BC LNG export plans: the ongoing struggle.

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BC LNG export plans: the ongoing struggle.

...and speaking of cognitive dissonance...

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Granted, I have always hated the presumpiveness of the old thread title, So which LNG plants will be going ahead and in what order in BC?

But events have transformed the thread title beyond merely objectionable, to just plain silly.

There are 343 posts in the old thread. Both good recent stuff, and some good 'historical' context. [Just two years ago.]

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reposting the last 3 posts in the old thread, all from the last week:

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Northern First Nations band together to block Petronas’ LNG plans

Several First Nations groups are banding together to block early work by contractors for Petronas’ Lelu Island LNG terminal. Leaders of the Madii Lii resistance camp – situated atop several proposed pipeline routes in the Skeena Valley – are rallying behind hereditary chiefs of the Lax Kw’alaams Nation who have been occupying Lelu Island in opposition to survey work for Petronas’ controversial project.

“We are standing together with the Chiefs on Lelu Island in opposition to the same LNG project. Our Madii Lii territory is on the pipeline route, and their Lelu Island territory is on the terminal site. We have both said no,” said Gitxsan Hereditary Chief Luutkudziiwus (Charlie Wright) in a statement today.

“This project threatens the salmon that all Skeena River and North Coast people depend on, and we thank the Yahaan (Don Wesley) and other Tsimshian Chiefs for what they are doing for all of us.”

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The Gitxsan leaders of Madii Lii Camp are not only backing their Skeena brethren, but they have been occupying their own territory in staunch opposition to pipeline construction and are now promising legal action of their own. “We are taking the government to court over the lack of consultation, the inadequate baseline information presented, the weak and subjective impact assessment, the current cumulative effects from past development, and the massive infringement of our Aboriginal rights,” says Madii Lii spokesperson Richard Wright.

“People are now on the ground blocking the Petronas project from the coast to far inland.”

 

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repost # 2:

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Stop Pacific NorthWest LNG/Petronas on Lelu Island

Update #2 from Lax Eula (Lelu Island):

September 13, 2015

This morning unauthorized Stantec surveyors working for Petronas/PNW LNG were found conducting operations on the FLORA BANK. They were informed that they were not permitted on or around Lax Eula, and no surveying had been approved by the Gitwilgyoots. They left, but attempted to return to Flora on the Glacial Mist charter boat at approximately 1pm. They were intercepted by one of our camp skiffs and were informed again that they were not permitted to conduct work on this territory. The Prince Rupert Port Authority boat Charles Hayes then came to support the surveyors, and the Port Authority was also informed that all drilling and surveying must cease. The Glacial Mist stood down and turned back to Port Edward. However, the drill-boat Quin Delta remained stuck on Agnew Bank due to mechanical failure until mid-afternoon, when it left the area as we had instructed yesterday morning.

Tomorrow morning contractors for Petronas are expected to attempt work for a third day. We are looking for boats! If one tiny 12 foot skiff can turn away surveyors and protect the delicate salmon habitat of the Flora Bank which supports nations and families all along the Skeena, imagine what 2, 5, or 10 can do. We need boats and people with strong spirits and hearts. Thank you to everybody who has come out to the island, donated food and supplies, and shown support and solidarity in different ways. Together we will save the Skeena!

 

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reposting the last post in the old thread:

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Drilling at proposed LNG terminal starts despite First Nation opposition

Petronas-led Pacific NorthWest LNG has started test drilling off of Lelu Island, location of its proposed $11.4-billion liquefied natural gas terminal in northwest B.C., despite First Nation opposition.

Members of several First Nations — including the Lax Kw’alaams and the Gitxsan — appeared to stop drilling on the weekend, but the presence of Prince Rupert Port Authority boats has allowed the work to start, Lax Kw’alaams First Nation hereditary chief Don Wesley, also known as Sm’oogyet Yahaan, said Tuesday.

Port authority personnel told him to stay at least 50 metres away from a drilling rig when he approached with his boat, said Wesley, a hereditary chief of the Gitwilgyoots, one of the nine tribes of the Lower Skeena River region.

“They are thinking that nobody is watching,” he said, referring to the work now underway.

Wesley said he is seeking legal advice to determine whether he should adhere to the 50-metre warning....

 

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..txs ken for the new thread and the new title. from the facebook page.

