Trudeau to push to make Trans Mountain and Energy East pipelines a reality

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do you know anything about the Port of Vancouver and did you even read any back ground material of the Ports operations and changes made to operations under Harper before you leveled nonsense?

Yes. By law the Port Authorities have the right to make the decision independently. Normally out of courtesy they are supposed to inform government but in this case they did not. The Liberals knew nothing about it until it was announced.

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Port authorities, just another undemocratic institute brought in by a Liberal goverment. They are talking about taking land out of our agricultural land reserve to build a coal terminal. According to the Liberal/Tory view of the world these business people have more rights than the people of Metro Vancouver because they know better than the unwashed.

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do you know anything about the Port of Vancouver and did you even read any back ground material of the Ports operations and changes made to operations under Harper before you leveled nonsense?

Yes. By law the Port Authorities have the right to make the decision independently. Normally out of courtesy they are supposed to inform government but in this case they did not. The Liberals knew nothing about it until it was announced.

if i was to believe this and i don't.

it would mean Justin's government is grossly incompetant.

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Pondering wrote:
quizzical wrote:
do you know anything about the Port of Vancouver and did you even read any back ground material of the Ports operations and changes made to operations under Harper before you leveled nonsense?

Yes. By law the Port Authorities have the right to make the decision independently. Normally out of courtesy they are supposed to inform government but in this case they did not. The Liberals knew nothing about it until it was announced.

if i was to believe this and i don't.

it would mean Justin's government is grossly incompetant.

How would that be incompetent? They aren't mind readers. 6 months is no where near long enough to review every regulation on the books and question every government branch. 6 years wouldn't be long enough.

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it would mean they weren't paying any attention at all when in opposition to what Harper was doing.

i think they are just playing the duck on this.

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it would mean they weren't paying any attention at all when in opposition to what Harper was doing.

i think they are just playing the duck on this.

No it wouldn't. First of all a great deal happened under Harper. Second, even if they knew that authority had been passed to the port authority they still had no way of knowing the port authority was planning a pipeline.

The Liberals are guilty of tons of other things. I still haven't received a reply to my question concerning the administrative split on residential schools.  It's only been six months so they haven't had a chance to do a lot yet but over the next four years there will be more to criticize them over but they are a moderate party. It's unlikely they will do enough to upset people over the next four years to be deposed. They won't be defeated by a whiney liberal wannabe party.

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..this has come as a result of the last bc sc decision around northern gateway. in that ruling bc had failed to consult with first nations. that aspect of the rulling will apply to kinder morgan as well. not sure when the province will get around to doing that.

Province steps into pipeline proposal

It appears Kinder Morgan will have another hoop to jump through if an expansion of its Trans Mountain Pipeline is ever going to become a reality.

Last week, B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) officially notified the energy company the proposed billion-dollar project would have to go through the province’s environmental assessment process.

According to the letter dated April 8, Kinder Morgan Canada may not undertake or carry on any activity related to the Trans Mountain Expansion Project without an EA certificate....

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Robertson rips pipeline over emissions

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, only weeks after embracing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s infrastructure and social housing plan for big cities, is slamming the new government’s climate policy.

The city sent a letter to the federal government Monday critical of Ottawa’s new method of assessing the climate impact of Kinder Morgan’s $6.8-billion Alberta-to-Burnaby pipeline expansion.

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“We appreciate modest improvements made to the NEB process by the federal government,” Robertson said in an interview. “But not including the impacts of downstream climate pollution is a huge oversight and glaring omission.”

The letter, citing data from a 2014 report to the city from Simon Fraser University climate economist Mark Jaccard, argued that the combined upstream and downstream emissions from the Kinder Morgan project would be 79 million tonnes a year — or almost 10 times higher than the emissions just from upstream use.

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Here is a good article explaining why pipelines to tidewater for Alberta tar sands gunk is a bad idea on every level.

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First and foremost, the collapse of global oil prices has hit high-cost oil sands producers the hardest. Oil sands crude is one of the most expensive types of crude to extract, so as marginal producers in the world supply chain, oil sands producers gain the most from rising prices but are also the most vulnerable to plunging prices. Indeed, 17 projects totaling US$47 billion have been cancelled or indefinitely postponed in Alberta's oil sands, representing 8.2 billion barrels of oil or 1.3 million barrels per day of production. Those projects make up nearly half of the 33 largest oil and gas projects cancelled around the world in 2015.

