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Monday, January 30

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM PST

Sapperton Pensioners Hall

318 Keary Street, New Westminster, British Columbia

Join Force of Nature on Monday, January 30th for a community forum on our transition to renewable energy.

Speakers include Rob Baxter of Vancouver Renewable Energy Co-op, Councillor Andrea Reimer, Ben West of the Great Climate Race, and keynote speaker Hereditary Chief and Elder Chief Phil Lane, member of the Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations, and internationally recognized indigenous leader in human and community development.

The event will feature speakers on a variety of topics, from green job creation to solar energy, and will focus on how we can transition towards a clean energy based economy in the Lower Mainland.

The event is completely free, open to the whole family and the venue is wheelchair accessible. Bring a friend!


I was reading the Kinder Morgan thread and all the arguments going back and forth about the legitmacy of opposition and the safety of pipelines.  Of the general public very few people stay abreast of the details or even read articles like the following.:

Figures compiled by the National Energy Board show that in the past three years, incorrect operation — which covers everything from failing to follow procedures to using equipment improperly — has caused an average of 20 leaks per year. That's up from an average of four annually in the previous six years.....

Pipelines installed in the U.S. in the past five years have the highest rate of failure of any built since the 1920s, and human error is partially to blame, said Carl Weimer, executive director of the Washington-based Pipeline Safety Trust.

"A lot of new pipelines being put in the ground just aren't being installed right, or things don't get tightened up quite enough, so within the first year or two things fail,'' said Weimer....

In 2015, a Nexen Energy pipeline south of Fort McMurray, Alta. burst, spilling about five million litres of emulsion including about 1.65 million litres of oil near its Long Lake oilsands operation. The AER's investigation into the incident continues, but Nexen's preliminary conclusion was that the pipeline design was incompatible with the ground conditions, and wasn't installed properly.....

But even as companies make improvements on safety, Fleming said getting pipelines towards the higher safety standards of industries like airlines will likely require significant financial sacrifice.

"To be able to do that, you need to have a very cautious approach to doing work, and that's something that's hard financially,'' said Fleming. "It does have some cost implications that we are often very uncomfortable talking about.''

Regulations are pointless because to oil companies the only thing that matters is minimizing their costs and they will lie to do it. They will say that they will install properly, they will say that engineers have studied the land and deemed it safe. They would swear they had a deal with God if they thought we would believe it.

Decades of accidents have proven to people that oil companies cannot be trusted so it really doesn't matter what they say anymore. We know that they are lying and we know that government has been incapable of enforcing regulation and safety. 

Politicians and oil companies and corporations get away with tons of crap but Canada is still a democracy and politicians can be intimidated into submission if public determination is strong enough and the issue is specific enough. There are limits to the amount of violence the government can get away with towards it's own citizens especially if public sentiment is with the citizens on the issue. That is what kept police out of Occupy camps for so long.

The argument that pipelines are a federal jurisdiction therefore provinces must accept them misses the critical point that the people don't have to accept them. Civil disobedience physically prevents installation and there is a limit to how many citizens the government is willing to have arrested.

Energy East will not pass through Quebec because it is strongly opposed wherever it would physically pass through. The offer of jobs is a joke. As if we would accept jobs in exchange for our land and water being contaminiated by oil. (Please don't expect me to believe new pipelines will be safer.)

Nor is this NIMBYism because that would imply that I support pipelines elsewhere. I believe Burnaby can stop the Trans Mountain pipeline and I hope they do.

Every single argument proposed by pro-pipeline people pales in comparison to poisoning the land and water of Quebec. Arguments that oil can be transported safely are meaningless in the face of experience which has proven that neither oil companies nor governments can ensure the safe transport of oil through pipelines and they have lied about it for decades.


Fortunately for the people of Quebec the Liberals need seats there more than they do in BC. 



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Fortunately for the people of Quebec the Liberals need seats there more than they do in BC. 

The federal Liberals are pushing for Energy East. It is the threat of separation that will stop them.

In the days after Trans Mountain was approved, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr mused about using the police or defence forces to prevent violence during construction. He said those words were not intended as a warning to protestors.

They can't do that in Quebec.

They don't have the support of Couillard either and he is far more vulnerable to attacks from the PQ who would jump on him hard if he approved EE. 80 mayors have opposed it. 

I have another reason that I believe Couillard will never get on board. He wants Plan Nord.

Plan Nord is an economic development strategy launched by the government of Quebec in May 2011 to develop the natural resources extraction sector in the part of Quebec north of the 49th parallel. The plan, to be carried out over 25 years, would foster over C$80 billion in energy, mining, and forestry investments and create or consolidate 20,000 jobs a year for the duration.[1] The proposed plan, which has been described as "a potential centrepiece" of Premier Jean Charest political legacy has received the full support of the mining industry, the Crees and Inuit representatives but has been met with skepticism and downright opposition by the Innus and most environmentalists.[2]

That's where Couillard will spend his political capital.  He will use blocking fracking and Energy East to burnish his environmental credentials. He will claim that he blocks the really bad stuff so if he is okay with Plan Nord it must not be that bad. Plan Nord is central to plans for the economic development of Quebec. He would be stupid to flip on EE with such strong opposition and such little reward.

