Oil - Pipelines

Robyn Allan
Construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will cost motorists a lot of money, writes economist Robyn Allan. File photo

One of the significant economic costs of constructing Trans Mountain’s heavy oil pipeline is the impact it will have on B.C. motorists at the pumps. This is because the price to transport petroleum products to British Columbia along the existing Trans Mountain system will more than double once the expansion becomes operational. As confirmed by Natural Resources Canada, transportation costs for delivery of crude oil and petroleum products to British Columbia are passed onto consumers.

Canadian Press

A legal battle between the City of Burnaby and the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has ended with the British Columbia Court of Appeal ruling the National Energy Board can override municipal bylaws.

Alex Brockman
Indigenous residents in Fort Chipewyan, Alta., say they fear an expansion of Alberta's oil industry will threaten their way of life. (David Thurton / CBC)

Project touted as safe and responsible, but Indigenous environmental activists not convinced

Raymond Ladouceur remembers what happened to Lake Athabasca when an oil pipeline leaked nearly 30 years ago.

Oil seeped into the water, creating slicks that forced fish to dive deep underwater and eat mud, something he'd never seen before.

"The stuff was yellow, and you talk about the stink," Ladouceur said from his home in Fort Chipewyan, Alta. "I can't describe it. It's a rotten smell, very hard on the nose."  

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One of Donald Trump's campaign promises is that he would "drain the swamp" of Washington D.C. politicians and corruption, and what many have called the revolving door from political office to corporate lobbyist. So, here is Donald Trump on the topic in his joint address to Congress a couple weeks back.


Melina Laboucan-Massimo
Cedar George-Parker, 20, a youth activist from the Tulalip Indian Band and Tsleil-Waututh Nation in Coast Salish Territory in B.C. after marching in D.C March 10, 2017. Photo by Amanda Mason, courtesy of Greenpeace

The winds of resistance from Standing Rock blew into Washington D.C. last week, as indigenous leaders brought their demands directly to the door of the Trump administration.

CTV Vancouver Island 
Published Friday, March 10, 2017 3:20PM PST 
Last Updated Friday, March 10, 2017 5:39PM PST

The Canadian Coast Guard responded to an oil spill off the north coast of Vancouver Island, the second spill in the area in a week.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada says a crew was dispatched Friday afternoon to an area near the Port Harvey Marina, south of Port McNeill. 

Members will deploy sorbent pads if necessary as an initial response measure, B.C.'s Ministry of Environment said.

Tracy Johnson
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a roundtable discussion on the future of energy with industry leaders at CERAweek in Houston on Thursday. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

[ Editor: Oh really!! Trudeau: 'No country would find 173 billion barrels of oil in the ground and leave them there' ]

For the first two-and-half days of the CERAweek energy conference in Houston, Canada didn't make many waves. If you played a drinking game and took a shot every time Canada was mentioned on the main ballroom stage, you'd have been still sober midway through the week.

Lynn Perrin

Some directly affected residents and groups along the proposed expansion route have concerns in regard to the route, timing or construction methods. For instance many residents of Chilliwack are concerned about the risks to the aquifers which supply their drinking water.  Some in Abbotsford are concerned about the close proximity of the expansion route to aggregate mine blasting.

Nicolas Graham, Shannon Daub & Bill Carroll

The problem of corporate influence in politics and government is heating up in BC as we head towards the May election. 2017 kicked off with an explosive story in the New York Times, aptly titled “British Columbia: The Wild West of Canadian Political Cash.” The story drew widespread attention to the complete absence of limits in BC on political donations by wealthy corporations and individuals, including foreign donations and contributions from outside the province.


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