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

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..a petition from kennedy stewart mp for bby south

Tell Trudeau to Stop the Kinder Morgan Pipeline

You didn't vote for business as usual.

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Local governments "deeply disappointed" by NEB ruling on Kinder Morgan expansion

As the Texas-based oil giant Kinder Morgan celebrates victory in the National Energy Board's recommendation for approval of its Trans Mountain expansion project, governments in Metro Vancouver are vowing not to accept defeat.

Municipal leaders across Vancouver, Burnaby, Victoria and more will rally together over the coming months to lobby the federal government to reject the project at the end of the year. If approved, they say the expansion would run straight through six or seven communities in Vancouver’s Lower Mainland, disrupting operations and generating extra infrastructure and utility costs, while putting more than 200,000 people at risk from a catastrophic failure in pipeline operations.

"I am deeply disappointed, but not surprised with the National Energy Board’s decision to approve the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion," Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a public statement. "This proposal is a bad deal for Vancouver and our entire region. The 600 per cent increase in oil tanker traffic in our local waters dramatically increases the risk of an oil spill, which would have devastating impacts on our environment and our thriving economy."....

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First Nations vow to kill Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion with lawsuits

Despite a recommendation of federal approval from the National Energy Board (NEB), opponents of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion remain steadfast in their belief that the pipeline project will never break Canadian soil.

On Thursday morning, NEB panelists approved the controversial energy project with a list of 157 environmental, technical and financial conditions that for the most part, failed to satisfy the Indigenous leaders and environmentalists who have fought against it since its inception. Those same adversaries however, were not shaken by the board's ruling, convinced that an onslaught of court cases will stop Trans Mountain in its tracks if issued federal approval in December.

"We’re still steadfast against it, we have a work plan and we’re going to implement it," Rueben George, spokesperson for the local Tsleil-Waututh Nation, told National Observer. "We're cleaning up our inlet and rivers. We still are educating the community and public.

"We’re going to New York next week to talk some of the shareholders and we might go to Norway to talk to the carriers of the tankers."


Court case on top of court case

With so much at stake, Indigenous leaders, politicians, and civil society organizations will be parsing through the NEB's recommendations carefully over the next few months, said Ecojustice lawyer Karen Campbell, who expects an onslaught of court cases will arise if the Trudeau government tries to push the project forward.

More than 20 municipalities and 17 First Nations along the proposed expansion's route are in vehement opposition to the project and many of the 400 interveners and 1,250 commentators who participated in the NEB hearings for the expansion argued passionately against it.

​“If cabinet approves it, I expect you will see court case layering on top of court case," Campbell explained, having represented Living Oceans Society and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation during the hearings earlier this year. “There are certainly court cases that could turn this around."


when push come to shove they're going to say only 30% is ground  they don't already have access to.


So far it has been really difficult for First Nations to get courts to stop things like Site C which has the same First Nations Charter rights arguments as the pipelines. But the courts will have to stop it because you can bet your booties that the panel the Liberals appointed will give it a green light. 


So far it has been really difficult for First Nations to get courts to stop things like Site C which has the same First Nations Charter rights arguments as the pipelines. But the courts will have to stop it because you can bet your booties that the panel the Liberals appointed will give it a green light. 


So far it has been really difficult for First Nations to get courts to stop things like Site C which has the same First Nations Charter rights arguments as the pipelines. But the courts will have to stop it because you can bet your booties that the panel the Liberals appointed will give it a green light. 


Heard Robertson and corrigan talk bout it tonite but they didn't discuss How many jobs will this pipeline project create. Strange dat!


short term or long term jobs?


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First Nations say they have the power to stop Trans Mountain expansion


Consult or consent?

George said that the legal landscape has changed for First Nations and resources development.

"First Nations are winning 97 per cent of our court cases around resource extraction. That's 170 legal cases in the last couple years. That's a lot of veto power right there."

The most significant case fought by First Nations was decided in June, 2014, by the Supreme Court of Canada, which ruled that provincial and federal governments must win consent of Aboriginal groups when regulating economic activity on titled lands, unless it can show a pressing public need for that activity.