Quebec police could not be called upon by Carr. We have our own provincial and municipal police forces. That means Trudeau would have to send in the RCMP or "defence" forces. That's just a no go in Quebec. Protesters would be legion. Not just those against pipelines either. Sovereignists and nationalists would consider it a sacred duty to block a pipeline being forced through Quebec terriory by armed forces from Canada. Sending in Mounties or soldiers to force a pipeline through Quebec would result in an emergency referendum in which the yes side would probably win.

With 80 mayors opening declaring against it the protesters will know that the police will monitor not interfere and that Couillard won't push them to act.

That is what Trudeau knows about Quebec.

In BC he has Clark on his side and more of the pipeline is in the wilderness. The Burnaby region is where most of the protest is localized and the RCMP is the provincial police force and in some cases municipal as well. He blocked Northern Gateway and he is going to sink a bunch of money into marine protection along the coast. I'm still betting on citizens being able to stop it.


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one of the big pipeline companies in AB is called Seven Generations

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one of the big pipeline companies in AB is called Seven Generations

Wow, that's a pretty disgusting web site. I wish there were a hell, so that those people could be sent there.

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..quizzical was saying too. the name at the bottom of the the poster. seventh generation. :)

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..i'm shocked! absolutely positivley shocked!

North Coast Oil Tanker Ban Won’t Actually Ban Tankers Full of Oil Products on B.C.’s North Coast

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s November proposal to ban oil tanker traffic from B.C.’s north coast received kind reception on the west coast of Canada where the Heiltusk First Nation was still busy responding to a devastating diesel spill from the Nathan E. Stewart, a sunken fuel barge tug that was leaking fuel into shellfish harvest grounds near Bella Bella.

The tanker ban, however, won’t protect the coast from incidents like the Nathan E. Stewart from happening again, nor from the threat of future refined oil tankers passing through the same waters, according to a new analysis by West Coast Environmental Law.

Reviewing the tanker ban proposal, which has yet to be passed as legislation, West Coast identified numerous loopholes and exclusions that allow for the continued transport of oil on B.C.’s north coast via foreign fuel barges and even, potentially, in supertankers full of refined oil products like jet fuel....


i hope you're being sarcastic.

i'm not surprised in the least.

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..yes. trudeau comes up a dollar short and a pound light every time.

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Anti Kinder Morgan TMX Panel on Nlaka'Pamux Territory,

The Traditional Nlaka'Pamux Gathering in "Merritt BC", on unceded Nlaka'Pamux Territory took place on January 22, 2017. This is the guest panel featuring Jody Leon from Secwepemc Nation and Christine Jack from St'at'imc Nation speaking about the impacts of Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project on their respective territories.

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Amid oil-spill fears, First Nations and cities are uniting to fight the Trans Mountain Expansion Project

Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan has been trying to stop Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project in court for years, unsuccessfully. Pipelines are a provincial and federal decision, even if local communities are taking the brunt of the environmental risk. But Corrigan has realized if he aligns with the fight of a local First Nation, the Tsleil-Waututh, his city’s voice can be heard through theirs.

Corrigan shared this sentiment in a small roundtable discussion I facilitated on the Tsleil-Waututh reserve in North Vancouver on Monday. I’m spending this week travelling part of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline and tanker route with Discourse Media and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. The goal is to hear the questions and concerns of people who will be directly impacted if the twinning of the pipeline from Alberta’s tar sands to Burnaby moves ahead, to help inform our reporting of the project.

The Tsleil-Waututh, whose traditional territory encompasses the project’s marine terminal and tanker route, are attempting to have the Trudeau government’s approval of the project overturned in court. They claim they were not properly consulted before the project was approved. The legal notion of consultation, as well as consent, concepts which stem from Indigenous peoples unique and pre-colonial relationship to the land and water, dominated much of the discussion.

And this idea of a municipality relying upon the unique land rights of a First Nation to protect their collective environmental and social interests, fostering local reconciliation, had to be my key takeaway from this discussion....


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When it comes to stopping Kinder Morgan, Tofino means business

This Earth Day, April 22, local businesses in B.C. are banding together against Kinder Morgan’s contentious Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline. Tofino companies are offering tours, selling microbrews, encouraging people to “surf for salmon” and serving up a taste of the coastal bounty that draws millions of tourists to the region every year. The aim? To pitch towards raising $500,000 for legal challenges launched by the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, and Coldwater First Nations that aim to stop Kinder Morgan. It is the same strategy that killed the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.

On Saturday, outdoor adventure companies are offering tours of the rugged west coast with revenue going to the Pull Together campaign. Remote Passages Excursions, Clayoquot Wild! and Jamie’s Whaling Station are all donating Earth Day proceeds, while surfing school Pacific Surf Co is hosting a “Surf for the Salmon!” event. The Tofino Brewing Company and Common Loaf Bake shop are also giving a share of Earth Day earnings in support of the “Tofino Pulls Together” legal fundraising efforts. Clayoquot Action are also hosting a benefit screening of the documentary “Planetary” on April 22 at the Clayoquot Community Theatre.

It’s not radical to oppose a pipeline in a community whose existence is palpably threatened by climate change, but it’s still extraordinary to note the level of consensus against the Kinder Morgan project in this former logging boom town....


