British Columbia

06/12/14
Author: 
Vancouver Ecosocialist Group

On Nov. 27, the BC Legislature approved Bill 6, so-called enabling legislation for a low-tax regime to encourage LNG investment in the province. The NDP voted in favour of the bill. Only one MLA voted against--the Green Party's Andrew Weaver. Below is an article and a statement by the Council of Canadians. (Vote record here.)

BC NDP wrong to back bad LNG bill 2

06/12/14
Author: 
Vaughn Palmer, columnist

VICTORIA BC — Well, the B.C. Liberals can’t say that Petronas didn’t warn them. Ten weeks ago, CEO Shamsul Abbas of the Malaysia-government-owned company warned Canada to “buck up real fast” if it wanted to be taken seriously in the global market for liquefied natural gas. “The Canadian landscape of LNG development is now one of uncertainty, delay and short vision,” Shamsul told the Financial Times in a Sept.

01/12/14
Author: 
Vancouver Ecosocialist Group

Here is the text of a leaflet distributed at the BC Federation of Labour Convention in the last week of November, 2014 in Vancouver.   Note the appeal at the end of the text for union members who want to take part in launching a cross-union climate caucus.  We welcome emails from any union members who haven't already given us their name and would still like to do so.

 

Deliberate Speed-Up of Climate Change 

01/12/14
Author: 
Wendy Stueck

B.C. should put off its decision on the proposed Site C project to allow time to study geothermal alternatives, says a geothermal industry group, citing a new study that concludes such projects could meet all of the province’s future power needs.

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29/11/14
Author: 
Wanda Chow
RCMP at Burnaby Mtn.

The City of Burnaby's latest attempt to throw a roadblock in front of Kinder Morgan's survey work was turned down Thursday.

Burnaby had wanted to appeal a September B.C. Supreme Court decision denying it an injunction that would have prevented the pipeline company from carrying out its study work on Burnaby Mountain.

But the B.C. Court of  Appeal wouldn't allow the appeal to go ahead.

29/11/14
Author: 
Stefania Seccia
Christy Clark and LNG

Only 28% of British Columbians trust the provincial government when it comes to properly handling decisions about the fledgling liquefied natural gas sector, according to an Insights West poll released Thursday.

From Oct. 3 to 8, 802 B.C. residents were polled regarding matters related to LNG, and 60% said it was the most important priority when it comes to energy policy and that Canada’s energy needs should be met before exporting to other markets, according to Mario Canseco, Insights West spokesman.

29/11/14
Author: 
CBC staff
Kinder Morgan protest

Kinder Morgan has begun dismantling its drilling site on Burnaby Mountain and will not complete the planned testing on a second bore hole, a company spokesperson told CBC News Friday.

CBC full coverage | Kinder Morgan protests

Ali Hounsell said that it had taken several days for the company to helicopter in the heavy equipment, and that removal work needed to begin now in order to be off the site by Monday's deadline.

27/11/14
Author: 
James Keller
Chief Stewart Phillip at Burnaby Mountain

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has dropped civil contempt charges against dozens of protesters who were arrested at an anti-pipeline protest near Vancouver.

The order came Thursday after Kinder Morgan acknowledged it had used incorrect GPS co-ordinates when it sought an injunction related to its Trans Mountain pipeline.

More than 100 people have been arrested on Burnaby Mountain, including Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, who crossed the police line earlier Thursday.

27/11/14
Author: 
CBC staff
Kinder Morgan pipeline protest

An application by Kinder Morgan to extend an injunction keeping protesters away from two drilling sites on Burnaby Mountain was rejected by the B.C. Supreme Court Thursday, meaning the site must be cleared of excavation work by Dec. 1.

In denying the company's request to extend the injunction to Dec. 12, the judge also ruled that all civil contempt charges against those arrested so far have been thrown out due to errors in the injunction.

Earlier, anti-pipeline protesters had locked themselves to the front doors of the court in an attempt to block Kinder Morgan's access.

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