That case was brought forward by the Tsilhqot'in nation in response to clear-cutting of trees on its territory. Since the decision, there has been a shift in which First Nations now feel that the duty to consult means corporations and government really need to seek consent. 

"We've been doing the traditional 'duty to consult' types of processes for 10 or 15 years," said Bruce McIvor, a lawyer with First Peoples Law.

Courts will ultimately decide

"But since the Tsilhqot'in decision in 2014 and the full adoption of UNDRIP [The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples] by the federal government, we're moving out of that need-to-consult type of process and we're moving toward consent-based consultation. That's where we're going."

McIvor said the National Energy Board decision yesterday, or the final decision by cabinet in December, will not be the last word on Trans Mountain.

"The process that the NEB went through will be reviewed by the courts and if the courts find that it doesn't live up to the government's obligations under Section 35 of the constitution, it has a wide latitude to null the decision to tell them to go back and do it again."

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture week myself and others will be attending one of these town halls here in wpg. check on the map to see other places they are being held.

In May and June 2016, Members of Parliament across the country will hold public climate consultations


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How many jobs will this pipeline project create. Strange dat!

As the proponent has said in its NEB presentation it will create jobs in the clean up industry. In fact the prognosis is so good the the oil industry has the rights to the contract. 


For anyone interested this is a link to the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation.

Kinder Morgan intends to make money on this both ways. Any spills are just gravy for their clean-up arm (which is of course a separate corporation). The fox is in charge of the henhouse when it comes to the BC coast clean-up industry. The theory of polluter pay has been used to set up a system that has given a consortium of oil and gas companies control over all spills. Kinder Morgan was the majority shareholder in the last figures I have seen.


In 1976, oil companies pooled their money to create Burrard Clean, a co-operative to clean up oil spills. In 1995, there were changes to the Canada Shipping Act that required Burrard Clean become federally certified, and the name changed to Western Canada Marine Response Corporation. This private company is still industry funded. The idea is taxpayers shouldn't have to cover the cleanup operations, and if there's a spill, the company at fault pays for the cleanup.  

WCMRC's shareholders are Imperial Oil, Shell Canada, Chevron, Suncor and Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline. (Chevron is the only one of the first four still operating a local refinery.) Kinder Morgan (aka Trans Mountain in this case) owns 50.9 per cent of the shares, which are divided based on the volume of oil each handles.

Here's an excerpt from Trans Mountain's response to an information request from Robyn Allan as part of the NEB hearing:

Kinder Morgan

Those five oil companies also sit on WCMRC's board. WCMRC also makes money by charging ships and oil handling facilities membership fees, as required by federal law. There are more than 2,000 dues-paying members, including marine vessels, air services, lumber mills, fishing camps, ferries, port authorities and cruise ships.


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Burnaby mayor to rally the public to fight Kinder Morgan expansion

Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan said he plans to organize a mass citizens campaign to send a strong message to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stop the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.

The move comes after the National Energy Board signed off on the $6.8-billion Kinder Morgan proposal to twin the 1,150-kilometre pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby and triple its capacity, provided 157 conditions are met.


Many other municipalities, including Vancouver and those on the North Shore, and the Metro Vancouver regional district, oppose the project.

“It’s never really over in a political environment when people haven’t been able to speak. This will affect candidates across the province, many of them new MPs. Trudeau might have second thoughts,” Corrigan said. “Ultimately that’s what politicians react to. If there are enough people outraged by this decision, the government is going to feel it.”

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Kinder Morgan approval a “call to arms” says Grand Chief Stewart Phillip

The decision by the National Energy Board (NEB) to approve the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project is a “call to arms” said the Grand Chief of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.

Stewart Phillip is a well-known opponent of the project and was arrested in the fall of 2014 on Burnaby mountain for protesting Kinder Morgan and says he “absolutely, without question,” is willing to get arrested again.