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Kinder Morgan’s climate denial is bad business


Shareholder revolt on climate risk

This month, Kinder Morgan shareholders will vote on a resolution that would require management to prepare “an assessment of the medium and long-term portfolio impacts of technological advances and global climate change policies.”

That might seem innocuous, but it has some not-so-hidden barbs.

The resolution notes that the signing of the Paris climate agreement in 2015 will likely mean increasingly stringent limits on greenhouse gas emissions and asks if – in light of potential new climate policy that reduces demand for fossil fuels – it still makes sense to invest billions to expand Canadian oil sands export capacity to the West Coast and Asia.

CalPERS, the California pension giant that owns almost 5 million shares in Kinder Morgan, is publicly calling on other shareholders to support the resolution. It will likely be joined by Blackrock, the world’s largest asset manager and one of the largest investors in Kinder Morgan, which is calling on all companies to assess climate risk.

The Kinder Morgan board of directors, on the other hand, has responded with a unanimous recommendation for shareholders to vote against the resolution. They argue that preparing an assessment of climate risk “may cause us to overstate the likelihood of certain risks, which could be detrimental to our business.”

They have two reasons to fear the question.

First, ongoing investigations into Exxon’s history of climate denial have made it painfully clear to corporate executives at fossil fuel companies that lying to your shareholders about climate-related risks can result in investigations and potentially liability for fraud. So this assessment can’t be a PR puff-piece.

Second, they know they won’t like the answers they get, based on Suncor’s recent example.

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Raise a Paddle 

May 8th – 16th: Resistance from the Pacific Islands to the tar sands.

In 2014, a group of Pacific Islanders led a blockade of the world’s largest coal port in Australia. Now, these Pacific Climate Warriors are headed to the Canadian tar sands.

Justin Trudeau’s recently approved pipelines will unleash catastrophic  climate change — for Pacific islanders this means rising sea levels threatening their homes, communities, and cultures. These pipelines clearly go against the promises Trudeau made to climate impacted communities and Indigenous peoples on the world stage.

That’s why the Pacific Climate Warriors are inviting Trudeau to join them in Vancouver to explain his broken promises. The Warriors  are also calling on people everywhere to stand with them, and stand with Indigenous peoples in Canada, to keep the tar sands in the ground.


May 14th – Water Ceremony in Metro Vancouver

The Tsleil Waututh  First Nation will host the Pacific Climate Warriors for a ceremony on the Burrard Inlet to honour the sacredness of water. We welcome you to join in, show your support and add your prayers.


May 16th – Speaking Event  in Vancouver

At this event,  powerful stories will be told by a dynamic panel of Pacific Climate Warriors and leaders in the Indigenous resistance to the tar sands. As well, there will be a premier of a mini-documentary showcasing the entire journey. Stay tuned for details on how to join the live stream.

..this is also a petition. please sign.

How can I support the Pacific Climate Warriors?

It is unacceptable for Prime Minister Trudeau to  expand the tar sands while simultaneously telling the world he is leading on climate change action. That's the message the Pacific Climate Warriors are bringing to Canada and to Prime Minister Trudeau.

Tell Prime Minister Trudeau that he needs to show up to the water ceremony in Vancouver on May 14th to speak to Pacific Islanders and First Nations about his broken promises.

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Chilliwack First Nations bands reject Kinder Morgan cash

Results of the April 22, 2017 Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribe referendum on whether or not to accept Kinder Morgan’s mutual benefits agreement. Of the 301 ballots cast, 167 voted to reject the agreement while 134 voted in favour. (Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribe)


“After four years of engagement and the request that leadership go to our membership and seek guidance on this important vote we have the results,” Jimmie said.

“We’ll start to develop our next steps and planning moving forward, but important that we know we have heard the voices of our people and this is the direction we will go in.”

Commodore said the reason why he and others opposed the agreement is not about the pipeline per se, but about the bigger picture.

“The anti-pipeline movement is not just about stopping a pipeline, it’s about transforming society, too,” he said. “We have to bring ecological sanity to our society. We just cannot continue along this road poisoning our land, our water, our air.”

As to the low turnout, effectively fewer than 10 per cent of eligible voters quashing the agreement, Commodore agreed it’s not good.

“It shows there is work to be done,” he said, adding that it is hard to engage band members particularly when no direct threat is seen.

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How 'voices of industry' nearly drowned out Trudeau government's talks with First Nations

The federal government has been caught making false statements about how oilpatch partners tried to hijack its efforts to consult First Nations in British Columbia on marine protection in their territory.

Internal emails and notes obtained by National Observer show that Transport Canada denied the true nature of behind-the-scenes consultations with indigenous leaders in 2016, while Ottawa was reviewing three major pipeline projects: Enbridge's Line 3 and Northern Gateway projects, and Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion.

Although Transport Canada initially said there was no discussion of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline at a private meeting with First Nations in March 2016, it later admitted to providing "inaccurate" information to National Observer about this when confronted with evidence from the meeting.

The documents add a new twist to the saga of Enbridge's doomed Northern Gateway pipeline, as a group of the company's indigenous business partners, known as Aboriginal Equity Partners, reportedly consider a lawsuit against the Crown for rejecting the project without proper consultation.