As oil prices continue to stay low, which most industry analysts predict, Canadian producers will continue bleeding red ink, and cancel further projects, prompting Rubin to ask: "Why build pipelines to sell oil at prices that do not even cover the cost of getting them out of the ground? Like the production they were intended to carry, none of the proposed new pipelines have an economic context in today's oversupplied oil market."

http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2016/04/20/Myth-of-Tidewater-Access/

Pondering

quizzical wrote:

it would mean they weren't paying any attention at all when in opposition to what Harper was doing.

i think they are just playing the duck on this.

Knowing that Harper passed general authority to the Port Authority isn't the same thing about knowing about a specific pipeline decision. Once authority was passed over the Port didn't have to tell anyone what they were reviewing.

If the NDP were in power right now you would be condemning the Port Authority and the Conservatives for trying to sneak it by.

It fact why didn't the NDP catch it? They know as much about what happened in the Harper era as the Liberals do. Why didn't the NDP warn us that this was happening? Did they just keep it a secret because they wanted to hit the Liberals on it?

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The question is not whose fault is it, the question is will the new government fix it. The answer from the Liberals appears to be not our problem

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New coalition calls for climate plan based on science, jobs and justice

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But jobs aside, the science is clear. As politicians condemn the inflexibility of the Leap Manifesto, which both Notley and federal environment minister Catherine McKenna have excoriated in the harshest terms, despite both admitting they haven’t actually read the three-page document, they miss the point.

The inflexibility of opposition is born of harsh and inflexible scientific realities, not ideology or dogma.

And if New Democrats and Liberals join forces to push for pipelines and tar sands expansion, they will be met with the same wall of resistance that faced the last government. Buckle up, because we seem destined for a new phase in the pipeline debate, one which pits provinces who see short-term benefits from the projects (Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick) against those whose populations overwhelmingly reject pipelines and their long-term consequences (such as Quebec and British Columbia). Ontario, and its large population base, will be crucial in determining the outcome of this debate.

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In a press release issued today at noon eastern, Canada’s climate movement announced its intention to fight back.

“A new coalition of grassroots, First Nations, religious, democracy and environmental groups today launched a new campaign to fill the Trudeau government’s upcoming national climate consultations with people from coast to coast.”

The “People’s Climate Plan” as it is being billed, has three priorities they wish to hammer home during the Trudeau government’s public consultations on their climate plan. The shape of those consultations will be announced tomorrow, with an eye to releasing a final plan in the fall....

http://peoplesclimate.ca/home/

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Pledge to take part in the government consultations and call on the the Canadian Government to reflect these three core principles in their National Climate Strategy.

1. We want a plan that aligns with the science of climate change. Bold climate action ensures Canada meets its commitments to a 1.5°C world by keeping its fossil fuels reserves in the ground. 

2. We want a plan that builds a 100% renewable energy economy. Bold climate action ensures Canada transitions to a 100% renewable energy economy by 2050, creating over a million clean, safe and rewarding jobs. 

3. We want a plan that is justice-based. Bold climate action enshrines justice & reconciliation for Indigenous peoples, ensures no worker is left behind in the transition to a clean energy economy, and takes leadership from those hit hardest by the climate crisis.

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Article from the Council of Canadians:  Why the oil to tidewater argument for tar sands pipelines is bunk

Perhaps not entirely bunk, but somewhat. The gap between WCS and WTI and other global oil prices is mainly because it is a different product, more difficult to both ship and refine. 

http://www.bnn.ca/News/2015/3/9/50-shades-of-crude-The-definitive-explan...

According to this article if the demand is there it will get to market some other way. However it is competing against Mexican and Venezualan heavy oil that is either closer and/or easier to ship to refineries, and building pipelines to tidewater won't change that. 

http://www.desmog.ca/2014/01/09/what-s-fair-price-canada-s-oil-and-what-...

 

 

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Alberta premier meeting with PM during weekend mountain retreat

Premier Rachel Notley has been invited to address the federal cabinet and meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a retreat in Alberta this weekend. 