“In many ways, yesterday’s NEB decision will represent a call to arms to the multitude of groups and organizations that are vehemently opposed the Trans Mountain pipeline proposal,” said Phillip. “It will serve to exasperate and escalate an already volatile situation with respect to the grave concerns people have in regard to a catastrophic tanker spill or a mainline rupture along the route.”


“I want to make something abundantly clear here…the NEB declared this is in the national public interest. I find that to be complete hypocrisy given the enormous public opposition to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline proposal,” he said.

“Let’s be clear, it’s not just Indigenous people’s that are opposed to this project; the City of Vancouver is opposed, the City of Burnaby is opposed, there’s a multitude of environmental conservation organizations that are opposed. The vast majority of the general public have publicized their opposition to this project. The public that the NEB in its self-serving way is catering to is the oil industry and its crony’s in government. It’s a very small interest group,” said Phillip.

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Chilliwack turns down $800,000 donation from oil pipeline giant Kinder Morgan

Chilliwack is one of the first communities along the Kinder Morgan pipeline to turn up its nose at hundreds of thousands of dollars of free money from the Texas oil giant for local amenities.

The offer of $800,000 to pay for 80 per cent of a pedestrian bridge across the Vedder River was called a bribe by critics of the company and its plan to triple capacity of the 62-year-old Trans Mountain pipeline that runs from the Alberta oil sands to Burnaby.

Kinder Morgan has signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) worth $5 million to most communities east of Hope along the 1,150-kilometre route of the pipeline except for two, according to the city's director of operations Glen MacPherson....


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..last night i attended this town hall. the group i was with, people's climate plan, and here in wpg it is a coming together of manitoba energy justice coalition, and leadnow. also most of us came to this event on a bus partially paid for by the council of canadians. at one point someone at the mic requested that all those opposed to the pipeline please stand up. almost the whole room stood up. very heartening to see. i was also very impressed with how easily, quickly and comfortable people were in coming together to work as part of a coalition. lots of young folks involved and women seem to be in the majority.

ps: brigette dePape was part of the group. she is working for the council of canadians these days. last time i saw her was at the vancouver occupy.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna talks climate change in Winnipeg

Huddled around tables and even on the floor, hundreds of people gathered with Canada's Environment Minister on Wednesday night in Winnipeg to discuss a national climate strategy.

Catherine McKenna held a town hall meeting at the Canad Inns Fort Garry to discuss climate change and what role the federal government needs to take.

More than 300 people attended the event which meant an overflow into the hallways where McKenna joined some of them on the floor to answer questions and listen to concerns surrounding environment issues that not only affect Manitobans but people across the country and around the world....


epaulo13, there should be some kind of citizen journalism award here on babble. Your reporting on environmental issues - in particular pipelines/tankers - is fantastic. Thank you! And a warm thank you to North Report, as well.


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epaulo13, there should be some kind of citizen journalism award here on babble. Your reporting on environmental issues - in particular pipelines/tankers - is fantastic. Thank you! And a warm thank you to North Report, as well.

I second that!!


Thanks MegB & Unionist

I'll triple that about epaulo13.

Although we may often disagree I have nothing but respect for his efforts. 

Unionist wrote:

MegB wrote:

epaulo13, there should be some kind of citizen journalism award here on babble. Your reporting on environmental issues - in particular pipelines/tankers - is fantastic. Thank you! And a warm thank you to North Report, as well.

I second that!!



epaulo13 epaulo13's picture! i very much appreciate your words megb. and thank you as well unionist and northreport. it feels so good when one's work is acknowledged like this. i find it motivational. :) truely is a labour of love for me and i'm glad to find such a project in my retirement. it keeps me out of trouble or depending how you look at trouble. babble has provided me a place to express how i see the world at this time in my life. and encourages me to draw on my life's experiences. thank you babble! and i look forward to growing with you as we struggle to build a better way to live.  

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture another town hall meeting held in the york region where applause erupted after the statement to shut down the tarsands stop building the pipelines.

Liberal MP ducks climate questionsLiberal MP ducks climate questions

Last night Ricochet tried to ask Liberal MP Francesco Sorbara how he squares building more pipelines with Canada's Paris commitment to 1.5 degrees of global warming. Spoiler alert: he didn't have an answer.

