Keepin’ it in the Ground: New York Shale Gas by the numbers

December 18, 2014By Lorne StockmanBlog Post, Featured, News 3 Comments

This week’s historic decision by New York Governor Cuomo to ban high-volume fracking in New York State comes as the local health risks of fracking are becoming increasingly clear. The decision followed the release of a long awaited New York Health Department study that acting state health commissioner, Dr. Howard A. Zucker, said had found “significant public … Read More

Wrong Side of the Tracks: Why Rail is not the Answer to the Tar Sands Market Access Problem

September 8, 2014By Lorne StockmanReports 6 Comments

Oil Change International, September 2014 Download full report This report examines the development of bitumen-by-rail at a time when its growth is expected to take a substantial leap. How much bitumen is actually moving by rail in 2014? What is the capacity of loading and unloading terminals that are realistically positioned to handle tar sands bitumen? How profitable is … Read More

Wrong side of the tracks: the tar sands-by-rail pipe dream

September 8, 2014By Lorne StockmanBlog Post, Featured

Our latest report presents new analysis that confirms that shipping tar sands bitumen by rail cannot possibly meet the tar sands industry’s reckless production growth plans. The report’s conclusions demonstrate that the U.S. Department of State’s analysis of rail’s ability to replace the Keystone XL pipeline failed to consider key data and evidence and drew conclusions that are both misleading and dangerous for the American public.

Runaway Train: The Reckless Expansion of Crude-by-Rail in North America

May 28, 2014By Lorne StockmanReports 2 Comments

Runaway Train: The Reckless Expansion of Crude-by-Rail in North America. Oil Change International, May 2014. This report tracks the rise of crude-by-rail in North America, detailing where crude trains are being loaded and unloaded, how many trains carrying crude oil are crossing the North American continent, and who is involved in this burgeoning trade. This report is the … Read More

Pipelines vs. Rail: A False Choice

May 27, 2014By Lorne StockmanBlog Post 21 Comments

As we release our North American crude-by-rail online map and report, it is worth taking a look at one of the most repeated false claims that the oil industry and its supporters make about crude-by-rail. A major talking point for pipeline proponents is the assertion that crude-by-rail is growing simply because pipeline projects are being … Read More