Notley's spokeswoman Cheryl Oates said the premier plans to talk to Trudeau about the need for a pipeline to the coast and Edmonton's exclusion from recent EI changes.

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Full article:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alberta-premier-meeting-with-pm-d...

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People's Climate Plan Orientation

May 05, 2016 at 7pm – 9pm

River Osborne Community Club

101 Pembina Hwy, Winnipeg,

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..this was a somewhat strange bedfellows gathering.

Tsleil-Waututh First Nation sign international treaty to oppose tar sands development

In the latest step toward opposing oil pipelines at every port in Canada, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation of Burrard Inlet signed on to the International Treaty to Protect the Sacred yesterday. The nation held a press conference at the Sheraton Wall Centre where newly elected Chief Maureen Thomas signed the document, witnessed by the president of the BC Union of Indian Chiefs Stewart Phillip and national chief of the Assembly of First Nations Shawn Atleo.

The West Coast Oil Pipeline Summit followed the signing.  The theme of the event was urgency, with several leaders touching on the need to oppose development at a grassroots level.

Stewart Phillip told reporters and community members assembled that the First Nations of BC are committed to using the legal system to defend their constitutional rights, but that’s not the only strategy they’re using.

“More importantly, we have committed to standing shoulder to shoulder on the land itself.”

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As news of Enbridge revival spreads, opponents ready for battle

As news of the controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline's revival spread, opposition quickly reawakened.

"Organize Organize Organize #NoPipelines #KeepItInTheGround," 350.org campaigner and Indigenous activist Clayton Thomas-Muller wrote on a public post on Facebook.

"You need to understand nothing has changed in terms of our opposition — it’s steadfast, solid, and deeply-entrenched," Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs told National Observer. "Governments are known to be quite often inconsistent, but we’re not." Phillip was speaking of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline proposal.

"We’re committed to our lands and territories, particularly protecting and defending our rivers and streams from catastrophic pipeline ruptures or tanker spills."...

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Kinder Morgan vs. the Climate! - Forum and Workshop

Tuesday, May 24 at 5:30 PM

Sumas Fist Nation Community Hall

Details

We are in the final year of review of Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion. The widely discredited NEB process will come to an end on May 20, when the NEB panel will make its recommendation to the Trudeau cabinet.

The government has announced that it will then engage in further consultations with Canadians regarding approval of Kinder Morgan's proposed expansion and the application of a climate test.

This event is hosted by the PIPE UP Network and allies to assist local residents to prepare for the upcoming federal reveiw.

First Nations, as the first stewards of the land, water and the air, have a vested interest in resource development and in climate change. This forum will consider the First Nations perspective and will also examine the economic case for "getting our resources to tidewater." What are the effects on the climate and the what are the alternatives?

The event is being hosted at the Sumas First Nation reserve, and we acknowledge that this land is unceded territory.

Special Guests include:
* Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, UBCIC
* Ben West from TankerFree BC
And more to be announced soon!

All are welcome to attend (including families); food and refreshments will be provided.

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Alberta’s carbon tax bringing Canada closer to new pipeline, Notley says

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/albertas-carbon-tax-bringin...

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Pipelines and politics, how the debate has shifted in Canada

It will take more than political will to get projects approved in Canada

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/pipeline-approval-politics-1.3552494

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A Revived Northern Gateway to Oblivion for Grits?

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But considering the strong opposition to the pipeline in British Columbia, political scientist Wolf Depner said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would be foolish to revive the project.

"If the Trudeau government were to resurrect Northern Gateway in some way or another they'd be making a big mistake," Depner said. "They would jeopardize the support they earned in British Columbia during the last election."

The Liberals broke out of an historic pattern of getting a few wins in urban areas to gain a record 17 seats in the province last October, after holding just two in the last Parliament.

Depner said much of that gain could be attributed to British Columbians' political habit of riding populist waves based on hot issues.

And pipelines were one of those issues in 2015, as the province saw a 10 per cent increase in voter turnout in the election that tossed the pro-oil Conservatives from power.

Of the 230,000 votes the Conservatives lost across Canada, 150,000 were lost in B.C., mainly in ridings that touch salt water.

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Citizens turn their backs on Fredericton City Council over their secret Energy East letter

The 'Publicly Take Back The Letter' campaign is well underway in Fredericton, New Brunswick. 