Stop Pacific NorthWest LNG/Petronas on Lelu Island

Thank you for sending us solar panels for Lax Uula all the way from the lower mainland, Travis George! Appreciate the support from across BC and around the world.

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National Fracking Forum: Linking Canadians in East and West 

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Surveyors conducting unauthorized work for Petronas escorted off Lelu Island

The Lax U’u’la Warriors are of all Nations, Tsimshian, Nisga’a, Haida, and non indigenous. After they hiked across Flora banks at low tide, and made it back to their skiffs, they interrupted the Drill boat who commenced drilling on Flora Banks at approximately 840am.

They threatened the Lax U’u’la Warriors with arrest and RCMP, but the Tsimshians have inherit rights to stop all drilling activity on Flora Banks if they want their Rights and Title over Lax U’u’la & Flora banks to be successful in the courts....

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Gitxaala Nation at the Vancouver Solidarity Rally against Enbridge

A delegation of 40 elders, matriarchs and leaders from the Gitxaala Nation present at the Oct 1st Solidarity Rally.

Next door, the Federal Court of Appeal hears legal challenges from the Gitga’at, Gitxaala, Heiltsuk, Haida, Haisla, Kitasoo Xai’Xais, Nadleh Whut'en and Nak'azdli Whut’en Nations, all aimed at overturning the federal government's approval of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and oil tankers project.

jas

I don't like this thread title any better than the last one. Perhaps it's even a little worse, as it leaves ambiguous what the "struggle" is for.

 

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Petronas may defer Canada LNG project

Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) is likely to defer commercial operations of its Canadian liquified natural gas (LNG) project to 2022 or 2024 as the depressed oil and gas (O&G) prices continue to shroud earnings prospects, analysts said.

The Canadian project, the national oil company’s largest investment abroad, was expected to begin operations in 2019.

But low LNG prices with the Asian LNG slumping around 60% since 2014 to US$8 (RM34.99)/Mbtu is a cause of concern for Petronas.

Analysts said Petronas would require LNG prices to hover between US$11-US$12/Mbtu for the project to break even.

“But with (gas) prices as they are, many projects, not only related to Petronas, do not look viable,” an analyst at a securities research firm covering the O&G sector told The Malaysian Reserve (TMR)....

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Anti-fracking activists in Denver Colorado have erected a 20 foot mock wooden oil derrick in front of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s mansion in a posh Denver neighborhood demanding an end to the practice in their state.

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Madii Lii

video

Madii Lii is the Lax Yip (territory) of the Wilp (house) of Luutkudziiwus of the Gitxsan Nation. On Aug. 26, 2014, Luutkudziiwus chiefs permanently closed Madii Lii territory to all pipeline development. A gate was erected at the entrance to the territory at 15 km bridge on the Suskwa FSR, and a cabin built to control access to the territory.

This choke point effectively cuts off access for industrial contractors into the territory, including to 32 km of TransCanada's proposed PRGT fracked gas pipeline route. The territory is now occupied full time, and our traditional traplines, hunting grounds, and trails are under use, as per Gitxsan Ayookw (Gitxsan Laws)....

 

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Location:  Unitarian Church
949 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Keynote Speaker: 
Caleb Behn
, Indigenous lawyer from Treaty 8 territory in Northern BC

Speakers:
Freda Huson, Unsit'ot'en, People of the Headwaters
Toghestiy, Hereditary Chief, Likhts'amisyu
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Union of BC Indian Chiefs 

Livestreamed from Moncton:  
Alma Brooks
Maliseet Nation, Wabanaki Confederation
Kenneth Francis & Katrina Clair
IMW Consultation Delegation (IMW stands for Protecting the Earth for Future Generations)

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epaulo13 wrote:

Location:  Unitarian Church
949 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Keynote Speaker: 
Caleb Behn
, Indigenous lawyer from Treaty 8 territory in Northern BC

Speakers:
Freda Huson, Unsit'ot'en, People of the Headwaters
Toghestiy, Hereditary Chief, Likhts'amisyu
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Union of BC Indian Chiefs 

Livestreamed from Moncton:  
Alma Brooks
Maliseet Nation, Wabanaki Confederation
Kenneth Francis & Katrina Clair
IMW Consultation Delegation (IMW stands for Protecting the Earth for Future Generations)

I went on the Kairos website and they will be life streaming the event when it is in session.