The emails and notes, released by Transport Canada through access to information legislation, reveal that Enbridge's indigenous partners seized the opportunity presented at consultations on a crude oil tanker moratorium to push their financial pro-pipeline agenda.

In Vancouver on March 29, 2016, the partners warned federal officials that First Nations stood to lose up to $1 billion in economic benefits if the government finalized the moratorium, which would protect a pristine rainforest on the B.C. coast from crude oil tanker traffic generated by pipelines like Northern Gateway.

Two other participants in that discussion, including a representative of B.C.'s Heiltsuk Nation, complained that these indigenous pipeline partners dominated the meeting and prevented other First Nations from being heard. The partners are "the voice of industry" and "don't represent indigenous groups," they told Transport Canada staff at the time, according to the documents....

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..more from the piece above


Under Canada's constitution, the federal government has a duty to consult indigenous people on major decisions that may affect them.

In an effort to help satisfy these requirements however, some energy companies have found a legal way to engage First Nations on their projects without actually consulting all members of the communities, according to evidence found by VICE News and Discourse Media.

Enbridge and TransCanada Corp., for example, have offered large payments to hereditary chiefs in various communities, VICE reported last November, as a way to claim broad indigenous consent for their projects. Hereditary chiefs can fill some leadership roles within a community without being elected, but their ability to speak on behalf of a community in an official capacity is contested within First Nations.

Last August, VICE also reported that two such hereditary chiefs from the Haida Nation in B.C. were stripped of their titles by their community for secretly accepting deals to promote the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. In this case, those deals included cash for to enhance community services and cultural activities.

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..a bob bossin video

Only one bear in a hundred bites, but they don't come in order

When I first gave this presentation at an Earth Day forum on oil tankers, so many people wanted a copy that we made this video. Thanks to Paul Grignon and Moonfire Studio ( If you like it, please pass it on. (More below)

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..while there is several points of interest in this post i highlight what i find pertinent to pipeline.

Beyond optics, towards politics: A report back from CLC Convention


Premier Rachel Notley arrived to celebrate achievements made by the NDP government in Alberta, but ended with a pitch for export-driven oil pipelines, the impact of which would undermine current efforts in Canada to meet global climate change targets. 


Thanks to grassroots organizing, the CLC took a clear position on a Palestinian-led human rights campaign for the first time in its history. It also joined the International Trade Union Confederation (representing 176 million workers worldwide) and other unions to send a clear message to Israel, and the corporations involved in Israel’s prison system.

In a related effort, union activists inspired by the Leap Manifesto organized a forum over lunch after Premier Notley addressed CLC Convention. Their intent was to discuss ideas that ensured no worker was left behind by climate change, and to seek alliances with energy workers in doing so. People wanted specific proposals for green jobs (beyond general concepts like “just transition”), and were concerned Premier Notley’s push for pipelines might divide union activists concerned about the climate crisis.

The Leap forum drew fifty participants, many of whom intervened later during the convention’s panel on green jobs. In that debate, Ken Smith (President of UNIFOR Local 707A, representing 6000 energy workers in Fort McMurray) declared he was “undecided” on pipelines, but was convinced “there are no jobs on a dead planet.” Carolyn Egan, President of the Steelworker Toronto Area Council, said “transition [to a new energy economy] is inevitable, but justice is not”.

Kim Fry, an elementary teacher activist in Ontario, declared it was time for unions to fight for a new energy future, and that starts by rejecting the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure.

Interestingly enough, Fry ran into Premier Notley later that afternoon, and wrote about their conversation on Facebook:

This exchange demonstrates the importance of grassroots unionism, and how it can impact larger forces. When Premier Notley spoke at the Federal NDP Convention last year in Edmonton, her pipeline pitch earned a standing ovation. At the CLC Convention last week, it drew tepid applause.

Why? The work of climate justice campaigners is a major factor, along with the continued evidence of climate change. The climate drivers behind recent floods in Ontario and Quebec were on peoples’ minds, as were the deplorable conditions in many Indigenous communities impacted by fossil fuels projects. Delegates at the CLC Convention entered that context with grassroots organizing, and this contributed to a shift in opinions of Premier Notley’s plans for Alberta. Notley is now publicly campaigning to ensure the BC government doesn’t become a pipeline opponent.

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Trans Mountain IPO comes at awkward time for energy giant Kinder Morgan

Kinder Morgan's plan to raise money for its Trans Mountain expansion through an initial public offering could not come at a more awkward time.

In addition to ongoing protests and federal court challenges, a vote recount in B.C. could tilt the balance of power, giving the Greens or NDP a chance to bog down the $7.4-billion project. The recount begins Monday.

Alberta's securities regulator is also reviewing Kinder Morgan's regulatory filings upon a request from Greenpeace, who said it believes the documents overestimate growth in Asian oil demand and don't go far enough in disclosing climate change-related risks.

The energy giant faces a big hurdle in its goal of raising $1.75 billion in what would be one of the biggest IPOs ever on the Toronto Stock Exchange. It is expecting to complete the offering in the last week of this month.

Adam Scott, a senior campaigner with environmental group Oil Change International, said he took it as a sign that the company was struggling to raise funds when it scrapped plans for a joint venture.