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UPDATE: We were able to speak on the phone with Minister Wilson-Raybould, thank you for all your calls and support! She agreed to meet with us next time she is in town and to arrange for us to present to the Liberal panel reviewing the project. Onwards!

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Anti-pipeline activists occupy Vancouver office of Liberal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould

Ultimately, it’s up to Justin Trudeau.

Faced with his first pipeline challenge, the Liberal prime minister can say either yes or no.

A decision has to be made before the end of this year on Kinder Morgan’s plan to expand its Trans Mountain oil pipeline.

It’s a hot-button issue in B.C.’s Lower Mainland, where the pipeline terminates to deliver its cargo from the oil sands of Alberta.

The National Energy Board has given its conditional approval for the $6.8 billion project.

Now that the ball in the federal Liberal government’s court, environmentalists are stepping up the pressure on Liberal MPs.

On Thursday (May 26), 11 activists occupied the local office of Vancouver Granville MP and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.

They want Canada’s first aboriginal justice minister, known in indigenous communities as Puglaas, or a woman born to noble people, to speak out.

“We’re specifically asking her to make a statement regarding the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain project as it’s violating the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [UNDRIP], which she fought for Canada to sign,” Mary Lovell told the Straight at the sideline of her group’s direct action.

Lovell noted that 17 First Nations along the route of the pipeline expansion are opposed to the project, which will triple capacity to 890,000 barrels per day....

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Battleground B.C.: Kinder Morgan vs. the people

About 70 members of First Nations and the B.C. communities south of the Fraser River met on May 24 at the Sumas First Nation Community Hall to talk about the threat of Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs and one of the presenters, said, “Over the 42 years of working on issues confronting Indigenous people, I’ve learned a few lessons. Know thy enemy.” He then proceeded to talk about meetings that he’s had with the Harper and Trudeau federal governments. “Like any government, they wanted to see if there was any wavering in the opposition.

“We have been fighting the extremes of the Harper government. The impact on our communities has been devastating. Appalling levels of child poverty, an increasing and alarming level of youth suicides, and harsh cutbacks to essential and desperately needed social service programs.

“Now we are in another battle, Battleground B.C.”...

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Vancouver mayor, chiefs heading to Ottawa next month to oppose Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

The mayor of Vancouver is planning a trip to Ottawa early next month along with a delegation of First Nations chiefs to express their opposition to Kinder Morgan’s planned expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, APTN National News has learned.

Details of the trip are still being finalized, but APTN was told it’s scheduled for June 7 and Mayor Gregor Robertson is said to be one of the organizers of the delegation that includes the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. More details of the trip will be released June 3 in Vancouver.

It’s not known if the delegation has secured time with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, but Robertson and chiefs are expecting to meet with “many MPs.” APTN requested an interview with Robertson but his staff said he wasn’t available....

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Canadians need input on climate change

By: BrigetteDePape

It was an incredible night in Winnipeg at the town hall on climate change with Environment Minister Catherine McKenna. I am so inspired by our city coming out in full force, with more than 300 people packing into the town hall, sitting at discussion tables, with another 75 people in an overflow room.


However, an important question remains, as outlined by Andrea Harden-Donahue in an article on the first consultation held in Ottawa: "How exactly will the conclusions from the town halls influence the development of a national climate plan?"

We are part of the People’s Climate Plan delegation, a coalition of groups advocating for a climate policy that aims to keep fossil fuels in the ground, seeks a transition to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050 and supports justice for indigenous peoples, workers and climate-impacted communities. Groups that make up the coalition include, Leadnow, the Manitoba Energy Justice coalition, the Council of Canadians and a wide range of people and climate leaders. The coalition hosted a series of meetings in the lead-up to the event to get prepared.

I was blown away by the climate leaders in the room. We were given a number of questions to answer per discussion group, and each group had one minute to report back. We were divided into tables. The four groups were: carbon pricing, renewable energy, mitigating climate change and preparing for the effects.

