Category Archives: Oil & Gas

‘Our blood is still on the land’: Tsimshian raise totem pole declaring victory over B.C. LNG project

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Members of Lax Kw’alaams, Metlakatla and the Tsimshian First Nations, among others, were present for the raising of a new totem pole on Lelu Island. (Vicki Manuel)

Pole is on island where construction of an LNG export terminal was cancelled in July

By Andrew Kurjata, CBC News, October 23, 2017

Members of the Tsimshian First Nation have raised a new totem pole on Lelu Island in northwest B.C. to assert their stewardship over the land and celebrate the cancelation of a controversial liquefied natural gas project. Read the rest of this entry

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Totem pole raised on Lelu after LNG project falls

Lelu Island totem pole 1More than 100 people came to the pole raising on Lelu Island after the end of Pacific NorthWest LNG

by Shannon Lough, The Northern View, October 21, 2017

In a stand of defiance against federal authorities, members of the Gitwilgyoots Tribe and supporters raised a totem pole on Lelu Island on Oct. 20 to signify their claim to the land.

The occupation of Lelu Island began in 2015 on the site where Petronas proposed to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and it has continued even after the company abandoned its Pacific NorthWest LNG project in July. People who either took part or supported the resistance movement came to witness the totem pole being raised on a mound overlooking where the sea meets the Skeena River. Read the rest of this entry

Enbridge backtracks on decision to seize assets from environmental group

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No Enbridge, art by Andy Everson, Kwakwaka’wakw.

Staff at the Vancouver office of an environmental group got an unexpected visit on Tuesday from sheriffs who were holding court documents authorizing them to seize the organization’s assets on behalf of Enbridge.

Karen Mahon with Stand.earth, formerly known as Forest Ethics, said the documents authorized the sheriffs to take and sell all of their assets to recover money owed to the pipeline giant. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous rights ‘serious obstacle’ to Kinder Morgan pipeline, report says

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Secwepemc activist Kanahus Manuel in front of a tiny house being built in the path of Kinder Morgan pipeline’s planned route through her Nation’s territory in British Columbia, Canada. Photograph: Ian Willms/Greenpeace

Pipeline company downplaying major legal and financial risks of crossing unceded First Nations territory in British Columbia

by Martin Lukacs, The Guardian, October 16, 2017

The controversial expansion of a pipeline that would carry tar sands crude from Alberta to British Columbia’s coast will be doomed by the rising power of Indigenous land rights.

That’s the message that Kanahus Manuel, an Indigenous activist from the Secwepemc Nation in central BC, plans to deliver to banks financing the project as she travels through Europe this week. Read the rest of this entry

Enbridge spurs raid on environmentalist group Stand’s Vancouver offices to seize assets

Enbridge Stand raid 1by Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun, October 17, 2017

The environmental organization Stand reports that bailiffs showed up at its downtown Vancouver office this morning with orders on behalf of Enbridge to seize assets related to a 2014 Federal Court of Appeal judgment that awarded the pipeline giant court costs. Read the rest of this entry

Social movements played a huge part in derailing Energy East

Energy East pipeline protestYes, the cancellation was a business decision. But thousands of activists were instrumental in its delay

By Bronwen Tucker, CBC News, October 12, 2017

In the wake of TransCanada’s announcement that it will no longer be pursuing Energy East, a familiar chorus of politicians have emerged to blame various actors for the pipeline’s demise.

Conservative MPs and premiers pointed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Leadership hopefuls for Alberta’s United Conservative Party framed it as a direct failure of Premier Rachel Notley. And federal Liberals explained it vaguely as a “business decision” based on “market conditions.” Read the rest of this entry

‘We’re the ones that have to live here’: Heiltsuk still feel impact of fuel spill

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The Nathan E Stewart tug boat as it sinks in October, 2016.

1 year after Nathan E. Stewart sank off Bella Bella, First Nation says clam beds still contaminated

By Bethany Lindsay, CBC News, October 13, 2017

A year after a sinking tug spilled thousands of litres of fuel into the waters off Bella Bella, B.C., members of the Heiltsuk First Nation say their valuable clam beds are still contaminated. Read the rest of this entry

Gwich’in prepare for another battle to stop drilling in caribou calving grounds

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The Porcupine caribou herd in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). (Peter Mather/petermather.com)

‘A way of life is going to be destroyed if you do this’

by Lori Fox, Yukon News, October 11, 2017

Lorraine Netro’s eyes filled with tears. She folded and unfolded her hands nervously, broke them apart and tugged at the edge of her brightly-printed scarf.

“It’s just very hard to find the words to talk about,” she said. “I get very emotional.”

“We have a spiritual connection to the caribou. The caribou sustains our way of life, they sustain our spirit and our soul.” Read the rest of this entry

Trans Mountain could face year-long delay as Kinder Morgan pulls request for fish mats

CALGARY — The company behind the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has dropped a request that the National Energy Board allow it to conduct some construction activity on the multi-billion dollar project. Read the rest of this entry

TransCanada terminates plan for $15.7 billion Energy East pipeline

energyeast_snowfallTransCanada Corp said today it would abandon its Energy East and Eastern Mainline pipeline projects, following tough review by Canada’s energy regulator

Vancouver Sun, October 5, 2017

TransCanada Corp. has scrapped its Energy East Pipeline and Eastern Mainline projects, oil and natural gas conduits that have faced regulatory hurdles in Canada and stiff opposition from environmental groups.

As a result of the decision, TransCanada expects an estimated $1 billion after-tax, non-cash charge to be recorded in the fourth quarter, the company said in a statement Thursday. Because regulators failed to reach a decision on the projects, TransCanada expects “no recoveries of costs from third parties.” The Energy East link to Canada’s Atlantic Coast carried a $15.7 billion price tag. Read the rest of this entry