"There's still substantial legal risk to the project," said Scott. "There's also reputational risk. I think that may be why there's no equity firms willing to step up and take a chunk.".....

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Kinder Morgan admits its pipeline may be doomed

It’s a rare dose of honesty from a company with a history of bending the truth. Kinder Morgan filed a final prospectus last week with securities regulators, setting the stage for a last-ditch attempt to raise enough cash to build its Trans Mountain expansion project.

Now all the Texas pipeline barons can hope is that investors don’t read the fine print.

The company is essentially trying to crowdfund $1.75 billion through an initial public offering. Kinder Morgan executive Ian Anderson sounded confident in a press release announcing the IPO: “Our approvals are in hand and we are now ready to commence construction activities this fall.”

But the approvals are not in hand, and a mandatory risk analysis accompanying the share offering makes clear how difficult it will be to start construction. Provincial politics, lawsuits, blockades by First Nations – any one of these could kill the Trans Mountain pipeline project, the company admits.

Even if Ottawa sends in the army to get the thing built, all sorts of events over the coming decades could leave investors stranded: oil spills, Aboriginal title claims, shifting market conditions, earthquakes and yes, global warming.

But the approvals are not in hand, and a mandatory risk analysis accompanying the share offering makes clear how difficult it will be to start construction. Provincial politics, lawsuits, blockades by First Nations – any one of these could kill the Trans Mountain pipeline project, the company admits.

Even if Ottawa sends in the army to get the thing built, all sorts of events over the coming decades could leave investors stranded: oil spills, Aboriginal title claims, shifting market conditions, earthquakes and yes, global warming.


I’ll give the last word to Grand Chief Stewart Phillip.

“This company was founded from the ashes and rubble of Enron, a company synonymous with scandal, corporate fraud and bankruptcy,” said the President of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs in a news release.

“Today these same reckless cowboys are trying to convince gullible investors to plow cash into a pipeline they know will never be built.”

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The Pipeline Project picks up five Jessie Award nominations

"The Pipeline Project," a play based on the complex debate around the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline proposal, has picked up five Jessie Award nominations, which celebrate professional excellence in Vancouver's theatre scene. 

The play, directed by Chelsea Haberlin of ITSAZOO Productions, was inspired by Extract’, a book published by Vancouver Observer on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline conflicts in B.C.. The play features Indigenous actors Kevin Loring and Quelemia Sparrow and Sebastien Archibald, who also wrote the script. 

The play explores the environmental and community impact of a possible oil pipeline from Alberta's oil sands to B.C.'s northern coast, and the dependency people have on oil to maintain their modern lifestyles....

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Forget Any Economic Windfall from Kinder Morgan, Analyst Says

Industry and government claims that Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will boost prices for heavy Canadian crude have no basis in reality, says one of the nation’s top energy analysts.

In a brief yet damning report David Hughes, a former federal government energy researcher, concluded that tripling the pipeline’s capacity won’t deliver an extra $73 billion in revenue over two decades as claimed by Kinder Morgan.

The company and the Alberta and federal governments have promoted the pipeline with the argument that it would let tarsands producers reach new markets and increase prices.

But Hughes said the claims are based on false assumptions and fail to reflect changes in global oil markets.

“I don’t think it is too late for the federal government to rethink Kinder Morgan,” said Hughes in an interview. “That’s why I’ve revisited the data in a non-prejudicial way.”.....


42 pages is a brief report?

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..from an email

Today newly elected Conservative leader Andrew Sheer announced he will force the House of Commons to vote on whether or not to support the Kinder Morgan pipeline. This will be the first time a formal vote has been held on this issue. 

The motion will be debated tomorrow, Thursday June 1, with a vote to follow next week. Tomorrow NDP leader Tom Mulcair will outline why we will vote against this motion. I have made 65 speeches in the House of Commons outlining our opposition to Kinder Morgan including this recent statement linked here. Follow me on facebook for updates on Kinder Morgan and the House of Commons. 

The following is the text of the Conservative motion. 

May 30, 2017 - Mr. Scheer (Regina-Qu'Appelle) - That the House agree that the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion Project: (a) has social license to proceed; (b) is critical to the Canadian economy and the creation of thousands of jobs; (c) is safe and environmentally sound, as recognized and accepted by the National Energy Board; (d) is under federal jurisdiction with respect to approval and regulation; and (e) should be constructed with the continued support of the federal government, as demonstrated by the Prime Minister personally announcing the approval of the project. 

Thank you for all your support on this issue. Together we can stop Kinder Morgan, 

Kennedy  Kennedy Stewart, MP  Burnaby South

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B.C. grand chief responds to Alberta premier on Trans Mountain, warning it 'will never see the light of day'


The Alberta premier was undaunted in her stance to move ahead.

"Mark my words, that pipeline will be built, the decisions have been made," Notley said.

"Mark my words," Phillip said in response. "The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project will never see the light of day."

Phillip said he believes Notley is "grandstanding" for the sake of oilpatch interests.

"There's also an element of electioneering in her very reckless remarks," he said.

"The interests of Alberta stop at the border. From that point on, the transport and conveyance of toxic materials is a concern of all British Columbians. We do not for a moment need dirty oil coming through any pipeline system."

'Speaking out one side of her mouth'

Phillip called Notley a hypocrite, saying she supports the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Peoples in Alberta while disregarding it through the pipeline project.

