Category Archives: Oil & Gas
By Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun,October 4, 2015
Key First Nations in northern B.C. refute there is consensus on an oil pipeline concept initiated by some coastal First Nation members.
Eagle Spirit Energy has issued a trio of news releases in the past week, claiming it has signed agreements and has the support of chiefs along the route of its proposed project — an alternate to Enbridge’s stalled $7.9-billion Northern Gateway project.
by Laura Kane, The Globe and Mail/Canadian Press, Sept 30, 2015
Multiple legal challenges aimed at overturning the federal government’s approval of Enbridge Inc. Northern Gateway pipeline plan will be heard starting Thursday.
The challenges are expected to bring new scrutiny to Ottawa’s environmental approval process and its responsibility to consult with aboriginal groups.
by Stop Pacific NorthWest LNG/Petronas on Lelu Island, Update: September 30, 2015.
Unauthorized drilling on Flora Bank by Los Angeles contractor vessel Quin Delta was stopped for two hours this morning beginning at 9am. A new contactor boat, Eagle 41 (C20647BC), out of Campbell River, which appeared to be hired as private security, fled the area as soon as we began photographing them. While returning to Lax U’u’la a boat with three surveyors was seen leaving a cove to the east of our base camp on the island. Read the rest of this entry
Oil giant’s US president says hugely controversial drilling operations off Alaska will stop for ‘foreseeable future’ as drilling finds little oil and gas
by Terry Macalister, The Guardian, September 28, 2015
Shell has abandoned its controversial drilling operations in the Alaskan Arctic in the face of mounting opposition in what jubilant environmentalists described as “an unmitigated defeat” for big oil.
The Anglo-Dutch company had repeatedly stressed the enormous hydrocarbon potential of the far north region in public, but in private began to admit it had been surprised by the popular opposition it faced.
Shell said today it had made a marginal discovery of oil and gas with its summer exploration in the Chukchi Sea but not enough to continue to the search for the “foreseeable” future.
Ronnie Rowsell paints Newfoundland wolf using oil that seeped from abandoned well
By Geoff Bartlett, CBC News, Sept 27, 2015
A Corner Brook artist is hoping a recent art project brings attention to an oil leak in Port au Port Bay.
Qalipu Mi’kmaq painter Ronnie Rowsell is using oil seeping from an abandoned well in Shoal Point as paint for a new series of paintings. He wants to shed light on the concerns of area residents who feel government is not doing enough to stop the leak. Read the rest of this entry
by Submedia, Sept 24, 2015
Montreal — First Nations women and supporters sent a clear message to TransCanada this Wednesday evening that the Energy East pipeline is not welcome through First Nations lands.
“What we want TransCanada to understand is that no means no. This is Kanien’ke, this is Mohawk Land and we are tired of occupation, we are tired of environmental disaster.” said Lickers at Wednesday night’s hearing. “This is our land and we are going to protect it.” Read the rest of this entry
In the second part of Marie Claire’s series on sex trafficking in the U.S., we go inside the MHA Nation, where the sex trade took a quiet community by storm.
By Kayla Webley and Christa Hillstrom, Marie Claire.com, Sept 22, 2015
Six years ago, teenage girls on Fort Berthold, a Native American reservation in North Dakota, started showing up at school with unusual things: manicured nails, fancy makeup, iPods, brand-new cell phones. In a place where the poverty rate is often more than three times the national average and the unemployment rate hovers near 40 percent, no one could figure out how the girls were able to afford such luxuries.
Annie Clair says the charges she faced in connection with anti-shale gas protests send a message
By Jennifer Choi, CBC News, Sept 21, 2015
Anti-shale gas protester Annie Clair had all charges against her dropped in a Moncton courthouse on Monday, almost two years after the charges were laid in relation to incidents near Elispogtog First Nation.
Clair was scheduled for a four-day trial, but the Crown dropped the charges and she walked out to a small group of clapping supporters. Clair hugged her lawyer, Gordon Allen, and thanked him for his work. Read the rest of this entry
‘The river is much more variable than you would think based on measurements since 1950s’
By Emily Chung, CBC News, Sept 21, 2015
The river that provides water to the oilsands industry is much more prone to multi-year droughts than modern records show, suggesting that the industry’s current level of water use may not be sustainable, a new study suggests.
The oilsands industry needs 3.1 barrels of fresh water to produce a barrel of crude oil from oilsands mining and 0.4 barrels of fresh water to produce a barrel of crude oil from oilsands drilling, according to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Read the rest of this entry
The Lax Kw’alaams First Nation has announced it plans to claim title to Lelu Island and Flora Bank near Prince Rupert, site of the $11-billion Pacific Northwest LNG proposal, to pressure for changes to the project and could put it at risk.
Once a title claim is establish, the Lax Kw’alaams maintain that government would be obligated to seek the First Nation’s consent for development, including the Pacific Northwest LNG terminal.
“We are open to development, including PNW’s project,” Lax Kw’alaams Mayor Gary Reece said in a news release, “but not the way the project is currently situated.”