British Columbia

08/02/18
Author: 
Justine Hunter, Jeff Lewisand Carrie Tait

VICTORIA AND CALGARY

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 7, 2018

Pipeline giant Kinder Morgan Inc. is mustering its legal team to combat the B.C. government's bid to block new oil shipments off the coast, saying investors are losing patience with delays to its $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

08/02/18
Author: 
John Paul Tasker

Liberals say they will also announce new protections for oceans, lakes and rivers

Feb 08, 2018

The federal Liberal government says it will streamline the approval process for major natural resources projects, scrapping the National Energy Board and empowering a new body to conduct more extensive consultation with groups affected by development.

The changes are part of the largest overhaul of Canada's environmental assessment process in a generation.

08/02/18
Author: 
Emma Gilchrist
John Werring in the field.

If you’d met John Werring four years ago, he wouldn’t have been able to tell you what an abandoned gas well looked like.

“We had no idea whether they were even accessible,” said the registered professional biologist.

That was before the summer of 2014, when he headed up to Fort St. John, B.C., on a reconnaissance mission. At that time, much was known about leaking gas wells in the United States, but there was very little data on Canada.

08/02/18
Author: 
Barry Saxifrage
Where the pollution from Alberta's 12 billion barrels of bitumen has ended up. IPCC data. Background image by NASA/Goddard. Chart by Barry Saxifrage

Lost in the heated arguments over Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain pipeline is this simple fact: more than a quarter of the bitumen flowing through it will end up as pollution spilling into our oceans — one way or the other.

All the bitumen that doesn't spill from pipelines or tankers gets burned, ending up as carbon pollution dumped into our environment. Over one quarter ends up in the oceans, acidifying them for millennia to come.

08/02/18
Author: 
Charlie Smith
United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney doesn't hide where his sympathies lie in the pipeline dispute between his province of Alberta and the B.C. government. JASON KENNEY

February 8th

A former senior minister in the Stephen Harper government has come up with a novel argument for forcing British Columbia to accept Kinder Morgan's $7.4-billion Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project.

Jason Kenney, now the leader of Alberta's United Conservative Party, has launched a petition urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to "invoke the 'declaratory power' of the Constitution to declare BC's actions as being against the national interest".

08/02/18
Author: 
Jeremy J. Nuttall

NDP leader argues two provinces would be good neighbours now had the prime minister kept promise to modernize pipeline regulation.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau bears the blame for the inter-provincial spat between British Columbia and Alberta, says federal New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced Tuesday her province would no longer be importing British Columbian wine through its government liquor agency. The move is reported to be costing B.C. winemakers $70 million in sales.

08/02/18
Author: 
Claudia Cattaneo

[Editor's Note: It is well known that other indigenous peoples are leading the no pipeline movement and support an oil tanker moratorium on BC's coast.]

A First Nations’ led $17-billion oil pipeline from Alberta to the West Coast has put in motion a back-up plan to site its terminal across the border

February 6, 

08/02/18
Author: 
First Nations Leaders

AS TRUDEAU RAMPS UP PRESSURE TO BUILD, FIRST NATIONS FROM ACROSS CANADA STAND IN SOLIDARITY AGAINST KINDER MORGAN PIPELINE

 

For immediate release

 

February 8, 2018 – First Nations from the Maritimes all the way to Alberta who are among the 150 Nations in Canada and the US who have signed the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion are standing stronger than ever with their brothers and sisters in BC and will do whatever it takes to continue delaying the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline and tanker project.

 

07/02/18
Author: 
Dave Dormer
Burnaby South MP Kennedy Stewart says he expects British Columbians are prepared to engage in civil disobedience to stop the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. (Left photo: Trans Mountain, right photo: CBC)

'If the natural resources minister does threaten to use the army ... that's where this is going to go'

 

The relationship between the Alberta and B.C. governments has been strained in recent weeks as the two sides battle over a proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

07/02/18
Author: 
Ethan Cox

From Quebec with love: #QCLovesBCWine campaign launches today

[For original article google Ricochet Media]

On Tuesday afternoon news broke that Alberta’s government would be boycotting B.C. wine. Within hours activists in Quebec, four provinces and half a country away, had lit the bat signal. Email lists and Facebook groups spun up, as members of the province’s powerful anti-pipeline movement sprang into action.

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