"She's speaking out one side of her mouth that they need to uphold and embrace the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and then on the other hand completely rejecting the notion that we have the right to free, prior and informed consent to protect and defend the health, safety and well-being of our people and the environmental integrity of our respective territories," said Phillip....

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This Small U.S. County Just Became a Major Roadblock for Unrefined Fossil Fuel Exports in North America

Unrefined fossil fuels won’t be shipped out of a small Washington State export facility at Cherry Point any time soon, due to a temporary moratorium imposed by the Whatcom County Council.

The moratorium positions Cherry Point as a major roadblock for both U.S. and Canadian companies scrounging for export facilities to ship unprocessed oil, gas and coal to overseas markets.

“We are determined to use whatever legal tools we have to address climate change and to protect good refining jobs,” Barry Buchanan, council chair in Whatcom County, told DeSmog Canada.

Amid dwindling community-level support for fossil fuel infrastructure and after the U.S. lifted a 40-year old oil export ban, Cherry Point has been flooded with export permit applications for LNG, propane, coal and bitumen.


Canadian Companies Eye Cherry Point as West Coast Export Alternative

Whatcom County has been keeping a close eye on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which would bring 400 tankers through the Salish Sea annually.

Weimar said the Council reacted with incredulity to the suggestion Kinder Morgan consider Cherry Point as an alternate destination, rather than routing the pipeline through Burnaby where opposition has been very vocal.

B.C.’s new NDP-Green alliance which plans to scrap the Trans Mountain pipeline project appears to be good news, Buchanan said.

But other Canadian proposals include Steelhead LNG’s plan for a Saanich Inlet terminal with a pipeline under the Salish Sea from Sumas to Cherry Point.

The project does not have approval, Weimar said, but other Canadian LNG projects are also on the radar.

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Over two dozen activist groups ask banks to stop supporting Trans Mountain pipeline

Over two dozen environmental and Indigenous groups sent a letter to the CEOs of 14 major Canadian and international banks this week, demanding that they refrain from funding Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

“We call on your institutions to avoid financing Indigenous rights abuses and climate change,” it says. “In order to future-proof against involvement in these controversial, climate-wrecking pipelines, as well as the massively destructive extraction projects that feed them, we urge you to exit completely from the tarsands sector.”

The document, which includes signatures from Greenpeace, Sierra Club and Tsleil-Waututh Nation, among others, is in response to a section of the company’s initial public offering prospectus, released late last month, which states that “underwritten bank commitments are currently in place for the [b]usiness to establish” a $5.5 billion credit facility — an ostensible loan, in other words....

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Five ways the GreeNDP could help stop Kinder Morgan


1. Meaningful consultation with First Nations

The B.C. government currently faces a legal challenge from the Squamish Nation for failing to consult on the decision to issue to an environmental certificate for Kinder Morgan’s pipeline. The first step to opening meaningful consultation could be for the new government to acknowledge that extremely limited consultation conducted by the previous administration does not meet the legal standard for consultation. Instructing their legal counsel to seek a consent order would send the government and First Nations back to the consultation table.

There is precedent for this: following his election, then NDP premier Mike Harcourt instructed the province's legal team not to challenge the existence of aboriginal title, which led to the landmark Delgamuukw decision. That decision tied aboriginal rights and title to land, and the right to decide what activities take place on it.

2. A cumulative health impact assessment

Healthcare professionals, first responders, local governments, and community groups have all raised concerns about the risks posed by transporting and storing oil in major urban centres. But technical and environment conditions put in place by the NEB and federal government do not adequately address those concerns, in my view....

3. Keep pipelines out of provincial parks

The proposed Kinder Morgan’s pipeline route would cut through five provincial parks, among them Finn Creek, a Class A Provincial Park, and Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area, which protects one of B.C.’s rarest and most valuable ecosystems.

The outgoing B.C. government amended the boundaries of four of these parks to make way for the pipeline, but a new government could revoke that legislation through a cabinet decision, and force Kinder Morgan to come up with a new route that doesn’t go right through our parks. is it legislation or regulation? seems unlikely cabinet can revoke legislation?

4. Strengthen protection for waterways

Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline crosses 1,308 waterways in B.C.. How those water crossings are designed, built and operated will not only have a huge impact on the local environment, it also will have a huge impact on the cost of the project.

The B.C. government can strengthen the regulations around stream and river crossings for heavy oil pipelines through the existing Water Sustainability Act.

5. Protect our air sheds

Off-gassing at Kinder Morgan’s tank farms in Burnaby and Abbotsford has the potential to release extremely toxic pollution into the residential neighbourhoods in Forest Grove and Sumas surrounding those facilities. The diluted crude, or dilbit, that will be carried in the proposed pipeline contains highly carcinogenic chemicals like benzene, and there is no safe exposure level for these chemicals.


Canada's Fossil Fuels Lobby Issues Dubious Data in a Bid For More Pipelines (and vid)

Adam Scott: Oil Change International interview

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Kinder Morgan’s $645K B.C. political donations in court

What can nearly two-thirds of a million bucks buy you?

If you’re a Texas oil corporation or its local allies in British Columbia, it might help get your controversial pipeline approved, according to a lawsuit against the provincial government and firm being heard in court on Monday.

