Tar Sands in New England?

A Trout Unlimited member asks about tar sands in streams and rivers

from Wildlife Promise  

11/19/2012 // Carol Oldham

Recently there was a meeting in the town of Randolph, New Hampshire to talk about tar sands. A Randolph conservation commissioner who had heard about the tar sands/Trailbreaker issue from NH Audubon (an NWF affiliate) had set the meeting up, inviting all the conservation commissioners and selectmen from the 5 towns that the pipeline runs through in NH. There were lots of citizens there as well, including a group from Maine who came across the border.


Enbridge comes clean about plans to export dangerous tar sands oil through Ontario


For Immediate Release: October 24, 2012

Enbridge comes clean about plans to export dangerous tar sands oil through Ontario

TORONTO, ON - Enbridge’s real plan for Line 9 was revealed yesterday in a document filed with the National Energy Board (NEB), which shows Enbridge plans not only to reverse the flow of oil through the pipeline to Montreal, but also to change what the pipeline can carry from normal oil to more dangerous tar sands oil, and dramatically expand the amount of oil carried by the pipeline.

“We’ve been concerned for months Enbridge is planning to ship more risky tar sands oil across Canada’s most populated region, but the company repeatedly denied that was its intention,” said Adam Scott of Environmental Defence. “Enbridge’s plan could put the drinking water of millions of people at risk of a tar sands oil spill, all in the name of exporting more raw tar sands oil south.”

ExxonMobil is Actually Majority Owner of New England Pipeline and Behind Plan to Transport Dangerous Tar Sands

Pipeline companies lobby tar sands plan behind closed doors while denying their intention

NRCM, NWF, NRDC, Sierra Club Maine, Environment Maine, 350.org

Portland, Maine—A new analysis released today by NRDC, NWF, and other environmental groups shows that ExxonMobil is the majority owner of the pipeline that cuts across Maine and New England—a pipeline that is the subject of an emerging proposal to transport tar sands. ExxonMobil’s Canadian subsidiary, Imperial Oil Limited, owns 76 percent of the pipeline, while Canadian oil giant Suncor Energy owns the remaining 24 percent. These companies are among the biggest developers of Canadian tar sands.

In addition, the groups today released information obtained through a Freedom of Access Act request, submitted by NWF, showing that Governor Paul LePage met with the Portland Pipe Line Corporation in October 2011 to talk about tar sands oil, though the company continued to publicly deny that the project was moving forward throughout 2012.

Federal officials interrupt Enbridge's greenwash of Kalamazoo River tar sands spill

Anthony Swift’s Blog

Posted October 6, 2012 in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

Federal officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have pulled the curtain behind Enbridge’s effort to greenwash its tar sands pipeline spill into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River. On the same day that Enbridge told its investors that its tar sands spill and cleanup had made the Kalamazoo River cleaner, EPA ordered the Canadian tar sands pipeline company to resume its cleanup of the Kalamazoo River after finding that submerged oil “exists throughout approximately 38 miles of the Kalamazoo.”

More Work Needed on Enbridge Kalamazoo Oil Spill

EPA: More Work Needed to Clean up Enbridge Oil Spill in Kalamazoo River Chicago

(Oct. 3, 2012) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today notified Enbridge that more work is needed in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River to clean up oil from the company’s pipeline spill in July 2010. EPA is proposing further action upstream of Ceresco Dam, upstream of the Battle Creek Dam (Mill Ponds area), and in the delta upstream of Morrow Lake. Enbridge has 10 days to request a conference with EPA to discuss the additional work specified in the proposed order and 30 days to submit written comments. EPA’s prior orders directing Enbridge to complete other cleanup and restoration work in the Kalamazoo River system remain in effect. On July 26, 2010, Enbridge reported that a 30-inch pipeline ruptured near Marshall, Michigan. Heavy rains caused the river to overtop existing dams and carried oil 30 miles downstream before the spill was contained. So far, oil spill response workers have collected over 1.1 million gallons of oil and almost 200,000 cubic yards of oil-contaminated sediment and debris from the Kalamazoo River system.

Mad River Valley Tar Sands film and information forum Nov 11 & 13


350.org and the Green Mountain Global Forum of the Mad River Valley are teaming up to host a screening of a documentary film and a subsequent panel discussion about tar sands oil and its environmental hazards in light of what appear to be plans to transport tar sands oil through the Northeast Kingdom via the existing Portland/Montreal pipeline.

The film, Tipping Point: The Age of the Oil Sands, will be screened at the Big Picture Theatre (48 Carroll Rd, Waitsfield) on Sunday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. The panel discussion will follow that Tuesday, November 13, also at 7:00 p.m. at the Big Picture Theatre. Shelley Kath of NRDC and representatives of other environmental NGOs (VPIRG, National Wildlife Federation, 350.org) will comprise the panel, which will discuss the numerous problems associated with tar sands oil and the potential of passing a community resolution to ban tar sands oil in the Mad River Valley and beyond.

Angry Michigan Residents Fight Uneven Battle Against Pipeline Project on Their Land

A 2010 oil pipeline spill contaminated Michigan’s Kalamazoo River. Now the line is being replaced, raising the ire of landowners along the route.By David Hasemyer, InsideClimate NewsSep 12, 2012 Landowner Carol BrimhallCarol Brimhall lives in Stockbridge, Mich. Enbridge plans to cut 112 trees on her property. Photo courtesy of the Brimhall family.

The notice that arrived at Debbie and David Hense's home last September didn't seem especially alarming. Enbridge Inc. was going to replace Line 6B, the oil pipeline that leaked more than a million gallons of heavy crude into Michigan's Kalamazoo River in 2010. Since 6B runs through the Henses' 22-acre property near Fenton, Mich., some of the construction would be done there.

Enbridge CEO says environmental groups have taken control of pipeline debate

By Karen Kleiss, Edmonton Journal August 13, 2012 6:01 PM


Enbridge CEO Patrick Daniel speaks at an Edmonton Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton on September 23, 2009. Photograph by: Larry Wong , Edmonton Journalnbridge


CEO Patrick Daniel speaks at an Edmonton Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton on September 23, 2009


EDMONTON - Environmental groups opposed to the Northern Gateway pipeline have seized control of the public debate, Enbridge Inc. CEO Patrick Daniel told a radio audience Monday.

"Everything that we say sounds defensive and self-interested, and on the other side, everything they say ... is really taken as gospel — and it isn't," Daniel said on the Rutherford Show.

We are the Kalamazoo Solidarity Actions - Photos

Who knew an oil spill could inspire so much, well, beauty? 

This one pic shows folks across North America acting together to stop tar sands from crossing their communities, for the 2 year anniversary of the Kalamazoo River Oil Spill.

For more photos see the slide show here



Kalamazoo Tar Sands Oil Spill Anniversary Sparks Actions Nationwide

Two years ago today, a tar sands pipeline operated by Enbridge Inc. dumped approximately 1.2 million gallons of raw tar sands, or diluted bitumen (dilbit), into a wetland that overflowed into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River, contaminating nearly 40 miles of the watershed. The spill, which is still being cleaned up today, was the largest and costliest spill in Midwest history.

In the week surrounding the anniversary, citizens across North America are standing in solidarity with their neighbors affected by the Kalamazoo River spill and telling companies, like Enbridge and TransCanada, “We don’t want your dirty tar sands.” The planned actions by local groups will call attention to at-risk communities along the network of existing and proposed tar sands pipeline routes. The geographical diversity brings home the message that a spill like the one in Michigan could occur anywhere.