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..from the article quizzical.


Kinder Morgan told the NEB during its Incentive Toll Settlement hearing last April that it expected fewer than 30,000 barrels a day would be delivered to the Westridge marine terminal during 2016—enough to fill about 1 tanker a month and two barges. Port Metro Vancouver confirms 11 tanker arrivals between January and September, and NEB commodity export statistics tell us that so far this year, less than a full tanker left Westridge with diluted bitumen destined for a non-US port.


 "non-US port"  is the key turn of phrase here epaulo....

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..txs quizzical. what are your sources around oil trains? i'm going to try and access the same data robyn allan. want to educate myself more in the topic.

LAST HOUR: Members of the Canadian youth climate delegation at COP22 in Morocco photobombed Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, calling on her to reject the Kinder Morgan pipeline.


i watch them go by every 40 mins every day and count the cars.

if it's not being shipped as bitumen as according to the stats you posted through Port of Van to non-US port then it is being shipped south to the US.


epaulo13 epaulo13's picture! i read your description of supermoon and that you would be seeing it between the mountains. i can certainly sympathize with you re this gross intrusion. living under a constant threat if you might.

..for sure trains are going south hence the struggles to the there in trying to block those trains from coming through. i've posted stuff about it here. i want that closer look of the records. luckily allan provides links in some of her work so there's where i'll start.

Trudeau’s NEB appointments contradict climate commitments


On Nov. 8, the federal government announced the composition of the committee that will recommend how to modernize the NEB process. The promise to overhaul the NEB was a central part of the Liberals’ climate plan in the 2015 election campaign, and was their go to answer for all pipeline-related questions.

Big Oil connections to NEB review committee

The committee appointed by the Trudeau government, however, is stacked in favour of oil interests. Of the five members on the new committee, three, including the two co-chairs, have strong ties to the oil and gas sector.

Co-chair Hélène Lauzon is the president of the Quebec Business Council on the Environment, an organisation that defends the interests of its voting members, many of whom have vested interests in the fossil fuel industry and the development of new pipelines. Members of the council include TransCanada, Enbridge, Valero, Junex, Gaz Métro and Questerre.

The other co-chair, Gary Merasty, sits on the board of directors of the Canada West Foundation, which promotes the expansion of the tar sands and the construction of new pipelines, including Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.

Brenda Kenny, another review committee member, was the president of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association from 2008 to 2016. CEPA is another group that promotes and defends the interests of its members, including oil and gas companies like TransCanada, Enbridge, and Kinder Morgan. CEPA has been openly promoting the Energy East, Trans Mountain, and Northern Gateway pipelines.

David Besner, chair of the New Brunswick Energy Institute, and Wendy Grant-John, the first woman elected B.C. regional chief to the Assembly of First Nations, make up the rest of the committee.


there's a big protest today in Van.

mom says many of her friends from Vancouver Island are going over.

re the treat. believe me we have figured out the area destroyed if a train derails in or close to town or subdivisions. and there have been some here over the years. in fact like right behind my parent's place. the trains are always having pull aparts right there to this day.

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..i don't enjoy posting stuff like this. chips away at my hope. but it's important to understand the enormity of the tarsands project's effect on the earth.

Opinion: Trudeau-backed Keystone XL will exceed climate pollution from 100 nations

Trudeau asked for it. Trump will approve it. Our climate is going to get it.

The Keystone XL pipeline will enable up to fifty million additional tonnes of fossil carbon to be dug out of Alberta's bitumen deposit each year. That will dump another 195 million tonnes of climate pollution per year1 into our already destabilized climate.

For comparison, that exceeds the combined emissions from the 100 least climate polluting nations.2

Should Canada be pursuing Keystone XL at this point in the climate crisis? And should the Trudeau government approve yet another gigantic pipeline, in addition to Keystone XL — the bitterly opposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion to Vancouver's shores?

Take a look at the comparison between KXL and 100 nations below and decide for yourself....

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..txs. great turnout!!!!


yup big turn out. mom figured it would be. even her fringier friends were going over.

not one of mine went. or my daughters.