The lawsuit singles out $645,000 in political donations to the B.C. Liberals, as well as $300,000 of salary top-ups from the party to its leader, Premier Christy Clark, over her six years in power.

Clark’s lawyer denied any allegations of conflict of interest as well as any involvement of Clark in approving Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project in January, shortly before the lawsuit launched.

Lawyers for the Ottawa-based government transparency group Democracy Watch and environmentalist Pipe Up Network are arguing before a judge that the province may have been “biased” by partisan donations from Kinder Morgan and its affiliates.

“The $645,000, plus the Premier’s ($50,000-a-year) salary paid by the BC Liberal Party, caused a reasonable apprehension that Premier Clark’s participation in the decision-making process was biased,” Democracy Watch said in a statement Friday....

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Historic Secwepemc Declaration against Kinder Morgan


Secwepemc Declaration on Protecting Our Land & Water Against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline

We, the Secwepemc, have never ceded, surrendered, or given up our sovereign title and rights over the land, waters and resources within Secwepemcul’ecw. We have lived on our land since time immemorial and have never been conquered by war. We collectively hold title and governance regarding Secwepemcul’ecw and the collective consent of the Secwepemc is required for any access to our lands, waters and resources.

The Secwepemc collectively are the decision-making authority for Secwepemcul’ecw lands and waters. The Secwepemc are committed to upholding our collective and spiritual responsibility to look after the land, the language and the culture of our people. Under Secwepemc and spiritual law, the land, the water, the animals are our equals and our relations. The salmon has sustained us since time immemorial and hence it is our responsibility to take care of our salmon, the watercourses they travel through and their spawning and birthing grounds in our territory. Our ceremonies ensure that our way of life and our environment are protected. Secwepemc law is the highest law of the land.

We, the Secwepemc, stand resolutely together against any and all threats to our lands, the wildlife and the waterways. Today the most serious threat comes from the proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Secwepemul’ecw is the largest indigenous territory that the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project is proposed to pass through, covering up to 518 km of the pipeline route. The federal and provincial governments and Kinder Morgan have failed to engage with the Secwepemc collectively, as the proper title and rights holders. Their infringement of our laws, our spirituality, and our relationship to the land can never be accepted or justified.

The federal government unilaterally approved the original Trans Mountain Pipeline in 1951, when Indigenous Peoples were prohibited from organizing on land issues and holding our ceremonies. The original pipeline went into operation in 1953 without the consent of the Secwepemc......

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..this 20 min report includes post election interviews

APTN Investigates – To Kill a Pipeline

The Kinder Morgan pipeline is a go according to the federal government. Something many First Nations see as a betrayal by Justin Trudeau. But with the sea-change in BC provincial politics, could it be stopped?

The company itself seems to caution investors that Indigenous protests could close down the massive expansion. And one community vows it will never happen on their land and waters.

Here is the full episode of To Kill a Pipeline by reporter Rob Smith.



The Case Against the Potomac River TransCanadian Pipeline

"TransCanada is pushing a pipeline that will deliver fracked gas from Pennsylvania..."

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..from an email


The Pull Together - Stop Kinder Morgan campaign created some buzz in the week leading to June 8 World Oceans Day with events all over the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, San Juan Islands, and Seattle.  The total funds raised to date for Pull Together is an amazing $445K. The court hearings are currently set for the first two weeks of October; this fall there will be another push to reach the goal of $500,000 - including an online auction and some fun events. Be sure to “Like” the Pull Together facebook page to stay in the loop.

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Canadian lender Desjardins may stop pipeline loans

Canadian lender Desjardins is considering no longer funding energy pipelines, a spokesman said on Saturday, citing concerns about the impact such projects may have on the environment.

Desjardins, the largest association of credit unions in North America, on Friday temporarily suspended lending for such projects and may make the decision permanent, spokesman Jacques Bouchard told Reuters by telephone.

He said the lender would make a final decision in September.

Dejardins, a backer of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd's high-profile expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline, has been evaluating its policy for such lending for months, Bouchard said....

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Premier Horgan: refuse to sign permits for Kinder Morgan!

Kinder Morgan plans to start construction of their dangerous tar sands pipeline and tanker project this September -- but if we act fast we can stop them.

The new BC government has promised to “use every tool available” to stop the pipeline,and if they refuse to grant provincial permits required for construction it could derail Kinder Morgan’s plans.

But hundreds of oil industry lobbyists will be knocking at the new government’s door - and with Justin Trudeau and Alberta’s Premier Rachel Notley trying to push this pipeline through, Premier Horgan will face massive pressure to soften his stance against the pipeline.

A petition with thousands of signatures could show the new government they have the support they need to stand up to pro-pipeline forces, and take strong action to stop Kinder Morgan. Will you add your name?

Experts confirm that Premier John Horgan’s new government has the legal authority to refuse to sign provincial permits -- and even suspend permits issued by Christy Clark’s government -- until additional conditions are met. [3]

To make good on their commitment to uphold Indigenous rights, the new government should require the free, prior and informed consent of all First Nations impacted by the pipeline and tanker project before they even consider signing provincial permits.

