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General Honoré, Enviro Groups Call for Strengthening EPA’s Proposed Refinery Pollution StandardsPublished Desmogblog.com  8/20/2014
Millions of people living near refineries will be directly affected by a long awaited updates to regulations the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed for oil refineries. Their new proposed rule includes a reduction of flaring, monitoring benzene emissions, and upgrading emission controls 
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Not at Home on the Range: Subsidized Fracking Hits ColoradoPublished Desmogblog.com  8/20/2014
This is a guest post by Paul Thacker, originally published by Oil Change International.A general contractor in Colorado’s Grand Valley, Duke Cox says the first time he became aware that drilling for gas might be a problem was back in the early 2000s when he happened to attend a local public hearing
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Leaders Must Put People Before Politics: David SuzukiPublished Desmogblog.com  8/20/2014
This is a guest post by David Suzuki.When we elect people to office, we give them power to make and enact decisions on our behalf. They should have a vision that extends beyond the next election and the latest Dow Jones average — to our children and grandchildren.We expect our leaders to have a
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Big Rail Cites Bin Laden, Al Qaeda to Fend Off Oil-by-Rail Route TransparencyPublished Desmogblog.com  8/20/2014
While many states around the U.S. have released information to the public about the frequency and routes of trains carrying oil obtained from hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale basin, holdouts still remain. Why the delay? Homeland security concerns, claim some companies.
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Swapping Red Tape for Caution Tape: Why B.C. Can Expect More Mount PolleysPublished Desmogblog.com  8/15/2014
As we pull up to the mouth of the Hazeltine Creek, where billions of litres of mining waste from the Imperial Metals Mount Polley mine spilled into Quesnel Lake on August 4th, I’m thinking to myself what numerous locals have recently said to me: this shouldn’t have happened.All of the warning signs
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The Oilsands Cancer Story Part 3: The Spotlight Turns on Fort Chip DoctorPublished Desmogblog.com  8/17/2014
This is the third installment in a three-part series on Dr. John O'Connor, the family physician to first identify higher-than-average cancer rates and rare forms of cancer in communities downstream of the Alberta oilsands. Part 3: The Spotlight Turns On Fort Chip DoctorAfter the story of Fort Chip’s
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Major Disasters Linked to Extreme Weather, Climate and Water Hazards On the RisePublished Desmogblog.com  8/18/2014
Recently published data collected by the World Meteorological Organisation shows there were close to five times as many weather- and climate-change-related disasters in the first decade of this century than in the 1970s.As many as 1.94 million people lost their lives due to these catastrophic
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Court: Key Environmental Law Doesnt Apply to Part of Enbridge Keystone XL "Clone"Published Desmogblog.com  8/19/2014
A U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled that Enbridge’s 600-mile-long Flanagan South Pipeline, a Keystone XL “clone,” is legally cleared to proceed opening for business in October. Approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers via a controversial regulatory mechanism called
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Rail CEOs to Investors: "Bomb Trains" Safe At Almost Any SpeedPublished Desmogblog.com  8/13/2014
Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) recently said it would proceed with plans to increase speeds for oil-by-rail unit trains in Devil’s Lake, N.D. to 60 MPH from 30 MPH, despite opposition from local officials. BNSF’s announcement came merely a week after the Obama Administration announced its 
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Fuse to the Carbon Bomb: Keystone XL Much Worse for Climate Than Obama Admin EstimatedPublished Desmogblog.com  8/13/2014
Last week, supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline got all worked up about a study that purported to find that the delay in approving the project has actually increased greenhouse gas emissions. The narrowly-focused study was based on faulty assumptions (that the tar sands would always find a way to
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