Oil - Pipelines

Jessica Wallace
Pipe for Kinder Morgan's planned Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is piled high on Mission Flats Road in Kamloops. Construction in the urban area of Kamloops is expected to begin in April 2020 and continue through to June 2021, subject to approvals. Photograph By DAVE EAGLES

Apr. 2, 2020

The company said it expects a peak of 240 workers, including a number of local and Indigenous people, on the job in Kamloops. Trans Mountain said it is working with the Kamloops Accommodation Association to identify interest and capacity at hotels, motels and RV parks

A Kamloops councillor is calling for Trans Mountain pipeline expansion construction to be postponed, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

James Peters
TMX construction site = Image Credit: CFJC Today
Apr 02, 2020

KAMLOOPS — A Kamloops councillor is calling on federal and provincial officials to call a halt to Trans Mountain (TMX) pipeline expansion construction within city limits.

Denis Walsh says expansion activities are scheduled to begin soon for TMX’s ‘Kamloops Urban Special Project’, which would lay new pipe beneath the Thompson River.

Walsh doesn’t think the project, which will require hundreds of construction workers, is safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dustin Godfrey
Workers at Trans Mountain's Burnaby Terminal work in close proximity to one another, despite social-distancing protocols. Photograph By SUBMITTED

MARCH 31, 2020

Trans Mountain says it’s adhering to social-distancing protocols, even as photos emerge appearing to show workers on site within two metres of one another.

Kyle Bakx, Tony Seskus
Mar 26, 2020 

Price of Canadian oilsands crude plunges to lowest level on record — and could be headed to $0

The cost of buying a barrel of Canadian oil fell to less than a Barrel of Monkeys on Thursday as the oil price again crashed to record levels.

Western Canadian Select (WCS) was selling for $6.45 US a barrel Thursday, down $2.84 US from a day earlier. That's below last week's record when it sold for as low as $7.63 US a barrel.

Earth Justice
Flags fly at the Oceti Sakowin Camp in 2016, near Cannonball, North Dakota.  LUCAS ZHAO / CC BY-NC 2.0
MARCH 25, 2020

Victory: Decision cites risks of pipeline spills to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Washington, D.C. — 

A federal court today granted a request by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to strike down federal permits for the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

Bob Weber
A pickup truck is seen passing a mining shovel at an oil sands mine near Fort McMurray, Alta., in a file photo.  JEFF MCINTOSH/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Some Canadian organizations are asking the federal government to focus any bailout of the oil industry on workers and families, not corporations.

The request comes in an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, released Tuesday morning and signed by environmental organizations, faith and labour groups that the signatories say represent about 1.3 million people.

“Giving billions of dollars to failing oil and gas companies will not help workers and only prolongs our reliance on fossil fuels,” the letter says.

Concerned Organizations

March 23, 2020


To the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, 

Cc: Federal Cabinet Ministers 


Stephen Groves

March 5, 2020

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem’s proposal to revive the state’s criminal and civil punishments for riots passed a final Senate vote on Thursday and will next proceed to her desk.


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