Category Archives: Oil & Gas

RCMP claim of B.C. anti-pipeline extremists shocks native, environmental leaders

RCMP report 14Report makes ‘false inferences,’ borders on ‘misguided hysteria’

Shell pulls plug on long-delayed oil sands mine

Gogama crude oil spill worries nearby Mattagami First Nation

CN rail cars carrying oil derailed on Feb 14, 2015.

CN rail cars carrying oil derailed on Feb 14, 2015 near the community of Mattagami First Nation in northern Ontario.

Cleanup continues at the site of a CN train derailment northwest of Gogama, Ont.

CBC News, Feb 19, 2015

Mattagami First Nation is sounding the alarm about a CN rail spill near the community.

The First Nation said Saturday’s derailment involving 29 crude oil tankers occurred on its traditional territory, located 40 kilometres north of the community.

Ontario’s Regional Chief Stan Beardy is advocating for the community to make sure the site is cleaned, as he’s concerned about the spill causing environmental damage. Read the rest of this entry

Canadian mounties’ secret memo casts doubt on climate change threat

RCMP meme 1Intelligence report identifies anti-petroleum movement as a threat to Canadian security and suggests those concerned with climate consequences occupy political fringe

by Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian, Feb 18, 2015

The US security establishment views climate change as real and a dangerous threat to national security. But Canada takes a very different view, according to a secret intelligence memo prepared by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

The memo, stamped “Canadian eyes only”, repeatedly casts doubt on the causes of climate change – the burning of fossil fuels – and its potential threat.

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9 weirdest things about this RCMP intelligence report on the “anti-petroleum movement”

California: Refinery explosion injures 4; shaking with magnitude of 1.7 earthquake

Aftermath of explosion at Exxon Mobile refinery in Torrance, California, Feb 18, 2015.  Photo: LA Times.

Aftermath of explosion at Exxon Mobile refinery in Torrance, California, Feb 18, 2015. Photo: LA Times.

Los Angeles Times, Feb 18, 2

Four workers suffered minor injuries after a large explosion Wednesday morning at the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance, according to an Exxon spokesman.

The explosion was the equivalent of a magnitude 1.7 earthquake, according to Caltech.

Residents in the area were asked by police to remain indoors after the explosion. That shelter-in-place order has been lifted, but a smoke advisory was issued by the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Read the rest of this entry

Anti-Oil Activists Named as National Security Threats Respond to Leaked RCMP Report

Protest against Enbridge's proposed Line 9, in Toronto.

Protest against Enbridge’s proposed Line 9, in Toronto.

By Michael Toledano, Vice.com, Feb 17, 2015

As the Harper government’s Bill C-51 moves to extend anti-terrorism legislation to include anyone who interferes with the “critical infrastructure,” “territorial integrity,” or “economic and financial stability of Canada,” a leaked report from the RCMP’s Critical Infrastructure Intelligence Team demonstrates how aboriginals and environmentalists are already being targeted by law enforcement for these reasons.

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Train that derailed in West Virginia had newer crude oil tanker cars

A CSX Corp train burns after derailment in Mount Carbon, West Virginia pictured across the Kanawha River in Boomer, West Virginia February 16, 2015. A CSX Corp train hauling North Dakota crude derailed in West Virginia on Monday, setting a number of cars ablaze, destroying a house and forcing the evacuation of two towns in the second significant oil-train incident in three days. REUTERS/Marcus Constantino

A CSX Corp train burns after derailment in Mount Carbon, West Virginia pictured across the Kanawha River in Boomer, West Virginia February 16, 2015.  A CSX Corp train hauling North Dakota crude derailed in West Virginia on Monday, setting a number of cars ablaze, destroying a house and forcing the evacuation of two towns in the second significant oil-train incident in three days. REUTERS/Marcus Constantino

By Jeff Pegues, CBS News, Feb 17, 2015

MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. — A day after a train carrying three million gallons of crude oil derailed in West Virginia, firefighters are still waiting for the flames to die out — and a community is in turmoil. Investigators finally got closer to the crash scene on Tuesday.

As many as 28 of the 109 tank cars went off the tracks. Several ruptured, leaking crude oil. 911 calls sounded the alarm. Read the rest of this entry

‘Anti-petroleum’ movement a growing security threat to Canada, RCMP say

B.C. LNG sponsorship inappropriate at All Native Basketball Tournament, team says

Baskeball All Native 1Team captain says he was told if the team didn’t like it, they didn’t have to participate

By Radio West, CBC News, Feb 13, 2015

The captain of a team playing at the All Native Basketball Tournament in Prince Rupert says he’s disappointed event organizers accepted sponsorship money from oil and gas industries.

This year’s tournament is sponsored by a dozen companies and organizations, half of them related to the energy sector. Read the rest of this entry

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