Oil - Pipelines

30/08/19
Author: 
Barry K Morris

 

As a Minister of the Christian faith, with the United Church of Canada, I’m mindful of the duty to protest, if not resist, if and when civil authorities fail to provide due process and fair outcomes to grieving peoples.

I do not take this to mean that I have the right to disobey court orders anytime I might disagree with them.

I understand and appreciate the importance of our justice system – especially its checks and balances.

28/08/19
Author: 
Rita Wong

[Rita Wong was sentenced to 28 days in prison.]

 

I’m grateful to be here alive today with all of you on sacred, unceded Coast Salish territories, the homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh peoples.

28/08/19
Author: 
Will Offley

[Will Offley was sentenced to 14 days in prison]

 

In the last year the Court has seen people from all walks of life, class backgrounds, nationalities and political persuasions appear, charged with the same allegation, criminal contempt of court, for blocking Trans Mountain’s operations. 

What unifies us all is the shared understanding that humanity is teetering on a precipice, and only decisive action to reverse climate change can prevent an unprecedented catastrophe.

25/08/19
Author: 
Lee Fang
Native American protesters and their supporters are confronted by private security guards at a work site for the Dakota Access pipeline, near Cannon Ball, N.D., on Sept. 3, 2016. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images
August 19 2019
 
THE AMERICAN FUEL & Petrochemical Manufacturers, a powerful lobbying group that represents major chemical plants and oil refineries, including Valero Energy, Koch Industries, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and Marathon Petroleum, has flexed its muscle over environmental and energy policy for decades. Despite its reach, AFPM channels dark money and influence with little scrutiny.

The group is now leveraging its political power to criminalize protests of oil and gas infrastructure.

23/08/19
Author: 
Geoffrey Morgan
Construction is to restart imminently in multiple communities along the pipeline route and the project will deliver 590,000 barrels of oil per day by mid-2022.Candace Elliott/Reuters
[The federal government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project from Kinder Morgan in 2018, yet Ian Anderson continues to serve as Trans Mountain president and CEO and speak for the company. 
 
What is the function of the federal government in all this? Is it restricted to being the bearer of financial risk?]
 
August 21, 2019
22/08/19
Author: 
Lisa Descary
Arrest of Rita Wong

August 20, 2019

On August 16, climate activists Rita Wong and Will Offley were sentenced to jail for blocking the TransMountain site on Burnaby Mountain. Will was sentenced to 14 days in prison, and Rita to a shocking 28 days, the longest sentence yet in the more than 220 arrests of water and land protectors.

22/08/19
Author: 
Eugene Kung
 First Nations announce the new round of TMX legal challenges at a press conference in July 2019. (Photo: Eugene Kung)
August 21, 2019

The federal cabinet’s re-approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and Tanker Expansion Project (“TMX” or “the Project”) on June 18, 2019 was hardly shocking news. After all, federal cabinet ministers have been saying for years that ‘the pipeline will be built.’ They even spent $4.5 billion of public money to bail out the project when pipeline company Kinder Morgan decided to abandon it.

21/08/19
Author: 
Chris Campbell
A computer rendering of how the Burnaby Mountain tank farm will look when changes are completed for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. Trans Mountain image

An “immediate return to work” has been issued by Trans Mountain for two Burnaby sites for the pipeline expansion project.

20/08/19
Author: 
Elizabeth McSheffrey, with files from Mike De Souza and Carolyn Jarvis
Matthew Linnitt says he's grateful his livelihood no longer depends on oil and gas. He no longer fears reprisal against his family. Photo by Jennifer Osborne

August 20th 2019

The words may not have been explicit, but oilpatch contractor Matthew Linnitt says he read between the lines: lie on official documents about an incident that could have killed him, or someone would be fired.

The tacit threat, he alleges, was handed down by his supervisor at Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) after a close call with hydrogen sulfide on a northwestern Alberta well site on May 2, 2016.

17/08/19
Author: 
Robert Hackett
A shot of Fort McMurray, Alberta in 2012. Photo by Kris Krüg from Flickr

August 9th 2019

The Trudeau government and the petrobloc (the fossil fuel industries and their political, financial and media allies) would like you to believe that the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline (TMX), intended to triple the flow of diluted bitumen from the Athabasca Sands to the port of Vancouver, is a done deal.

But the latest approval of TMX by the Trudeau government and the industry-friendly National Energy Board does not settle the issue.

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