British Columbia

24/03/14
Author: 
Kelly Sinoski

If Kinder Morgan knocks on your door and wants to run a pipeline through your backyard, there’s not much a resident can do besides negotiate reasonable compensation, according to an expropriation lawyer. Ted Hanman, a lawyer with Victoria firm Cox Taylor, says once the planning has been done and the alignment chosen for a particular infrastructure project, residents are usually at a loss to keep their land intact if they sit on a proposed right of way.

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24/03/14
Author: 
Kelly Sinoski
Kinder Morgan land

When Joy Mancinelli and her neighbours received a hand-delivered package from a land agent hired by Kinder Morgan, it was their first inkling that the proposed new twinned Trans Mountain Pipeline could rip through their backyards. They got even more bad news on Sunday when the land agent returned and told them Kinder Morgan could take even more land than it had initially mapped out.

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24/03/14
Author: 
Gordon Hoekstra

A University of Washington study has found residents near rail lines face increased exposure to harmful microscopic particles from diesel emissions. The study also found residents are exposed to larger particles, possibly from coal trains.

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24/03/14
Author: 
Jenny Uechi
UBC Robson Square  listen to NDP's Nathan Cullen

A large group of people packed into UBC Robson Square to listen to Cullen's 'Take Back the Coast' tour, which has taken Cullen to six different cities across BC so far. High school and university students, as well as seniors, were at the edge of their seats, listening to Cullen's arguments about why the Northern Gateway pipeline was so heavily opposed in BC.

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20/03/14

The fight over the Alberta-to-Burnaby oil pipeline proposed by Kinder Morgan is shaping up as a political battle royale that will entangle all three levels of government. The $5-billion project to triple the capacity of the company’s existing pipeline is opposed by Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, and now Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan is turning up the volume. “This is the wrong place and the wrong time for them to put in this pipeline,” Corrigan told me, adding opponents of the project are even willing to break the law if it’s approved.

20/03/14
Author: 
Don Hauka
Coal Cars in BC

A new study out of Washington State University suggests the Fraser Surrey Docks coal terminal expansion project would have a major impact on the health of residents living near the facility.

And local academics say the study underlines the fact that approval of the Fraser Surrey Docks project will inevitably lead to increased levels of known carcinogens in the air – particularly in the neighbourhoods adjacent to the terminal.
 

20/03/14
Author: 
Eoin Madden

Forwarded message from Eoin Madden, Climate Campaigner, Wilderness Committee

March 19, 2014:

Dear reader,

19/03/14
Author: 
Justin McElroy

The Mayor of Burnaby says that if Kinder Morgan’s application to expand their pipeline is approved without amendments, he’d stand in front of a bulldozer. “I know I’m [ready], I know that residents will stand there with me. I’m prepared to fight this out to the bitter end. I’m incensed with how we’ve been treated,” says Derek Corrigan, one day after Burnaby formally requested the National Energy Board reject the proposed expansion due to a lack of sufficient information.

17/03/14
Author: 
Mayor Derek R. Corrigan

 Today, the City of Burnaby formally requested that the National Energy Board find that the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project application is incomplete and reject it on the basis that it contains neither the information needed for the NEB to make an informed decision nor sufficient information for the public to understand and analyze the impacts of the Project and does not comply with NEB rules. “We are extremely concerned about multiple aspects of this proposal that we know will have very negative impacts on our City,” says Mayor Derek Corrigan.

05/03/14
Author: 
By Eric Fleg

Former Conservative cabinet minister and present day CIBC banker called in to save tar sands pipeline In what the grand chief of British Columbia is calling a “Hail Mary” on the part of the Harper government, Enbridge and its partners have selected former Conservative cabinet minister Jim Prentice to resuscitate stalled negotiations with First Nations

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