Ms May was there.

i thought she loved Trudeau and believed the Liberals would be environmentalists?

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Standing Rock pipeline protest leader draws a crowd in Vancouver

Tara Houska shared tactics used in North Dakota where she's been living at the Standing Rock protest camp

Hundreds of pipeline opponents packed a meeting in Vancouver Thursday night to hear from a leader of the Standing Rock protests in North Dakota.

Nearly 500 people have been arrested in North Dakota at the ongoing protests against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, and the encampments show no sign of breaking up for the winter.


Some of the tactics used in North Dakota include camping directly on the planned pipeline route and blocking a train with a pick-up truck.

In response, riot police have been using tear gas, rubber bullets and Tasers to remove and arrest protesters blocking the ongoing construction of the pipeline....

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..for today


..from an email

Today is the day. From Victoria to Halifax, people from coast to coast will stand up against the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline.

Tonight, with thousands of people planning to attend over 45 vigils across the country, we will make it clear to Prime Minister Trudeau: climate leaders don’t build pipelines -- reject Kinder Morgan.

There will be a vigil in Winnipeg -- here’s how to join:

What: Winnipeg Vigil to Stop Kinder Morgan
Where: Manitoba Legislative Building - Main Entrance, Winnipeg
When: Monday, November 21, 6:00 PM

Sign up here and let the event organizers know you can make it.

Kinder Morgan is on the edge of becoming a major political crisis for the Prime Minister.

On Saturday, over 4,000 people marched in Vancouver to demonstrate that this pipeline does not have the consent of First Nations or communities along its route -- and it would be devastating for our climate. Today, we will amplify this message across the country. Check out the full map of all of the events across the country to see the breadth of opposition to this pipeline.

Prime Minister Trudeau and his government are severely underestimating the extent to which people across the pipeline oppose this pipeline. If we stand up together we can show him that he can’t get away with approving Kinder Morgan while calling himself a climate and Indigenous rights leader.

Let’s tell Prime Minister Trudeau to keep his promises. RSVP to the vigil in Winnipeg.

Let’s stop this pipeline,


Martin N.

With all this opposition to KM, it is truly amazing that the NDP lost the last election, considering Adrian Dix's principled stance against KM. Do you think perhaps individuals are faking opposition in order to avoid being shamed or shushed?


there's pockets of support and opposition. those in their pro and anti camps are there for differing reasons none of which i think is "fake".

there's others who don't give a shit because God will take care of it and vote for their pet stance.

it's pretty much supported in a non-fake way from AB border up to Burnaby. there west, VIsland and up the coast is not in support also in a non-fake way.

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PHOTOS: Victoria takes to the streets against Trudeau pipeline approvals

Approximately 1000 protestors marched peacefully in the streets in Victoria on Thursday night with a message for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The demonstrators say they are not giving their consent for Texas-based energy company Kinder Morgan, to build its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project....

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..a 2 min video put out in oct of this year.

Could tankers Collide with Vancouver's Second Narrows Bridges?

Concerned Professional Engineers


maybe if the engineers were so up on things they would call the bridge by its name Iron Workers Memorial? or is memorializing those who built and lost their lives too much to ask?


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..for 30 years i lived in vancouver and it was a rare moment that i called that bridge the iron worker memorial. most of those years were spent heavily involved within the union movement. i called it the second narrows as did almost everyone around me except for formal occasions. this wasn't disrespectful just easier to say.  


i've never known it as the 2nd narrows had to look it up.


The NDP renamed it in 1994. Glen Clark was in Cabinet and he worked for the Ironworkers Union after university and prior to entering politics. While the majority of the people working on the bridge that day were Ironworkers it's not like they all were. Personally I would have like to have seen a more inclusive name not just one occupation being commemorated. However it is one of the few things named after workers so I always try to say Ironworkers Memorial even though I had always called it the Second Narrows and it comes out sometimes.


Seventy-nine workers fell. Among the 19 dead were 14 ironworkers, 3 engineers, a painter and a commercial diver who died a few days later when he drowned trying to recover a body. Twenty others were seriously injured.


yup.  mom always drilled 'call it what it is. it's not often workers get recognition'.