We heard inspiring and innovative ideas, including: rooftop gardens, the need to support oil industry workers in retraining (from groups such as Iron and Earth), supporting indigenous-led renewable energies (from groups such as AKI energy in Winnipeg), support for local renewable energy projects and a need for a national cycling strategy, to name a few.

It was clear there were shared views from much of the group. When Alex Paterson of the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition asked, "Who here opposes the Energy East pipeline?" nearly the entire room stood up. The same happened when Sadie-Phoenix Savoie asked: "Who opposes the TPP?"

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B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan says Kinder Morgan pipeline is not in B.C.'s best interests

He's launched an online campaign declaring that the project cannot go forward

There's been a great deal of speculation over how B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan would respond to the National Energy Board's conditional approval of Kinder Morgan's pipeline application.

"This risky proposal is not in BC's best interests," Horgan declares.

The party has launched an online campaign under the headline "Kinder Morgan cannot go forward", which encourages British Columbians to add their name, email address, and postal code.

In the letter, Horgan claimed that the NEB's conditional approval "is the outcome of a flawed process endorsed by Christy Clark".

"The company is proposing a 7-fold increase in crude oil tanker traffic along BC's south coast," Horgan writes. "They want to build a pipeline through some of our province's most important salmon habitat and heavily populated urban centres."

Later, he adds: "I've met with British Columbians along the pipeline and tanker routes. Most people don't think the benefits are worth the risks."

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Offshore markets? What markets?

Robyn Allan

In his May 23 opinion piece, Tim McMillan, president and CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, claimed that “New pipelines will help connect Canada’s landlocked oil reserves, the third-largest in the world, to tidal ports and from there to global markets where demand for oil is growing.”

It may be true that pipelines can be built to get oil to marine ports, and it may be true that demand for crude oil in global markets is growing, but it is not true that demand in global markets for Alberta’s heavy crude oil is growing — but that is what Mr. McMillan pretends when he links these statements together in one sentence.

Trans Mountain has had more than half a decade to build demand for Alberta’s crude in offshore markets with support from favourable National Energy Board rulings. It has failed to do so. In 2010, Kinder Morgan promised NEB that if the Board approved its application for firm service to the Westridge dock in Burnaby that offshore markets would, unequivocally, be developed.


In 2010, there were 71 crude tanker arrivals in Vancouver harbour, by 2013 at the height of oil prices the number had fallen to 48, and in 2015, while Trans Mountain was telling the public that 60 tankers a year on average were arriving in Vancouver, the number had actually fallen to half that. Only 32 crude oil tankers arrived last year. In January, according to the Port of Vancouver, only one crude tanker arrived and that tanker was likely filled to serve US Oil’s refinery demand in Washington state. There is no Asian demand for Alberta’s oil.


Now CAPP, as represented by McMillan, is flogging the Board’s conclusions as if they were reasonably arrived at in a deliberate attempt to pretend the economic benefits from the project outweigh its environmental cost. This is a false dichotomy, and British Columbians deserve better.


epaulo did you hear today about the new oil fields found up by Ft St John? they say it's crude not bitumen and a large deposit.

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Here's a look inside Big Oil's "ground war" to change how you think

They're adopting American-style grassroots marketing tactics, according to political scientist Adam Harmes. The shift is part of a growing trend toward “campaign-style advocacy” and “business-sponsored grassroots lobbying.”

Harmes, a professor at Western University, presented his research at the 2016 Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences in Calgary this week, describing how oil and gas companies were engaged in a “ground war” using “paid, earned and social media” and professional political consultants to gain social license for projects.

“It’s this weird chain of events where marketing techniques that were used to sell products were (then) adopted by political parties in order to sell candidates and policies,” Harmes said. “Then they were further innovated in the political world. Now those techniques have been brought back to the business world to be used in lobbying campaigns.”

It's increasingly sophisticated paid advertising, Harmes says

These movements — which Harmes calls “subsidized publics” — differ from organic grassroots movements or manufactured ones by blending elements of the two. Advocacy organizations designed to push an established agenda by corporations, they look and feel like grassroots organizations because they tap into existing political sentiment among a certain group of people.