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..txs kropotkin

Warriors take to the streets in Prince Rupert over LNG

Warriors took to the streets of Prince Rupert delivering a Cease and Desist Order to Pacific Northwest LNG the mayors office, BG office/Prince Rupert LNG, and Skeena River Helicopters yesterday afternoon....

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BC approves Woodfibre LNG enviro approval over huge local opposition

The B.C. government has granted the controversial Woodfibre LNG plant in Squamish an environmental permit, despite a loud chorus of opposition from Squamish citizens, and local municipal governments around Howe Sound....

..here is what's at stake

Howe Sound and Squamish looking out to the Pacific. Photo by Rich Duncan, and provided by My Sea to Sky.

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Fractured Land Official Trailer

FRACTURED LAND MEDIA EVENT

Come join us as we celebrate two Vancouver International Film Festival wins for our documentary, Fractured Land. We are honoured to feature DJ KEMO of Vancouver's own, The Rascalz. Live performance by MOB BOUNCE with DJ Dean Hunt and live visuals by Bracken Hanuse. Hosted by Fractured Land directors, Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis.

MOB BOUNCE / https://soundcloud.com/mob-bounce
DJ KEMO / https://www.facebook.com/djkemovanguards

UPCOMING VANCOUVER SCREENINGS:
NOV 20, 21, 22 / 8:30PM - Vancity Theater
NOV 24 / 7:00PM - Rio Theater
NOV 25 / 6:30PM - Vancity Theater
DEC 1 / 6:30PM - Kay Meek Centre

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Fracking, Site C and the mystery of Hudson’s Hope water contamination

A series of landslides above the northeast BC community of Hudson’s Hope has been dumping contaminated soils into several local creeks, extending now to the Peace River. Local landowners whose water supply has been affected are demanding answers.

But Mayor Gwen Johansson, who has been monitoring the situation since trouble first appeared last summer, says all she really has is a lot of questions.

The three biggest ones are:

1. Did nearby fracking operations – or related wastewater disposal – cause the landslides?

2. Is fracking wastewater the source of the contamination unleashed into a series of interconnected creeks?

3. If not, and the the contamination is naturally-occurring in local soils, as the Oil and Gas Commission contends, then what are the implications for the proposed Site C Dam, which could further erode and carry contaminated soils downstream for decades to come?

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Lax Kw’alaams Science Results

BRIEFING DOCUMENT: PNW LNG AND RISKS TO FISH AND FISHER

IN A NUTSHELL: After 4 years, 100 boat days, 500 net hauls, and nearly 200,000 fish sampled, our data demonstrate that Flora Bank is more important to salmon than previously assumed and assessed.

The Flora Bank region contains many-fold more juvenile salmon than any other sampled habitat in the Skeena estuary.

Juvenile salmon can feed and grow in the Flora Bank region for weeks during their seaward migration.

Genetics provide evidence that these fish support dozens of commercial, recreational and Aboriginal fisheries throughout the Skeena Watershed.

It is our scientific assessment that the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG project poses significant risks to Skeena salmon and the fisheries that depend on them.

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Lelu Island: Lax U’u’la Defenders Prevent Survey Work

On Thursday, October 29, Lax U’u’la Defenders prevented Stantec surveyors from conducting unauthorized work on Flora Bank. The surveyors were accompanied by two private security guards who were stopped and questioned by the Defenders. The guards refused to identify themselves or which company they worked for and were told that no work may be carried out on the territory without a permit. The guards then left the Bank along with the Stantec surveyors.

The Quin Delta has been removed from active drilling and has been in the Port Edward dock for close to three weeks. Pacific NorthWest LNG continues to deny that the vessel was operating on Flora Bank despite photographic evidence that clearly shows the Quin Delta beached right on the Bank next to exposed eel grass (http://bit.ly/1SjVRks). Two barges continue to conduct unauthorized work on both Flora and Agnew Banks....

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The only remaining permit that this mega-project needs is the Canadian Environmental Assessment Certificate (CEAA). If you stand by your words, Trudeau, you will not allow this project to happen. Whether or not you stand by your words, we will not allow it to happen.

 

quizzical

so.....Burnaby Mayor Corrigan and NDP supporter has sold out to developers eh.....maybe it will stop the pipeline?

NorthReport

Forget Rupert, the only significant LNG game in town is in Kitimat with Shell.

quizzical

i agree.