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Kwantlen Nation leads the fight against Kinder Morgan pipeline transgression of territorial and political sovereignty

On Sunday December 11, 2016, Kwantlen Nation led an anti-Kinder Morgan pipeline rally in Fort Langley, partnering with the PIPE UP Network. Kwantlen leaders and community members marched and spoke out against the intrusion of the recently approved pipeline into their unceded territories.

Nearly 200 people took to the streets of Kwantlen territory on Sunday. We met at the Community Hall in Fort Langley, where Kwantlen community members gathered us together with songs. We marched to the old colonial Hudson’s Bay Company fort a few blocks away, an appropriate destination that illustrated ongoing links between colonial corporations from the founding days of Canada to the present....

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Monday, December 19
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
CBC Vancouver 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Justin Trudeau is rumored to be coming to Vancouver on Monday to promote his approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
Let’s mobilize for a rally at CBC Vancouver downtown and make sure there is strong visible opposition while he is in town and make it clear that we will never let it get built.

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..excellent wide ranging piece.

From Standing Rock to Trans Mountain, dissent is in the pipeline

Melina Laboucan-Massimo, a Lubicon Cree, grew up in Alberta’s oil country. Since the age of 7, she has joined blockades and protests aimed at protecting her community’s traditional lands from resource development. “I was born into it,” she said in an interview. “It’s my inheritance.”

Her parents’ generation was the last to live off the land; their hunting and trapping was disrupted by the thousands of oil and gas wells that have been installed there over her lifetime. In 2011, the community’s worst fears came to life when the Rainbow Pipeline ruptured in their collective back yard, spilling 28,000 barrels of light, sweet crude – the largest oil spill in Alberta in 36 years.

Forged by that experience, Ms. Laboucan-Massimo is now working at Greenpeace and throwing herself into the campaign to stop the freshly approved Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion that will dramatically increase the amount of oil-sands crude shipped through Vancouver Harbour....

Jesse Jaso, 12, enters the Unity Teepee at the Sacred Stone Camp near Cannon Ball, N.D. Camp supporters from across North America and around the world have left messages and signatures on the walls.

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City will appeal Kinder Morgan decision

A handful of First Nations, non-governmental agencies and cities – including Burnaby – will appeal the federal cabinet’s approval of the proposed Trans Mountain expansion project next week.

Mayor Derek Corrigan told the NOW the city must submit its documents to the Federal Court of Appeal before Christmas.

“(It’s) a very short time period for appeal, 15 days I think, so it doesn’t give us much time to get ready for it,” he said. “Again, it continues the process we’ve been committed to, exhausting the legal remedies that are available to us and making sure we do everything we can within the legal framework to defend our interests.”

Corrigan said the city plans to stick to the arguments it has made in the past, including the “failure of the process.”

“I think all of us were extremely dissatisfied with the way the process and with the way the process was conducted, and the things the process refused to look at, and those kinds of flaws, I think, are going to be very important to draw to the attention of the court,” he added.

The city will also argue that the National Energy Board (NEB) did not properly consider alternative routes and failed to hold oral cross-examination. Rather than oral cross-examination, the NEB allowed intervenors to submit information requests, which gave Kinder Morgan an opportunity to respond in writing.

“By saying OK, what’s the best route or what are the implications of this to the harbour, those kind of places are where the NEB shuts itself off from making any consideration, and those are crucial issues to be discussed,” said Corrigan....

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Conservation groups launch suit challenging Trudeau cabinet's pipeline approval

Conservation groups have filed a new court challenge to the federal government’s approval of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline.

The request for judicial review filed with the Federal Court of Appeal late Monday in Calgary is at least the eighth legal test of the controversial project, which will almost triple the capacity of an existing, 1,150−kilometre pipeline from near Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.

The Liberal government gave the green light to the $6.8−billion pipeline expansion late last month, despite a thicket of existing legal challenges to the regulatory process.

