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New Keystone XL pipeline route? Nebraska Legislature Moves Ahead

New Keystone XL pipeline route? Nebraska Legislature Moves Ahead | Canadian art history | Scoop.it

"The on-again, off-again Keystone XL pipeline gained new traction in Nebraska on Wednesday.

State legislators authorized the state Department of Environmental Quality to begin evaluating options for a new route outside the sensitive Nebraska Sandhills, the marshy hills and grasslands that lie atop the nation’s most important agricultural aquifer.

 

Critics of the pipeline, which would carry tar sands oil from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast, say the legislation amounts to a rubber stamp for TransCanada. The Canadian company is maneuvering to build the $7-billion pipeline, and the project's political travails have become a poster child for the nation's energy woes.

 

The bill, passed on a 44-5 vote, sidesteps an earlier law adopted in a special session of the Legislature only last fall. That measure requires most new oil pipelines to undergo a rigorous review process through the publicly elected Public Service Commission.

 

The new measure instead allows the Department of Environmental Quality to study the route. It also allows the governor — who has already said he wants the pipeline to go forward, as long as it avoids the Sandhills — to decide whether to approve or deny it.

 

Gov. Dave Heineman is expected to sign the bill into law, though opponents already are considering the possibility of constitutional challenges."


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New Keystone XL pipeline route? Nebraska Legislature Moves Ahead

New Keystone XL pipeline route? Nebraska Legislature Moves Ahead | Canadian art history | Scoop.it

"The on-again, off-again Keystone XL pipeline gained new traction in Nebraska on Wednesday.

State legislators authorized the state Department of Environmental Quality to begin evaluating options for a new route outside the sensitive Nebraska Sandhills, the marshy hills and grasslands that lie atop the nation’s most important agricultural aquifer.

 

Critics of the pipeline, which would carry tar sands oil from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast, say the legislation amounts to a rubber stamp for TransCanada. The Canadian company is maneuvering to build the $7-billion pipeline, and the project's political travails have become a poster child for the nation's energy woes.

 

The bill, passed on a 44-5 vote, sidesteps an earlier law adopted in a special session of the Legislature only last fall. That measure requires most new oil pipelines to undergo a rigorous review process through the publicly elected Public Service Commission.

 

The new measure instead allows the Department of Environmental Quality to study the route. It also allows the governor — who has already said he wants the pipeline to go forward, as long as it avoids the Sandhills — to decide whether to approve or deny it.

 

Gov. Dave Heineman is expected to sign the bill into law, though opponents already are considering the possibility of constitutional challenges."


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Canadian arts philanthropist's $5-million gift creates major new arts ...

Canadian arts philanthropist's $5-million gift creates major new arts ... | Canadian art history | Scoop.it
The donation will create the Audain Art Centre, an important new facility for UBC's Dept. of Art History, Visual Art and Theory. The department has fostered some of Canada's best known visual artists – including Jeff Wall, Ken ...
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Replica of the Mona Lisa Better Preserved than Original

Replica of the Mona Lisa Better Preserved than Original | Canadian art history | Scoop.it

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Art fanatics now have a chance to see what the Mona Lisa might have looked like brand new, thanks to a recently unearthed copy painted by Da Vinci’s apprentice.


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UBC Museum of Anthropology receives private "treasure" of early Bill Reid works - Art Daily

UBC Museum of Anthropology receives private "treasure" of early Bill Reid works - Art Daily | Canadian art history | Scoop.it
UBC Museum of Anthropology receives private "treasure" of early Bill Reid worksArt Daily“This collection has outstanding significance, not only as a representation of Bill Reid's extraordinary early work – and the value of such material for the study...
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TransCanada Submits New Keystone XL Pipeline Plan

"For the first time since President Obama issued a controversial order halting its progress, the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline is once again on track for bureaucratic review after TransCanada submitted a new route through Nebraska designed to avoid environmentally sensitive areas.

The new plan, which TransCanada submitted to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality on Wednesday, takes the Keystone project out of the deep freeze that began in January when Obama agreed with the recommendation of the State Department to reject the initial pipeline application.

This new development, first reported by Fox News, allows Nebraska officials to review the impact of the pipeline's adjusted route. It also opens the door for the pipeline's builder, TransCanada, to submit a new complete proposal covering the entire length of the pipeline to the State Department for its review."


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Group of Seven and Thomson paintings found at garage sale - British Columbia - CBC News

Group of Seven and Thomson paintings found at garage sale - British Columbia - CBC News | Canadian art history | Scoop.it
A shopper at a garage sale in Vancouver has stumbled on the buy of a lifetime, paying $100 for two paintings that turn out to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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PAINTING WITH WOOL: St. Albert textile artist has no time - Gig City

PAINTING WITH WOOL: St. Albert textile artist has no time - Gig City | Canadian art history | Scoop.it
PAINTING WITH WOOL: St. Albert textile artist has no timeGig CityThen she got a letter from Canada Council informing her that she had been awarded a grant to stage her first solo show.
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