British Columbia

06/11/17
Author: 
Carla Wilson
First Nations demonstrators gather around a fire at the B.C. legislature on Thursday, calling for an end to open-net fish farms. They drew about 200 supporters to their cause. Photograph By AMY SMART

First Nations protesters danced and drummed around a crackling fire in front of the B.C. legislature Thursday, calling for an end to open-net fish farms.

Leaders of the protest, which drew about 200 supporters, say now that the NDP says it’s listening, they want to see farm tenures revoked.

Thursday marked Day 70 of the occupation of two Marine Harvest farms in the Broughton Archipelago, off northeast Vancouver Island.

06/11/17
Author: 
Coalition [See end of article]

VANCOUVER – A promised “review” of natural gas industry fracking operations should be broadened to a full Public Inquiry that examines all aspects of the dangerous gas extraction technique, says a coalition of community, First Nation and environmental organizations.

 

The call on the new BC government is to broaden a promise first made by the NDP during the lead-up to the spring provincial election, and comes on the heels of new revelations about the fracking process, including:

05/11/17
Author: 
Emma Gilchrist
Christy Clark wearing hard hat

For years British Columbians have been left in the dark about the most expensive public project in our history.

All of that came to an end on Wednesday when the B.C. Utilities Commission (BCUC) issued its final report on the Site C dam.

The results are, well, damning.

03/11/17
Author: 
Vaughan Palmer

VICTORIA — Tucked into the back pages of the B.C. Utilities Commission review of Site C is an intriguing discussion of a replacement source of electricity that wouldn’t require B.C. to build anything.

The option, laid out in a seven page annex, would see B.C. reclaim its entitlement to a share of the power generated on the US side of the border under the 50-year-old Columbia River Treaty.

Essentially, B.C. (standing in for Canada) agreed to build a series of dams on our side of the border to manage volatile water flows on the Columbia River.

03/11/17
Author: 
BC Government

The provincial government will appear before the National Energy Board (NEB) on constitutional issues relating to Trans Mountain work at the Burnaby and Westridge marine terminals.

Trans Mountain is asking the NEB to approve commencement of terminal work, notwithstanding that Trans Mountain has not obtained preliminary plan approvals under Burnaby’s zoning bylaw or a tree-cutting permit under Burnaby’s tree bylaw, as currently required by conditions on federal approvals of the project.

02/11/17
Author: 
First Nations Leaders

From: Sarah Beuhler <sbeuhler@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 9:29 AM
Subject: [km_strategy] New email tool to tell the NEB to stay firm and not give in to Kinder Morgan bullying
 

31/10/17
Author: 
Emilee Gilpin

Oct 30, 2017

[Environmentalist Karen Mahon shows her arrest papers, calling her to court February 28 for an act of mischief. Oct. 29, 2017. Photo by Emilee Gilpin - see photo with original]

When federal police were called to arrest people protesting the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project in Burnaby on Saturday, two conflicting and equally powerful emotions came over veteran environmentalist Karen Mahon.

30/10/17
Author: 
Nia Williams and Ethan Lou
Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion Project's oil storage tank farm is seen in Burnaby, B.C., on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. JONATHAN HAYWARD/THE CANADIAN PRESS

OCTOBER 27, 2017

The city of Burnaby, British Columbia, accused Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd of disrespecting municipal regulations on Friday, after the company appealed to Canada's energy regulator for approval to start work on its Trans Mountain oil pipeline.

The company, a unit of Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc , on Thursday asked the National Energy Board for approval to start some construction work in Burnaby as it has been unable to obtain the necessary permits from the city.

30/10/17
Author: 
Gene McGuckin

Thanks for being here, ready to protect this coast—and so much more!

I’m Gene McGuckin, a spokesperson for BROKE, Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion.

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