Kinder Morgan could be applying for provincial permits right now, so we need to act fast. Will you sign the petition calling on the new government to refuse to sign any provincial permits for Kinder Morgan without the consent of all impacted First Nations?

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"It is important to point out that the first Kinder Morgan pipeline was not approved by the Secwepemc people because we were outlawed under the Indian Act from organizing around our land rights from 1926 - 1951. Canada appears to want to ignore us again. Nevertheless, Canada is obliged to seek the consent of Indigenous Peoples on the Kinder Morgan Trans-mountain Expansion under its international human and Indigenous rights obligations." -Arthur Manuel letter to Prime Minister Trudeau

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..from democracy now headlines

2 Arrested as Protesters Blockade Kinder Morgan Terminal in Richmond, CA

Meanwhile, in California, two protesters were arrested as a dozen people blockaded the gates of the Kinder Morgan oil terminal in Richmond Monday morning to protest the company’s plans to expand the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline in Canada. Activists locked themselves to oil barrels and a 12-foot-long mock oil pipeline that read "No Consent. No Pipeline." Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is facing widespread resistance from First Nations in Canada.

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Who's banking on Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline?

Canada's "big five" banks are the largest backers of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline project, according to the company's financial documents.

In total, 26 banks from Canada, the United States, Japan, Europe, and China have committed about $7.25 billion through a combination of share purchases and loans....

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B.C.'s new attorney general says province won't delay Trans Mountain permits

British Columbia’s attorney general says the NDP government will not artificially delay permits for the Trans Mountain pipeline, despite the premier’s vow to use every available tool to stop the project.

David Eby said he’s been tasked by Premier John Horgan to identify options to halt Kinder Morgan Canada’s $7.4−billion expansion of its Alberta−to−B.C. pipeline, which has already been approved by Ottawa and the previous B.C. government.

Eby said the province cannot deliberately stall on permits without risking a very costly lawsuit, but it can ensure that permits require that construction be done in a way that minimizes spills, protects the environment and ensures appropriate cleanup.

"I’ve been tasked by the premier to identify our options. There is an important piece to that, which is that we must do so within the laws of British Columbia and Canada, because if we don’t, we’ll be sued," Eby told Kamloops radio station CHNL....

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Greenpeace says leading pipeline operators spilling oil every week


According to the Greenpeace report, the spills "released a total of 63,221 barrels of hazardous liquids," between 2010 and now, "including Enbridge’s 20,082 barrel diluted bitumen spill into the Kalamazoo River in 2010."

The three companies are behind four major oil pipeline projects: Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion, Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement, and TransCanada’s Energy East and Keystone XL pipelines. While Energy East is still in the process of being assessed, the Trans Mountain, Line 3, and Keystone XL projects have been approved and are supported by the federal government.

Canadian lobby group counted 46 pipeline incidents in 2016

The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the study. But the industry lobby group and its members regularly point to statistics showing that pipelines are the safest way to transport fossil fuels and that the companies are constantly improving their efforts to prevent spills and leaks.


Here is another example of resistance to the oligarchy's pipeline dreams. I am heartened that the Kwantlen Students Association is stepping up to the plate and becoming allies with the First Nation its school is named after.

The KSA will contribute $6,000 towards a healing lodge that will be constructed on Kwantlen First Nation Territory, directly in the path of the planned oil pipeline. The build is expected to begin in August with the lodge to be fully functional by September.


The selected location in the planned path of the pipeline is not a coincidence or an accident. The Kwantlen First Nation is hoping that this structure will act as a hindrance to Kinder Morgan’s construction plans.

“This is a last resort, so to speak,” says Bige. “There’s still time for the Kinder Morgan pipeline itself to be canceled.”

Bige hopes that, by building this lodge in the path of the pipeline, the Kwantlen First Nation sends the message that the territories on which the pipeline is being built are still utilized by First Nations who have not ceded their territorial rights. The Kwantlen First Nation is one of a number of First Nations communities to declare opposition to the pipeline, including the Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nations.


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..good on the students!


TransMountain Pipeline Gets Indigenous-Led Oversight Committee

"Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has a new Indigenous-led oversight committee, backed by the   federal government, to monitor the controversial project's construction which is slated to begin in September.  'We're going to be right there with the make sure that our interests as they construct the pipeline from source to tidewater will be protected,' said [Chief Ernie] Crey..."

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 The Party’s over, oilsands. Time to call it a day, Trudeau

The oilsands have become, politically, the gift that keeps on taking. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s brand has been badly tarnished by his pro-pipeline stance even as evidence mounts that new pipeline capacity isn’t needed. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley continues to pretend pipelines will bring back the glory days for the province’s energy sector — even as crude prices languish in the mid $40s due to cheaper U.S. shale oil, and even as OPEC and Russia hold back their own production to shore up prices.


Make no mistake: The industry is in rapid retreat from future oilsands investment. There hasn’t been a major project sanctioned since 2014. Sure, there’s been bold talk of improving technology to drive new oilsands projects. But here’s where I go back to the words of Suncor CEO Steve Williams from just a few months ago: “Mining investments are coming to an end, not just for Suncor but for the industry, I believe, for a considerable period, probably in excess of 10 years … I want to be equally clear: we have no plans to be going ahead with major capital investment in either mining or in situ in the foreseeable future.”



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