POSTED: Feb 10, 2014, 10:03 AM
POSTED: Dec 31, 2013, 04:45 PM
As we ring in the New Year, and mark year five of our fight to stop the Keystone Export Pipeline, it’s a good time to remember the myths TransCanada keeps telling the press and public in their attempt to mislead Americans about the pipeline being in our national interest.
In the end, that is the determination President Obama has to make. Is an export, foreign, tarsands pipeline cutting through one of America’s largest bodies of fresh water in our national interest?
POSTED: Sep 09, 2013, 09:15 AM
The United States Dept. of Energy Secretary Moniz will meet on Monday with Joe Oliver, the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources to discuss their latest promise to "do better” on carbon pollution from tarsands. Ever since Pres. Obama drew the clear line in the sand that he would not approve Keystone XL if it contributed more carbon pollution, we have seen everything from TransCanada announcing a new pipeline proposal (which faces fierce opposition of First Nations and residents in the path) to increased empty threats by Canadian Prime Minister Harper (kinda like what a little brother does to his big brother). Canada is so desperate to get tarsands to the export market they will say anything about the reckless tarsands industry to get approval for what everyone knows is THE lynchpin piece of infrastructure to expand tarsands.
As a country, we do not make decisions about our national interest based on empty promises or threats. Since Prime Minister Harper and his staff are so desperate and will say anything to get Pres. Obama to say yes to the risky and carbon intensive Keystone XL pipeline, I am now waiting for Harper to show up in a trench coat and boom box standing on a bench across the White House as their next move.
CONTINUE: Canada Will Say Anything »
POSTED: Jul 08, 2013, 09:39 PM
Did you get a call from the Koch Brothers this weekend?
We've heard reports from several of you that Americans for Prosperity--the front group backed by the oil billionaire brothers--was calling Nebraskans this weekend and urging them to come to the York County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday morning to speak IN FAVOR OF the Keystone XL pipeline and against environmental activists.
POSTED: Jul 03, 2013, 09:47 AM
(photo of legislators at ALEC's "Oil Sands Academy," courtesy of Center for Media and Democracy)
POSTED: Jun 25, 2013, 02:02 PM
With this promise to the American people to reject the pipeline if it will increase climate pollution, the President has taken a huge step towards rejecting Keystone XL, given that evidence has already shown that the pipeline will increase GHG emissions and have serious climate consequences.
The EPA said that State Department assessment of Keystone XL climate impacts must be more “complete and accurate.”
“The market analysis and the conclusion that oil sands crude will find a way to market with or without the Project is the central finding that supports the DSEIS's conclusions regarding the Project's potential GHG emissions impacts. Because the market analysis is so central to this key conclusion, we think it is important that it be as complete and accurate as possible. We note that the discussion in the DSEIS regarding energy markets, while informative, is not based on an updated energy-economic modeling effort.” [EPA, 4/22/13]
Congressional Research Service stated the Keystone XL would increase U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 3 million to 21 million metric tons.
Based on a survey of published literature, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service noted: “[T]he estimated effect of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on the U.S. GHG footprint would be an increase of 3 million to 21 million metric tons of GHG emissions annually (equal to the annual GHG emissions from the combustion of fuels in approximately 588,000 to 4,061,000 passenger vehicles); and the estimated effect of the Keystone XL pipeline on global GHG emissions remains uncertain, as some speculate that its construction would encourage an expansion of oil sands development, while others suggest that the project would not substantially influence either the rate or magnitude of oil extraction activities in Canada or the overall volume of crude oil transported to and refined in the United States.” [Congressional Research Service, 3/15/13]
Eighteen of the nation’s top climate scientists released a letter to President Obama today urging him to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
“We hope, as scientists, that you will demonstrate the seriousness of your climate convictions by refusing to permit Keystone XL; to do otherwise would be to undermine your legacy.”
Industry insiders agree that without Keystone XL, tar sands expansion cannot proceed as planned. Less tar sands development means less GHG emissions.
POSTED: Jun 17, 2013, 02:03 PM
York and Polk County landowners and citizens have organized themselves into a new group called The Good Life Alliance. Their goal is to stop the pipeline and along the way they want to pull together with other Nebraskans to get in place common sense zoning regulations, oil spill response plans and resolutions on tarsands pipelines near our water supplies.
Bold Nebraska and our partner groups like the Farmers Union and NEAT are proud of citizens taking action to get the proper regulations in place. Elected officials should welcome the new energy happening in county courthouse up and down the proposed pipeline route.
POSTED: Jun 12, 2013, 10:54 AM
The lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Keystone XL pipeline route in Nebraska is moving forward with a decision by Lancaster County District Court Judge Stephanie Stacy.
Three landowners sued Governor Heineman and the State of Nebraska in 2012 arguing LB 1161 violated the Nebraska State Constitution that makes it clear common carriers are regulated by the Public Service Commission. LB 1161 took that authority away from the PSC and instead gave the Department of Environmental Quality, an arm of the Governor's office, authority to review the route and gave Gov. Heineman exclusive authority to approve a pipeline route thus giving TransCanada immediate eminent domain powers. LB 1161 further violates the state's constitution by offering no due process for eminent domain or an avenue to challenge the routing process.
"TransCanada and some of our elected officials like Lee Terry continue to say everything is fine in Nebraska and that everyone is fine with the route, our citizen lawsuit was filed to ensure they are held accountable for an unconstitutional law and a flawed routing process," said Randy Thompson, Nebraska landowner and plaintiff.
The lawsuit is on firm ground and was strengthened this week with Judge Stacy's ruling. The State of Nebraska, through Attn. Gen. Bruning, attempted to have the case dismissed two separate times with the citizens winning each challenge.
Judge Stacy also allowed the citizens' request to add an additional claim to the lawsuit arguing if Governor Heineman acted under an unconstitutional law then any acts flowing from Governor's approval of the Keystone XL route are also unconstitutional. This means, if the citizens win the lawsuit, the route and eminent domain process for TransCanada are thrown out and TransCanada must go through the PSC to get their route approved and they don't have eminent domain powers in Nebraska until the PSC process is completed and PSC approval occurs.
"A foreign corporation should not be able to write new rules for their project in our state," said Susan Dunavan, landowner and plaintiff. "We have faith in the judicial branch of our government will side with our state's constitution and ensure the laws we put forth protect our basic property rights and due process."
There is a July 19th Court Hearing at 3pm in Lincoln where a schedule for the trial will be determined.
Bold Nebraska maintains a website with updates on the lawsuit including the recent ruling from Judge Stacy at: http://boldnebraska.org/lawsuit
Additional Information at Domina Law Group: http://www.dominalaw.com/transcanada
POSTED: Jun 10, 2013, 10:21 AM
This is the second blog from landowner Julia Trigg Crawford down in Texas. She is writing about the risky construction of Keystone. Read her first diary here. Bold will re-post her writings on our site. Please help spread the word.
POSTED: May 02, 2013, 06:24 PM
In addition to the 13,004 public comments we submitted on behalf of Nebraskans and the over 1 million comments nationwide submitted, state-based groups came together to submit a detailed response to the State Department on why we oppose the Keystone XL pipeline--the route, the map of the Sandhills, emergency response plans, landowner rights, spill liability, concerns about our water and economic risks to rural farmers and ranchers are all detailed in our submission to the State Department including how the DEQ changed the region of the Sandhills on their own website to cover-up the real Sandhills and give TransCanada political cover for a risky route.