Oil - Pipelines

Jonathan Watts
 Oil and gas tanks at an warehouse in Zhuhai, China. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

Study indicates human fossil methane emissions have been underestimated by up to 40%

The oil and gas industry has had a far worse impact on the climate than previously believed, according to a study indicating that human emissions of fossil methane have been underestimated by up to 40%.

Although the research will add to pressure on fossil fuel companies, scientists said there was cause for hope because it showed a big extra benefit could come from tighter regulation of the industry and a faster shift towards renewable energy.

Elizabeth May

February 12th 2020

On Friday, February 7, 2020, the CEO of Trans Mountain pipeline, Ian Anderson, announced that the costs of building the pipeline expansion have “soared from an initial estimate of $7.4 billion to $12.6 billion.”

That seemingly straight-forward statement is replete with misconceptions.For one thing, the pipeline’s “initial estimate” was not $7.4 billion. In the National Energy Board hearings, Kinder Morgan estimated the cost of building the pipeline expansion at $5.4 billion. So the real leap in costs is from $5.4 to $12.6 billion.

Christopher Flavelle
The Syncrude Canada plant at the Athabasca oil sands near Fort McMurray, Alberta.Credit...Ben Nelms/Bloomberg

Feb. 12, 2020

Some of the world’s largest financial institutions have stopped putting their money behind oil production in the Canadian province of Alberta, home to one of the world’s most extensive, and also dirtiest, oil reserves.

Andrew Leach & Martin Olszynski

Cabinet's difficult decision made more precarious as project becomes a litmus test for climate and unity

Sheri Pasternak

Feb 7, 2020 - AN UNSIGNED AGREEMENT between a Wet’suwet’en First Nation and Coastal GasLink along with financial documents obtained by Yellowhead Institute provide reinforcement to Yellowhead’s assessment of the ways these private contracts can dramatically undermine First Nation rights and jurisdiction.

Vassy Kapelos, John Paul Tasker 
A truck loaded with pipe is unloaded at the Trans Mountain yard in Edson, Alta. (Terry Reith/CBC)
[Priorities: Trudeau & Company have deep pockets for crap like this. But they can't find the much smaller amount needed give indigenous people in Canada clean drinking water.]
Feb 7, 2020

Figure includes $1.1B already spent on construction by previous owner of the project, Kinder Morgan

Trans Mountain CEO Ian Anderson announced Friday that the cost of building the pipeline expansion has soared from an initial estimate of $7.4 billion to $12.6 billion.

Judith Sayers
‘Reconciliation stopped today’ said Rueben George of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation of the Federal Court of Appeal’s new decision. Photo by Jonathan Hayward, the Canadian Press.
February 5, 2020

The decision found Trudeau government met the minimum legal requirements. For Indigenous peoples, that’s not enough.

The Federal Court of Appeal’s decision to uphold federal government approval for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project is devastating for the First Nations that launched the legal challenge.

The Energy Mix
Shell Oil Refinery - Leonard G/Wikimedia Commons

FEBRUARY 5, 2020

Colossal fossil Royal Dutch Shell says it now has less than eight years of oil and gas left in its available reserves, after reporting for six years in a row that it is using up those reserves faster than it replaces them.


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