They use social media campaigns to collect data and create “supporter progression models,” which Harmes says move subscribers to ever-more active forms of support, often using localized advertising to target specific markets....

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Trudeau in lose-lose position on pipelines: UBC prof

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has put himself in a position where he can’t avoid a “massive” setback to his political standing in at least one of three provinces: B.C., Alberta and Quebec, according to a University of B.C. professor presenting a paper on the matter in Calgary Thursday.

“He’s boxed himself in politically and now he can’t avoid expending massive political capital by offending one or more important political allies,” George Hoberg said in an interview.

Hoberg, in a paper devoted to Kinder Morgan’s $6.8-billion expansion of its pipeline from northern Alberta to Burnaby, said Trudeau’s new parallel review process for major projects gives the government an excuse to reverse the National Energy Board’s conditional approval....



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i was watching Global morning news



Here is a piece on the oil finds in BC. The big question for this business reporter was whether or not they would be getting provincial government incentives and potential royalty sweeteners like the natural gas industry.

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Lax Kw'alaams First Nation opposes Eagle Spirit Energy pipeline

A First Nation in B.C. is contradicting recent claims from Eagle Spirit Energy about its support for a pipeline that would transport crude oil through its territory from Alberta to B.C.'s northwest coast.

Eagle Spirit Energy met with dozens of First Nations communities last weekend. On Tuesday, it announced that 200 representatives from 30 First Nations, including the Lax Kw'alaams, spoke out in support of the company's proposed pipeline project. 

But Lax Kw'alaams Mayor Garry Reece says that's not entirely correct.

"That's not the case," said Reece. "There's some that support it, yeah, but that's a handful of them."

Eagle Spirit Energy calls the coastal Lax Kw'alaams community a key to its proposed pipeline — as it's the region to which oil from Alberta would be shipped.

Reece says the proposal needs approval from the entire community, not just a few representatives.

"Until we hear from our people to see if they're going to support oil, no matter what kind of oil it is, it has to come from our people."

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Saskatchewan premier pushing pipeline on trip through Central, Eastern Canada

Wall is to be in Montreal next Thursday to discuss the pipeline and other matters with Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard. Wall asked for the meeting, but will not be giving a speech.

The Saskatchewan premier is also to travel next week to Toronto and Saint John to speak in support of the $15.7−billion project proposed by TransCanada (TSX:TRP).

Wall says it’s important to spread the message about the pipeline’s benefits.

"Our problem has been that we haven’t taken every opportunity we could to speak across the country and build support for the sector and for things like Energy East," Wall said Thursday at the legislature in Regina.

The project has run into stiff opposition in Quebec where politicians, citizens and environmentalists are question whether the ecological risks outweigh the economic rewards.

On social media, Wall has been at odds with mayors from the Montreal area who oppose Energy East....

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..a new city of vancouver web page

It's Not Worth The Risk

The Kinder Morgan Pipeline is the wrong approach and puts our region's environment and economy at risk.

Here's what you can do to help, right now.

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Kanesatake Mohawks challenge Energy East pipeline application

The Kanesatake Mohawks are challenging the Energy East pipeline application, claiming it’s incomplete because it doesn’t address potential environmental risks the structure would pose as it crosses the Ottawa River.

If regulators accept the application as complete, it would be “the height of irresponsibility,” according to a legal letter filed Monday by the Mohawks’ lawyer to the National Energy Board.


Grand Chief Simon has been dogged in his opposition to Energy East, enlisting the support of indigenous communities across Canada. In January, the Iroquois caucus — which includes Kanesatake, Kahnwake, Akwesasne, Oneida Nation of the Thames, Six Nations of the Grand River, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and Wahta Mohawks — released a statement opposing the pipeline.

Simon says he also has support from Innu nations, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and aboriginal communities in British Columbia.

Neither Kanesatake nor Kahnawake will participate in the public consultations on the pipeline as they do not recognize the legitimacy of the process.


Pipelines are a comin' creating good paying jobs for Canadian workers.