The Fredericton chapter of the Council of Canadians has made public that Fredericton Mayor Brad Woodside and City Council sent a Letter of Support for the proposed TransCanada Energy East Pipeline Project to the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and kept it secret from the citizens of Fredericton.  And now the pubic and reporters have learned that this action was illegal.

Councillors were contacted and asked to bring this issue up at last night's City Council meeting.  Posters have been placed throughout downtown Fredericton to "Publicly Take Back The Letter".  And a Facebook Event Page has been active for 5 days to spread the word on social media....

IMAGE Citizens turn their back on Council at C

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City of Edmundston Rejects the Energy East Pipeline in their Watershed, Huge Win for Citizen Opposition in New Brunswick

Citizens of Edmundston celebrated their Council's leadership last night, sending a clear message to other municipalities in New Brunswick and the Province of New Brunswick....

EDMUNDSTON RESOLUTION unanimous resolution on

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The Fredericton chapter of the Council of Canadians has made public that Fredericton Mayor Brad Woodside and City Council sent a Letter of Support for the proposed TransCanada Energy East Pipeline Project to the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and kept it secret from the citizens of Fredericton.  And now the pubic and reporters have learned that this action was illegal.

Councillors were contacted and asked to bring this issue up at last night's City Council meeting. 

here they no longer allow comments between the council, mayor and public.

the public may make a statement at the end but not response can be given by council or mayor. it's received for information only.

 

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..you have spoken before about this council quizzical. hoping you can make change when election time comes around.

..thought this piece was worth sharing here. i applaud these students for their insightful understanding of colonial violence.

How New England students are taking fossil fuel divestment a step further

In the past few weeks students across the country have been demanding that their schools stop profiting from oil, coal and gas companies. As student organizers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, we believe that we can stigmatize the fossil fuel industry by mobilizing students around issues of climate change. But making changes on campus is not enough; we know that we need to participate in local fights against fossil fuel companies to strengthen our largely symbolic campaigns. The fight in our own backyard is Spectra Energy’s project to expand its “Algonquin” pipeline, which carries fracked gas from Appalachia to Boston. Spectra is constructing about 35 new miles of piping and expanding the existing pipeline to be more than twice its current width within just a few hundred feet of a nuclear power plant.

The fight against Spectra may seem like a new climate fight, but it represents only the most recent version of climate colonialism and environmental racism. Spectra’s “Algonquin” pipeline follows in the legacy of violence against indigenous peoples in New England and contributes to climate devastation occurring throughout the world....

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Leak of Cancer-Causing Chemical Forces Residents of Canada’s 'Chemical Valley' Indoors

Around dinner time yesterday, sirens wailed in Sarnia, Ontario, warning residents to get inside as a cancer-causing chemical leaked into the air from a nearby Shell refinery.

People shut their doors and windows tight to stop the benzene, a sweet-smelling, highly-flammable carcinogen, from seeping into their homes.

Roads near the plant were temporarily closed, but have since re-opened. Residents are now free to leave their homes. Air monitoring is underway and crews are investigating the cause of the leak, according to a hazardous materials alert.

t's an all-too-familiar song and dance for locals, who have dubbed the industry-saturated area "Chemical Valley." The region is home to about 40 percent of Canada's petrochemical industry, according to a 2007 Ecojustice report, and in 2011 the World Health Organization crowned Sarnia's air the worst in Canada. The air smells of gasoline, asphalt, and bad eggs, according to VICE Canada's documentary on the issue.

"It does happen a lot, but I think yesterday's was a little bit scarier because it was benzene and they sounded the alarms for a long time and people were freaking out a bit more than a usual spill," Vanessa Gray told VICE News of the frequent industrial hazard alerts her community experiences.

For years, the resident of Aamjiwnaang First Nation has been raising awareness about the toxic industry next door to the reserve....

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Canada's Toxic Chemical Valley

 

Caissa

You will find large support for Energy East down here in Saint John.

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Caissa wrote:

You will find large support for Energy East down here in Saint John.

..not all is well in the community of red head. a couple months ago i went to listen to listen to 3 women speak of their struggles against the energy east pipeline. one was an organizer from red head. she reported that the greatest difficulty she faced was the poverty. people had no work. i wouldn't call that support for the pipeline.

