Alberta

25/10/18
Author: 
TREVOR HARRISON , HARVEY KRAHN

The past year has seen intense political fighting between Alberta and British Columbia centred on pipeline development, the actions of protesters, and environmental issues more broadly. Given the importance of the issues involved, the authors re-examined the results of a survey of residents of Alberta and BC, conducted between February 9, 2017 and March 9, 2017 by the Population Research Laboratory at the University of Alberta.

25/10/18
Author: 
Perrin Grauer and Ainslie Cruickshank
Trans Mountain terminal Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Indigenous leaders, environmentalists and federal members of Parliament say the National Energy Board is repeating the same flawed process that resulted in its approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion being rejected by the Federal Court of Appeal.

Speaking in Vancouver on Tuesday, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, said the Trans Mountain project has been “a real stinker from the very beginning.”

23/10/18
Author: 
Canadan Press

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is proposing Ottawa get into the crude-by-rail business — at least temporarily — so that producers in her province can get a better price for their oil. 

“We are in the midst of putting together a specific business case that we'll be taking to the federal government late this week, early next week, where we lay out the specific costs,'' Notley said Monday following a meeting with energy industry leaders in Calgary.

15/10/18
Author: 
PAUL MCKAY

One week ago, the price American refineries will pay for a barrel of Alberta bitumen fell to just below US$30. A seismic jolt raced through the tar sands/oil sands industry, because that price would barely allow even the biggest, most profitable operators to recover operating costs.

14/10/18
Author: 
CJANET FRENCH

[Webside editor: Watch Tzeporah Berman's speach to the Alberta Teachers Conference here.]

To invest in Alberta’s oil industry, or back away slowly, was the question at the crux of a rift between Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and environmentalist and policy adviser Tzeporah Berman last weekend.

13/10/18
Author: 
Stephen Leahy

In explaining Canada's decision to nationalise the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5bn, Bill Morneau went hard on the economic argument. “Make no mistake,” the finance minister said. “This is an investment in Canada’s future.”

In fact, since 1999, more than $200bn has been invested into the Alberta oil sands for that future. But what if that cash had gone into wind energy instead?

Let’s compare.

11/10/18
Author: 
Greenpeace staff

DON’T USE MY TAX DOLLARS
TO BAIL OUT A FAILING PIPELINE PROJECT

The Federal Court of Appeal just quashed the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline - a massive victory for Indigenous Nations and all those who stood against this project. This could mean years of delays and mounting costs.

09/10/18
Author: 
Paul McKay

Last August 29 was not just a ‘wake up and smell the coffee’ moment for federal and Alberta politicians pushing to accelerate future tar sands/oil sands expansion plans.

It was a morning where the coffee urn figuratively tipped over and bestowed third-degree burns.

26/09/18
Author: 
David Thurton

Greenpeace accuses Teck of bullying Indigenous groups into supporting mine application

Sep 25, 2018

 
The ore crushing unit operates at Fort Hills oilsands mine on Sept. 10, 2018. (David Thurton/ CBC)

The company that hopes to build a massive oilsands project north of Fort McMurray says it has secured the support of all 14 Indigenous groups in the region.

25/09/18
Author: 
THE CANADIAN PRESS
A aerial view of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain marine terminal, in Burnaby, B.C., is shown on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. JONATHAN HAYWARD / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Meanwhile, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says Ottawa should appeal an earlier court ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada and legislate the project into existence.

THE CANADIAN PRESS

September 24, 2018

OTTAWA — The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations says the federal government would find it easier to get the Trans Mountain pipeline built if it moves the route and the marine shipping terminal to avoid Indigenous communities that are oppose the project.

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