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..this is as powerful as it is beautiful. a must!
Lakota/Wet'suwet'en Women will stop all Pipelines from proceeding on their lands!
Victory Square, Vancouver Coast Salish Territories
Monday January 14th @ 5:00 pm
COMMUNITIES HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY NO! No Consent? No Pipelines! No Tar Sands! No Climate Crimes! RISING TIDE VANCOUVER COAST SALISH TERRITORIES
ACTION: Noise demo... please bring musical instruments, pots and pans, whistles, horns and such!
Mass Action Camp (Jan 3-8)
Join the Mass Action and Training Camp Kick off the new year by demonstrating your resistance to Keystone XL!
Join us for another mass action in Southeast Texas on Monday, January 7th, including a 3 day training camp leading up to the big event. Our trainings and events are open and include roles for everyone ready to defend our homes from toxic tar sands.
RSVP right now so we can know how many people to expect.
SCHEDULE (Jan. 3rd - 8th):
Thursday, Jan. 3rd - Travel & Arrival Friday, Jan. 4th - Day 1: Direct Action Training Camp Saturday, Jan. 5th - Day 2: Direct Action Training Camp Sunday, Jan. 6th - Day 3: Direct Action Training Camp Monday, Jan. 7th - Mass Action to Stop Keystone XL Tuesday, Jan. 8th - Debrief and Depart
1/3-1/8 Occupy Denver National Call Out For Keystone XL Pipeline Blockade Solidarity
Occupy Denver stands in solidarity with The Tar Sands Blockade, and is calling for national and international mobilization and solidarity actions against the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Tar sands giant TransCanada has begun construction on the southern leg of the Keystone XL. Leading NASA Climate Scientist James Hansen has called the Keystone XL “game over” for the climate, and Americans are already feeling the heat. The pipeline will make TransCanada rich while encroaching on ranch lands, poisoning Texas’ working class communities, and destroying the environment that makes the lone star state so beautiful.....
Chevron Takes Over EOG, Encana Shares in KLNG/PTP:
Community Resistance, Fossil Fuels, and a Decentralized Energy Future in the Resource Strategic Northwest
It may have been EOG and Encana desisting due to Unist’ot’en resistance and grassroots divestment pressure, or Apache may have urged a shift in the project lagging under emerging challenges. Maybe a little bit of both. On Christmas Eve KLNG/PTP announced that EOG and Encana had sold their shares in the project to Chevron, allowing the California-based oil giant to move into a 50% ownership position along with Apache. It seems likely that Apache felt it necessary to make a change under building adversity by enlisting brunt and experience from a big player to help muscle through.
What does this mean for the grassroots resistance to KLNG/PTP? Absolutely nothing, in the sense that the effort must remain as determined, pointed, and focused as it has been. The community resistance to PTP must take this as an opportunity for a renewed and reenergized sense of purpose, and to resolve in the new year to get even more creative than it has been up to this point. Stay alert, stay responsive, closely follow the movements of industry, always stay one step ahead, and dictate the terms of the engagement. Confidence, love, and resolve in a cause are worth more than any dollar amount of billions....
The Unist'ot'en Camp
Now in its third year, the Unist’ot’en Camp was created to defend the traditional territories (extending from Burns Lake to the Coastal Mountains) of the Wet’suwet’en people against encroachment by several pipeline projects (Pacific Trail proposed by Apache Corporation, Kinder Morgan, Pembina Pipelines, and Enbridge Inc) scheduled to carve up Northern BC in the coming years. The camp has drawn support for its current blockade of Apache Corporation surveyors from places as distant as Trinidad to right here in Victoria, where solidarity actions recently took place at the Defend Our Coast rally and at the offices of various Pacific Trail Pipelines investors.
Hereditary Chief Toghestiy says that in 2008, the Unist’ot’en and Grassroots Wet’suwet’en began to distance themselves from the Office of the Wet’suwet’en, which is responsible for negotiating with the federal government. They reasoned, he says, that it was better for them to assert their rights than negotiate for them. “The negotiation process is not really set up for aboriginal people to assert their sovereignty over their lands. [It is] set up to allow industry and government to just walk into an area and begin their activities, and send a notice off to the band or tribal council, or, in our case, the hereditary people, explaining what their actions are, rather than asking for permission to do so in the first place.”....
The concept of sovereignty—that an independent nation has jurisdiction and control within its territory, independent from outside influence—has become a central feature of conflict between indigenous peoples in BC and the government. Like nearly all indigenous peoples within BC, the Wet’suwet’en have never signed a treaty that turns the governance of their territory or rights to their lands and resources over to a foreign polity. The Unist’ot’en Camp’s refusal to accept the industrial devastation imposed on them by Pacific Trail and the Canadian government highlights this long-standing feud between indigenous peoples in much of what is now known as Canada....
Operating the camp daily requires fuel, materials, food, and resources of all sorts. Also, the camp is constantly growing and expanding. Recent additions include new outhouses, a smokehouse, sauna, rootcellar and expansion of the main cabin. Many of the costs so far have been paid for out-of-pocket by community members and allies staying at the camp. Our goal is to raise $10,000 dollars to cover operating expenses and keep the camp growing through the winter and to help prepare for an emergency mobilization if one becomes necessary.
Resistance is a collective effort and calls for the support of the entire community. The Unist’ot’en Camp is a grassroots indigenous effort led by hereditary community members and does not receive institutional funding! All contributions are greatly appreciated. Please support generously.
Community Corridor - Part 1: A Strategy to Resist Industrial Infrastructure and Pipelines from Kitimat to Texas
Through FIPA amongst other measures, the Canadian government is building justification in the name of economic stability and the rule of law and setting the framework for the increased criminalization and repression of internal dissent. Under this new set of draconian circumstances the government guarantees itself the right, the privilege, and the obligation to suppress environmental and native resistance to extraction projects and industrial infrastructure. The Canadian state is further institutionalizing the rights of profit-making and corporations over the rights of people and the environment. The increased militarization of the state worldwide, therefore, is not a measure of security against outside threats, but rather a very deliberate act to exert force and control within its own borders....
Oil sands boom bypasses Ontario: 15 factory jobs lost for every one created in resources
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has staked the future of the world’s 11th largest economy on natural resource wealth spreading across the country. Brandy Damm, a welder who lost her job from a locomotive factory in London, Ontario, last year, isn’t seeing the benefit.
Put another way, for every natural resource job that’s been added in Canada since the end of 2007, more than 15 factory jobs have been lost.
***reminder*** ..more than 1,400 signed up on facebook.
Enbridge coming to Vancouver - No Pipelines!
Victory Square, Cambie & Hastings Street, Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories
Enbridge Joint Review Panel comes to Vancouver and... WE SAY NO!
Thousands jeer Northern Gateway hearings in Vancouver (cbc.ca)
..this is what i took away from last night.
..there was at least 12 nations represented at the gathering. plus 2 from manitoba. because this group was diverse many speeches took place. over and over again it was affirmed that we were one. idle no more and anti pipeline movements. “you are all my relations” was repeated several times. and that the indigenous struggle is all our struggle. and the struggle extended to all resourses. spectacular it was! there were tweets from inside saying they could hear us clearly. we were there for 3 hrs. did we make noise!
Northern Gateway hearings in Vancouver greeted by thousands of protesters
VANCOUVER - The nationwide Idle No More movement merged with ongoing protests against oil pipeline projects proposed for British Columbia, to bring more than a thousand protesters out to greet the federal review panel conducting hearings in Vancouver....
Thousands jeer Northern Gateway hearings in Vancouver (cbc.ca)
..the headline reads thousands jeer hearings. nowhere in the article does cp mention jeering. "sending a message to the panel now touring B.C." is how it's put. which is what our intent was. good old cbc is on the job.
Enbridge Hearings: Pipeline 'Whistle Blowers' Arrested
COAST SALISH TERRITORY - Five anti-pipelines activists were arrested this morning after shutting down the Northern Gateway Pipeline Review hearings in downtown Vancouver.
The five "eco-terrorists" crashed the tiny hearing room and blew whistles for about 10 minutes - interrupting the proceedings and sending the panel members scurrying out of the room. All five were arrested on "assault by trespass" charges when they refused to leave. They were taken away in a Vancouver police wagon.
The hearings at the Sheraton Wall Centre hotel kicked off last night with more than 1,000 noisy anti-pipelines protesters making their opinions heard outside.
UPDATE: All five arrestees have now been released (2pm Pacific Time) .
Enbridge Hearings: Leave or Get Arrested
On this morning of 15 January 2013, an official informed me that I "forfeited" my opportunity to finish speaking to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel. As I departed from the hearing room, I met with repeated threats of arrest....
Idle No More -Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa (Auckland, New Zealand)
..some pics from j14
Here is a great little video about one of the activists fighting the oil and gas industry. He is getting his wish and becoming the point of the spear.
Talking, Healing and Sharing Circle Facilitation Workshop Building Resitance to the Kinder Morgan Tarsands Pipeline
10:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday February 2 2013
Venue: Grandview Calvary Baptist Church
Address: 1803 1 Ave E Vancouver, BC (1 block East of Commercial Dr. / #20 Bus)
Cost: Free / by donation
Well here’s an update from the camp. We’ve been hunkered down since the blockade started and are maintaining a vigil at the entrance of the Unist’ot’en territory. We experience regular visits from helicopters who either circle our camp or slowly fly up and down the Widzin Kwa (Morice River) near our camp and only go as far as the bridge and turn around and disappear somewhere towards this place which some people call “civilization”. We are also managing traplines in the territory of Talbits Kwa (Gosnell River) under the direction of the elders of the Unist’ot’en. We also spend some time getting firewood for our camp. We have supporters from different parts of North America living with us here and they are an amazing help with camp chores and trapline activities. We had a small group of youth live with us here for the holiday season. They loved it and many want to quit school and move here permanently with us. Small groups of people have come in and visited us and explored the camp area while they were here. The peaceful atmosphere that we live in; the clean water we drink; the fresh air that we breath, the beautiful wildlife we see every day; and the wonderful night sky is why we are doing what we are doing. We cannot risk losing all of this to industrial greed and corrupt government agendas. Keep us in your prayers and send us lotsa good energy! We will be reciprocal with your intensions!
Photo by Zack Embree.
In today's creative action news, a giant blue drop descended upon the ongoing Enbridge Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel hearings in Vancouver this morning.
Organizers say the "Überdrop" involved hundreds of people converging outside the Sheraton Wall Centre to thrust their smaller, umbrella-sized drops in the air for the photo-op. (The drops were made from "more than 1,500 square feet of cardboard bound for the recycling bin," according to organizers.)
Why Canadian Tar Sands are the Most Environmentally Destructive Project on Earth
That’s the story told in our latest report Petroleum Coke: the Coal Hiding in the Tar Sands.
It turns out that analysts have been examining the liquid fuels derived from tar sands bitumen and calculating the emissions associated with producing those light liquid fuels (i.e. gasoline and diesel), and adding the emissions from burning those liquid fuels to derive a “well-to-wheels” analysis of emissions.
On this basis alone, the European Commission has determined that the emissions from tar sands derived fuel are 23 percent greater than fuel from conventional crude used in Europe.
But tar sands bitumen is a semi-solid hydrocarbon. In fact a barrel of bitumen contains 24 percent more carbon than a barrel of conventional light oil. This additional carbon does not make its way through to the gasoline and diesel manufactured from tar sands bitumen. It is removed.
This “removed” carbon doesn’t disappear; far from it. In fact 15 to 30 percent of a barrel of tar sands bitumen is converted during the refining process into a coal-like solid fuel called petroleum coke or “petcoke.” This is considered a byproduct of tar sands refining and most analysts assessing the climate impact of the tar sands have to date dismissed the emissions from burning this petcoke....
Picking Apart the Pipeline
Climate Justice Montreal Hosts Pipeline Panel at ConU
View From Chemical Valley
Welcome to “Chemical Valley”—otherwise know as Sarnia, ON, its surroundings and the Aamjiwnaang First Nation—where toxic spills are so frequent, they don’t even warrant local news coverage.
Vanessa Gray, a resident and member of Aamjiwnaang-Sarnia Against Pipelines, said that benzene, a chemical known to cause cancer, was spilled in the community last Friday—but you wouldn’t have heard about it from the media.
“The spills just happen again and again,” Gray said, specifying that they occur roughly four times a month. “What we live in has been referred to as a bubble—we are used to being afraid of whatever’s going to happen to us. I think that’s why the media chooses not to cover it.”
One pipeline passes right across the street from the community, and there are refineries and pumping stations as far as the eye can see....
The Fracking Song
"My Water's On Fire Tonight" is a product of Studio 20 NYU (http://bit.ly/hzGRYP) in collaboration with www.ProPublica.org. The song is based on ProPublica's investigation on hydraulic fractured gas drilling (read the full investigation here http://www.propublica.org/series/buried-secrets-gas-drillings-environmental-t....)it is shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/http://www.youtube.com/user/davidmholmesMusic by David Holmes and Andrew BeanVocals and Lyrics by David Holmes and Niel BekkerAnimation by Adam Sakellarides and Lisa Rucker
This is a illlustration of their newly approved (via NEB, CEAA, and BCEA) pipeline routes. I can't wait until this spring because we have had plans to build on those areas for awhile now. Anyone wanna join us in the building process? We may be organizing a building camp and accept volunteers into the territory here to help us construct pithouses along that pine terrace which transects these proposed routes. These new structures will be used by people attending our 4th Annual Unist'ot'en Action Camp.
Newly Discovered 'Plastic Island' Shows Global Epidemic Worsening (with video)
'Even if everyone stopped putting garbage in the ocean today, giant garbage patches would continue to grow for hundreds of years'
Floating patches of humanity's garbage have become a permanent feature in the world's oceans and a new discovery in the South Pacific shows that this woeful trend has worsened, not improved, since the phenomenon was first discovered nearly two decades ago.
As new research by the 5 Gyres Institute shows, the existence of a new plastic island has been found swirling with junk in ocean currents running near Easter Island in the South Pacific, marking the first documented garbage patch in the Southern Hemisphere....
...end thread drift
Tar Sands, Alberta, Canada (Before/After* )
Fracking flow under fire from Wet’suwet’en anti-pipeline blockade
The same day, Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief Toghestiy and his wife, Freda Huson – of the Unist’ot’en (“protectors of the headwaters”) clan – also erected a blockade across PTP’s right of way with other activists, and confiscated company equipment in defiance of the 28 billion litre-a-day natural gas route.
“Oil and gas extraction (has) a lot of money being thrown at it by investors from all over, because everyone is really hoping to get rich while the price is right,” Toghestiy told Windspeaker from the snowed-in blockade site. “And they’re going at it with such a feverish pace that they’re just ignoring Aboriginal people.
“The Aboriginal people are sitting here, and we’re the last defenders of the land. If there’s any other line of defence, there’s none more strong than the Indigenous people.”
Pipeline company sues to block opponents
A company that is building more than 20 miles of natural gas pipeline in Northeast Pennsylvania is asking U.S. District Court to block an attempt by environmental groups to disrupt the project.
Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. LLC argued in a complaint filed this week that the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board is pre-empted by federal law from taking action on appeals by the Delaware River Network and the Responsible Drilling Alliance that could delay construction.
Houston-based Tennessee Gas is constructing nearly 41 miles of 30-inch pipeline in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as part of an expansion known as the Northeast Upgrade Project. Just under 22 miles of the new pipeline will be in Wayne, Pike and Bradford counties.
In December, the environmental organizations filed an appeal and two petitions with the Environmental Hearing Board, challenging project permits issued by the state Department of Environmental Protection. The EHB is scheduled to conduct a hearing on the requests beginning Monday.....
Sierra Club to Engage in Civil Disobedience for First Time in Organization’s History to Stop Tar Sands
If you could do it nonstop, it would take you six days to walk from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Pond to President Barack Obama’s White House. For the Sierra Club, that journey has taken much longer. For 120 years, we have remained committed to using every “lawful means” to achieve our objectives. Now, for the first time in our history, we are prepared to go further.
Next month, the Sierra Club will officially participate in an act of peaceful civil resistance. We’ll be following in the hallowed footsteps of Thoreau, who first articulated the principles of civil disobedience 44 years before John Muir founded the Sierra Club....
..murray dobbin's accounting is the stuff good books are made of.
How high school students discovered a chemical leak: Chevron's MTBE spill
..and other stories
"As you know, we’ve been following the ongoing Chevron oil leak at the North Burnaby refinery since last spring. Local residents have raised the issue of the MTBE leak at Chevron, which happened years ago. MTBE is an additive to gas that was banned in the U.S. after it started showing up in drinking water all over the country. Chevron in Burnaby used to use MTBE up until 2000, and apparently it had leached into the ground because the tank it was in had a rusted-out bottom....
Allison Redford was on CTV's Question Period this morning talking about the election by the Ontario Liberals of Kathleen Wynne as their new leader and premier-designate. Afterwards, the panel talked about Alberta, oil, money, and Jim Flaherty's nervousness about Keystone XL. One of the panel mentioned all the options for Alberta bitumen: 1. Keystone XL2. Northern Gateway3. Kinder Morgan (Vancouver)4. moving tar sands product east on existing pipelines to Ontario then Quebec and to Irving's refineries in the Atlantic provinces.5. moving bitumen by train north to Alaska (presumably to be loaded on oil tanker ships)6. pipelines or by train to Hudson Bay then via oil tanker ships. The host (can't remember his name) said the feds should have anticipated aboriginal protests. One of the panel said the oil companies are already negotiating with aboriginals to give them a share of resource revenues in return for passage through their lands.
It's the Sun.... Hicks: Oilsands oil versus the world
Activists Forced to Settle Lawsuit But Will Continue to Fight Keystone XL Pipeline; TransCanada Claimed $5 Million in Damages
quote:The eight Texans who came to court to defend themselves on Friday, some of whom had not been actively involved with Tar Sands Blockade since protests in August, were threatened with losing their homes and life’s savings if the lawsuit went forward. In order to protect the livelihoods and dependents of brave activists like Tammie Carson, who locked herself to a truck carrying Keystone XL pipe, the activists agreed to settle the lawsuit. The corporation will not seek the $5 million in financial damages, and the named defendants and organizations agree to not trespass on Keystone XL property in Texas and Oklahoma or face additional charges....
Protest targets Enbridge hearings in Kelowna
Inside the hearing, one speaker after told the panel about their concerns with the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. Teacher Ursula Lussin urged the joint review panel to reject the proposal.
“For the first time in my life, I feel ashamed to be a Canadian. I am embarrassed that we are not stepping up to find solutions to the climate crisis and are instead planning to make it worse,” said Lussin.
Indigenous organizers to hold round table meeting on tar sands resistance and decolonization
Tar Sands Blockade has been working to amplify the voices of communities who will be most impacted by tar sands exploitation; Indigenous peoples and lands at the point of extraction and Latin@ and African American communities in the Gulf Coast where the tar sands will be refined and shipped to overseas markets in a tax-free trade zone.
On February 14th -18th Earth First! will be hosting it’s annual organizers conference and winter rendezvous. Indigenous land defenders and anti-pipeline organizers will hold a round table on tar sands Resistance and decolonization. Representatives from the following nations and communities will be present: Mikisew Cree of Fort Chipewyan, Oglala Lakota of Pine Ridge, Wet’suwe’ten of the Unis’tot’en territory, Anishinaabe of Aamjiwnaang and Haudenosaunee of Nogojiwanong.
Youth from Houston’s toxic East End will also attend the conference to bring the voices of Latin@ communities who are forced to breathe the toxins emitted from refineries. A host of delegates from the Tar Sands Blockade and No Line 9 will be there to make this an unprecedented show of unity. We remain committed to resistance to tar sands and solidarity with all of those most affected. We urge our supporters to help amplify the voices of Indigenous peoples by making a donation to their ChipIn account to cover the cost of their travel expenses.
Goar: Obama casts doubt on Canada’s ambition to be an energy superpower
Dwyer places most of the blame on the prime minister. Unlike Alberta Premier Alison Redford, who is open to ideas to clean up the oilsands, Harper and his natural resources minister, Joe Oliver, are inflaming environmentalists on both sides of the border, thereby validating Canada’s reputation as a producer of “dirty oil.”
Obama is expected to wait until the state department completes its analysis of the environmental impact of the proposed pipeline in April before making a decision.
Keystone has support in the U.S. Congress. Fifty-three senators (out of 100) called for quick approval of the pipeline application last week. The House of Representatives has voted in favour of the project four times in the last two years. And Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, mollified by TransCanada’s acquiescence to his demand that the pipeline be rerouted around an environmentally sensitive region, has dropped his opposition.
But that won’t be enough to convince Obama to give TransCanada the go-ahead.
Harper could improve the odds, Dyer says, by placing a firm cap on carbon emissions. Redford could do her part by closing Alberta’s coal-fired generators and requiring oilsands producers to adopt cleaner technologies and extraction methods.
Neither will guarantee a yes from the White House. But both would strengthen Canada’s position whatever lies ahead.
Kalamazoo River spill survivor testifies at Vancouver Enbridge hearings
Freelance photographer Michelle BarlondSmith was living with her husband in a trailer park along the Kalamazoo River in July, 2010 when an Enbridge pipeline burst, leaking 3.3 million litres of diluted bitumen into the water.
“My home sat less than 200 feet from the oil, and I was told I would be bought out and taken care of,” she testified in front of the Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel in Vancouver on Wednesday.
“I walked away from my home last year, and I testified before U.S. Congress. I was told I would be made whole. Trust me when I say, you will never be made whole.”....
ENBRIDGE CAUGHT COVERING UP OIL SPILLS / Dont let this happen to BC
With regard to the West - East pipeline, Premier Redford was on P&P this week talking optimistically that this will go ahead. She has approval from Kathleen Wynne, seems to have finally gained approval from Pauline Marois, and I'm sure in Atlantic Canada they're gung-ho for Alberta tar bitumen for their refineries.
So - sending bitumen from Alberta to Eastern Canada is all going to be on old, existing pipelines? No new pipeline construction? No having to deal with First Nations?
Kaska First Nation wants veto rights of gas and oil developments on land
The Kaska First Nation is made up of three separate Nations in southeast Yukon.
They are disappointed Premier Darrell Pasloski has rejected their offer to establish a government-to-government round table to resolve outstanding issues with Kaska.
For instance, repealing Section 13 of the Yukon Oil and Gas Act which gives Kaska veto rights over oil and gas development in their traditional territory.
Coastal First Nations walk away from Northern Gateway review process
Coastal First Nations are leaving the Northern Gateway review process, saying they’ve run out of funds and patience.
Executive director Art Sterritt has informed the panel that the group representing nine aboriginal bands from along the B.C. coast and Haida Gwaii has spent more than three times the amount of funding allotted by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency four years ago.
Sterritt says the approximately $280,000 they had cannot compare to the $250-million Enbridge is spending on a team of lawyers.
Sterritt says Coastal First Nations are also dismayed at the process itself, and the fact that the federal government has now changed the laws so that the decision on whether the pipeline can go ahead is no longer up to the panel, but the Conservative government.
He told the panel answers are not forthcoming, and the review has simply become “gamesmanship.”
Panel chairwoman Sheila Leggett encouraged Coastal First Nations to continue to monitor the hearings, and invited them to resume participation in the future, if possible.
Sask., Man., Ont., and Quebec your up next. In BC we have groups in every town and hamlet opposing pipelines across our territory. I hope for your sake the FP is wrong in its assessment of eastern activists.
However, the east-bound project is expected to garner less opposition than the pipeline through British Columbia, which is still the subject of a number of protests and environmental groups petitioning against it.
However, the east-bound project is expected to garner less opposition than the pipeline through British Columbia, which is still the subject of a number of protests and environmental groups petitioning against it.
Just to keep the stakes in focus. Alberta already sends filthy bitumen and its toxic slurry to the eastern seaboard and this is the result.
Kalamazoo Gazette file
A Canada goose covered in oil attempts to fly out of the Kalamazoo River soon after the spill two years ago.
Tim Martin | MLive
People protest Enbridge Energy's plans to replace and expand its crude oil line in Michigan during an event outside the state Capitol on Wednesday morning.
Final score at Enbridge community hearings: 1,159 to 2
After more than a year of hearings, the National Energy Board panel reviewing Enbridge’s oil tanker and pipeline proposal completed the community hearings phase of its review in Vancouver on Friday.
The final tally in the largest National Energy Board hearings in history was 1,159 speakers opposed to the proposal and two in favour.
Presenters, ranging from a retired World Bank economist and the former CEO of BC Hydro to coast-guard trained oil spill experts and reverends, urged the panel to protect B.C.’s tourism industry and the province’s existing coastal economy.
“The panel listened to presentations from everyday British Columbians in 16 towns and cities across our province. No matter where they visited, the message was clear: the risk of an oil spill on our coast is too great,” said Emma Gilchrist, communications director for Dogwood Initiative. “However, as many presenters noted, the panel will not be making the final decision on this project.”
In 2012, Prime Minister Stephen Harper changed the law so Ottawa can overrule the joint review panel’s recommendations....
Premiers of New Brunswick and Alberta were on P&P today and both feel the West-East pipeline is very close to final - the holdout is Premier Marois of Quebec, but Redford has been talking to her and feels optimistic, although Marois has not said 'yes' yet to that pipeline through Quebec (I believe the pipeline already runs through Quebec, but not carrying tar sands bitumen).
Do we have a West - East pipeline thread?
First nations carving out an energy bridge to the B.C. coast
For the Canadian energy industry desperate to pump oil and natural gas through British Columbia, the single greatest obstacle has been the dozens of first nations fighting to ensure pipelines are never built.
Now, some of the leading figures in Canada’s aboriginal business community are offering a bridge across the province’s difficult political landscape. They have formed Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings Ltd., a company quietly working to create a first nations-owned energy corridor across northern B.C. that could serve as a physical line across the province to move natural gas, electricity and oil....