How do you stop a pipeline when one family owns both the oil and the media?

Editors’ note: Saint John’s Telegraph-Journal refused to publish this op-ed, written by a local resident to explain why over 700 people gathered on the shores of the Bay of Fundy this past Saturday to oppose Energy East, TransCanada’s proposed 1.1 million barrel per day pipeline. Like nearly all print media in the province of New Brunswick, the Telegraph-Journal is owned by the Irving family, whose company, Irving Oil, has partnered with TransCanada to build a maritime export terminal for the proposed Energy East pipeline.

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Caissa

I did not say unanimous support; I said large support.

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I did not say unanimous support; I said large support.

..and my postion stands. this is not support but an act of desperation when no other work is to be found. maybe not all be a significant part of what you call support.  if this was a nuclear plant that was being built it would be the same i would think.

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Clinton is walking back her comments about the coal industry which unfortunately was to be expected

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After the Sands - Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians

You're invited to this presentation by Gordon Laxer, PhD, founding director of the Parkland Institute of Alberta, political economist and author.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Millennium Library

251 Donald St.

Winnipeg, MB

This event is part of CCPA-MB's Supporter Drive Week 2016.

Free event

RSVP to [email protected] or call us at 204-927-3200

Doors open at 6:30, event starts at 7 pm

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Caissa wrote:

You will find large support for Energy East down here in Saint John.

I understand that's the case; I don't understand precisely why it's the case. 

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Unable to meet deadlines, Enbridge asks for NEB extension

Proponents of the controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline have asked the National Energy Board (NEB) for a three-year extension on a clause requiring it to begin construction by the end of 2016.

The request was filed on Friday morning in a joint statement between John Carruthers, president of Northern Gateway, and the pipeline's four Aboriginal Equity Partner Stewards, who say more time is needed to receive legal and regulatory certainty, and continue important conversations with local First Nations....

 

 

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Caissa wrote:

You will find large support for Energy East down here in Saint John.

I understand that's the case; I don't understand precisely why it's the case. 

It is the home city of much of the Irving oil oligarchy. There is plenty of support for pipelines in Calgary as well for much the same reason. The federal politics is a back and forth between Tories and Liberals. It is a very small "c" conservative city.

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We won’t let TransCanada’s pipeline bulldoze Quebec’s rights

Quebec has had a mandatory assessment and authorization procedure for pipelines for over 35 years. The province’s Environmental Quality Act applies to all pipelines over two kilometres in length.

Before 2012, projects such as TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline would probably have been reviewed by a joint provincial–federal panel in cooperation with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. But one of the many changes hidden in Harper’s mammoth budget bills removed the agency’s mandate to review the environmental impact of pipelines and handed it to the National Energy Board.

However, Harper couldn’t rewrite the constitutional division of power. That left Quebec with the power to regulate pipelines on its territory.

TransCanada has refused to comply with provincial law despite three letters sent in 2014 by David Heurtel, Quebec’s environment minister, reminding the company of its legal obligation. Faced with this repeated refusal, Minister Heurtel turned around and entrusted the Bureau d’audiences publiques en environnement (BAPE, the body charged with administering public consultations on environmental issues) — which is supposed to evaluate projects using the Environment Quality Act — with a truncated mandate under another section of the same law, a provision that had never been used before to assess a specific development project. The problem is that this improvised process did not offer any of the safeguards of the normal procedure....

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..important video report

10,000 Ton Texas Tanker traveling the B.C. Coast

The Nathan E. Stewart/DBL 54 is an articulated tug/barge" (ATB) and is owned by the Texas-based Kirby Corporation, which is one of the largest petroleum product ATB operators in the USA. It travels back and forth up the B.C. Inside Passage by “special waiver" which exempts it from Transport Canada shipping regulations. These guide the movement of all other tankers operating in BC waters. As a result, it operates here with no Canadian pilots on board, it does not require escort tugs while maneuvering in Port Metro Vancouver, and most egregiously, it is allowed to travel north through Seymour Narrows and into the "voluntary tanker exclusion zone" that is the B.C. Inside Passage. As such, this unflagged foreign vessel blatantly flouts the concerns of the people of Canada, and operates here secretively without any social license whatsoever.

