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Keystone pipeline leak won't affect last regulatory hurdle

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 06:01:11 UT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Discovery of a 210,000-gallon oil leak from the Keystone pipeline would seem to be poor timing four days before regulators in Nebraska decide whether to allow a major expansion of the system, but officials say state law does not allow pipeline safety to be a factor in their decision. The Nebraska Public Service Commission was scheduled to rule Monday if a Keystone XL expansion pipeline proposed by TransCanada Corp. can cross the state. The commission's decision is the last major regulatory hurdle for a project that has faced numerous local, state and federal reviews and lawsuits since it was announced in 2008. Keystone operator TransCanada Corp.



The Latest: Company: Spill controlled and no public threat

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:20:36 UT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on a pipeline still that leaked 210,000 gallons of oil in rural South Dakota (all times local): 1:40 p.m. Operator TransCanada Corp. says the leak of oil from the Keystone pipeline is "controlled" and not a threat to public safety. The company says in a news release Friday that it has sent more than 75 people to the site of a spill in a rural area of South Dakota and crews were working "around the clock." TransCanada says among those responding to the spill are specialists in "environmental management, metallurgy, engineering, pipeline integrity and emergency response.



Correction: Keystone pipeline leaks 210K gallons of oil

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:14:43 UT

AMHERST, S.D. (AP) — In a Nov. 16 story about the Keystone pipeline oil spill, The Associated Press incorrectly reported that it was smaller than 17 other leaks of oil or petroleum products in the U.S. since 2010. It was smaller than 16 and the same size as one other. The corrected story is below: TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil onto agricultural land in northeastern South Dakota, the company and state regulators said Thursday, but state officials don't believe the leak polluted any surface water bodies or drinking water systems.



The Latest: Sierra Club urges Nebraska to reject Keystone XL

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:16:39 UT

AMHERST, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on a pipeline leak in South Dakota (all times local): 5:10 p.m. The Sierra Club is urging Nebraska regulators to reject the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline after TransCanada Corp.'s existing Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota. Sierra Club Beyond Dirty Fuels campaign director Kelly Martin said Thursday that the only way to protect Nebraska communities is to "to say no to Keystone XL." The commission will announce its ruling on Monday after spending months evaluating arguments for and against the long-delayed project. President Donald Trump issued a federal permit for the project in March.



$1.6B Canada-New England hydropower project wins key permit

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:17:01 UT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Department of Energy on Thursday awarded a key permit for a transmission project that would carry hydropower from Canada to more than a million homes in southern New England. The granting of what is called the Presidential permit allows for the $1.6 billion project to take hydropower across an international border and connect to the United States grid. First conceived in 2010, the Northern Pass project calls for building a 192-mile electricity transmission line from Pittsburg to Deerfield in New Hampshire, carrying enough Hydro-Quebec energy to power about a 1.1 million homes. The permit approval is the latest sign of progress for a project that has sparked angry protests and heated debates at scores of hearings.



Alaska takes Canada mining concerns to Secretary Tillerson

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 01:48:22 UT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Officials in Alaska want the U.S. State Department to raise with the Canadian government concerns about the impacts of British Columbia mining on waters that flow across the border. Gov. Bill Walker, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott and Alaska's congressional delegation also asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to determine if the concerns should be brought to a special international commission. The commission gets involved when asked to do so by the national governments. The congressional delegation made similar requests under the Obama administration and found the response to be lacking.



Canada offers helicopters, planes, trainers to UN efforts

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 23:43:04 UT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Canada is committing a 200-soldier rapid response team, helicopters and transport aircraft to U.N. peacekeeping efforts. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled the commitment Wednesday on the second day of a peacekeeping summit hosted by Canada. Officials said it could be six to nine months before Canada and the U.N. decide where the Canadians are needed. The package represented Canada's most tangible step back into peacekeeping since Trudeau promised last year to provide up to 600 troops and 150 police officers to the U.N. Canada has a lengthy tradition of peacekeeping, but not in recent years as its military was involved in combat in Afghanistan.



