Alberta

ALEC, TransCanada, and the Keystone XL Pipeline

Found these today while researching something else:

Ohio – 2011 Scholarship Fund
TransCanada Pipelines Limited   $1,000.00

South Dakota – 2007 Scholarship Fund
TransCanada Pipelines Ltd.          $500.00
Which leads me to the following questions –

  • How long has TransCanada Pipelines been involved with ALEC?
  • What level of involvement has TransCanada had with writing ALEC legislation?
  • Is this why the Premier of Saskatchewan and staff went to an ALEC meeting?
  • How much financial support have they given to ALEC?
  • How much undue influence have ALEC members had in regards to TransCanada and the Keystone – based on their association with TransCanada through ALEC?
  • Did the Koch brothers make sure this connection was made between ALEC and TransCanada?

Lots of questions –
I guess the public would like some Keystone/TransCanada/American Legislative Exchange Council answers on this!!!

UPDATE:
Further research brought the following items to light: More →

The Fight for the Keystone XL Pipeline Moves to Canada

Keystone Moves North, Where Big Oil Is Losing

Obama may have stopped the U.S. pipeline, but now the fight has shifted to Canada.  Canadians, it turns out, don’t want a new pipeline any more than Americans do.

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The Northern Gateway pipeline would slice through 700 miles of environmentally sensitive land in western Canada, exposing ecological treasures like the Great Bear Rainforest to major oil spills. In Alberta alone, there were 687 pipeline failures in 2010. Three spills in a single month last spring dumped 400,000 gallons of oil – including 132,000 gallons into a river that provides drinking water to Alberta residents.

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ExxonMobil, Koch Industries and other oil giants currently produce some 1.6 million barrels of oil a day from the tar sands in northern Alberta. The oil – it’s more of an acidic, corrosive goo – is expensive to extract, dangerous to transport and more damaging to the climate than conventional oil. The problem is, the oil companies want to triple their production over the next 20 years – but existing pipelines will reach full capacity in only three years. And if you can’t move the oil, you can’t sell it.

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Even more damning is what the report, issued by the National Transportation Safety Board, reveals about Enbridge’s mishandling of the spill. The NTSB noted that the company’s inspectors had found hairline fractures in the pipeline five years before the spill, but did nothing about it. What’s worse, oil oozed out of the pipeline for 17 hours without being detected by operators at Enbridge’s high-tech control room, which is outfitted with sensors to prevent exactly such an oversight. (The spill went undetected until a utility worker happened to wander by the pipeline and noticed the gushing oil.) In the report, NTSB chairwoman Deborah Hersman cites “a complete breakdown of safety at Enbridge,” adding that the firm’s employees “performed like Keystone Kops” during the emergency.

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But it is the opposition of Canada’s original inhabitants that may ultimately doom the pipeline. The chiefs of more than 100 First Nations tribes, who control half of the land that the Northern Gateway would traverse, have signed a declaration to stop the project, calling it “a grave threat” to their lands and waters. “We will defend our rights, no matter what bully tactics the federal government throws at us,” declared Jackie Thomas, chief of the Saik’uz First Nation, issuing what could prove to be the death knell for the pipeline. “Enbridge will never be allowed in our lands.”

This story is from the August 16th, 2012 issue of Rolling Stone.  To read this article in its entirety, please click here