Friday, August 21, 2015

Big Oil, Coal Target NW Communities and Planet

Speak up about Shell's new rail loop proposal to accept 

more oil trains.

Shell Oil has big plans to bring more explosive oil trains to Washington — and if we don’t act quickly, we will not get a say in the matter. 

Shell is proposing to build a new rail loop at its refinery in Anacortes, just a hundred feet from the shore of Puget Sound. If Shell succeeds, six more trains per week would be added carrying dangerous, explosive crude oil through the Pacific Northwest. Each of these trains has 100 tank cars!
Right now, the Department of Ecology and the Skagit County commissioners are deciding how much time to give the public to weigh in on Shell’s proposal. Tell them to give us the longest public comment period possible to weigh in on this proposal that risks our safety, our environment, and our way of life.
Shell has been fighting to avoid any additional public scrutiny of this project from the beginning. Now, it’s doing everything it can to make to make the public comment period for this project short and sweet when the impact is anything but. The public deserves time to weigh in on Shell’s proposal to bring more volatile crude through Washington communities - plain and simple.
Once the comment period for Shell’s proposal is set, you’ll be hearing from us again with next steps and updates.


In this April 4, 2013 file photo, a truck carrying 250 tons of coal hauls the fuel to the surface of the Cloud Peak Energy's Spring Creek mine near Decker, Mont. AP

Crow Tribe Inks Partnership to Develop Washington State Coal Port

via Indian Country Today

The Crow Tribe of Montana has inked a partnership with Cloud Peak Energy and SSA Marine for a five percent share of Gateway Pacific Terminal, the coal export terminal proposed in northernwestern Washington State near the Canadian border. 

The tribe's buy-in cost will be decided if and when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers grants approval to the export project, reported
The Crow Tribal Legislature additionally needs to sign off on the agreement made by Crow Tribal Chairman Darren Old Coyote when its members convene in October.
Proponents estimate the terminal could open in five years and ship roughly 48 million metric tons of coal annually to international markets, reported

Big Oil Knew. Big Oil Lied. And Planet Earth Got Fried.

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They knew. They lied. And the planet and its people are now paying the ultimate price.

It's no secret that the fossil fuel industry—the set of companies and corporate interests which profit most from the burning of coal, oil, and gas—have been the largest purveyors and funders of climate change denialism in the world.

Now, a new set of documents and a report released by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) answers the age-old question always asked when it comes to crimes of corruption, cover-up, and moral defiance: What did they know and when did they know it?

As it turns out, "The Climate Deception Dossiers" shows that leading oil giants such as ExxonMobil, BP, and Shell—just like tobacco companies who buried and denied the threat of cancer for smokers—knew about the dangers of global warming and the role of carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions long before the public received warning from the broader scientific community. And what's worse, of course, is not only that they knew—but how they have spent the last nearly thirty years actively denying the damage they were causing to the planet and its inhabitants.

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