Thanks to Bill McKibben and everyone else who made that pipeline an international cause.
Now let’s stop
Spectra’s Sabal “Sinkhole” Trail and keep
Kinder Morgan’s Palmetto pipeline denied.
And let’s stop the
Trans-Pacific Parternership (TPP) before it can produce more “free trade” countries for LNG export.
Coral Davenport, New York Times, 6 November 2015,
Obama Rejects Construction of Keystone XL Oil Pipeline,
President Obama’s denial of the proposed 1,179-mile pipeline, which
would have carried 800,000 barrels a day of carbon-heavy petroleum
from the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast, comes as he is
seeking to build an ambitious legacy on climate change.
“The pipeline would not make a meaningful longterm
contribution to our economy,” Mr. Obama said in remarks from the
The move was made ahead of Continue reading U.S. rejects Keystone XL: next let’s stop Sabal Trail! →
It’s time to revoke laws that support the foreign aristocracy
of invading fossil fuel companies.
Unicameral Update, 13 March 2015,
Bill would revoke eminent domain for pipelines,
Oil and gas companies could no longer exercise eminent domain in Nebraska under a bill heard by the Judiciary Committee March 11.
LB473, introduced by Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers, would repeal two provisions of the Major Oil Pipeline Siting Act: the right of eminent domain granted to oil and gas companies and the requirement that they seek approval of the governor when siting a major oil pipeline….
The act, approved by the Legislature during a 2011 special session, was designed to provide a regulatory framework for siting oil pipelines in the state. It was amended in 2012 to give the governor authority to approve major oil pipeline routes.
Concern over the state’s pipeline regulations was prompted by
TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry crude
oil from Canada to Gulf Coast oil refineries. The pipeline’s
original route would have traversed the Ogallala Aquifer and
And why should eminent domain apply anywhere to Spectra Energy’s
proposed Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline to LNG export in Florida,
through our drinking water Floridan Aquifer?
Chambers said his bill is Continue reading Revoke pipeline eminent domain –bill by Nebraska state Senator →
TransCanada, of the notorious Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline,
is also competing with Spectra Energy for fracked methane export through
an LNG export terminal on the British Columbia coast,
and Spectra just got another approval for its “corridor” for not one
but two giant pipelines to the Pacific Ocean.
Gordon Jaremko wrote for GPI 4 April 2014,
NEB OKs Spectra (Westcoast) Tolls; Major Expansion Planned to Serve Pacific LNG,
Spectra Energy (Westcoast) received approval from the National
Energy Board (NEB) for the stable base of its agenda: a 2014-2015
tolls and tariff settlement with customers of its current capacity
of 3 Bcf/d.
The deal enables the BC grid to focus on a plan aimed at almost
quadrupling its capacity by becoming the principal conduit between
northern shale deposits and proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG)
export terminals on the Pacific Coast.
The settlement was not opposed or even questioned Continue reading Spectra and TransCanada competing in LNG export in British Columbia →
This victory for landowners against eminent domain by an out-of-state
company for the Keystone XL oil pipeline is relevant
to the Sabal Trail methane pipeline,
which is just as big a boondoggle for remote companies
at the expense of local landowners and taxpayers.
Alison Sider and
wrote for WSJ yesterday,
Nebraska Judge Blocks Governor’s Keystone XL Decision:
Court Decision a Victory for Opponents of the Pipeline Project
A Nebraska judge ruled Wednesday the law allowing the controversial
Keystone XL oil pipeline to be built across the state is
unconstitutional, a move that could further delay the project.
Lancaster County District Court Judge Stephanie Stacy sided with
three landowners who argued Nebraska’s governor shouldn’t be able to
sign off on the pipeline’s route. The governor, Republican Dave
Heineman, was handed that power in a law the state Legislature
hastily passed in 2012. But the court ruled that under the state’s
constitution, only Nebraska’s Public Service Commission could
approve such a pipeline route.
The judge ruled the Legislature overstepped its bounds and the
governor’s approval “must be declared null and void,” because it was
based on an unconstitutional law.
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, who defended the law in
court, said he would appeal the decision.
Georgia’s Public Service Commission hasn’t approved any route for
Spectra’s Sabal Trail methane pipeline, and I don’t think Alabama’s has,
TransCanada said it was disappointed Continue reading Judge strikes Nebraska Keystone XL pipeline law →
CBC News 25 Jan 2014,
Natural gas pipeline explodes near Otterburne, Man.:
Thousands without heat south of Winnipeg as arctic blast moves in
A natural gas pipeline explosion near Otterburne, Man., 50 kilometres south of Winnipeg, has left thousands without heat as temperatures drop to -20 C, or -34 C with the wind chill.
A fire is out after burning for more than 12 hours at the site of a natural gas pipeline explosion near Otterburne, Man., about 50 kilometres south of Winnipeg. But officials say there are now natural gas outages affecting as many as 4,000 people in nearby communities, where temperatures dipped to near -20 C overnight.
The Rural Municipality of Hanover declared a state of local emergency Saturday afternoon in a release that said the outage was expected to last 24 to 72 hours.
The trouble began early Saturday when RCMP responded around 1:05 a.m. to a “loud explosion.”
Witnesses who live close to the scene said it was massive. Paul Rawluk lives nearby and drove to the site.
“As we got closer, we could see these massive 200 to 300 metre high flames just shooting out of the ground and it literally sounded like a jet plane,” he said. “And that’s the thing that really got us, was the sound of it.”
He said it was hard to describe the scale.
“Massive, like absolutely massive,” he said. “The police were by [Highway] 59 and you could just see little cars out there and you could see in comparison how big the flame was. It was just literally two to 300 metres in the air. And bright, I mean lit up the sky.”
The pipeline is owned by TransCanada, the same company that later lost a lawsuit in Nebraska for the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
A huge transnational company has to justify its attempted use of eminent
domain to a small farmer in Texas, so says the Texas Supreme Court.
Somebody should make Sabal Trail and Spectra Energy try to justify their
attempted use of eminent domain in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
Julia Trigg Crawford wrote 8 January 2014 for Tar Sands Blockade,
Texas Supreme Court Favors Landowner Over TransCanada in Eminent Domain Case,
The Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of landowner Julia Trigg
Crawford, ordering TransCanada to submit information by Feb. 6 as
the justices weigh arguments to hear the case regarding eminent
Texas’s highest court delivered a clear victory for pipeline
opponents and landowners fighting TransCanada’s overreach on
property rights. At the heart of Crawford’s case is the ability of
TransCanada, a foreign corporation, to use eminent domain under the
state’s “common carrier” clause since their pipeline
transports 90% Canadian tar sands and 10% North Dakota oil. There is
no on ramp for Texas oil therefore violating the definition of a
common carrier under Texas law.
Crawford said she looks forward to her family’s day in court,
“As a landowner, property rights are key to my livelihood and
family legacy. A foreign corporation pumping foreign oil simply does
not qualify as a common carrier under Texas law. TransCanada does
not get to write their own rules. I look forward to the Supreme
Court hearing our case and our plea to protect the fundamental
rights of property owners.”
Here’s the Court’s letter
in PDF on the Court’s website.
Case Number 13-0886,
THE CRAWFORD FAMILY FARM PARTNERSHIP v. TRANSCANADA KEYSTONE PIPELINE, L.P.
That’s an oil pipeline, but the issues are the same Continue reading Landowner gains review against pipeline in Texas Supreme Court →