Oil - Pipelines

Tom Sandborn

US firm Kiewit, a major player in BC construction ruled 'reckless' in worker's death, has piled up other safety violations.

Bent low over the shattering racket of the power drill he was driving into solid rock, without a radio and wearing ear protection that muffled the shouts of other workers, Sam Fitzpatrick may never have seen the boulder that killed him.

Stanley Tromp
A panoramic view of Burnaby Mountain, with Kinder Morgan’s oil storage tanks on its southern slope. Across the border, Washington State officials have questions about the makeup of tar sands oil and the diluent that makes it mobile. Photo by Zack Embree

Washington State officials have privately complained about a lack of information — vital for an oil spill response — on the ingredients of the diluent used to help Alberta bitumen flow through Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain oil pipeline.

Azeezah Kanji
Jerry Natanine, community leader and former mayor of Clyde River, speaks during a press conference on Parliament Hill following a ruling at the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa on July 26. Clyde River's legal counsel Nader Hasan looks on.  (SEAN KILPATRICK / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Two recent decisions from the Supreme Court of Canada — Clyde River v Petroleum Geo-Services Inc. and Chippewas of the Thames First Nation v Enbridge Pipelines Inc. — are being hailed as landmark cases on Indigenous peoples’ right to be consulted about projects that threaten to damage their traditional territories.

David Gray-Donald

On 26 July, the Supreme Court of Canada announced its decision regarding Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline. The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, located near London, Ontario, had argued that due process had not been followed in the government approving significant changes to the existing pipeline. The Supreme Court ruled against the Chippewas of the Thames, and in favour of the National Energy Board and, in effect, Enbridge.

Joseph Keller
stand with Kwantlen

The Kwantlen Student Association is contributing $6,000 to the project 


With some financial support from the Kwantlen Student Association, the Kwantlen First Nation is planning a building project meant to throw an obstacle in the way of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

The KSA will contribute $6,000 towards a healing lodge that will be constructed on Kwantlen First Nation Territory, directly in the path of the planned oil pipeline. The build is expected to begin in August with the lodge to be fully functional by September.

Tim Donaghy

A new analysis from Greenpeace USA finds that the three companies proposing to build tar sands pipelines have a legacy of pipeline spills, and that tar sands pipelines pose a threat to water resources.


[Map of 373 U.S. hazardous liquids pipelines spills from 2010 to present for TransCanada (green), Kinder Morgan (purple) and Enbridge (blue). Available online at greenpeace.carto.com. Data: PHMSA & EIA. see original article]


Greenpeace staff

From: Jessica Wilson <jessica.wilson@greenpeace.org>
Date: Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 9:32 AM
Subject: [km_strategy] Some additional info on today's two Supreme Court of Canada rulings
To: "<km_strategy@googlegroups.com>" <km_strategy@googlegroups.com>



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