British Columbia

12/05/14
Author: 
Shawn McCarthy and Jeffrey Jones

UN report supports First Nations opposition to B.C. pipeline projects

Shawn MCCARTHY and Jeffrey Jones

OTTAWA and CALGARY — The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, May. 12 2014, 12:50 PM EDT

12/05/14
Author: 
Larry Pynn
CN mixed freight train in Jasper, Alberta, photo Flikr Commons

Railcar shipments of oil to B.C. have been dwarfed by shipments of other potentially dangerous petroleum products, new Transport Canada figures compiled for The Vancouver Sun show. There were 3,381 railcar shipments of oil to B.C. in 2013, up from 41 in 2011, as part of a North America trend highlighted by last July’s deadly Lac-Megantic crash in Quebec. During the same period, the number of railcars to B.C. containing other petroleum products such as liquefied petroleum gas, gasoline, diesel, propane and aviation fuel increased to 39,540 from 30,613.

12/05/14
Author: 
Rafe Mair

... The new NDP leader John Horgan seems to be very fond of development. He is on the "right" side of the party and is very sensitive to labour unions who see big business bringing lots of jobs to British Columbia. One can understand this concern. After all, promoting and protecting more jobs for their members is what they are in business to do. Unfortunately the jobs coming from the development proposals we see all around us will bring very few jobs to British Columbians...

09/05/14

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu is scheduled to appear at a conference in northern Alberta to discuss aboriginal treaties and the oilsands.

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06/05/14
Author: 
Andrew Nikiforuk

According to a spate of recent scientific studies from the United States and Australia, the shale gas industry has generated another formidable challenge: methane and radon leakage three times greater than expected. In some cases the volume of seeping methane, a greenhouse gas that traps heat 25 times more effectively than carbon dioxide, is so high it challenges the notion that shale gas can be a bridge to a cleaner energy future, as promoted by the government of British Columbia and other shale gas jurisdictions.

05/05/14
Author: 
Brent Jang

The B.C. government and Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas have reached a deal designed to provide lift-off to a liquefied natural gas project. B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Petronas chief executive officer Shamsul Azhar Abbas signed the letter of intent Monday as a B.C. delegation led by Ms. Clark launched an Asian trade mission with the first stop in Malaysia. Petronas has asked the province to hammer out details of a tax to be levied against proposed B.C. LNG export terminals while the government has requested that the Malaysian firm ramp up efforts in the race to export B.C. LNG.

03/05/14
Author: 
Mike Chisholm

The Tsleil-Waututh have launched a legal challenge of the NEB review process in the Federal Court of Appeal claiming the review process is one-sided and unilateral, the North Vancouver-based nation announced today.

03/05/14
Author: 
Don Cayo
Christi Clark and LNG

A new study on what B.C.‘s LNG revenues could add up to reinforces what many thinking citizens have already surmised — that the provincial government’s optimistic projections are far from a sure thing, and maybe just pie in the sky.

03/05/14
Author: 
Shawn McCarthy and Ivan Semeniuk
Frack Off

Canadians face a Pandora’s box of potential environmental and health risks as the oil industry charges forward with hydraulic fracturing techniques that are needed to unlock vast natural gas and oil deposits across the country, says a new report for the federal government.

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