’s a crude, but accurate assessment. No pun intended.

GOP senators try to force-start Keystone pipeline, despite Obama’s order for additional review

ess than a month since the Obama Administration delayed the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline for at least a year, a group of GOP senators is trying to force the project to begin anyway.

The partisan showdown is led by Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), minority chair of the Foreign Relations Committee. Supporters include 37 other senators, including those from Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, which would host segments of the 1,700 mile pipeline.

Colorado oil leak contaminates South Platte River, source of drinking water for Denver

An oil leak of still undetermined proportions in Colorado has soiled the South Platte River and forced employees of the Denver Metro Wastewater plant to wear masks protecting them from the benzene and VOC fumes emitting from the contaminated water.

Calgary-based Suncor acknowledged that the petroleum came from its refinery in Commerce City, and a spokesperson told Reuters on Wednesday that the leak had been stopped.