NATO chief says they'll have enough forces in Afghanistan

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:35:10 UT

TORONTO (AP) — NATO's chief said Wednesday he is certain the alliance will have sufficient forces to fulfill its training mission in Afghanistan after months of lobbying allies to increase troop contributions. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday that NATO will meet the requirements set out by Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander for Afghanistan, who has said he needs close to 16,000 troops to fill the NATO training mission. Stoltenberg said the troop level will go from 13,000 to around 16,000. "I'm absolutely confident that we will have sufficient forces when we move into 2018," Stoltenberg said.



3 arrested at Enbridge Line 3 pipeline site in Wisconsin

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:29:00 UT

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — Police have arrested three protesters at an Enbridge pipeline construction site in northwestern Wisconsin. Authorities say 12 to 15 pipeline opponents gathered at the site in Superior about 9 a.m. Wednesday. Police Chief Matt Markon says one protester attached himself to a piece of equipment that had to be removed with a hand-held metal cutting wheel. Markon says that protester and a woman were arrested for trespassing and resisting arrest. He says a third was arrested on an unrelated misdemeanor warrant. It's the third time in two months that arrests have been made at the site in Superior, where Enbridge is replacing a segment of its aging Line 3 oil pipeline from Alberta.



Who owns Maine's seaweed? Top court will have to decide

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:37:37 UT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A fight over who owns the seaweed that can be harvested along the coast of Maine is going all the way to the state's highest court. Commercial harvesters typically collect more than 10 million pounds of seaweed per year in Maine. But harvesters and some shorefront property owners are locked in a dispute over whether it's being taken from private property. WCSH-TV reports a superior court judge ruled in favor of the property owners, blocking a Nova Scotia company from harvesting in intertidal zones in downeast Maine. The Maine Supreme Court will now decide if that ruling should stand. An attorney for the Nova Scotia harvester argues that the state owns intertidal waters and the marine resources in them.



Breweries lock horns over moose-themed names, logos

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 17:14:49 UT

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A Canadian brewery and a Vermont brewpub are locking horns in a trademark dispute over their moose-themed names and logos. The Rutland Herald reports that Saint John, New Brunswick-based Moosehead Breweries has filed an infringement lawsuit against Hop'n Moose Brewing Co. Hop'n Moose opened in 2014 in Rutland and recently began canning its beer, which is sold in about 15 nearby stores. Moosehead was founded in 1867 and adopted its current name in 1947. It sells beer in Canada, the U.S. and abroad. Moosehead argues that similarity in names and logos could create confusion. Hop'n Moose owner Dale Patterson says he hasn't seen the lawsuit, but doesn't want to change his logo.



Ohio city refuses to give up fight against gas pipeline

Sat, 4 Nov 2017 16:23:40 UT

CLEVELAND (AP) — As a partnership between companies based in Canada and Detroit begins the first steps in building a $2 billion natural gas pipeline, a northeast Ohio mayor is vowing to continue his city's fight to get the pipeline moved away from his community of 25,000 residents, "as long as there is hope." "I'm not opposing oil and gas," Green Mayor Gerard Neugebauer told The Associated Press this week. "What I'm saying is that you should not go through populated areas when you put in a pipeline." The partnership between Calgary-based Enbridge and Detroit's DTE Energy has received all the federal approvals it needs to build the 255-mile-long NEXUS pipeline, which will be capable of transporting 1.



US makes final finding on Canadian softwood imports

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 20:31:20 UT

TORONTO (AP) — The U.S. Department of Commerce issued its final finding Thursday on the softwood lumber duties Canadian producers must pay, escalating a trade dispute amid the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The department said most Canadian producers will pay a combined countervailing and anti-dumping rate of 20.83 percent, down from 26.75 percent in the preliminary determinations issued earlier this year. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the decision "defends American workers and businesses from unfair trade practices." The department also said Canadian exporters sell softwood lumber at less than fair value and Canada provides unfair subsidies to producers.



