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Assembly of First Nations to host national energy forum in February

Members of the Public Safety Unit guard the site of the Enbridge hearing in Vancouver, Jan 24, 2013.

Members of the Public Safety Unit guard the site of the Enbridge Northern Gateway hearings in Vancouver, BC, Jan 24, 2013.

The future of Canada’s two largest pipeline projects hinges on the cooperation of First Nations throughout the country.

by Christopher Curtis, Montreal Gazette, July 8, 2015

With billions of dollars and swaths of aboriginal territory at stake, the Assembly of First Nations will try to leverage their legal rights and force a negotiation with Canada’s energy producers and the federal government. AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde said Tuesday he plans on hosting a national energy forum in February with the goal of getting big oil, Ottawa and First Nations at the table. Read the rest of this entry

TransCanada delays Energy East, won’t build Quebec oil terminal

TransCanada considered using proxy groups to attack opponents of Energy East pipeline

TransCanada's headquarters in Calgary, Alberta.

TransCanada’s headquarters in Calgary, Alberta.

APTN National News, Nov 18, 2014
TransCanada PipeLines acknowledges it considered aggressive tactics such as using proxy groups to attack opponents of the company’s proposed Energy East pipeline.

But the Calgary-based pipeline company says it did not accept those recommendations outlined in leaked documents from the Edelman public relations firm obtained by Greenpeace.

“Everything that Edelman put forward we’ve considered,” said James Millar, TransCanada’s director of communications. “But then it comes down to implementation, and that’s not something that we’ve implemented.”

TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline would carry oilsands crude to refineries on the east coast for export overseas. Read the rest of this entry

Anishinaabeg disrupt TransCanada presentation in Kenora, Ontario

Anisihinabe disrupt TransCanada presentation in Kenora, Ontario.

Anisihinabe disrupt TransCanada presentation in Kenora, Ontario.

Anishinaabeg and fellow Energy East pipeline resisters made a presence inside and outside Lakeside Inn on Tuesday, Aug. 12 for TransCanada’s second Kenora, Ont., open house.

This time, the people weren’t interested in hearing TransCanada’s “information session” pitch.    The tradeshow set-up had booths, corporate fact-sheets, and enough staff for one-on-one interactions to keep concerned citizens unaware of each other’s objections to the proposed Energy East pipeline.

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Northern Gateway is not alone: 5 more pipelines to watch

Pipelines proposed N America mapFrom Keystone XL to Trans Mountain – 5 pipeline systems that could help move oil out of Alberta

By Max Paris, CBC News, June 17, 2014

It’s decision day for the Northern Gateway pipeline. In Ottawa, camera positions are being marked out, pencils sharpened and microphones tested. All eyes are fixed on the clock, waiting for markets to close, so today’s announcement doesn’t ruffle any financial feathers.

But Northern Gateway isn’t the only pipeline that could remake the face of North America’s energy supply and roil the continent’s political waters. Here is a list of five more — some well-known, others not so much: Read the rest of this entry

First Nations prepare for fight against Energy East pipeline

Shawn McCarthy, The Globe and Mail, May 20, 2014

TransCanada's headquarters in Calgary, Alberta.

TransCanada’s headquarters in Calgary, Alberta.

First Nations activists are turning their attention to TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Energy East project, vowing to mount the same kind of public opposition that threatens the Keystone XL pipeline in the United States and Enbridge Inc.’s Northern Gateway in British Columbia.

Some 70 First Nations leaders met in Winnipeg recently to plan a strategy they hope will block TransCanada’s ambitious plan to ship more than 1 million barrels a day of crude from Western Canada to refiners and export terminals in the East, despite widespread political support for the $12-billion project. Read the rest of this entry

Mi’kmaq Women Shut Down Energy Minister Briefing

Mi'kmaq women disrupt energy conference in Nova Scotia, March 31, 2014.

Mi’kmaq women disrupt energy conference in Nova Scotia, March 31, 2014.

by Cameron Fenton, Earth First! newswire/Powershift Canada, March 31, 2014
This morning (March 31) Mi’kmaq women shut down a Maritimes Energy Association briefing held at the Westin Nova Scotian
by Nova Scotia Energy Minister Andrew Younger, who intended to give a briefing on the Province’s plan to move forward on oil and gas projects.

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Former AFN chief Phil Fontaine hired by TransCanada Pipeline Ltd

SHAWN McCARTHY, The Globe and Mail, Dec 8, 2013

Phil Fontaine, former AFN chief, has also worked for the Royal Bank of Canada, then one of the biggest investors in Tar Sands.

Phil Fontaine, former AFN chief, has also worked for the Royal Bank of Canada, then one of the biggest investors in Tar Sands.

On its 4,000-kilometre path across the country, TransCanada Corp.’s Energy East’s pipeline would traverse the traditional territory of 180 different aboriginal communities, each of whom must be consulted and have their concerns accommodated as part of the company’s effort at winning project approval. Read the rest of this entry

TransCanada moves forward with west-east pipeline

Calgary company’s proposed pipeline would carry crude oil from Western Canada to Saint JohnTranscanada east west pipeline map 2

CBC News, Aug 1, 2013

Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. plans to move forward with its proposed Energy East Pipeline project, the company said today.

The pipeline proposal, which still needs regulatory approval, would send 1.1 million barrels of oil per day from Western Canada to refineries and export terminals in Eastern Canada.

It is expected to displace a significant amount of the 700,000 barrels of oil a day currently imported into New Brunswick and Quebec. Read the rest of this entry