Category Archives: Oil & Gas

Kinder Morgan’s Western Canada Pipeline Plans Hit A Mountain Of Opposition

Kinder Morgan Westridge Marine Terminal gate - photo by Mychaylo Prystupa, Vancouver Observer.

Kinder Morgan Westridge Marine Terminal gate – photo by Mychaylo Prystupa, Vancouver Observer.

By Julie Gordon, Huffington Post/Reuters, Oct 21, 2014

VANCOUVER, Oct 21 (Reuters) – A Western Canadian pipeline once seen as the best near-term hope for sending more of the country’s controversial tar sands crude to Asia has hit another snag: aboriginal communities intent on using the courts to block the proposed expansion.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners’ C$5.4 billion ($4.8 billion) Trans Mountain expansion would twin a 60-year-old line running from the oil-rich province of Alberta to the coastal city of Vancouver, tripling its capacity.

The pipeline expansion had been seen as sure bet because it uses an existing route. But a surge in municipal opposition in recent months has fueled industry worries that it will enter legal and regulatory limbo along with the unbuilt TransCanada Corp Keystone XL and Enbridge Inc Northern Gateway pipelines.

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Oilpatch faces project cancellations with crude at $82

Oil spill in northern Alberta.

Oil spill in northern Alberta.

As earnings season approaches, analysts weigh investment prospects for next year

CBC News, Oct 20, 2014

The falling price of oil will likely result in a round of project cancellations and disappointing results in the Canadian oilpatch, analysts say.

As oil companies bring in third quarter earnings, starting toward the end of this week,  they’re facing oil priced at just above $80, down about 20 per cent since June of this year.

Today West Texas Intermediate oil contracts seem to have stabilized at $82.71 US a barrel, down four cents on the day. That’s up from the lows below $80 set last week. Western Canada Select, the price received by many Canadian oil producers, is at $69.10.

“When the price falls to where it is now, certainly a lot of crude oil producers are having a second look at future projects for expanding the oilsands until they see where things shake out,” says Michael Ervin, of petroleum consultancy M.J. Ervin & Assoc. Read the rest of this entry

Kinder Morgan questions how much B.C. First Nation still eats fish

Chinook salmon.

Chinook salmon.

NEB hearings underway to hear Aboriginal oral evidence into Kinder Morgan’s proposed oil pipeline, that would cross dozens of rivers sacred to First Nations.

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Hundreds of complaints filed against RCMP after Elsipogtog fracking blockade

Some police "impartiality"; Mi'kmaq warriorPaul "Soda Pop" Francis assaulted by RCMP, Dec 2, 2013.

Some police “impartiality”; Mi’kmaq warriorPaul “Soda Pop” Francis assaulted by RCMP, Dec 2, 2013.

Trina Roache, APTN National News, Oct 16, 2014
The RCMP’s watchdog is looking into hundreds of complaints stemming from protests against fracking in New Brunswick late last year. The Mi’kmaq led the fight was against provincial government sanctioned shale gas exploration by SWN Resources Canada.

Calls to the Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP started to roll in as far back as July, 2013. And when the RCMP raided a Mi’kmaq Warrior camp on the morning of Oct. 17, it triggered violent clashes with police. By the end of the day, RCMP snipers in camouflage with rifles were hiding in the tall grass, 40 people were arrested and six police cars were set on fire. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. child welfare program offer to First Nation backfires over LNG ties

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RCMP watchdog reviews police handling of shale gas protests

Colonial terrorism: RCMP Tactical Armoured Vehicle lurks in the background behind "Tactical Troop" riot cops, Oct 17, 2013.

Colonial terrorism: RCMP Tactical Armoured Vehicle lurks in the background behind “Tactical Troop” riot cops, Oct 17, 2013.

Dozens of anti-shale gas protesters were arrested during months of protests in Kent County

CBC News, Posted: Oct 14, 2014

The independent Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP is investigating complaints about police conduct during the shale gas protests in Kent County.

Commission staff members are in New Brunswick as a part of the watchdog agency’s investigation, which was prompted following the violent clashes between the RCMP and anti-shale gas protesters in eastern New Brunswick last year. Read the rest of this entry

Burnaby wins ruling against Kinder Morgan

Kinder Morgan Westridge Marine Terminal gate - photo by Mychaylo Prystupa, Vancouver Observer.

Kinder Morgan Westridge Marine Terminal gate – photo by Mychaylo Prystupa, Vancouver Observer.

City of Burnaby wins key ruling with National Energy Board against Kinder Morgan and its proposed $5.4 billion oil sands pipeline.

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Video: Karistatsi Onienre: The Iron Snake

Published on Jul 9, 2014 by Clifton Nicholas

The tar sands are the most polluting resource extraction operation in the world today. This film discusses some of the issues surrounding the tar sands and the impending development of pipelines in eastern Canada and pipelines in western Canada to open markets for this dirty energy. This documentary concentrates on the Indigenous struggles against the tar sands and the impending expansion of this operation if the western and eastern pipeline projects succeed. This film was made possible with generous donations film footage of independent filmmakers from submedia.tv and Greenpeace Canada as well as support from Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign and Idle No More Winnipeg.

RCMP anti-terror unit target 71 year old for photographing Kinder Morgan facility

RCMP monkeysBurnaby-Douglas MP Kennedy Stewart wants to hear from other pipeline opponents who feel targeted

By Natalie Clancy, CBC News, Sept 18, 2014

A 71-year-old B.C. grandmother was shocked to learn her recent research for an upcoming National Energy Board hearing triggered a national security investigation.

Lesslie Askin says that on Aug. 3, she photographed Kinder Morgan’s aging storage tanks at the base of Burnaby Mountain.

Ten days later, she learned she was a terror suspect. Read the rest of this entry

Federal government monitoring protests in Hamilton

Protest against Enbridge Line 9 reversal near Hamilton, Dec 2013.

Protest against Enbridge Line 9 reversal near Hamilton, Dec 2013.

New documents show government watching protests on Enbridge pipeline reversal

By Adam Carter, CBC News, Sept 18, 2014

The federal government has been monitoring public protests and demonstrations in Hamilton since 2007, including several Enbridge related events, according to new documents released this week.

The Government Operations Centre, which prepares Ottawa’s response to emergencies, collected reports from seven protests in the Hamilton area in recent years that caught the federal government’s attention. Read the rest of this entry

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