 

 

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Large group of First Nations, scientists, green groups calls on Trudeau to reject Petronas LNG project

A letter written by Lax Kw’alaams Hereditary Chief Yahaan (Donnie Wesley), calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reject Petronas’ controversial LNG proposal near Prince Rupert, has gained a long list of unlikely, high-profile supporters.

The signatories include over 70 leaders of First Nations, environmental organizations, businesses, unions, university groups and faith groups, plus several scientists and academics such as David Suzuki and Wade Davis. Amongst the notable First Nations leaders are Garry Reece, Chief Councillor of the Lax Kw’alaams Band Council, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Chief Na’Moks (John Ridsdale) of the Office of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs, and Fort Nelson First Nation Chief Liz Logan.

Federal decision expected soon

The plea comes in advance of a decision on the project’s federal environmental permits, expected in early 2016 or sooner – following several delays. By contrast, the BC government has already enthusiastically signed off on the project, but without the support of local First Nations, who rejected the government and proponent’s offer of some $1.15 billion in economic benefits and a significant grant of crown land....

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November  9,  2015 For Immediate Release

Council  of  the  Haida  Nation  seeks  plan  to  protect  oceans

The 2015 House of Assembly, the legislative body of the Haida Nation, passed a resolution expressing opposition to British Columbia’s LNG agenda and demanding that the mass export of any fossil fuel through its territory be prohibited.

Kil tlaats ‘gaa Peter Lantin, President of the Haida Nation said that if LNG is developed on the north coast we could see large LNG tankers passing through Haida territorial waters. Presently there are no adequate provincial or federal emergency response systems in place if a ship were to founder.

"Should there be an accident our environment and way of life will experience significant damage,” Lantin said. “Our goal is to establish a world-class, leading-edge, regional shipping management plan. In achieving this, reconciliation between the Crown and First Nations, will also be advanced."

In 2013, the House of Assembly passed a resolution directing the Council of the Haida Nation to engage with the federal and provincial governments, and the shipping industry to explore ways to prevent and respond to marine vessel casualties. This included the development of a marine emergency response system stationed on Haida Gwaii funded mostly by the shipping industry.

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Forget Rupert, the only significant LNG game in town is in Kitimat with Shell.

..maybe but kitmat is far from certain with opposition from gitxsan, wet'suwet'en to the pipelines and now haida placing restrictions on tankers.

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.."mission accomplished" a stand up comedian on open mic night

'Mission Accomplished': Woodfibre LNG President Moves On

Woodfibre LNG is looking for a new president after Anthony Gelotti returned to Texas.

The company's vice-president of corporate affairs said the veteran energy executive's departure is part of the project's evolution.

"He came to the end of his two-year contract and we had reached a milestone position in the project where the work he'd been retained for has been completed," Byng Giraud said in an interview. "We're moving past our environmental assessment process and moving towards [final investment decision] and construction."

Giraud said the company is "looking for a different style of person" because the job will be more about construction. Giraud said Gelotti's last day was Nov. 15.

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..among other things this is an update on the state of the struggle against lng. 

All you need to know about LNG

Watch this panel discussion following West Vancouver screening of the award-winning documentary Fractured Land. Featuring Wade Davis, filmmaker Damien Gillis, and retired KMPG partner, MBA and chemistry PhD Eoin Finn. Everything you need to know about LNG, fracking and our economy. Presented by My Sea to Sky and moderated by Kai Nagata.

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Fed up with LNG, Kispiox residents band together to stop Petronas pipeline

A group of residents from the Kispiox Valley in northwest BC is vowing to stop a pipeline destined for Petronas’ contentious, proposed LNG plant on Lelu Island, near Prince Rupert.  “We tried working with the BC Government and the pipeline companies but they have ignored our concerns. Now it’s time to act together – as First Nations and non-First Nations, united,” says retired community development consultant and valley resident Gail MacDonald.

The group – made up of  doctors, farmers, loggers, farriers, nurses, business owners, and guide outfitters – was cemented at a December 3 gathering at the Kispiox Community Hall to discuss LNG projects, particularly that of Malaysian energy giant Petronas....

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Land Defense in BC and Western Canada

A surge of indigenous and allied resistance is challenging pipelines, logging, mining, and development in BC and across western Canada. This list is compiled to keep track of current, ongoing, and flying blockades.

