LNG - Fracking

Brent Jang

A new study co-authored by six British Columbia First Nations warns that a proposed terminal for exporting liquefied natural gas on the province’s northern coast poses a threat to salmon habitat in the Skeena River estuary.

The research argues Pacific NorthWest LNG’s planned terminal on Lelu Island will harm Flora Bank, where juvenile salmon are nurtured by eelgrass beds. Flora Bank, a sandy area that is visible at low tide, is next to the proposed LNG site near Prince Rupert.

CBC staff
The Alliance natural gas pipeline runs through northern B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and several states in the U.S. (Alliance Pipeline)

Alliance Pipeline has shut down a natural gas pipeline in Western Canada after poisonous hydrogen sulphide (H2S) gas got into the system.

The Calgary-based energy company said Friday it has told companies feeding the pipeline to stop while corrective measures are taken.

The shutdown will continue for an "indeterminate amount of time," Alliance said in a news release. 

Alliance said the hydrogen sulphide entered the pipeline in Alberta and was stopped when it reached southeastern Saskatchewan.

Gas to be flared off

Travis Lupick

A group of B.C. environmentalists is about to have its day in court in a high-profile case against the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).

Beginning in Vancouver on August 12, the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), an oversight body, will begin hearing a February 2014 complaint that alleges CSIS illegally spied on activists and First Nations people.

Vancouver Observer Staff
The Atco "construction village" in Kitimat's LNG development zone houses 1,500 workers, but only for the construction phase and many of them from out-of-province.

Premier Christy Clark may be touting massive job opportunities with the B.C.-based LNG industry, but the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has released a "reality check" report that disputes the numbers.
Clark has stated that the LNG industry as a whole would create 100,000 jobs, with 4,500 jobs in the Petronas-backed Pacific NorthWest LNG project alone.

Garth Lenz

Garth Lenz's 2011 TED talk (17.4 minutes), illustrated by striking photographs of the tar sands and northern boreal forest.


'We're blocking pipelines; we're not blocking everyone', Unist’ot’en Camp spokesperson Freda Huson tells RCMP at the Bulkley Valley road "checkpoint."


The B.C. Liberal government’s claim that liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports will create 100,000 jobs is a vastly exaggerated forecast, says a report by a think tank that has touched off a controversy about how much of an employment boon the sector will actually create.

“We find that this claim is not credible and that potential employment impacts have been grossly overstated,” said the study by the left-leaning Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Vaughn Palmer

VICTORIA — As the legislature resumed debate Monday on the B.C. Liberal government’s controversial deal with the liquefied natural gas sector, Finance Minister Mike de Jong addressed concerns that he and his colleagues were open to enriching already generous terms with the industry.

The suspicions emerged from a news conference in the provincial capital last week, where the industry association injected itself into the debate around the deal by suggesting the terms were still not good enough.


On July 15th 2015, officers of the Canadian Royal Mounted Police (RCMP) tried to enter Unist’ot’en territory. The Unist’ot’en have built a camp that stands in the way of several oil and gas pipelines. Camp supporters blocked the rcmp from entering.

The following day the RCMP threatened to arrest supporters at another checkpoint, but supporters responded by building a gate. The Unist’ot’en have requested physical support from allies. For more info on how you can help visit UnistotenCamp.com.

Jeff Lewis, Jeffrey Jones and Renata D'Aliesio

An oil spill in evergreen forest of northern Alberta has ratcheted up concerns over pipeline safety as Canada’s premiers seek consensus on plans to pipe oil-sands crude to eastern ports in massive volumes.

Chinese-owned Nexen Energy ULC late on Thursday said a pipeline ruptured at its Long Lake oil-sands project, spewing about 31,500 barrels of bitumen, produced water and sand across a 16,000-square-metre area roughly 36 kilometres southeast of Fort McMurray. Nexen is owned by state-run CNOOC Ltd.


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