LNG - Fracking

29/07/15
Author: 
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.
 

29/07/15
Author: 
Garth Lenz

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

28/07/15

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

28/07/15
Author: 
BRENT JANG

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.

21/07/15
Author: 
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.

19/07/15

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.

18/07/15
Author: 
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.

18/07/15
Author: 
Robert Benzie

ST. JOHN’S—After a “vigorous” debate, the nation’s premiers have finalized a Canadian Energy Strategy that tries to balance tackling climate change with safely getting fossil fuels to market.

“It’s a huge step forward,” Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne told the Star in an interview here Friday at the Council of the Federation meeting.

Her comments came after the 13 provincial and territorial leaders unveiled the 35-page strategy that mentions “greenhouse gas” 24 times, “climate change” 20 times, “oil” 11 times, and “natural gas” and “pipelines” four times each.

18/07/15
Author: 
Canada's premiers

The text of the Canadian Energy Strategy released on July 17, 2015 by the provincial premiers can be viewed at the bottom of this page from CBC News:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/national-energy-strategy-ok-d-at-meeting-of-premiers-1.3157487

 

 

 

 

18/07/15
Author: 
Vaughn Palmer

Dissent: Green MLA Andrew Weaver is less reticent, accusing government of ‘selling out the next generation’ through deal with Petronas.
After all the buildup for the special summer session of the legislature, the key debate on the B.C. Liberal government’s controversial liquefied natural gas agreement came and went in short order this week.

Bill 30, the LNG Project Agreements Act, passed second reading, the stage where MLAs debate the merits in principle of a piece of legislation, after just three days on the order paper.

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