Current, recent, and ongoing actions in BC and Western Canada

  • Injunction and arrests at Shawnigan Lake, Vancouver Island: Community residents, including indigenous people, are rallying to protect their water. The Shawnigan Residents Association is seeking an injunction to shut down toxic soil dumping in their drinking watershed. The dump overflowed during heavy rain Nov 13 2015. Meanwhile the company has obtained an injunction to shut down the protestors, two of whom were arrested Nov 13. Forest Action Network is providing legal support. Facebook page here
  • Injunction at Walbran Valley blockade: South Islanders first set up a checkpoint to turn away logging crews. The logging company obtained a court injunction and threatened the protectors with arrest, and the volunteers moved to a witness camp to monitor and protest the clearcutting of ancient cathedral forests just outside Carmanah Park. The camp is supported by members of the Pacheedaht First Nation. The Walbran was the site of massive protests, civil disobedience, and sabotage for over twenty years. Forest Action Network is providing gear and campaign support, and we are recruiting volunteers. Read our statement on the Walbran Valley here. Facebook page here.
  • Ongoing: Coastal First Nations vs. Grizzly hunters. For two years, the Coastal Guardians have been patrolling the central coast of BC and "educating" grizzly hunters and guides about the ban on hunting on their territory. The province continues to issue trophy hunting permits and now the Guardians say they are escalating their enforcement of the ban.
  • Victory: Members of the Ahousaht First Nation on Vancouver Island occupied a floating platform and part of a bay to stop a new salmon farm in their territorial waters. News reports here.
  • Ongoing: Gitdumden Clan of the Wet'suwet'en (neighbours to Unist'ot'en) in Northern BC. They are occupying their territory to block pipelines, logging, and mining.... 

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Unions from 12 Countries Call for a Global Moratorium on Fracking

Thirty trade union bodies representing tens of millions of workers have issued a statement calling for a “global moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for shale gas, coal seam gas, and shale oil.”  Among the thirty first-signers are national trade union centers from Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Nepal, Peru and the Philippines; two Global Union Federations representing education and public service workers, and key unions in health care, energy and water utilities.

Unions are also among more than 1,000 organizations that have signed the Global Frackdown for Paris....

The Statement:

WE CALL FOR A GLOBAL MORATORIUM ON FRACKING

We are national trade union centers, global union federations, and individual unions representing millions of workers in the global North and South.

We call for a global moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for shale gas, coal seam gas, and shale oil.

Fracking is happening or is being proposed in a growing number of countries. In Argentina and Canada indigenous people have led the resistance, and in Bulgaria and Romania farmers have engaged in direct action against the gas companies.

Fracking has led to attacks on land rights, and the large amounts of water used in fracking also threatens to increase water scarcity in areas where water supply and access pose real problems for people, particularly those in poor rural communities

In almost every country or region where fracking is either proposed or already happening it has met determined opposition from a wide array of people and organizations.

The experience of fracking in the United States since 2002 has shown that the process threatens the health and quality of life of communities situated near drilling sites.

There are tens of thousands of shale gas wells in the U.S. alone – and water contamination is a known result of drilling. The high-volume use of carcinogenic chemicals such as silica also poses a threat to health, particularly to workers on drilling sites and who handle the wastewater from fracking. In the U.S. companies are not even required by law to disclose the chemicals used in the process.

We are also concerned about the impact of fugitive methane from drilling sites on global warming. Recent drill-site and atmospheric studies show high levels of methane leakage — suggesting that shale gas is worse than coal in terms of its impact on the atmosphere.

In calling for global a moratorium on fracking, our unions stand in solidarity with all communities, municipalities, regions and nations who have already introduced moratoriums or are attempting to do so.

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    ..their web page

    UNIONS AGAINST FRACKING

    A Trade Union Call for a Global Moratorium on Fracking

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      Fracking Case Asks Supreme Court to End Regulators' Immunity

      An Alberta woman's landmark eight-year battle over fracking regulation, water contamination and Charter rights will take centre stage in the Supreme Court of Canada Tuesday.

      Jessica Ernst claims fracking contaminated the water supply at her homestead near Rosebud, about 110 kilometres east of Calgary. She is seeking $33 million in damages.

      Ernst is also taking on the agency that regulates the energy industry in Alberta, claiming it has denied her the right to raise her concerns effectively and is shielded by unconstitutional legislation that bar citizens from suing it for wrongdoing.