OPEC Turmoil Could Turn IEA’s Balanced Market Into Shortfall

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Fade oil.


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Pipelines are a comin' creating good paying jobs for Canadian workers.

OPEC Turmoil Could Turn IEA’s Balanced Market Into Shortfall

Yes, many people don't realize that pipelines also provide jobs even after they are built including computer programmers and other jobs you wouldn't necessarily associate with pipelines.

Orange Crushed

Some no doubt, but how many compared to all the potential losses in forestry, fisheries, tourism and agriculture? 


I want to join in the chorus saluting epaulo for his tireless environmental reporting. Cool

And big news from here: the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador has said a categorical NO to Energy East:

L’Assemblée des Premières Nations Québec-Labrador s’oppose catégoriquement à la construction du pipeline Énergie Est. Ce refus constitue d’ailleurs un coup dur pour TransCanada, puisque les autochtones ont promis de défendre leur position devant les tribunaux si le gouvernement Trudeau décide malgré tout d’autoriser le projet d’exportation de pétrole des sables bitumineux.

« Il s’agit d’une position très claire d’opposition formelle et officielle au projet d’oléoduc », a résumé mercredi le chef de l’Assemblée des Premières Nations Québec-Labrador (APNQL), Ghislain Picard, lors d’une conférence de presse tenue à Québec pour annoncer l’adoption de la résolution d’opposition au controversé pipeline.

« C’est non à Énergie Est, point final », a poursuivi le grand chef de Kanesatake, Serge Simon, invoquant des « raisons sociales, économiques, environnementales » pour s’opposer au projet de la pétrolière albertaine. Les représentants des Premières Nations ont ainsi souligné leur refus de contempler, de loin, le « désastre écologique » imputable à l’exploitation des sables bitumineux. « Les peuples autochtones sont toujours les premiers à souffrir des effets des changements climatiques », a déploré Serge Simon.


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Some no doubt, but how many compared to all the potential losses in forestry, fisheries, tourism and agriculture? 

Do pipelines seriously affect employment in those areas? I have my doubts. .

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Squamish Nation files court case against NEB approval of Kinder Morgan expansion

The Squamish Nation, whose traditional territories span a large swath of B.C.’s south coast, filed an application for judicial review on Thursday in Vancouver’s Federal Court of Appeal. It seeks to quash the NEB’s decision and refer it back for reconsideration.

The nation asserted in the documents that the NEB had an obligation to determine whether the Canadian government discharged its duty to consult and, if necessary, accommodate the band.

"Ottawa needs to hear loud and clear that they can’t just run roughshod over aboriginal rights and title. That era has come and gone," said Chief Ian Campbell in an interview.


The Squamish Nation said its traditional territory covers 6,732 square kilometres, including parts of Vancouver, Burnaby and New Westminster and all of North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Whistler and Squamish. These boundaries encompass Howe Sound, Burrard Inlet and English Bay.

The nation said in the court documents that the project would include a substantial expansion of infrastructure and shipping in these areas, including a new pipeline along a new route to a terminal in Burnaby and a seven−fold increase in tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet.

It said Trans Mountain did not consult with the Squamish Nation in any way about the location of the project in its traditional territories.

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Canada lent billions to oil, gas and mining companies. Then it made a profit

On the same day that President Barack Obama rejected TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, a Canadian Crown corporation threw the company a lifeline.

Export Development Canada (EDC), a taxpayer-owned organization that operates as a commercial investment bank, signed two deals on that day — Nov. 6, 2015 — offering between $150 million to $350 million in loans to TransCanada, a Calgary-based company.

The timing was purely coincidental. The deals renewed an annual arrangement with the Crown corporation, which is part of a syndicate of about 20 financial institutions that are supporting TransCanada Pipelines in the U.S.

EDC signed more than $28 billion in deals with oil, gas and mining companies

Large multinational corporations regularly take out short-term loans for operations. Some of them in Canada get help from EDC for their activities abroad.

