Nia Williams and Valerie Volcovici
An aerial view shows the darkened ground of an oil spill in South Dakota which shut down the Keystone pipeline between Canada and the United States in November. REUTERS PHOTOGRAPHER/REUTERS



DECEMBER 4, 2017

A U.S. regulator's preliminary investigation into the biggest oil pipeline spill this year has raised a red flag that could trigger an extensive and costly inspection of tens of thousands of miles of underground energy lines.

The 5,000-barrel leak on TransCanada Corp's Keystone pipeline on Nov. 16 in South Dakota might have stemmed from damage caused by a weight put in place when it was built in 2008, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said in a report published on Tuesday.


Socialism — yes, socialism — is having a moment in America. And it’s hotter than ever among Philly millennials.

It’s one of those final, bittersweet fridays of the summer, and a dozen people are crowded around a picnic table at the el bar in fishtown. with their horn-rimmed glasses, hand-rolled cigarettes and lukewarm pbrs, they look like your standard-issue young hipsters. but here’s the difference between them and the men with manicured beards across the patio: these are card-carrying members of the democratic socialists of america, the largest socialist group in the nation.

Mike De Souza
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks on a panel about U.S. climate change policies in Bonn, Germany at the annual UN summit on global warming on Nov. 13, 2017. File photo by Mike De Souza

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he admires two Canadian provinces that are partnering with California to reduce their carbon footprint. But he's seriously concerned about a big fossil fuel project that's been approved to go through another province next door to his own state.

Geoffrey Morgan
Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline demonstrate on the Dodge Street pedestrian bridge during rush hour in Omaha, Neb., on Nov. 1, 2017. CANADIAN PRESS/AP/NATI HARNIK

Published on: November 20, 2017

CALGARY – After nine years of regulatory reviews, TransCanada Corp. now has the approvals it needs to build its long-delayed and much-debated Keystone XL pipeline.

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The Nebraska Public Service Commission voted three to two Monday in favour of the 830,000-barrel-per-day pipeline crossing through the state.

Nia Williams and Kevin O'Hanlon
An aerial view shows the darkened ground of an oil spill which shut down the Keystone pipeline between Canada and the United States, located in an agricultural area near Amherst, South Dakota, U.S., in this photo provided Nov. 17, 2017.  HANDOUT/TRANSCANADA

The crude oil spill on the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota will take months to clean up, a state official said on Friday, just days before Nebraska was due to decide on another pipeline project by the owner, TransCanada Corp.

Canadian heavy crude prices and TransCanada Corp shares slid on Friday, the day after the 5,000 barrel spill, tied for this year's largest pipeline leak in the United States.

No date has been set for reopening Keystone, TransCanada said, adding that a media report that had stated a restart date was incorrect.

The Canadian Press

CALGARY — TransCanada Corp. said its Keystone pipeline has leaked an estimated 795,000 litres of oil in Marshall County, S.D. just days before Nebraska is set to decide the fate of its Keystone XL pipeline

The company (TSX:TRP) said its crews shut down the Keystone pipeline system early this morning between Hardisty, Alta. to Cushing, Okla, and a line to Patoka, Ill. and that the line is expected to remain shut while it responds to the spill.

Julie Dermansky
Tami Thomas-Pinkney with her daughter Trinity Handy on their front lawn in Port Arthur, Texas, across from one of the city’s temporary dumpsites. Photo by Julie Dermansky for DeSmog

Tami Thomas-Pinkney’s house in Port Arthur, Texas, was not damaged when Hurricane Harvey soaked the city with up to 28 inches of rain on August 29. But a month and a half after the storm, she is preparing to move. Across the street from her family’s home is a temporary dumpsite for storm debris, which she says is endangering her family’s health and making her home unlivable.

Jessica Clogg & Andrew Gage

The past year has seen communities around the world dealing with major weather events. Here in Canada flooding in Quebec and unprecedented wildfires in BC displaced tens of thousands, while the southern U.S. and South East Asia suffered from intense storms. Forget about polar bears – these communities are the new face of climate change.

the Indigenous americans
Standing Rock protest

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a significant victory today in its fight to protect the Tribe’s drinking water and ancestral lands from the Dakota Access pipeline.

A federal judge ruled that the federal permits authorizing the pipeline to cross the Missouri River just upstream of the Standing Rock reservation, which were hastily issued by the Trump administration just days after the inauguration, violated the law in certain critical respects.


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