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Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories

May 10 to Oct. 16. | Museum of Anthropology

Info: moa.ubc.ca

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Besides the overt political content, Yuxweluptun’s work also has another quality: humour, and it’s part of what makes his paintings more than didactic statements.

In Christy Clark and the Kinder Morgan Go-Go Girls the three women are all dressed in smart yellow, blue and red business suits. Their heads are in profile, like Northwest Coast creatures, with one eye. Their nails are long, pointed and threatening. The central figure is Clark. Yuxweluptun said he enjoyed painting her forked tongue.

lawrence paul yuxweluptun unceded territories so

 

 

 

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Kinder Morgan (KMI) Faces Timely Push From Shareholders For Climate Risk Report

On Tuesday (May 10th), Kinder Morgan (KMI) shareholders will vote on a resolution from Colorado-based First Affirmative Financial Network calling on the energy infrastructure company to prepare a report analyzing the consistency of its capital expenditure strategies in the context of growing international pressure to deal with climate change. As the largest energy infrastructure company in North America, and owner of tens of thousands of miles of pipeline, KMI is arguably more vulnerable to climate-related risks than many other energy companies.

Resolution 3 calls for an analysis of long- and short- term financial risks to KMI associated with transporting high production-cost fossil fuels in low-demand scenarios, as well as analysis of options to mitigate related climate risks and harms. Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) has recommended a vote in favor of this resolution. The full text of the First Affirmative Financial Network resolution is available online at http://www.ceres.org/investor-network/resolutions/kinder-morgan-carbon-a.......

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Kinder Morgan Opponents Gather in Houston for "Pipeline Slayers Symposium"

HOUSTON, TX --(Marketwired - May 09, 2016) - A diverse group of pipeline opponents -- including Indigenous representatives, lawyers, community organizers and residents from both sides of the Canada-US border -- is meeting in Houston today, ahead of the 2016 annual general meeting for stockholders of Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI).

Representatives from the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation, who are opposing Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline and tankers expansion project, called the meeting. Dubbed the "Pipeline Slayers Symposium," the unique gathering brings together opponents of Kinder Morgan's recently abandoned Palmetto Pipeline in Georgia and North East Direct pipeline in New England, as well as local activists and veterans of the campaign to stop Keystone XL.

The meeting began with a Coast Salish honoring ceremony conducted by Rueben George, Sundance Chief and Manager of Tsleil-Waututh Nation's Sacred Trust initiative.

"We wanted first and foremost to honor those who are also fighting to defend their lands and waters against risky Kinder Morgan projects," said George.

"We are sharing stories and strategies, so that we can build on past experiences and demonstrate that opposition to these pipeline and oil tanker proposals is strong across North America. We are all connected by our love for the land, air and water that sustains us, and the shared recognition that these risky projects should not be forced on communities who do not want them."

"One common trend that we heard about across projects was the arrogance with which Kinder Morgan approached communities," said Eugene Kung of West Coast Environmental Law. "Community opposition and ongoing legal challenges have created significant delay, risk and uncertainty -- and that is something that Kinder Morgan's shareholders should be thinking about."...

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Enbridge and Kinder Morgan Lobby Hard As Feds Change Tune on Pipelines

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Enbridge and Kinder Morgan Met with Federal Officials a Combined 37 Times Since October

Since the federal Liberals were elected in October 2015, Enbridge has met with federal officials 20 times, including two meetings with Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, another two meetings with Fisheries and Oceans Minister Hunter Tootoo and one meeting with Transport Minister Marc Garneau.

The company, represented in lobbying activities by CEO Al Monaco, met with Janet Annesley, chief of staff of the Department of Natural Resources and former vice president for communications at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, another three times.

In that same span, Kinder Morgan Canada president Ian Anderson lobbied federal officials 17 times. Four of those meetings included Bob Hamilton, deputy minister of the Department of Natural Resources. The company met with Timothy Gardiner, director general of the department of Natural Resources, another three times.

It also lobbied Gerald Butts, principal secretary and right-hand man for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as Environment and Climate Change Canada’s chief of staff Marlo Raynolds.

