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Oil and Gas Giant Exxon Agrees to Its First Carbon Risk Disclosure

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Harper government cutting more than $100 million related to protection of water

More than $100 million in cuts are underway at the federal department in charge of protecting Canada’s water and oceans, despite recommendations from top bureaucrats that it needs to increase spending for both environmental and economic reasons.

According to internal federal briefing notes obtained by Postmedia News, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government is eliminating about 500 jobs at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans related to Coast Guard services, patrols to stop illegal fishing activities as well as scientific research to promote conservation, protect endangered species, and prevent industrial water pollution.

The cuts, part of the federal government’s efforts to eliminate its deficit, cover 26 different areas of the department which has a workforce of about 10,000 employees. The downsizing also includes the shutdown of federal libraries and millions of dollars in reductions to climate change adaptation programs. In total, the department estimates it will cut about $80 million per year from its budget by 2014-15, and over $100 million per year in the following fiscal year.

Harper’s ultra-conservative government also makes oil and gas spill clean up plans secret. It seems Harper was but a martyr for the oil and gas industry, having nearly wiped out most of Canada’s environmental regulations and policies that affect oil and gas drilling.

Super gross video of an exploding Sperm whale. You’ve been warned!

Two new oil pipelines opened today in North Dakota. Republican leaders call for more drilling. The Bakken oil formation is a huge oil field under Montana, North Dakota, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The recently completed Bakken Pipeline Expansion Project adds 145,000 barrels per day of pipeline capacity and the new Berthold Rail Facility transports another 80,000 barrels a day.

Enbridge’s system is now capable of transporting 475,000 barrels of Bakken crude oil per day, representing more than half of North Dakota’s current oil production of about 820,000 barrels per day.

But as the state’s oil production is projected to hit 1 million barrels per day or more, additional capacity will be needed. Via

The primary method of extracting the oil is to frack it (NatGeo). Accidents, pollution, water depletion, and death abound.

Oil, Gas Industry's Top 5 Kidnapping Hotspots

January’s attack, and subsequent hostage crisis, at the BP and Statoil-run In Amenas gas facility in Algeria by Islamist terrorists

brought home just how dangerous some parts of the world can be for the expat oil and gas worker. An inevitable consequence for the oil and gas industry as it moves into “frontier” areas in its search for reservoirs rich in hydrocarbon resources is the increased security risk of operating in some of the world’s most dangerous countries and regions.

But while the In Amenas incident, which caused the deaths of 39 foreign hostages and an Algerian security guard, might have brought to the fore the threat to the oil and gas sector from Islamism in North Africa, other parts of the African continent, and indeed, the world, have far more prevalent incidences of hostage taking and kidnappings.

Of course the kidnapping of energy workers can happen anywhere oil and gas work is carried out, as the case of British oil worker Malcolm Primrose’s kidnapping in June showed.

Good read

Managing climate change risks | ExxonMobil

Every major oil and gas company (even Iran’s NIOC) acknowledges climate change. Here’s ExxonMobil’s climate page (use google to find others).

Rising greenhouse gas emissions pose significant risks to society and ecosystems.

Remember this during your next nice chat with a denier. 

The U.S. Has Much, Much More Gas and Oil Than We Thought

This article is circulating among the anti-peak oil crowds. To me, the bigger story is about the left’s environmental heroine, Sally Jewell, who used to frack wells. As new head of the Dept. of Interior, she will (with Obama’s encouragement) - will - allow aggressive fracking on more public lands, possibly much more in our National Parks. To forgiving environmentalists, she’s Obama’s replacement for the DOI and former CEO of REI.

Meet your new Secretary of the Interior: Sally Jewell



On April 12, 2013, Sally Jewell was sworn in as the 51st Secretary of the Interior.

In nominating Jewell, President Obama said, “She is an expert on the energy and climate issues that are going to shape our future.  She is committed to building our nation-to-nation relationship with Indian Country.  She knows the link between conservation and good jobs.  She knows that there’s no contradiction between being good stewards of the land and our economic progress; that in fact, those two things need to go hand in hand.” 

As Secretary of the Interior, Jewell leads an agency with more than 70,000 employees. Interior serves as steward for approximately 20 percent of the nation’s lands, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, and other public lands; oversees the responsible development of conventional and renewable energy supplies on public lands and waters; is the largest supplier and manager of water in the 17 Western states; and upholds trust responsibilities to the 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

Prior to her confirmation, Jewell served in the private sector, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer of Recreation Equipment, Inc. (REI).

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What happens when you trade the foundations of your society for cash?” - Céline Rouze, a brave journalist who wrote Exxon Mobil’s Papua New Guinea LNG Project. This project is the largest energy project in the history of the entire Pacific Rim. Exxon’s promises of economic development has instead brought chaos and violence.

Céline Rouze is very courageous journalist. People like her give me hope…


From the Pulitzer Center’s Meet the Journalist Channel:

Papua New Guinea is a country torn between its traditional culture and the global economic system.

Journalist and radio documentary-maker Céline Rouzet shares what attracted her to this place, why she decided to investigate this topic, and the main challenges she faced reporting there.

Her reporting series, “Exxon Mobil’s Papua New Guinea LNG Project,” explores the social and economic issues related to the biggest development project undertaken in the history of the Pacific region.

Grist: "State Dept Keystone XL Report Actually Written By TransCanada Contractor"

It seems a foreign oil company dictated to John Kerry and Mr. Obama how, when, and why they should approve the oil pipeline. For more, see here.

Seems like a case of regulatory capture:

Regulatory capture occurs when a regulatory agency, created to act in the public interest, instead advances the commercial or special concerns of interest groups that dominate the industry or sector it is charged with regulating.

Regulatory capture is a form of government failure, as it can act as an encouragement for firms to produce negative externalities. The agencies are called “captured agencies”. Via:

Great way to lure Hollywood to film their next batch of post-apocalyptic films on North Dakota’s ‘Prairies of Doom.’


America strikes oil

The cover story this month is an important one: The U.S. is experiencing a big boom in oil and natural gas due to new technologies to extract hard-to-reach oil.

The new “gold rush” is affecting with special intensity northwest North Dakota, bringing new fortunes, transforming the prairie landscape and also causing environmental concerns while boosting the U.S. fuel supply.