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.
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
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
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
Nathan Vanderklippe, The Globe and Mail, June 12 2013
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
The Canadian Press, Jan 22, 2013
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
On the evening of November 20th, 2012, Wet’suwet’en Chief Toghestiy intercepted and
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
Nathan VanderKlippe, The Globe and Mail, Sep. 14 2012
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
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