Keystone Pipeline closed after 210k gallon leak

The Keystone Pipeline in the US has been closed after a 210,000-gallon oil leak. Pipeline operator TransCanada said the incident occurred in a sparsely populated area of Marshall County, South Dakota. It was then shut off between Canada’s Alberta and Oklahoma and Illinois in the US. The southern leg of the system, stretching to the […]

Thumbs up for Canada’s $220m gas pipeline

Plans to build a new $220 million (£138.6m) gas pipeline in Canada have been given the green light. The National Energy Board (NEB) approved the King’s North Connection project, which will link new Enbridge Gas Distribution pipeline facilities with TransCanada’s existing gas transmission systems in Vaughan, Ontario. TransCanada aims to improve its service in Greater Toronto and continue […]

Canadian pipe firm buys solar plant

One of Canada’s largest pipeline operators has bought a large-scale solar power plant. TransCanada is paying Canadian Solar $52 million (£33m) for the 10 megawatt (MW) solar plant in New Liskeard, Ontario. New Liskeard is a town which butts onto Lake Timiskaming. The Liskeard 1 power plant is the eighth solar project TransCanada has bought and […]

Obama rejects Keystone XL pipeline

Plans for a controversial oil sands pipeline linking the United States and Canada were dealt a blow yesterday when US President Barack Obama denied permission for the Keystone XL project. The US Department of State said the Presidential Permit for TransCanada’s 1700mile pipeline wasn’t granted because there had not been “sufficient time” to decide if […]

TransCanada buys $470m solar stake

North American power provider TransCanada has bought nine solar projects for roughly $470million (£300m) from Canadian Solar Solutions. The solar projects in Canada’s Ontario province have a capacity of 86MW and will come into service between 2012-2013. Russ Girling, TransCanada’s president and chief executive officer said: “The addition of these solar projects allows us to […]

Keystone pipeline re-routed around tar sands

The company responsible for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline has performed a dramatic U-turn, as they agreed to discuss an alternative route. TransCanada say they will change the course of the pipeline away from the environmentally sensitive area of the Nebraska Sandhills. Alex Pourbaix, TransCanada’s president, Energy and Oil Pipelines said:” I can confirm the […]

Thousands protest Keystone XL pipeline at White House

Thousands of protesters gathered at the White House over the weekend to object against plans to build a pipeline through the tar sands in Canada and North America. It follows a protest earlier this August, when 1,253 people were arrested during a sit-in. The Keystone XL pipeline is TransCanada’s project to extract the oil from […]

American Indian pipeline protestors arrested outside White House

American Indian and Canadian Native leaders have been arrested outside the White House while protesting against a 1,700 mile pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast. Hundreds of protestors travelled to Washington DC to try to persuade President Barack Obama not to issue a permit for the new $13billion pipe planned by TransCanada because of […]