      The B.C. Civil Liberties Association, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Law at the University of Toronto have intervened in support of Ernst's position and the lawsuit could change the way the controversial technology of hydraulic fracturing is regulated in Canada.

      Ernst's lawyers hope the Supreme Court will eventually rule that the Alberta Energy Regulator violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms by limiting her ability to communicate with the agency....

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      California Methane Leak One of the Worst Climate Disasters in the US (1/2)

      Hilary Lewis of Earthworks says Gov. Jerry Brown's State of Emergency addressing the methane leak comes late, given the damage incurred and because Gov. Brown understand the issues and is considered a leader on environmental issues.

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      Fox Creek fracking operation closed indefinitely after earthquake

      quote:

      Could be largest quake in Canada

      If it is revealed that fracking induced Tuesday's 4.8 quake, Gu said, it would be the largest such quake in Canada's history.

      A 4.6 magnitude fracking-related earthquake in B.C. in August was confirmed by scientists as the largest so far in Canada, perhaps even the world.

      Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said her officials are looking into Tuesday's quake.

      "The AER has been engaged in a review of fracking, in particular as it relates to this issue, and I'll be asking them to speed that review … to come up with some recommendations that we can consider sooner than later."

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      Erin Brockovich: California Methane Gas Leak is Worst U.S. Environmental Disaster Since BP Oil Spill

      video

      In the nation’s biggest environmental disaster since the BP oil spill, a runaway natural gas leak above Los Angeles has emitted more than 150 million pounds of methane. Thousands of residents in the community of Porter Ranch have been evacuated and put in temporary housing. The fumes have caused headaches and nosebleeds. The company responsible, Southern California Gas Company, says it could take three to four months to stop the breach....

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      First Nations, MLAs, and MP Sign Declaration for Permanent Protection of Lelu Island from Petronas LNG project

      Lelu Island and Flora Bank, critical habitat for wild salmon at the mouth of the Skeena River in northwestern B.C., have been declared permanently protected from industrial development by an unprecedented coalition of First Nations leaders, local residents and federal and provincial politicians.

      The signing of The Lelu Island Declaration presents a major obstacle to plans by Malaysian-owned oil and gas giant, Petronas, to develop a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant near Prince Rupert. The declaration also deals a huge blow to the provincial government’s stated aim to get major LNG plants under construction before next year’s provincial election.

      "The Lelu Declaration sends a powerful message to Premier Clark and Prime Minister Trudeau,” said Hereditary Chief Yahaan of the Gitwilgyoots Tribe of the Lax Kw'alaams. “The support to stop this LNG project is overwhelming. Nations are united from the headwaters of the Skeena River to the ocean. Together, we will fight this to the end."

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      The declaration was the culmination of a two-day Salmon Nation Summit, where more than 300 hereditary and elected First Nations leaders, scientists, politicians, commercial and sport fishermen, and other northern residents came together to defend wild salmon from the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project.

      Signatories to the declaration included hereditary leaders from the Nine Allied Tribes of the Lax Kw'alaams First Nation, and hereditary leaders of the Gitxsan, Wet'suwet'en, Lake Babine, and Haisla First Nations. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs also signed the declaration.

      The Petronas project was also emphatically rejected by NDP MP Nathan Cullen (Bulkley Valley), and three northern NDP MLAs: Jennifer Rice (North Coast), Doug Donaldson (Stikine), and Robin Austin (Skeena). All four of the region’s elected representatives signed the declaration. “This project isn’t going to happen. This project can’t happen,” Cullen said. The three MLAs released a letter that said, in part, "the proposed PNW LNG facility poses an unacceptable risk to the Flora Bank habitat that is an irreplaceable link in the Skeena River salmon ecosystem."

      quizzical

      petronas announced today they were cutting 11 billion worth of activities world wide with no mention of where.

      in a large coincidence this is same amount proposed for their lng in PR.

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      Here is a Tyee article on the Summit. I am pleased to hear the Northern BC NDP Mp and MLA's are standing with the FN's leadership in opposition to this project.

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      And in a significant political coup for the opponents of the project, Petronas's plans were emphatically rejected by all four of the region's senior elected representatives. NDP MP Nathan Cullen (Bulkley Valley), and three northern NDP MLAs -- Jennifer Rice (North Coast), Doug Donaldson (Stikine) and Robin Austin (Skeena) -- signed the declaration at the summit, to loud applause. "This project isn't going to happen. This project can't happen," Cullen said. The three MLAs released a letter that said, in part, "the proposed PNW LNG facility poses an unacceptable risk to the Flora Bank habitat that is an irreplaceable link in the Skeena River salmon ecosystem."