Pipeline Companies ‘Absolutely Desperate to Start Construction’

Such numbers don’t match Suncor’s 46 registered lobbying efforts since October. But they’re certainly notable.

“The concern is that corporations from Texas like Kinder Morgan are able to purchase undue influence due to their ability to afford an army of lobbyists,” says Kai Nagata, Dogwood Initiative’s energy and democracy director. “The content of their lobbying, to my mind, has got to be pretty clear. They’re absolutely desperate to start construction.”

“The longer that they are forced to delay their project, especially in the current price environment, the longer that a review takes, the more their project costs increase and the more money they lose, and the more restless their shippers become,” he adds.

The federal government has attempted to appear neutral on the subject of pipelines, reiterating that the review process conducted by the National Energy Board is intended to be independent.

But the Alberta government has taken a much more aggressive stance, pushing hard for both Kinder Morgan and Energy East despite significant opposition from Indigenous and climate activists.

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Recommendations loom for Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from Alberta to B.C.

A key decision that will impact the future of Canada's oil economy is expected this week after two years of work, millions in expense, and controversy that galvanized protests and prompted mass arrests.

The National Energy Board is set to announce by Friday whether it supports Kinder Morgan's proposal to triple the capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which carries diluted bitumen from the oilsands near Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., for export.

The federal government also announced the appointment Tuesday of a three-member panel to conduct an environmental review of the project. It will start work next month and provide a report to Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr in November....

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Recommendations loom for Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from Alberta to B.C.

A key decision that will impact the future of Canada's oil economy is expected this week after two years of work, millions in expense, and controversy that galvanized protests and prompted mass arrests.

The National Energy Board is set to announce by Friday whether it supports Kinder Morgan's proposal to triple the capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which carries diluted bitumen from the oilsands near Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., for export.

The federal government also announced the appointment Tuesday of a three-member panel to conduct an environmental review of the project. It will start work next month and provide a report to Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr in November.

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The three members of the environmental panel announced Tuesday are Kim Baird, a former chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation, Annette Trimbee, president of the University of Winnipeg, and Tony Penikett, who was premier of Yukon for two terms.

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Doncha love the oil protestors out there on the water in their plastic kayaks!

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..the three members of the environmental panel

Kim Baird, a former chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation

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“Working closely with First Nations groups from across the province is an important step in defining BC’s economic future,” says Fiona Macfarlane, EY’s British Columbia Managing Partner. “Assisting proponents and public sector bodies pursuing and championing new opportunities in our energy, particularly LNG, mining and real estate sectors requires a deep understanding of our First Nations values and culture. That’s where Kim’s knowledge is unparalleled. We’re excited to work together towards our purpose of building a better working world.”   

Together, with EY, Kim will support the collective interests of First Nations and the firm’s corporate and public sector clients by engaging with stakeholders to ensure understanding of cultural and governance nuances of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada and BC. She’ll provide invaluable insight into how companies and public bodies can best engage First Nations and position issues to achieve financial and partnering success. 

Kim, with the support of EY, will also work to advance the entrepreneurial spirit of First Nations and employment opportunities for youth. Supporting entrepreneurship is an integral part of the firm. EY was recently named the 2014 Professional Services Organization of the Year for Advancing Entrepreneurship by Startup Canada.

Annette Trimbee, president of the University of Winnipeg

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In May 2016, Trimbee was appointed to the board of Manitoba Hydro where she will share her knowledge and expertise in water management and energy policy.

In 2015, she served on a four-person panel, whose task was to review and make recommendations related to Alberta’s oil and gas royalty regime. In 2015, she was also named co-Chair of the Lake Friendly Stewards Alliance by the Manitoba government. The goal of the Alliance is to create a broad base of support for and awareness of the challenges facing Manitoba’s lakes, especially Lake Winnipeg. 

Previous to this role, she was a Deputy Minister of several departments in the Alberta government, including Finance and Treasury Board, Service Alberta and Advanced Education and Technology.  Key accomplishments include Alberta Budget 2012 and 2013, the redesign of Alberta’s innovation system and creation of the Alberta Innovates Corporations, bringing Alberta post-secondary institutions together to plan and collaborate through Campus Alberta, and development of Alberta’s Health Policy Framework and Integrated Resource Management Policy Framework.