Ecojustice lawyers, on behalf of the Living Oceans Society and Raincoast Conservation, say Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet broke the law when it relied on a National Energy Board assessment of Kinder Morgan’s controversial pipeline expansion.

The groups argue the board — and thus the Liberal government — did not properly take into account the Trans Mountain pipeline’s impact on endangered southern resident killer whales. The newly expanded pipeline will increase oil tanker traffic from the port in Burnaby to about 34 ships a month, up from the current five....


A handful of First Nations, non-governmental agencies and cities – including Burnaby – will appeal the federal cabinet’s approval of the proposed Trans Mountain expansion project next week....

re First Nations, this is a wrong strategy....their (international and charter)laws are different and more powerful...they must take independent action, alert the UN of their intentions and institute their rights under Convention 169 and the Declaration of Indigenous Rights...but of course the task must be to inform the memebership of the Nations along the pipeline route, especially the Secwepemcelew....

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re First Nations, this is a wrong strategy....their (international and charter)laws are different and more powerful...they must take independent action, alert the UN of their intentions and institute their rights under Convention 169 and the Declaration of Indigenous Rights...

..there was a time when i wasn't sure and thought you may have a point iyraste..but not anymore. after a couple recent supreme court decisions re bc and also how the canadian adoption of undrip could be so easily manipulated by the government almost to the point of it being toothless. better is more direct options like the recent treaty alliance and totem journey. better are the discussions going on from coast to coast re the pipelines/climate that call for supporting each other. better is the leap going global as i has done recently.

..that is not to say there couldn’t be a challenge at the global level because there already is but you statement "this is a wrong strategy" is totally off the wall.

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A Canadian Province Is Refusing to Release Pipeline Safety Reports

In July, more than 200,000 litres of oil spilled from a pipeline in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, forcing the city of North Battleford to briefly shut down its water treatment facility. As of late November, the city was still pumping in water from a neighbouring community.

Now, the provincial government is blocking efforts to release safety reports that may shed light on how it manages pipelines. In the 2015 fiscal year, Saskatchewan conducted just 78 pipeline inspections. There have been well over 100 reported pipeline incidents between the start of 2015 and November 29, 2016 in Saskatchewan.

Just days after the July spill, the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party (NDP), the official opposition, filed an access to information request asking the incumbent Saskatchewan Party to release all of its pipeline inspection reports for Husky Energy from 2011 onwards. Husky Energy owns the pipeline that spilled. The provincial government pushed back, reasoning that releasing safety reports would compromise prosecution against Husky arising from its investigation into the spill.

The Office of the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) investigated and concluded that releasing the reports would not harm prosecution and recommended that the province comply with the information request.

On Tuesday, the Saskatchewan government rejected the privacy commissioner’s recommendation, meaning that the pipeline safety reports will remain hidden from the public....


how the canadian adoption of undrip could be so easily manipulated by the government almost to the point of it being toothless....

The Declaration is  toothless, only because the Indigenous Nations of Canada refuse to demand its implementation and take Canada to appropriate international levels...

it´s like everything legal in Canada, such as e.g. our Charter rights, which are ample, but we don´t even know our rights let alone even think about they being respected....


....better is more direct options....

of course direct options are crucial...but options that demand peoples rights and develop strategies internationally to guarantee them...otherwise without legal backing, the power of money will easily win out......

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how the canadian adoption of undrip could be so easily manipulated by the government almost to the point of it being toothless....

The Declaration is  toothless, only because the Indigenous Nations of Canada refuse to demand its implementation and take Canada to appropriate international levels...

it´s like everything legal in Canada, such as e.g. our Charter rights, which are ample, but we don´t even know our rights let alone even think about they being respected....

....better is more direct options....

of course direct options are crucial...but options that demand peoples rights and develop strategies internationally to guarantee them...otherwise without legal backing, the power of money will easily win out......

..your assesments are not based in the understanding of the on the ground struggles. it seems to me your assesments are created to support what you think are the solutions.

