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Fossil Fuels kill far more birds than wind and solar

Burnaby challenges pipeline construction in its conservation area

City of Burnaby Directs Kinder Morgan to Stop Work that is Damaging Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area
September 2, 2014

Press release

DurhamCLEAR Annual Meeting - a Crossroads

DurhamCLEAR will hold its annual meeting on September 9th. We are at a crossroads. We need new blood. Without it, DurhamCLEAR will die.

Engineered to fail

Having spent the better part of a year investigating the pipeline industry as an intervenor to the NEB line 9 hearings, I have reached the unfortunate conclusion that pipelines - all pipelines, not just Enbridge's, are engineered to fail.

That doesn't mean these companies want their pipelines to fail, it's just that the engineering standards of construction and maintenance are such that failure (leaks) is inevitable. The standards are just too weak.

America’s dirtiest secret

This story is about the situation in the United States but I can't imagine the Canadian regulatory environment being different in any substantive way.

How billions of barrels of toxic oil and gas waste are falling through regulatory cracks

By Jefferson Dodge and Joel Dyer

Boulder, Colorado Weekly, Thursday, March 13,2014

The Tar Sands Dilemma - Transporting by Train, by Pipeline or Not at All ?

by Linda Fraser

The present day costs of petroleum are heavy. Besides the cost of more expensive fuel at the gas pumps, our cost also includes the loss of a large section of our Arctic wilderness, disappearing forever. Since the tar sands began operations, Arctic caribou herds have been decimated.    

407 ETR Extension - A step in the wrong direction

CLICK HERE for a slide show of pictures taken by Jayden along the path of the West Link (Hwy 407 to 401 just east of Lakeridge Rd.)
This article was contributed by Jayden Rae who is a Whitby high school student and the President of the Whitby Environmental Youth Alliance.
 
If you live in Durham Region, you have surely driven past the destruction resulting from the 407 ETR East Extension project and felt a sadness come over you. Hundreds, thousands, of trees including Butternut Trees that are considered an endangered species, are being chopped down for the construction of the West Link alone. However, this is just one of the impacts of this project and just a few other concerns include; 
  • The loss of healthy habitats that are abundant of life including species included under the endangered species act such as; Trumpeter Swans, Blanding’s Turtles, Barn Swallows and Redside Dace. The North Link in particular is destroying some of Whitby’s  last woodlots which have already experienced a steep decline due to urban sprawl. 
  • The West Link crosses over 7 waterways and the full 407 extension traverses almost a hundred more. These wetlands are the base of Durham’s ecosystems that feed Lake Ontario, act as filters for our water, reduce pollution and are vital to spawning fish.

Why old pipelines fail

published in Inside Climate News, (http://insideclimatenews.org) Apr 3, 2013

Original Source - US Dept of Transportation

Lot more questions than answers on Line 9

I started this list of questions back a few weeks ago. I have found answers for some of them and I have added those. I also continue to add questions. If you have questions, email them to me at doug@durhamclear.ca and i will add them to the list.

If DurhamCLEAR gets intervenor status at the NEB hearings this list could form the basis of our questioning.

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