Tony Penikett, who was premier of Yukon for two terms

Tony Penikett has spent 25 years in public life, including two years at the House of Commons as chief of staff to federal New Democratic Party Leader Ed Broadbent, five terms in the Yukon Legislative Assembly, and two terms as premier of Canada’s Yukon Territory. His government negotiated settlements of Yukon First Nation land claims and passed pioneering legislation in education, health, language. It also organized Yukon 2000, a unique, bottom-up economic planning process.

Between 1997 and 2001, Penikett served first as deputy minister of negotiations and later as deputy minister of labour for the British Colombia government. In 2006, Douglas & McIntyre published his book Reconciliation: First Nations Treaty Making. Penikett is also the author of two films: The Mad Trapper for BBC TV/Time Life Films and La Patrouille Perdue, for ORTF France.

As a mediator and negotiator, Penikett has worked on devolution in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon. He has lectured on the history of aboriginal treaty negotiations at Simon Fraser University, Queen's University, and the University of Washington. In 2013, Penikett became Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Arctic Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. In September 2014, Simon Fraser University's Public Policy School appointed him visiting professor.

Penikett serves as a mentor for the Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation's Glassco Fellows. The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation appointed him a Trudeau mentor in 2016.

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Recommendations loom for Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from Alberta to B.C.

A key decision that will impact the future of Canada's oil economy is expected this week after two years of work, millions in expense, and controversy that galvanized protests and prompted mass arrests.

The National Energy Board is set to announce by Friday whether it supports Kinder Morgan's proposal to triple the capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which carries diluted bitumen from the oilsands near Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., for export.

The federal government also announced the appointment Tuesday of a three-member panel to conduct an environmental review of the project. It will start work next month and provide a report to Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr in November.

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The three members of the environmental panel announced Tuesday are Kim Baird, a former chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation, Annette Trimbee, president of the University of Winnipeg, and Tony Penikett, who was premier of Yukon for two terms.

if they weren't expecting the NEB to back it they wouldn't be having an environmental panel!!!

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It’s kayaks vs. tankers as pipeline battle heats up in B.C.

NEB approval of Trans Mountain pipeline widely considered a fait accompli

Early Wednesday morning, activists in kayaks on Burrard Inlet blocked a tanker headed to Kinder Morgan’s terminal in Burnaby, B.C. The latest direct action comes on the eve of a decision from the National Energy Board on the company’s proposed pipeline, and just days after close to one thousand people blocked the Kinder Morgan terminal by land and water.

“We were out in the way of a tanker headed for the terminal for about an hour,” explained Cam Fenton of 350 Canada. “The Port Authority brought its boats and basically pushed us out of the tanker’s way, at which point it wasn’t safe for us to continue there.”

Fenton told Ricochet that all the activists involved pledged to continue challenging Kinder Morgan’s presence on Burrard Inlet and to increase the size of their kayak fleets as the deadline for a federal government decision on the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline draws closer.

“No matter the NEB recommendations, Kinder Morgan has been rejected by First Nations and other communities, and it won’t meet any reasonable climate test,” Fenton said. “Regardless of the NEB, this pipeline isn’t getting built.”

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U.S. tribes mobilize against giant proposed Canadian pipeline, oil export terminal

An oil pipeline bigger than Keystone XL, which would put 40 tankers a month into waters shared by the U.S. and Canada, is expected to get a green light -- with conditions -- Thursday afternoon by Canada's National Energy Board.

But the battle over Kinder Morgan Inc.'s proposed expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline system is far from over. 

Four Puget Sound Native American tribes have joined with aboriginal First Nations in British Columbia and climate activists to resist the proposed project.  The pipeline would carry up to 890,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta's tar sands to Burnaby, just east of Vancouver.

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Any oil spill would be catastrophic. Canada's spill response consists more of promises from oil industry TV spots than of ships on the Salish Sea. 

Millions of salmon bound for the Fraser River, and such U.S. streams as the Skagit River, pass through the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Haro Strait and the San Juans.  Haro Strait is prime orca habitat.

The four U.S. tribes -- the Swinomish, Tulalip, Suquamish and Lummi -- have already appealed to the National Energy Board to prevent increased oil tanker traffic and spill risk in international waters of the Salish Sea.

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