Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Spills 60,000 Gallons in Alberta
For the second time in a week a pipeline carrying tar sands oil has spilled. This time it's at Enbridge's Athabasca pipeline northeast of Edmonton, Canada. Enbridge puts the volume at slightly under 61,000 gallons, a figure that has not been independently confirmed, and has said, "It's a significant size spill." Read more: Winnipeg Free Press
Proposed Tar Sands Pipeline Though Central Canada & New England Raise Alarm
Controversial new pipeline plans threaten drinking water and many beloved natural areas in Central Canada and New England according to a new report released today. A broad coalition of 19 organizations is sounding the alarm about plans to bring tar sands oil through Ontario, Quebec, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. The advocates say the plan is unsafe and that a tar sands oil spill could harm the region’s waterways, wildlife and tourism economy. The report, Going in Reverse: The Tar Sands Threat to Central Canada and New England, outlines an array of threats associated with the controversial fuel source, often referred to as the “dirtiest oil on the planet.”
New York State Introduces New Solar Power Promotion
PV Magazine reports:
The NY-Sun initiative’s goal is to double the amount of solar installed for customers in 2012, and quadruple it in 2013. Specifically, the Public Service Commission has approved US$432 million worth of funding, to be made available over the next four years for customer-sited photovoltaic systems. Furthermore, in a statement released yesterday, the governor said the expanded solar program "will increase financial incentives for large, commercial-sized PV projects and expand incentive programs for small-to-medium residential and commercial systems."
RAND Study Questions Financial Viability of Military Biofuels
The study by the RAND Corporation think tank said that while the U.S. Defense Department is a huge consumer of fuel at about 340,000 barrels per day, that figure is a tiny fraction of the 87 million barrels per day of global demand, too small to influence price significantly. Efforts to make fuel from seed or algae oils are not producing at the scale or price necessary to meet the military's demand at a reasonable cost, said James Bartis, the RAND researcher who authored a volume of the report.More: Reuters
Japan & China to Import Iran's Oil, Despite EU Ban
The EU has a ban on its insurance companies covering ships carrying crude oil from Iran. To get around the ban, Japan and China (both large importers of Iranian oil) have taken different routes. Japan has passed a law allowing the government to directly insure ships carrying Iranian oil. China is asking the Iranian government to cover the risk. South Korea and India, rounding out the top four Asian importers of oil from Iran, have yet to act to circumvent the EU ban.
Read more: Reuters