Native & Green Groups Challenge State Dept. Permit for Dirty Oil Pipeline
‘Alberta Clipper’ Would Bring Canadian Tar Sands Crude to U.S.
San Francisco, CA -- Native American and environmental groups filed suit in federal court today challenging a proposed tar sands oil pipeline that would bring the dirtiest oil on Earth from Canada to the United States.
The U.S. State Department's approval on August 20 of Enbridge Energy's Alberta Clipper pipeline permits 450,000 barrels of tar sands oil per day to be pumped from northern Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin, for refining.
Tar sands oil is dirtier and, over its lifecycle, emits more global warming pollution than any other type of oil. Tar sands development in Alberta is creating an environmental catastrophe, with toxic tailings ponds so large they can be seen from space, and plans to strip away forests and peat lands of an area the size of Florida. (Photos at www.dirtyoilsands.org.)
The Indigenous Environmental Network, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, National Wildlife Federation and Sierra Club filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for Northern California. They are represented by the nonprofit law firm Earthjustice.
Read the complaint (PDF)
Enbridge pipeline faces U.S. court challengeCanwest News Service
September 4, 2009
Environmental and aboriginal groups in the United States have filed a federal suit against Enbridge's Alberta Clipper pipeline, alleging recent approval for the heavy oil pipeline goes against the public interest. The coalition, represented by legal firm EarthJustice, launched the legal challenge Thursday in the U.S. District Court for Northern California. Enbridge received approval by the U.S. State Department on Aug. 19 for the $1.2-billion leg of the project. Thursday's motion alleged the department violated the U.S. National Environmental Policy Act by failing to analyze and assess environmental impacts of the pipeline, including indirect and cumulative effects of bitumen production.
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