Tar Sands factory complex in northern Alberta.
Two major oil pipelines — the most expensive in Canada — passed key hurdles this week: Energy East and Line 3 Replacement. Observers say they lead to “massive” environmental and economic consequences.
Mychaylo Prystupa, Vancouver Observer, Mar 6th, 2014
In a dizzying week of oil announcements, two new giant west-to-east pipelines passed key milestones. If built, the pipelines would rapidly expand Alberta’s oil sands, cause massive environmental impacts, and trigger thousands of new jobs, according to several observers. Continue reading
Protest against Enbridge Line 9 reversal near Hamilton, Dec 2013.
Thursday’s decision comes after several months of public hearings
The Canadian Press, Mar 06, 2014
The National Energy Board has approved energy giant Enbridge’s plan to reverse the flow and increase the capacity of a pipeline that has been running between southern Ontario and Montreal for years. Continue reading
Idle No More protest near Sarnia, Ontario, on January 5, 2012, that blocked border crossing.
Canadian government closely monitoring how legal rulings and aboriginal protest pose an increasing ‘risk’ for multi-billion dollar oil and mining plans
By Martin Lukacs and Shiri Pasternak, The Guardian, March 2014
The Canadian government is increasingly worried that the growing clout of aboriginal peoples’ rights could obstruct its aggressive resource development plans, documents reveal. Continue reading
Canadian soldier and warrior face off during 1990 Oka Crisis.
Leader says conflict will continue to escalate until the government decides to negotiate in good faith and honour First Nations rights
Erin Flegg, Vancouver Observer, Feb 26th, 2014
If Canada fails to respond to live up to its obligations to consult First Nations, British Columbia’s Grand Chief Stewart Phillip believes it will almost certainly see another Oka Crisis, referencing a 78-day standoff in 1990 between the Mohawk people, the Quebec police and the Canadian military that broke out when the province tried to build a golf course on a traditional burial site. Continue reading
Parliament asked to require Texas company to “re-start” its application after it neglected to upload oil pipeline maps to NEB website for people to see
Mychaylo Prystupa, Vancouver Observer, Feb 25th, 2014
Kinder Morgan was harshly criticized in the House of Commons Tuesday for not filing a complete application with maps for its Edmonton-to-Burnaby oil pipeline — a project that may disturb dozens of homes through several B.C. cities, depending on the path. Continue reading
Freda Huson, Wet’suwet’en.
by Lee Veeraraghavan, Occupy.com, Feb 25, 2014
As the battle over the Keystone XL pipeline intensifies in the United States, the Canadian province of British Columbia faces similar battles of its own. Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline, if approved, would transport diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to the Pacific Coast. Continue reading
Two (of six) police vehicles torched, Oct 17, 2013, Mi’qmak territory (Rexton, New Brunswick).
Documents give new insight into clash between police and anti-shale gas protesters in October
CBC News, Feb 19, 2014
A provincial court judge has granted an RCMP request to have access to videotape and photographs taken by CBC and four other media organizations during a clash between police and anti-shale gas protesters in Rexton, N.B., last October. Continue reading