Monday, November 3, 2014

Public deception, lazy journalism, and other Oil news

Sunday, November 02, 2014 by Marc Eliesen  Dogwood Initiative

Energy executive blasts Kinder Morgan review as “fraudulent,” quits

Marc Eliesen has withdrawn as an intervenor in the federal government’s review of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline and oil tanker expansion project, detailing his reasons for quitting in a scathing 1,500 word letter to the National Energy Board.

Eliesen is the former CEO of B.C. Hydro and the former Chair of Manitoba Hydro. A deputy minister in seven different federal and provincial governments, Eliesen has forty years’ executive experience in the energy sector, including as a board member at Suncor.

Here is the full text of his letter to the secretary of the NEB:
Dear Ms. Young:

The Intervenor, Marc Eliesen, wishes to withdraw from the National Energy Board hearing on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP).

I applied as an intervenor with expertise to offer the Board in good faith that my time and personally incurred costs would be well spent in evaluating Trans Mountain’s proposal, questioning the Proponent, preparing evidence commensurate with my expertise, answering questions on that evidence, and providing final argument. Unfortunately, I have come to the conclusion that the Board, through its decisions, is engaged in a public deception. Continued involvement with this process is a waste of time and effort, and represents a disservice to the public interest because it endorses a fraudulent process.....  read more here

The Steyer story: Election coverage gone bad 

By Peter Dykstra   The Daily Climate   11/03/14

 ....This year, Tom Steyer has been portrayed as an "oligarch," or a "billionaire environmentalist," whose electoral philanthropy is a "crusade."

As billionaires go, he's barely scraping by. He has a billion in the bank, give or take. He hovers somewhere around 1,150th on the Forbes list of the world's richest people. He'd need to roughly triple his wealth to make the vaunted Forbes 400.


Lazy journalism

So No. 1,150 ends up paired with the Koch Brothers (tied for fourth on the Forbes list) in stories that suggest that Big Oil and Big Recycling have reached political parity. This is lazy journalism, and a disservice that invites delusion on the environmental side..... read more here

At least 1,250 square miles of ocean floor in the Gulf of Mexico is coated with oil:   VICE News


North Dakota man relentless in push for safer oil by rail shipping

Billings Gazette - ‎Nov 2, 2014‎
....More recently, the Fargo man, a frequent writer of letters to the editor, has focused his attention on explosive Bakken crude oil and rail safety - an issue that has drawn national attention after a series of fiery train derailments.....    

.... [Ron Schalow]  has assembled a loose network of people concerned about the crude oil stabilization issue....


Oil boom spurs need to restore rail cars

Hutchinson News - ‎Nov 1, 2014‎
The Illinois-based, family-owned scrap metal and recycling company plans to build a $35 million plant on 100 acres in the Kansas Enterprise Industrial Park to refurbish rail cars. The focus will be tank cars designed to carry crude oil and other ... 

Our opinion: Global Partners has rid itself of the weakest crude oil rail tanker cars. But crude transportation overall isn’t yet anywhere close to being safe.

As promised, Global Partners has weeded out any of the weaker freight rail cars that have been involved in the most significant crude oil accidents since the Lac-Megantic, Quebec, disaster in July 2013, which took 47 lives and flattened a town.

The reasons this has import are many, but this may be the most notable: An entity in the oil and rail industries involved in crude oil transportation has said it would take steps to make that process safer, identified a timeline within which to accomplish that goal and made it happen.....

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