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Beyond DAPL, the Line 3 Pipeline Battle Looms On The Horizon

Once we defeat the Dakota Access pipeline, it is essential that we carry the energy from this fight forward, to the many other places where Indigenous people are resisting fossil fuel infrastructure projects that threaten our lands and water.  We are not fighting a pipeline, we are building a movement.  The black snake has many heads. We ask you to continue standing with us.

On November 29, Canada's federal government officially approved two major pipeline projects - Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion and Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline. They also rejected Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline, after years of opposition from west coast First Nations and their allies. 

Once the last piece of Dakota Access pipe is removed from the ground, we at Honor the Earth will turn our focus back to Line 3.  Similar in size and purpose to the recently defeated Keystone XL pipeline, Enbridge’s Line 3 is proposed to transport tar sands oil over 1000 miles, from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin, right through the heart of Anishinaabe territory and some of the best lakes and wild rice beds in the world.  The proposed route endangers three of the continent’s major watersheds including the Great Lakes, home to one fifth of the world’s fresh water.  It would also pierce the heart of Ojibwe treaty lands, where members of signatory bands retain the rights to hunt, fish, gather, hold ceremony, and travel.  It is our responsibility as water protectors to prevent this.   We will not allow Line 3 to desecrate our lands, violate our treaty rights, or poison our water....

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What Is Line 3?

Winona LaDuke explains Enbridge's proposal for a new tar sands crude oil pipeline called Line 3, which would pierce the heart of Anishinaabe territory in the Great Lakes and endanger our precious fresh water, wild rice, and way of life....


Beyond DAPL, the Line 3 Pipeline Battle Looms On The Horizon...

I think it irresponsible to rely on local resistance to the energy policies of the N American corporate elite...local resistance of course is crucial, but look at the forces lining up now in the States and with our political flunkies (shame) in Canada hanging on to whatever our masters demand!

It is desperately needed to be building global alliances to fight this threat!

To think that I am not on the front lines is a serious error on your part...just that I have the hindsight of being engaged in a number of serious successes, which start from the issues but must reach deep into political economic alternatives....this too must be on the agenda in North America! 

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture one is just relying on local resistance. including the first nations that you accuse of having the wrong strategy. and i don't suggest that you aren't on the front line. my beef is with your assesments..they are self serving.

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This City Just Banned Virtually All New Dirty-Energy Infrastructure

On December 14, the city council in Portland, Oregon, voted unanimously to set “the first stone in a green wall across the West Coast,” in the words of Mayor Charlie Hales. He was referring to a groundbreaking new zoning ordinance that effectively bans all new fossil-fuel-export infrastructure within the city’s limits—including new port facilities for shipping coal, and holding tanks for oil and natural gas—and prevents existing facilities from expanding. The vote marks a hard-fought victory for local activists and environmental groups. And, in anticipation of the Trump administration’s pro–fossil fuel agenda, it signals to other cities that innovative action to counter climate change is still possible at a local level.

Hales wasn’t always so supportive of building a “green wall” against fossil-fuel exports. In fact, the two-year-long grassroots campaign that led to the new zoning ordinance began in opposition to Hales’s initial support for a $500 million propane export facility proposed by the Pembina Pipeline Corporation, the largest pipeline company in the Canadian tar sands. Local opponents—who organized themselves into a group calling itself the Climate Action Coalition—bird-dogged Hales at local events, photo-bombing him with their protest signs. They posted a caricature of Mayor Hales with the name “Fossil Fuel Charlie for Mayor” on Portland State University’s campus. On Earth Day 2015, coalition members briefly took over City Council proceedings, bearing giant cardboard cutouts of councilors’ faces and talk bubbles showing quotes in which they’d pledged to act swiftly on the climate crisis.

Facing the choice between the propane-export terminal—the single largest business proposal in Portland history—and a well-organized pack of activist opponents, who submitted thousands of letters, e-mails and calls to City Hall, as well as Portland-area scientists who produced voluminous reports highlighting the potential catastrophe posed by mile-long trains filled with propane traversing the city’s rails each day, Hales finally surrendered: He took the Pembina propane-terminal proposal off the city’s docket....


