Oil - Pipelines

Laura Kane
We Vote No

BURNABY, B.C. — First Nations and environmentalists had one question for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the start of National Energy Board hearings on the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

"You said no. Where are you?" asked Audrey Siegl of the Musqueam Indian Band, to a cheer from a crowd of protesters gathered outside a Burnaby, B.C., hotel on Tuesday.

"Stand with us if you're going to stand with us. We need more than just words."

Bruce Cheadle
Jim Carr addresses supporters on election night. (Photo: CP)

OTTAWA — Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr acknowledges there's considerable urgency to building new Canadian pipeline capacity to tidewater, even as new roadblocks continue to appear.

A B.C. Supreme Court ruling this week and discouraging signals from B.C.'s provincial government have further undermined the prospects of two proposed oil pipelines to the Pacific coast, just as Carr is taking part in intense briefings on his new portfolio in Justin Trudeau's Liberal government.



Tomorrow, the next round of National Energy Board hearings for the Trans-Mountain Kinder Morgan pipeline are set to start. With them, Prime Minister Trudeau and this government will be breaking their first big climate promise.

The new government campaigned against the broken NEB reviews of tar sands pipelines. But now, under pressure from big oil, they’re letting both the Kinder Morgan and Energy East reviews proceed -- with no consideration of climate change, without listening to communities, and without respecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Burnaby RCMP arrested seven protesters who had boarded a barge conducting test drilling for the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline. (Kelly Patrick Moore)

Seven people were arrested Monday morning while protesting the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline.

According to Burnaby RCMP, four protesters boarded a barge sitting about 100 metres offshore at Westridge Marine Terminal on Sunday, and remained there overnight.

Charlie Smith
Xenoa Skinteh indicated his displeasure with the barge in Burrard Inlet before direct action took place today.

Activists have issued a news release claiming that they've seized a drilling barge near Westridge Marine Terminal. Around noon, it was boarded by two activists.

Brent Jang
“We are finally making this vision a reality, and this is the first step,” Mr. Salameh said in an interview, vowing that the proposed bitumen refinery will eliminate a byproduct called petroleum coke, which is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. (JOHN LEHMANN/GLOBE AND MAIL)

British Columbia now has two competing proposals for oil refineries near Kitimat, both betting that pipeline projects have become so unpalatable that plans to ship Alberta bitumen by rail are more likely to be approved.

The bitumen refinery projects add to the 20 B.C. proposals to export liquefied natural gas. Experts say only a handful of LNG ventures have a realistic chance amid fierce global competition.

“There is going to be a shakeout of viable projects,” said Mary Hemmingsen, a partner at consulting firm KPMG Canada.

Jennifer Moreau
Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan at an anti-Kinder Morgan rally. The city is opposed to the pipeline expansion plan and filed its final argument against the project on Tuesday.   Photograph By file

The worst possible project in the worst possible location – that’s what the City of Burnaby is claiming with respect to the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, as the National Energy Board hearing enters the final argument stage for intervenors.

Burnaby outlined the written portion of its argument in a 148-page document filed with the National Energy Board Tuesday, citing a litany of concerns around the project.  

Les Leyne
Haisla First Nation Hereditary Chiefs Clifford Smith, from left, Rod Bolton and Sam Robinson on the opening day of hearings for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project in Kitimaat Village in January 2012.   Photograph By Darryl Dyck

A clever argument about a detail in the federal-provincial agreement to co-operate when reviewing the Northern Gateway pipeline won the day in B.C. Supreme Court on Wednesday.

It resulted in a declaration by Justice Mary Marvyn Koenigsberg that B.C. abdicated its responsibility and breached the honour of the Crown by failing to consult with First Nations during the process of reviewing the planned crude-oil pipeline from Alberta to Kitimat.

Thane Maxwell

Building and expanding crude-oil pipelines will not get oil trains off our railways. I repeat, building pipelines will not get oil trains off our railways. We do have serious rail congestion and derailment problems, but new pipelines will not solve either. The choice between rail and pipeline is a myth. Media coverage and public-policy discourse are consistently wrong about this. People have a right to know the truth, and policy decisions should be based on fact.

Brian Morton
Douglas Channel is the proposed termination point for an oil pipeline in the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project. The Northern Gateway pipeline project is stalled after the B.C. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday the province can’t rely on the National Energy Board for environmental approval. Photograph by: DARRYL DYCK , THE CANADIAN PRESS

A B.C. Supreme Court ruling Wednesday that brought a halt to Enbridge’s $7.9-billion Northern Gateway project could have wider environmental implications for the province.

Justice Marvyn Koenigsberg found the B.C. government abdicated its statutory duties and breached its duty to consult First Nations when it signed and failed to terminate an equivalency agreement that handed the federal National Energy Board sole jurisdiction over the environmental assessment decision-making on the project.


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