Expert haunted by video of 3-year-old cutting teddy's head

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 20:31:29 UT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Mubin Shaikh told the U.N. Security Council Tuesday that he's haunted by a video image: A 3-year-old boy uses a large knife given to him by his parents to cut off his teddy bear's head. Shaikh is a Canadian Muslim who was radicalized in his teens, traveled in Taliban-controlled areas and turned away from that "poisonous" way of thinking after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. He is now an expert on countering violent extremism and said he uses that video — in which the knife is as long as the boy's arm — to train police and intelligence services. "What will become of this boy when he's 10? 15? Will he even live to 20?," Shaikh asked at a council meeting on children and armed conflict.



Colombia leader thanks Canadians for supporting peace effort

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:34:28 UT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Colombia's Nobel Peace Prize-winning president has thanked Canadians for their support of his country's peace process. Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the peace prize last year for his efforts to end Colombia's half century of civil conflict. He says Canada along with other nations were instrumental in maintaining the momentum behind peace talks. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said after meeting with Santos in his Parliament Hill office on Monday that Canada will provide police training and advice to support post-conflict policing efforts in Colombia Trudeau also left the door open to a possible deployment of peacekeepers to Columbia, characterizing the policing effort as a separate initiative.



Canada seeks to compensate indigenous taken from families

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 22:18:50 UT

TORONTO (AP) — Colleen Cardinal often wondered why her parents turned bright red in the sun but she grew dark along with her sisters. The puzzle was solved when she was a young teen, and the woman she had thought of as her mother disclosed that she had been picked out of a catalog of native children available for adoption. Cardinal was one of thousands of indigenous children taken from their birth families from the 1960s to mid-1980s and sent to live with white families, who officials at the time insisted could give them better care. Many lost touch with their original culture and language. It echoes the history of residential schools in Canada.



Company says it knew of pipeline coating damage 3 years ago

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 21:45:11 UT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The company that operates twin oil pipelines in a Great Lakes waterway said Friday it knew three years ago that protective coating had been damaged in one area but didn't inform regulators, an acknowledgment that drew sharp criticism from Michigan officials. Enbridge Inc. said four gaps were opened in enamel coating on a section of pipe in Michigan's Straits of Mackinac as a support anchor was installed in 2014 — one of eight spots where scratches or calcium carbonate deposits have been discovered. Environmental advocates say the gaps bolster their contention that the company's 64-year-old Line 5 should be shut down, although Enbridge insists they pose no safety threat and the pipes are in good shape.



Pilot forced to land cocaine-laden plane gets 8 years

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 19:54:50 UT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Canadian pilot who landed a plane carrying 290 pounds (132 kilograms) of cocaine in Ohio because of engine problems has been sentenced to eight years in prison. Sylvain Desjardins pleaded guilty in July to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Prosecutors told The Columbus Dispatch that the federal judge considered the guilty plea when sentencing Desjardins on Friday. He had faced up to 12 years in prison. Desjardins landed the plane at Ohio University's airport in March because an engine began smoking. The plane was met by sheriff's deputies, university police and federal agents. U.S. Customs and Border Protection had tracked the Windsor, Ontario-bound twin-engine plane after it left the Bahamas.



Another Air Canada jet safety issue at San Francisco airport

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 04:33:42 UT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Six times the control tower at San Francisco International Airport ordered an incoming Air Canada plane to abort its landing, fearing another plane might be on the runway. Each time, the order went unanswered. Finally, air traffic controllers Sunday night took out an emergency red light and aimed it outside their window toward the jet to try to get the pilots' attention. That didn't work either, the plane landed and one of the pilots then radioed that he was having problems with the radio. "That's pretty evident," the controller responded.



US probes 2nd Air Canada jet safety event in San Francisco

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 01:02:07 UT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Six times the control tower at San Francisco International Airport ordered an incoming Air Canada plane to abort its landing, fearing another plane might be on the runway. Each time, the order went unanswered. Finally, air traffic controllers Sunday night took out an emergency red light and aimed it outside their window toward the jet to try to get the pilots' attention. That didn't work either, the plane landed and one of the pilots then radioed that he was having problems with the radio. "That's pretty evident," the controller responded.