But deals like these illuminate the surprisingly symbiotic relationship between industry and the federal government. EDC has provided more than $28 billion worth of financial support to Canadian oil, gas, metals and mining companies since 2015, helping along some of the country’s industry giants. These include companies such as Cenovus, ConocoPhillips, Crescent Point Energy, Enbridge, Encana, Husky, Spectra Energy and Suncor....

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Lower Nicola Indian Band blasts governments for failure to consult on Trans Mountain

The Lower Nicola Indian Band has united their voice with more than 50 First Nations leaders, calling on the provincial and federal governments to meet with them regarding the potential Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

The open letter, addressed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and premiers Christy Clark and Rachel Notley, details “grave concerns” that the groups have with the consultation process to date.

“We are writing to advise you that engagement of our Nations with respect to [Trans Mountain Expansion] has been woefully inadequate, and not in line with your respective government’s constitutional and international obligations,” the opening of the letter reads.

The groups are also calling on both levels of government to pay restitution for the construction of the original Trans Mountain pipeline, which began operations in 1953.

The letter alleges that the construction of the original pipeline was done without consultation or consent of First Nations Peoples at the time.

The proposed route of the twinned pipeline would cross seven reserve territories in B.C., three of which are utilized by the Lower Nicola Indian Band....

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..thank you lagatta

..pipelines are not the only transportation method that can be stopped. it's just a matter of time before more attention turns towards trains.

Oregon Officials Want Hold on Oil Trains After Fiery Derailment

The fiery derailment of an oil train in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge has state transportation officials asking for a halt to the massive trains because of concerns their heavier weight could be putting extra strain on a certain type of bolt that fastens the rails to the tracks.

The Oregon Department of Transportation discussed its concerns about the safety of the so-called "lag bolts" in a presentation Thursday to the Oregon Transportation Commission and made public a letter it mailed to the Federal Railroad Administration on June 8 asking for the moratorium....


Tribes call for block on fuel trains

Tribal leaders have voiced a stern demand: no more oil and coal trains through the Columbia River Gorge.

Leaders from the Yakama Nation, Lummi Nation, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and Umatilla gathered in Mosier Thursday morning to publicly condemn fossil fuel traffic by rail through the Gorge — an impassioned response to Friday’s derailment.

A 96-car Union Pacific train carrying Bakken crude oil left the tracks on the afternoon of June 3 in Mosier along the Columbia River, sparking a fire and spilling oil. A total of 16 cars derailed. There were no injuries reported, but homes were evacuated, Interstate 84 was shut down and the city’s wastewater system was shut down after oil seeped in.....

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City launches judicial review of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion

The City of Vancouver has filed with the Federal Court of Appeal an application for a judicial review of the National Energy Board’s (NEB) decision to conditionally recommend Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion project (the “Project”), citing that it is both invalid and unlawful.

Throughout the NEB review process, we and many other intervenors have raised significant concerns about its flawed process which:

  • Excluded any opportunities for oral cross-examination of experts and evidence
  • Provided inadequate information sharing
  • Failed to properly consult affected communities along the pipeline and tanker route
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Tsleil-Waututh Chief Carries Message of Opposition to Kinder Morgan Expansion From Ottawa to New York City

Chief Maureen Thomas is in New York City this week meeting with dozens of Kinder Morgan's top institutional shareholders and credit rating agencies. Chief Thomas is here to express the Tsleil-Waututh Nation's opposition to Kinder Morgan's proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.

The meetings this week follow last week's meetings in Ottawa, where the Chief reminded members of Parliament and Cabinet that stopping the project is not just in Tsleil-Waututh's interests, but for the benefit of everyone.

Chief Thomas said, "A large oil spill in Burrard Inlet would set back all our environmental restoration efforts there, and the greenhouse gas emissions will only make fires and floods around the world worse." She added that, "Tsleil-Waututh has the constitutionally protected rights and the legal tools to stop the expansion and it is important that Kinder Morgan's investors and analysts understand that."

The meetings come a few weeks after Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) recommended conditional approval of the expansion proposal, subject to 157 conditions. The federal cabinet has until December to make a final decision....