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Murphy Oil reports leak up to 17,000 barrels in northern Alberta

Murphy Oil says up to 17,000 barrels of petroleum product have spilled at its Seal heavy oil site in northern Alberta.

The U.S.-based company says on the afternoon of March 1, it found condensate near the surface in three areas.

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Enbridge pipeline contractor wants $40K in restitution from protesters, judge to rule by mail

Two protesters of a pipeline being constructed in Oxford were recently sentenced for a summer demonstration, and now the company, Precision Pipeline, wants nearly $40,000 in restitution.

A Rochester Hills judge will soon decide in a written ruling whether the protesters have to pay the large sum.

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Plains Midstream to face full audit from National Energy Board over oil spills

Canada’s energy regulator has ordered a pipeline company with a recent history of large spills to do an independent audit of its entire network across four provinces.

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Enbridge settles Michigan class-action suit over spill

The Canadian company responsible for a 2010 oil spill in southwestern Michigan has agreed to pay about $6.8 million to settle a class-action lawsuit.

A federal judge must still approve the settlement reached last week by Enbridge, based in Calgary, Alberta. Continue Reading

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How clean is our ‘dirty’ oil? You’d be surprised.

Researchers for California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard have recently released new data measuring the carbon intensity of various crude oil blends, including diluted bitumen (a.k.a. ‘dilbit’) and upgraded synthetic crude oil (‘SCO’) from the Canadian oilsands. Continue Reading

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Energy East Pipeline: TransCanada Halts Work On Terminal Near Endangered Belugas

TransCanada Corp. is halting all work on an oil terminal in eastern Quebec in response to concerns the project could hurt a beluga habitat.

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Pipeline spills crude into Alberta muskeg

The Alberta Energy Regulator says close to 60,000 litres of crude oil have spilled into muskeg in the province’s north.

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Enbridge environmental stewardship program fosters positive change

Just a few miles from the southern tip of Lake Michigan at the Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy, positive change is taking root.

The seeds of this effort were sown as part of the Enbridge Environmental Stewardship program, which provides grants for natural resource protection and enhancement to townships and municipalities along Enbridge’s Line 6B Continue Reading

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U of T professor launches challenge against National Energy Board

A University of Toronto professor has launched a constitutional challenge against the National Energy Board for refusing to consider climate change while deciding pipeline expansion plans.

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Pipelines must protect environment

There are hundreds of communities like Cromer, Manitoba, scattered across the three prairie provinces.

When wheat was king on the Canadian plains and farms were small and getting grain to market involved a horse-drawn wagon instead of a three-ton truck, communities such as Cromer were thriving.

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The oil industry isn’t defending itself very well

It has been a bad week for the Canadian oil industry.

On Monday, town councillors in South Portland, Me., passed a land-use ordinance that would effectively bar any oil extracted on this continent from passing through the major seaport in that city. Continue Reading

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Environmental groups launch legal challenge of pipeline decision

A consortium of environmental groups have filed a second legal challenge related to the Northern Gateway Pipeline, which was approved pending 209 conditions last month.

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Northern Gateway and private land: how to go head-to-head with big oil

The controversial Northern Gateway pipeline was conditionally approved by Ottawa this week. If built, about half of the Alberta portion of the pipeline would run through private land. Continue Reading

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Pipeline Devastation

I visited the Ritchie Farm near Cromer, Manitoba last week. What Enbridge has done on their property is very disturbing.

Because the NEB gave Enbridge Right of Entry the company has reverted to shoddy construction practices from 40 years ago and left trapped and flooded land.

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Canadian Association of Energy and Pipeline Landowners Associations

Pipeline Poll

Should pipeline companies be allowed to give money to police?

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