      ...

      By throwing down the gauntlet not just to Clark, but to a fledgling federal government that is grappling with how to reconcile a clear commitment to honouring Aboriginal rights and a loud boast to be a global climate change leader, both alongside an economic agenda that is bedeviled by low oil prices -- the Skeena chiefs have created a litmus test for whether B.C. and Canada are serious about building a modern economy based on renewable energy, or if all those promises are just another form of natural gas.

      http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2016/01/25/Lelu-Declaration/

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      ..funny stuff with audio

      BC Premier says “forces of no” behind Lelu Island Declaration

      Premier Christy Clark is dismissing opposition to the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG project near Prince Rupert.

      During a media availability in Vancouver Monday, Clark labelled the recent Lelu Island Declaration signatories “the forces of no”.

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      Clark says the world is being divided into two camps: those who say no to everything and those that want to find a way to get to yes.

      Clark says finding a way to yes, even when it’s very difficult, is the way to create jobs and a future.

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      ..update

      Air regulator sues California utility over state's historic methane leak

      A California utility failed to protect residents from the largest methane leak in state history at its natural gas field near Los Angeles, a regional pollution watchdog said in a lawsuit filed against the company.

      The suit, filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, seeks penalties against Southern California Gas Co of up to $250,000 a day for each of six pollution-related health and safety code violations.

      The stench of odorized methane fumes has sickened scores of people since the leak began on Oct. 23 and has forced the utility to temporarily move residents and their belongings from more than 7,700 homes in the Porter Ranch community of northern Los Angeles at the edge of the leaking gas storage field...

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      Confusion reigns over LNG Canada investment decision

      Shell says it is postponing a final investment decision on LNG Canada, its proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Kitimat that would process gas from the South Peace. But the head of LNG Canada says the joint venture is "still very much on track."

      The company announced it would put off its decision after a 44 per cent drop in profit in the last quarter of 2015. Shell, leader of a joint venture that includes Korea Gas Corp., Mitsubishi Corp. and PetroChina, had earlier indicated an investment decision would come in late 2016....

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      Kudos's to the Haida athletes for standing up to LNG proponents who want to use their tournament as an advertising forum.

       

       

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      A champion Haida sports team is crying foul over liquefied natural gas (LNG) sponsorship of the All Native Basketball Tournament. And the Skidegate Saints fear they'll be turfed from play for pushing their anti-LNG message.

      But it's a risk Saint's point guard Desi Collinson is willing to take.

      "[LNG sponsorship] is tarnishing our sacred tournament," said Desi Collinson, a frequent tournament MVP and co-captain of the reigning four-time champion Saints. 

      Collinson says his team considered pulling out of the tournament entirely. But the defending champions decided to compete after consulting Haida elders.

      "We're gonna make it more than a basketball tournament and spread information and educate people," Collinson told CBC.

      http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/lng-has-no-place-at-nativ...

       

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      Scolding BC's 'Forces of No,' Our Premier Crassly Divides Us

      Our premier actually said something true last week.

      ''The world is being divided into two,'' Christy Clark told reporters in Vancouver on the heels of an historic Salmon Nation Summit in Prince Rupert. There, a powerful coalition of First Nations leaders, scientists, citizens, elected officials, sport and commercial fishermen and environmentalists declared Lelu Island, at the mouth of the Skeena River, off limits to industrial development.

      Our premier's reaction was to label them ''the forces of no.''

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      But when citizens dare to assemble in the public square -- citizens who are squarely in the firing zone of Clark's industrial carpet-bombing of the north -- well, Clark just lumps and splits and disdains the diverse opinions of those who happen not to agree with her. She starkly demonstrates a failure not just of political leadership but also of moral leadership. Suddenly, and we've seen this before (Stephen Harper, anyone?), she exposes herself as not our premier at all, but as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for a powerful few. She no longer pretends to govern for all British Columbians -- just those who agree with her or at least swallow her spin. What a grave strategic error. What a spectacular communications failure. What a fool.

       

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      epaulo13 wrote:

      Those pictures look great. Are they from this years All Native Basketball Tournament and what site are they posted on.

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