TransCanda Lawsuit over Keystone XL Rejection


The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline was officially rejected this past November, but now TransCanada is suing the Obama Administration under NAFTA, “using a complex and opaque process known as the investor-state dispute system, which allows corporations to bring lawsuits against countries that they feel are unfairly blocking the free flow of trade. TransCanada’s accusation is that the Obama Administration rejected Keystone XL for purely symbolic reasons, rather than its impact on the climate, and therefore the company has been discriminated against.”

The Huffington Post details the lawsuit and provides useful commentary into “how terrible trade agreements like NAFTA can be for our environment.”

Read on here:

From the Pipeline featured on Earthworms podcast

Listen to Jean Ponzi discuss From the Pipeline with director Caitlin Zera on this week’s Earthworms episode, full podcast available now at:

Tune into KDHX 88.1 FM to catch an Earthworms “segment” about the film live on air.


Featured photo: Host Jean Ponzi with Caitlin Zera at the Larry J. Weir Center for Independent Media, KDHX Studios, St. Louis

A Conversation About From the Pipeline on Earthworms Podcast

From the Pipeline director Caitlin Zera will be featured on this week’s episode of Earthworms, a radio program hosted by  Jean Ponzi that airs on St. Louis’s independent radio station KDHX. Each week the show features “Conversations in Green” about important environmental issues in the St. Louis region and beyond. Caitlin will sit down with Jean to discuss the documentary, upcoming screenings in the St. Louis area, and the issue of tar sands pipelines.

Earthworms is now available in podcast form, and you can tune in by streaming it on KDHXtra, or better yet, subscribe on iTunes and hear great conversations every week!

Five Free Screenings in January 2016!

We are excited to announce that From the Pipeline will be screening throughout the month of January at five different locations across the Greater St. Louis area. All screenings are free and feature a Q&A with the director afterwards. This series is brought to you by the Greater St. Louis Eco Film Committee. Screenings are 7pm unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, January 12
Franciscan Sisters in Kirkwood
335 S. Kirkwood Road, MO 63122

Thursday, January 14
Mary Mother of the Church
5901 Kerth Rd, St. Louis, MO 63128

Monday, January 18
La Vista Ecological Learning Center
4300 Levis Lane; Godfrey, IL 62035

Tuesday, January 19
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
4092 Blow St, St. Louis, MO 63116

Tuesday, January 26
St. Stephen’s Church
33 N Clay Ave, Ferguson, MO 63135

From the Pipeline on Green Time TV this November

This November, St. Louis Green Time TV will feature From the Pipeline on two different air dates. The film will be introduced by Sierra Club Chapter Director (Eastern Missouri Group) John Hickey. Green Time will air From the Pipeline at noon on Saturday November 7th in St. Louis on Channel 24-1 and at 8 pm on Monday November 9th in St. Louis on Channel 24-2, Springfield on Channel 39, Joplin on Channel 36 and Marshfield on Channel 17.

Spill in Shelby County Closes Spearhead Pipeline

On August 11, 2015, the Spearhead Pipeline which runs parallel to the Flanagan South Pipeline and shares a right of way, released an estimated 16-20 gallons of crude oil into a local intermittent creek in Shelby County, Missouri. The Spearhead is also owned by Enbridge and has carried crude oil across Missouri for the past 50 years. Both pipelines were shut off and a clean-up crew was sent to the site. Part of the Spearhead pipeline was excavated for inspection to determine the cause of the spill as the release point was unknown at the time of the spill.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources reported that no fish kill occurred. Nor was any oily vegetation observed downstream. The Flanagan South pipeline was put back into operation the next day while efforts to investigate the Spearhead remained underway.

To see MO DNR’s record of the incident visit:

Underground pipeline rupture in California, Pipeline was heated and corroded

On May 19th, an underground pipeline carrying crude oil ruptured beneath the California coastline near Santa Barbara. The 101,000 gallons of spilled crude created a slick that extended nine miles along the coast and has already adversely affected wildlife.

The pipeline is owned and operated by Plains All American Pipeline Company. Pipeline was not carrying tar sands but was heated (just as tar sands pipelines are) which puts the integrity of the pipe’s metal at a higher risk for corrosion. A new report from federal regulators describes how corroded Line 901 really was – nearly half of the metal wall (upwards of 45%) of the pipeline was eaten away by corrosion at the time of the spill.

Early findings released by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (the regulatory body that oversees all pipelines, including the Flanagan South) do not point to a conclusive cause of the failure rupture but do take note of the massive corrosion.

Another pipeline owned by the company, Line 903, which connected to the ruptured pipeline, is also showing signs of corrosion and Plains All American Pipeline is under orders to review the pipeline for safety concerns.

Clean-up efforts are currently underway and the federal investigation into the incident is on-going.

Read more coverage of the Line 901 rupture at these news sites: