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epaulo13
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Protest targets Enbridge hearings in Kelowna

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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.


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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. 

http://www.tarsandsblockade.org/roundtabl/


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Goar: Obama casts doubt on Canada’s ambition to be an energy superpower

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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.


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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.”....

http://metronews.ca/news/vancouver/530980/kalamazoo-river-spill-survivor...


epaulo13
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ENBRIDGE CAUGHT COVERING UP OIL SPILLS / Dont let this happen to BC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TabdIyvRL7c&feature=share


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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?


epaulo13
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Kaska First Nation wants veto rights of gas and oil developments on land

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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.

 

 


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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.

http://business.financialpost.com/2013/02/04/coastal-first-nations-walk-...


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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.

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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.

http://business.financialpost.com/2013/02/05/new-brunswick-premier-pushe...

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.

http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2012/07/kalamazoo_river_oi...

http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/07/protestors_create_human_oil_...


epaulo13
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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....

http://dogwoodinitiative.org/media-centre/media-releases/Enbridge-hearin...


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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?

 


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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....

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-a...


kropotkin1951
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Photo by Michael Hall.

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And then, on Friday, the SUV with the giant addiction problem seen in the photo above appeared outside the hearings. "Quick Fix" is an art installation by engineer Hugh Patterson. It took six weeks and three recycled 55-gallon steel oil barrels -- two originally containing industrial cutting fluid, and one for jet fuel -- along with other art scrapes to pull the provocative piece together, Patterson told The Tyee.

Here's what else Patterson had to say about the piece:

"This work was born from my own struggle to come to terms with my relationship with oil, the carbon economy and how to speak my heart and mind in a way that would be heard.

http://thetyee.ca/Blogs/TheHook/2013/02/04/Quick-Fix-Installation/


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Don't Frack the Law

A great little video about fracking in BC that needs to go viral.  Please pass it along.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64yOCh4O_yo&feature=youtu.be


Boom Boom
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"Fracking" on The Nature of Things right now (CBC).

epaulo13
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Spotlight Earth: CapU Pipelines, tankers, tar sands expansion and more!

7:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday February 15 2013

Venue: Bosa Centre, Capilano University 

Address: 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver

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we are the power (video)


On February 2nd Hereditary Chief and his family are embarking on a journey to Victoria Legislature arriving on Sunday the 10th. This is a powerful slideshow with drumming and singing that explores the journey those who stand for wild salmon have already taken and calls out to them to join together as one people again.
You can follow his journey on facebook (Beau Dick) or under event for (More Than Idle No More) We will also be posting more on our facebook page (Salmon Are Sacred) Please Share and be inspired to Idle No More

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbcPB-uc6P4&feature=player_embedded#!




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Jesus. After watching the Suzuki show, am I ever glad I don't live in Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio,  northern BC, or anywhere in Alberta!!!

Trillions of liters of freshwater wasted, never to be seen again.


epaulo13
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In Duncan at the Superstore. making a statement that will not be forgotten any time soon.. Even when the RCMP were called, they came and talked, and left it alone. They said they understood, but had to follow up on the complaint. People are talking!

(more pics here)

https://www.facebook.com/events/523817867638355/


epaulo13
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..here's the show boom boom spoke of.

Shattered Ground

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2013 AT 8:00 PM ON CBC-TV

http://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/episode/shattered-ground.html?subpage=infographic


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Global List of Fracking Bans and Moratrium


Canada  (we really need to add more jurisdictions to this list!!!)
 

  • British Columbia
  • First Nations people in NW British Columbia enacted a four year moratorium against drilling for natural gas by Royal Dutch Shell in the Sacred Headwaters. Members of the Tahltan First Nation are blockading Shell’s coal bed methane project in the Sacred Headwaters, the birthplace of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine Rivers.
  • Nova Scotia
  • Nova Scotia citizens call for ban on Nova Scotia fracking. Graham Hutchinson says the province should impose a moratorium on the controversial practice. The group recently presented a petition to Energy Minister Charlie Parker calling for a ban.
  • Québec
  • March 17, 2011: Nathalie Normandeau, Quebec’s natural resources minister, announced Wednesday that the province would no longer authorize hydraulic fracturing operations in the province in the hunt for oil and gas.

epaulo13
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The Journey of Nishiyuu. Abby Masty, aged 11, will be the youngest to join the walk. She says she is walking for "women of all nations." Idle No More


epaulo13
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Oil tankers, not pipelines, are the hot potato issue

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“Up until now, crude oil supertankers have not entered B.C.’s inside coastal passage because of concerns about oil spills. Ottawa is now considering allowing crude oil supertankers to transport crude oil through these waters. Do you support or oppose allowing crude oil supertankers through B.C.’s inside coastal waters?”

The results? 22 per cent support and 66 per cent oppose, including 50 per cent who strongly oppose. Only 11 per cent strongly support.

Another way of looking at it: If the researcher asks British Columbians about pipelines, about 50 per cent are relatively tolerant right now. If the researcher asks about pipelines and supertankers, tolerance diminishes....

http://www.justasonmi.com/?p=2745


epaulo13
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Burrard Inlet First Nation calls for renewables 

Vancouver summit planned to explore clean energy alternatives in face of unprecedented expansion of oil and gas industry in B.C

Faced with a six-fold increase in oil tanker traffic in their Burrard Inlet home if Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion project goes ahead, the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation says it's time for Metro Vancouver and British Columbia to get serious about alternative energy.

And to drive the point home, the Tsleil-Waututh, whose community sits directly across the inlet from Kinder Morgan's Westridge oil export terminal, are organizing a summit in Vancouver later this spring that they say is a call to action on exploring clean energy alternatives to oil....

http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Burrard+Inlet+First+Nation+calls+renewables/7826116/story.html#ixzz2KXPDmH1o


epaulo13
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Environment commissioner’s farewell audit screams the obvious

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He pointed to Canada’s lack of preparedness for a major offshore oil spill on its east coast and warned of a potential 300 per cent jump in tanker traffic on the west coast.

He reminded us the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 spilled 4.9 million barrels of oil and the clean-up and other costs of civil damages has hit $40 billion.

In Canada, the corporate liability for such spills is $30 million on the east coast, and the liability for the nuclear industry is $75 million and has not been updated in more than 35 years, something Vaughan called “pretty shocking.” The liability limit in the U.S. for a nuclear accident is $12 billion....

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/02/05/environment_commissioners_...



epaulo13
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protect-waterways


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February 12, 2013 Albany, NY — 

Instead of caving to pressure from oil and gas industry lobbyists, the State will allow experts the time they need to study health impacts associated with fracking, before new regulations are finalized. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a controversial technique in which gas drillers blast millions of gallons of water mixed with toxic chemicals into the ground to extract gas from hard-to-reach deposits deep in the earth.


epaulo13
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Partial crowd shot from D.C. rally against the Keystone XL pipeline. More than 35,000 reportedly joined today's action.


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Saw on CBC this weekend (I forget which program) that Canada's alternative energy (wind, solar, tidal)  output amounts to only 0.01 % of the total consumed.


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