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Calgary-based energy firm Apache Canada faces 7 charges for 2013 spill: AER

A section of the oil spill near Zama City, Alberta.

A section of the 2013 oil spill near Zama City, Alberta.

By Global News/The Canadian Press, Oct 19, 2015

CALGARY – An energy company with a troubled safety history is facing seven charges related to a 2013 pipeline spill that leaked roughly 1.8 million litres of contaminated water near Zama City, Alta.

Apache Canada Ltd. has been charged under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, the Public Lands Act and the Pipeline Act.

An investigation earlier this year by the Alberta Energy Regulator found that between June 2013 and October 2014 the company had six pipeline incidents that caused loss or damage to public lands and potential environmental impact.

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TransCanada to build $1.9 billion pipeline link for Kitimat LNG project

TransCanada Corp. has announced plans to build a $1.9-billion pipeline to help deliver natural gas to an LNG project proposed by Chevron and Apache near Kitimat.  The Calgary-based company now has four major natural gas pipelines planned in the region totalling $12.6 billion in investment.

The Merrick Mainline Pipeline Project will run 260 kilometres from Dawson Creek, in ‘s resource-rich northeast, to Summit Lake, where Chevron and Apache’s Pacific Trail Pipeline begins.  Pacific Trail will deliver gas the rest of the way to the coast, where the resource will be chilled into a liquid state and exported abroad via tanker. Read the rest of this entry

Pacific Trails Pipeline: Overview and Unist’ot’en Resistance

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Unist’ot’en Call to Action: Pipeline Construction Has Begun

Members of Unis'tot'en camp, November 2012.

Members of Unis’tot’en camp, November 2012.

From our friends at Unist’ot’en Camp: “[We have] recently learned that the construction phase of the proposed Pacific Trails Pipeline has started from the East and also from the West. They intend to have the pipeline finished to the Eastern and Western borders of our unceded lands with us as the last obstacle. Read the rest of this entry

Black bear killed by Apache contractor near Nelson, BC

Black bear faceApache contractor ran over a hibernating bear den while clearing land near Fort Nelson, B.C.

CBC News, Jan 30, 2014

An oil and gas company is investigating after one of its contractors accidentally ran over and killed a black bear near Fort Nelson, B.C., last week.

The black bear was hibernating in a shallow, unidentified den approximately 100 kilometres northwest of Fort Nelson, in the Liard Basin of northern B.C. Read the rest of this entry

Apache pipeline spills 60,000 barrels of ‘salty water’ in northwest Alberta

Nathan Vanderklippe, The Globe and Mail, June 12 2013

Apache drilling rig in Ladyfern, BC.

Apache drilling rig in Ladyfern, BC.

Note: Apache is the main owner of the proposed Pacific Trails Pipeline.

Apache Corp. has spilled an estimated 60,000 barrels – or 9.5 million litres – of produced water from a pipeline in northwestern Alberta, one of the largest spills in provincial history. Read the rest of this entry

Feds clear way for LNG export plant on First Nations reserve at Kitimat B.C.

The Canadian Press, Jan 22, 2013

Members of Unis'tot'en camp, November 2012.

Members of Unis’tot’en camp, November 2012, blocking access to Pacific Trails Pipeline surveyors.

The federal government has cleared the way for a liquefied natural gas export plant on the B.C. coast.

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister John Duncan says new regulations will allow the Kitimat LNG plant to be built on the Haisla First Nation’s Bees Indian Reserve. Read the rest of this entry

Apache Surveyors Ordered Off Unceded Wet’suwet’en Territory

On the evening of November 20th, 2012, Wet’suwet’en Chief Toghestiy intercepted and

Members of Un’istot’en camp blockade surveyors working for Apache  corporation, Nov. 20, 2012.

issued an eagle feather to surveyors from the Can-Am Geomatics company who were working for Apache’s proposed Pacific Trails Pipeline (PTP). In Wet’suwet’en law, an eagle feather is used as a first and only notice of trespass. The surveyors and all other people associated with PTP were ordered to leave the territory and told that they are not ever allowed to return to Unis’tot’en land. As a result of the unsanctioned PTP work in the Unist’ot’en yintah, the road leading into the territory has been closed to all industry activities until further notice. Read the rest of this entry

B.C., Haisla sign ownership deal for potential gas development site

Nathan VanderKlippe, The Globe and Mail, Sep. 14 2012

Protest in Vancouver against proposed Pacific Trails Pipeline at Apache corporate office, 2011.

The province of British Columbia has signed a deal allowing the Haisla First Nation to take ownership of a swath of coastal waterfront that could one day be used to build natural gas export facilities. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. NDP favours a fracking pipeline

By Carlito Pablo, The Georgia Straight, August 15, 2012

Proposed route of the Pacific Trails Pipeline.

The B.C. NDP is opposing the proposed Enbridge oil pipeline, but it supports a pipeline that will transport gas produced through fracking.

For Michael Jessen, the Green Party of B.C.’s energy critic, that’s a clear double standard.

“The NDP is trying to have its cake and eat it too,” the Nelson-based Jessen told the Straight in a phone interview. According to him, New Democrats are wrong to back the planned 463-kilometre Pacific Trail Pipelines project that will run a pipe from Summit Lake, 55 kilometres north of Prince George, to a liquefied-natural-gas plant in Kitimat. The project is a joint venture of Apache Canada Ltd., EOG Resources Canada Inc., and Encana Corporation. Read the rest of this entry