June 3 News: Tar Sands Supporters Suffer Setback As British Columbia Rejects Pipeline

Tar sand extraction in Alberta, Canada“Prices for tar sands crude have been dropping in the absence of a reliable export route.”

The government of British Columbia issued an official submission to Canada’s pipeline review panel rejecting a proposed pipeline through the province to the Pacific. [Guardian]

Efforts to expand production from the Alberta tar sands suffered a significant setback on Friday when the provincial government of British Columbia rejected a pipeline project because of environmental shortcomings.

In a strongly worded statement, the government of the province said it was not satisfied with the pipeline company’s oil spill response plans.

The rejection of the pipeline – which was to have given Alberta an outlet to Pacific coast ports and markets in China – further raises the stakes on another controversial tar sands pipeline, Keystone XL….

The Enbridge project, though not as ambitious as Keystone XL had been an important part of Harper’s contingent plan. Canadian government officials had argued that if Obama turned down Keystone XL, Canada would simply ship crude to China.

Six native Alaskan tribes are asking the EPA to block approval of what would be the largest mine in the world in Bristol Bay, an area home to about half the world’s sockeye salmon. [Washington Post]

The Atlanta Tea Party is targeting Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power over the monopoly’s reluctance to increase its use of solar power, as well as its nuclear fleet and monopoly status. [AP]

Nearly 3,000 people are being forced to evacuate their homes ahead of a wildfire north of Los Angeles. [ABC News]

Could climate change be behind the changing trade winds around Hawai’i? A new study says it’s possible. [AP]

Environmental groups are publicly supporting comprehensive immigration reform efforts. [Politico]

Severe floods and drought are causing thousands in Bangladesh to flee to the capital, Dhaka. [Al Jazeera]

EPA will ask scientists to look at proposed new water quality standards that could enable better monitoring of ocean acidification. [Summit County Citizens Voice]

Solar energy is getting cheap enough that some solar company executives are not as concerned with efforts to remove solar tax incentives as they once were. [Denver Post]

Vestas, the Danish wind company, said it was planning to build some of the longest wind turbine blades in the world out of its factory in Colorado. [AP (video)]

How a zinc-air battery could be twice as powerful as current lithium-ion batteries. [Energy Collective]

Nissan started field-testing a new van powered 100 percent by electricity. [CleanTechnica]

20 Responses to June 3 News: Tar Sands Supporters Suffer Setback As British Columbia Rejects Pipeline

  1. Colorado Bob says:

    Vast areas of Northern Norway broke all previous temperature records over the weekend, with thermometers in the Arctic city of Karasjok hitting well over 30C (86F) on Saturday. Many spots in the northern counties of Finnmark, Troms and Nordland were much warmer than the Canary Islands, but cooler weather was forecast for this week.

    The thermometer at the Statoil station in Karasjok in Finnmark read 34 degrees on Saturday (93F), fully 80 degrees higher than on the coldest day last winter, reported newspaper Aftenposten.

  2. Paul Magnus says:

    Its going to be another hot year. When is the next El Nino? That could be the straw that breaks the back with the climate crisis, as soon as that.

  3. Paul Magnus says:

    leading Vancouver BC paper coverage…
    (photo, In there somewhere at the back).

    B.C. formally rejects Northern Gateway pipeline as proposed

  4. Paul Magnus says:

    Federal Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver said in a statement that his government will “review the independent Joint Review Panel’s recommendation when it is published by December.

    “We have been clear: Resource development will not proceed unless it is safe for Canadians and safe for the environment,” Oliver said.

    Art Sterritt, executive director of Coastal First Nations, said his members had expected B.C. to reject the project, but were “very happy” that the province had stated its position so strongly.

    “They could very well have couched this in less assertive language,” Sterritt said.

    He added that B.C.’s refusal to support the project “is kind of the final nail in the coffin” for Northern Gateway.

  5. fj says:

    Great news that Canada’s British Columbia rejected the pipeline.

    Obama must do the same immediately and stop pussyfooting around climate change and immediately act on it at wartime speed.

    We have no time to loose. Every wasted moment is at our peril.

  6. Paul Magnus says:

    Passing the Pipeline Would Be Harper’s Political Suicide
    British Columbians would not take kindly to an Alberta pro-tar sands Prime Minister ramrodding through a decision to approve the Northern Gateway Pipeline in the face of opposition from so many different constituencies. In my personal opinion, it would be political suicide.

  7. Zimzone says:

    Well, Canada, there goes ‘plan B’.

    Why aren’t you building a refinery in Alberta? Transporting tar in a pipeline is not only a terrible idea, it’s environmental sewercide!

  8. Lore says:

    A good sentiment, but not likley to happen. I’m afraid we’re all going to have to wait for catastrophic, in your face events to change minds and establish a will for change.

  9. Sasparilla says:

    Bit of an off angle post here on the state of the media we’re relying on to serve as the 4th estate (which we need to keep a check on things & has been failing badly on climate change).

    Here in Chicago there are two major papers, the Tribune and the Sun Times – the Koch’s are supposedly in the running to buy the Tribune (after Sam Zell, real estate magnate, eviscerated it) which would leave the Sun Times as the other Chicago paper…The Sun Times just layed off all their photographers and are teaching their reporters to use iPhones for photo’s and video (as well as getting external sources for photo’s). Sounds like something from the Onion.,0,4361142.story

  10. Superman1 says:

    As Hansen has shown, the last few decades have seen an increase in frequency and magnitude of what once were considered to be ‘extreme’ events. That doesn’t seem to have worked in creating a serious groundswell for real action. What will it take; what is the Pearl Harbor event(s)?

  11. prokaryotes says:

    The Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1, and we already have a threat to discuss.

  12. Superman1 says:

    That’s what passes for news these days: observations without analysis. No context at all; just one sensationalist observation after another. Notice what he didn’t mention.

  13. prokaryotes says:

    Yes, but really look at the rest of the news … i read today the New York Daily News …

    Re. Violence surged like the mercury Sunday

    a story which is also tied to climate change

  14. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    It will be denied as ‘natural variability’, not nearly as bad as (fill in your favourite denialist canard, preferably based on ‘Biblical history’).

  15. Robert in New Orleans says:

    1. Incredible summer heat 110+ over the counties midsection coupled with a drought that wipes out over half the grain crop.
    2. Multiple sequential hits from major category +3 hurricanes.
    3. Major Midwestern city leveled by a F-5 tornado.
    4. Major Western city burned down by a massive fire.
    5. Disappearance of coastal seafood stocks.
    6. Massive pandemic of tropical diseases.

    Am I missing anything?

  16. prokaryotes says:

    Even then it might not get enough attention.

  17. prokaryotes says:

    People do not take the warnings from the Scientists serious, and many will say things like “we need to pray more” or are unwilling to change their lifestyle. Just like the cancer patient who smokes cigarettes through a hole in his neck.

  18. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Pro, no doubt some ‘religious’ worthy will blame ‘gays and lesbians’ for the catastrophes, as they did after 9/11.

  19. prokaryotes says:

    After Praying for Rain, Texas Governor Rick Perry Prays for the EPA to Stop Environmental Regulations

    Texas Rep. Mac Thornberry Says ‘Prayer For Rain’ Better Solution To Texas Drought Than ‘Flawed’ Climate Science