This City Just Banned Virtually All New Dirty-Energy Infrastructure

...yes this is good strategy, which will be blocked by Federal Government hopefully the next step is in place, while these cities organize federally....

but still the Indigenous Nations have way more power legally than even the cities...but to implement such power they too must be coordinating nationally but especially internationally...

but this is just one side of a necessary successful strategy...I can discuss useful strategy if you wish, but people seem only interested in strageies that fail...sorry to sound so ?

But it is irresponsible to be proposing practice that rarely is successful, without considering other options

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..why are your last 2 post bolded? my understanding is that bolding means yelling.

but still the Indigenous Nations have way more power legally than even the cities...but to implement such power they too must be coordinating nationally but especially internationally...

..i agree that indigenous nations have more power. the rest of your statement is where i believe we disagree. correct me if i'm wrong.

..i see this coordination already happening both nationally and globally. i posted a line 3 post showing the cross border collaboration but have post many other examples as well. there is also international collaborations going on. and of course all of this must continue to grow. what i get from your assessments is that this coordination is not happening. and the reason i believe one of the main reasons you feel this way is because they are not taking actions under convention 169.


A Last Resort That Might Work: Small Town Votes in Community Bill of Rights to Ban FrackingSaturday, December 24, 2016By Jaime AlfaroYES! Magazine | Report....

note that in BC the Local Governance act lays out a general abstract responsibilities of local councils...but nothing has yet been tested in the Courts

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Environmental groups sue Kinder Morgan after Upstate gas spill

Multiple environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against Kinder Morgan, citing water pollution in South Carolina.

Kinder Morgan, North America's largest energy infrastructure, operates a gasoline pipeline in the Upstate. A spill in 2014 leaked at least 370,000 of fuel in Belton from the pipeline.

Upstate Forever and Savannah Riverkeeper, represented by Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), claim the company has violated the Clean Water Act.

The groups said Kinder Morgan's cleanup plan for the spill was inadequate and petroleum pollutants are still being discharged into a waterway flowing into Broadway Lake, Lake Secession, Lake Russell and the Savannah River. Upstate Forever said 170,000 gallons of gasoline have not been removed.

"Our clean water is our most important resource," said Andrea Cooper, executive director of Upstate Forever. "Kinder Morgan has had two years to contain its huge gasoline spill, but the company continues to pollute the Upstate's precious clean water with gasoline pollutants."....

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Fight to Stop Oil Spoiling BC’s Coast Is 50 Years Old

"No intelligent person can doubt that if the present misuse of so-called fossil fuels and assorted broad spectrum poisons” continues, a whole range of irreversible ecological changes will undo the natural world. The renowned British Columbian philosopher and naturalist Roderick Haig-Brown made that warning in 1970 and now we are living the emergency.

Two years later he gave a speech to small fleet fishermen in English Bay about the Moran Dam then proposed for the Fraser River. That great and long river, he said, determined and sustained the whole abundance and character of Georgia Strait. It must never be damned. Nor should it ever be poisoned by fossil fuels.

B.C.’s wilderness father then talked about a 2,000-gallon spill of crude oil from BP’s Cherry Point refinery that had moved up into Canadian waters. He noted that “the miserably inept company responsible had, in the words of Mayor Vander Zalm of Surrey: ‘no experience, no knowledge, no plan’ for dealing with even this small spill.”....

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Trudeau Leaves His BC MPs Hanging by Approving Wave of Projects

On Nov. 29 of last year, as Justin Trudeau began to reveal his decision about an oil sands pipeline to Vancouver’s harbour, he announced he was a “grandson of British Columbia” with special ties to “our spectacular West Coast.” He then granted approval of the project while admitting many British Columbians would be “bitterly disappointed.”

Most bitter, probably, were those British Columbians who voted Liberal in the last election thinking they were halting just this sort of project pushed by Harper Conservatives in the face of environmental cautions....



Thx Epaulo good article.  People in Central Canada seem to have no idea about what the West Coastal culture is and how deeply embedded in BC history and society that culture is. I think BC is in for a rough ride for the next couple of years as we fight off the oil oligarchy's grand schemes. It remains to be seen what level of force our "democratic" government will use to force the pipelines to be built against the people's will.


