Category Archives: Oil & Gas
by Christopher Curtis, Montreal Gazette, Nov 17, 2015
If Kanesatake was meant to lead the fight against the Energy East pipeline in Quebec, things might be getting off to a slow start.
Last weekend, the environmental group Greenpeace held workshops on the Mohawk territory that focused, in part, on mobilizing people against the proposed pipeline. Only about five locals attended the event, according to Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon. Read the rest of this entry
By Daybreak North, CBC News, Nov 12, 2015
Petronas’ controversial Pacific Northwest LNG project on Lelu Island has several North Coast First Nations at an impasse.
For the past 70 days, members of the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation have camped on the liquefied natural gas site to prevent further research, but leaders of the Metlakatla, Kitsumkalum, Kitselas and Gitxaala First Nations want the research work to continue. Read the rest of this entry
Report says new rail terminals will be built in the Pacific Northwest to transport Alberta oil.
by Indian Country Today, Nov 12, 2015
Two more derailments of oil-bearing trains last weekend, these two in Wisconsin, have prompted the Quinault Nation to issue yet another warning about the dangers inherent in such transport.
“The frequency of these train crashes combined with the danger they pose to people and to the environment that sustains us should alarm everyone, everywhere, to the point that they take a stand against increased oil train traffic,” said Quinault Nation President Fawn Sharp in a statement on Tuesday November 10. Read the rest of this entry
By Tracy Johnson, CBC News, Nov 11, 2015
There is some soul searching going on in the oilpatch this week in the aftermath of the U.S. rejection of Keystone XL. Would a carbon tax have changed things? A gentler hand with the politics? How much of the U.S. decision was connected to increases in their own domestic production?
What they aren’t asking is how to get oilsands product to market. Because it’s getting there, in ways both obvious and unexpected. The oilsands have lots of problems, like low prices and high costs. But right now, market access is pretty far down the list. Read the rest of this entry
U.S. president says Canadian PM Justin Trudeau expressed ‘disappointment’ pipeline won’t proceed
CBC News/The Associated Press, Nov 6, 2015
The Obama administration has rejected TransCanada’s application to build the Keystone XL pipeline, capping a seven-year saga that became an environmental flashpoint in both Canada and the U.S.
Speaking from the White House on Friday, Obama said Keystone “will not serve the national interests of the United States.”
Obama said the State Department rejected the proposed pipeline, saying it would not make a meaningful long-term contribution to the U.S. economy. Read the rest of this entry
by Stop Pacific NorthWest LNG/Petronas on Lelu Island
Update: November 2, 2015. Day 70.
On Thursday, October 29, Lax U’u’la Defenders prevented Stantec surveyors from conducting unauthorized work on Flora Bank. The surveyors were accompanied by two private security guards who were stopped and questioned by the Defenders. The guards refused to identify themselves or which company they worked for and were told that no work may be carried out on the territory without a permit. The guards then left the Bank along with the Stantec surveyors. Read the rest of this entry
Company may be waiting for a more favourable political climate, analyst says
CBC News, Nov 2, 2015
TransCanada Corporation has asked the U.S. State Department to pause its review of the presidential permit application for the Keystone XL pipeline.
The company sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday, saying it believes there is sound precedent for making the request to pause the review.
That adds a new wrinkle to one of the biggest Canada-U.S. political irritants of recent years, involving a proposed pipeline from Alberta to Texas. Read the rest of this entry