Oil - Pipelines

Carol Linnitt
Laying pipeline

Economist and former ICBC president and CEO Robyn Allan withdrew from the National Energy Board’s (NEB) review of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project Tuesday, saying she can no longer “endorse a process that is not working.”

In a letter addressed to Sherri Young, secretary of the NEB, Allan said the “review is not conducted on a level playing field” and that because the panel is “not an impartial referee…the game is rigged.”

Allan said she began to seriously question the process when oral cross-examination was removed from the process.

Mychaylo Prystupa
Candace Campo, Audrey Siegl and Taylor George Hollis in front of the Greenpeace vessel Esperanza that was docked in North Vancouver on Friday. Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa.

A massive Greenpeace ship will depart the Port of Vancouver on Tuesday with a cross-Canada Aboriginal delegation. The delegation seeks to raise alarm about the potential surge in U.S. oil tankers set to ply past British Columbia’s coastlines in the future, should Shell's Arctic oil drilling plans go full steam ahead.

Vancouver City Staff
Crews on spill response boats work around the bulk carrier cargo ship Marathassa after a bunker fuel spill on Burrard Inlet in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday April 9, 2015. The federal coast guard is defending its response to an oil spill in Vancouver's harbour amid questions about how the slick washed up on beaches to the north. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

“This new report outlines the alarming consequences for local wildlife and ecosystems in the event of a major oil spill in Burrard Inlet, the Salish Sea, or the Fraser River Estuary,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson

In response to Kinder Morgan’s failure to carry out analysis of the potential consequences of an oil spill, the City of Vancouver, City of Burnaby, and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation conducted an independent oil spill trajectory modelling of four major oil spill scenarios in the Burrard Inlet.

Paul Lewis
Documents show for the first time how FBI agents have been closely monitoring anti-Keystone activists in violation of its guidelines. Photograph: Guardian

The FBI breached its own internal rules when it spied on campaigners against theKeystone XL pipeline, failing to get approval before it cultivated informants and opened files on individuals protesting against the construction of the pipeline in Texas, documents reveal.

Internal agency documents show for the first time how FBI agents have been closely monitoring anti-Keystone activists, in violation of guidelines designed to prevent the agency from becoming unduly involved in sensitive political issues.

Office of Mayor Derek Corrigan of City of Burnaby
walk the line

To ensure the National Energy Board has access to detailed, expert information on the significant potential public and environmental dangers associated with Kinder Morgan’s proposed expansion of the Burnaby Mountain Tank Farm, the Burnaby Fire Department has prepared a comprehensive risk assessment that analyzes the fire and safety risks, hazard events and consequences associated with the proposed project.

Bruce Livesey
Koch brothers - Illustration by Victor Juhasz

Author's note: Until this past February, I worked as a contracted television producer for Global TV and its current affairs program, 16x9. Last fall, I was commissioned to do a story for the program about the Koch brothers, their holdings in Alberta’s oil sands and their interest in getting the Keystone XL pipeline built. In January, two days before the 22-minute documentary was about to air on 16x9, Global's senior management pulled the story.

Travis Lupick
Gabriel Nadequ-Dubois

Opposition movements against four megaprojects linked to the Alberta oil sands are increasingly connected, according to Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, an author, environmental activist, and former leader of the 2012 student strike in Quebec.

Pilita Clark

The Church of England, one of the world’s wealthiest religious institutions, has decided to blacklist coal and tar sands investments, in a striking victory for campaigners seeking to make fossil fuels as unpopular as tobacco.

The Church announced on Thursday that it would sell £12m of its holdings in thermal coal and tar sands companies, two of the most polluting fossil fuels. “Climate change is the most pressing moral issue in our world,” said the Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Rev Nick Holtam, lead bishop on the environment.

Martin Lukacs
Alberta Premier Jim Prentice

The Alberta government escalated its campaign to build tar sands pipelines under Premier Jim Prentice by seeking to have First Nations become full-blown proponents of the projects in return for oil revenues.

Documents obtained by the Guardian show that under a proposed agreement the province would have funded a task force of Alberta First Nations and government officials to “work jointly on removing bottlenecks and enabling the construction of pipelines to tide-water in the east and west coasts.”

Assembled by Gene McGuckin (emcgthree@gmail.com), member of the Vancouver Ecosocialist Group (www.ecosocialistsvancouver.org) and of Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE) (www.brokepipelinewatch.ca)


The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion project (TMEP) was announced in 2012.

On December 16, 2013, the company filed an application for approval by the National Energy Board of the $5.4 billion expansion project to include


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