In defending his approval of sending more oil to B.C. and tankers into its waters, Trudeau was firm his government “won’t be swayed by political arguments” from locals or otherwise. A few days later, to an Edmonton room full of oil executives, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr suggested he’d send in the military to deal with those protesting the pipeline.

But the resistance, Donnelly says, isn’t simply coming from eco-activists wearing hemp pants and dreadlocks, and he think this is where a major flaw in the Liberals’ understanding of the region lies. He gestures, on this wintry day, to the communities hugging the Burrard Inlet, a mix of housing, nature and industry set against the backdrop of lush greenery and mountains. It’s all part of the third largest metro area in Canada, but many locals still have to deal with bears in their yards and deer on their roads.

“You have multi-million dollar homeowners that don’t want either their viewscape or the potential of an oil spill ruining their real estate and the value of their investments, then you have all the professions that afford those houses.”

Across the inlet from where Donnelly stands the shore is lined with homes, some of those on the water selling for more than $5 million. In 2015 the average household income of Port Moody topped $111,000, and it’s higher in other corners of Donnelly’s riding. Take Belcarra, a hidden little gem overlooking the fjord-like north arm of Burrard Inlet. Five years ago there household incomes averaged over $187,000.

Donnelly wonders why Trudeau and his party would risk angering such residents with money, resources and something to protect. Team these locals up with dedicated environmentalists and Indigenous peoples, and you have a potential “perfect storm” of pipeline oppositions, he believes. Don’t be surprised to see something like the recent anti-pipeline protests in Standing Rock, North Dakota, he said.

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..yup the level of force is the question. the pacific trails pipeline is set to begin this year with the unist'ot'en camp blocking we will see this play out. we will also see how the resistance reacts.

How the Spectre of Oil Trains is Deceptively Used to Push Pipelines

Either support new pipelines or your community will be incinerated by an oil-carrying train.

It sounds outrageous, but it’s been a foundational argument made by the pro-pipeline lobby ever since the horrific Lac-Mégantic disaster in 2013.

“This is almost like putting a gun to the head of communities, saying ‘well, if we don’t build our pipeline then we’re going to put more oil-by-rail traffic through your community,’ ” says Patrick DeRochie, program manager of Environmental Defence’s climate and energy program.

“I think that’s dishonest and the oil industry’s really manipulating legitimate public concerns about rail safety to push pipelines.”


Highest Amount Ever Exported by Rail Was Mere 178,000 Barrels Per Day

Here are the numbers on oil-by-rail.

In September 2016 — the most recent month reported by the National Energy Board on the subject — oil-by-rail exports to the United States were 69,292 barrels per day (bpd).

They had dipped as low as 43,205 bpd in June 2016.

This obviously reflects the extremely low per-barrel price that bitumen is fetching from American refineries, which is also why there’s currently around 400,000 bpd of spare capacity in the pipeline network.

Plus, oil-by-rail generally costs more than shipping oil by pipeline, making it an even less viable option in such economic times.

But rail shipments have never been particularly notable relative to total crude oil production.

In fact, oil-by-rail’s high point in recent years was in September 2014, when 178,989 bpd were transported to the U.S.

The same year, Canada was exporting a total of 2.85 million bpd. In other words, at its very peak, oil-by-rail accounted for a mere 6.28 per cent of total exports.

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Oil-By-Rail Unsafe Because of Regulatory Lack

But there’s a second and related key problem with the pipeline versus rail debate, further undermining the argument for new pipelines.

Specifically, that there are technologies and regulations available to ensure that oil being shipped by rail is far safer than what the current rules mandate.

As a result, combined exports and domestic transport via rail could even rebound to 200,000 or 250,000 bpd and we’d never have to seriously worry about a Lac-Mégantic-like disaster again.


Transport Canada could require rail companies to increase the number of inspectors and crew members on trains, reduce speed limits and require certain braking system protocols and better public disclosure.

The phase-out of the old CPC-1232 tank railcars and transition to new and safer TC-117 tank railcars could be accelerated. The federal environment minister could be required to order an environmental assessment of oil-by-rail projects, as recommended in September 2016 by NDP MP Linda Duncan.

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..comment from the unist'ot'en camp

The form of consultation chosen by the province of British Columbia for the Unist'ot'en plaintiffs of the landmark 1997 Delgamuukw case is a letter stating that the Pacific Trails Pipeline has been started. There is no reasonable option for review or a response... Just a notice that PTP has been started.


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..from an email.

Statement by Kennedy Stewart, MP on provincial approval of Kinder Morgan

January 11, 2017
For immediate release

"Today’s announcement by the BC Liberal government is no surprise. The fix was in — and this betrayal of our province by Premier Clark confirms it. 

"It is simply deceitful for the Premier to claim her five conditions have been met.

"In the end, she has turned her back on the majority of British Columbians who oppose this pipeline.

"Political leaders can put all the paper conditions they like on this pipeline — it only takes one oil spill to devastate our rivers and coast. 

"Pages and pages of restrictions by the federal and provincial governments mean nothing against the enormous risk: this pipeline will be built in a 150 meter wide corridor – that is as wide as a 40 lane highway for 1000 kilometres – through BC’s watersheds to our fragile coast. 

"Again and again, a majority of British Columbians have said they oppose this pipeline.

In phone surveys I conducted in Liberal ridings, in public opinion polls, on thousands of doorsteps and at the many public hearings on this pipeline, citizens spoke up loud and clear that this pipeline is not worth the risk.

"There is no future in another heavy oil pipeline being built from the Alberta border to English Bay. It’s simply a dead end for our province.

"I will continue to work with those who see a different future for our province."


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718,918 reasons Christy Clark said ‘yes’ to Kinder Morgan

After formally opposing the Trans Mountain expansion proposal at National Energy Board hearings last January, Christy Clark’s BC Liberal government has reversed its position, embracing Texas-based Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and oil tanker proposal.


Kinder Morgan, its oil patch backers and industry associations had already donated at least $718,918 to the BC Liberals by March 2016. This included:

- $33,188 directly from Kinder Morgan and Trans Mountain;

- $20,950 from the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, most of it while Kinder Morgan Canada president Ian Anderson was CEPA chair;

- $551,985 from oil sands producers with shipping contracts on the new Trans Mountain pipeline, including Nexen, Cenovus, Devon, Imperial Oil, Suncor and CNRL....

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Comment: Clark’s five pipeline conditions are a charade


The Canadian Coast Guard has also identified the uncertainty around the effectiveness of spill response for the diluted bitumen that Kinder Morgan plans to transport from Alberta’s oilsands. In its submission to the joint review panel assessing the Enbridge Northern Gateway project, the Coast Guard stated it was “not aware of a scientific consensus regarding how these products will behave when introduced into the marine environment or the effects over time of the products being in the water. The Canadian Coast Guard, therefore, is uncertain whether or not traditional oil-spill recovery methods would be effective.”

 The Coast Guard’s fear that diluted bitumen could submerge or sink has been reinforced by top chemical scientists in a U.S. National Academy of Sciences study. (That study was capriciously refused to be introduced as evidence for the Trans Mountain federal review by the National Energy Board.)

But this would not be the only impact of a diluted bitumen spill. If a slick hits the water, it would immediately release dangerous components that are acutely toxic to fish and animals. Currently, no technology can recover those volatile diluents.

The bottom line on the B.C. coast, as has been shown elsewhere, is that arriving on the scene within the NEB-mandated 36 hours does not necessarily translate into effective cleanup of an oil spill.

 With grossly overstated oil-spill response capabilities revealed after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, it was evident that improvements to oil-spill technology have been negligible. Responders in the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill indicated that cleanup technology was no further ahead than in the previous 15 years. Responders in the Deepwater Horizon spill claimed that cleanup technologies were essentially the same as in the Exxon Valdez spill.

Thus, despite some minor improvements, oil-spill recovery remains largely unchanged over the past three decades. Notably, the spill response in these situations was nothing like what had been promised by the oil companies.


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