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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

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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

Musqueam withdraws from appeal case against Trans Mountain expansion approval

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By Chantelle Bellrichard, CBC News, October 4, 2017

The Musqueam First Nation has withdrawn from the Federal Court of Appeal case against the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to pursue other options.

“We still have some unresolved issues with respect to the approval but we feel it’s no longer in our best interest to proceed with the [judicial review] at this time,” said Musqueam Councillor Wendy Grant-John. Read the rest of this entry

First Nations begin court challenge against Trans Mountain pipeline

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Tsleil-Waututh Nation spokesperson Rueben George at Vancouver press conference about a legal challenge to NEB’s Kinder Morgan pipeline hearing. Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa, National Observer.

Similar court challenge derailed Enbridge’s Northern gateway pipeline

CBC News, October 2, 2017

First Nations, environmental groups and local governments appeared in the Federal Court of Appeal in Vancouver Monday continuing their fight against the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Activists Build Tiny Houses To Defend Against Oil Pipeline

Secwepemc tiny houses video clipLiving Big In A Tiny House, Published on Sep 11, 2017

Ten tiny houses are about to go head-to-head with a giant proposed oil pipeline. In what some area already dubbing the next ‘Standing Rock’, Kanahus Manuel, an activist of the Secwepemc Nation is spearheading a team of builders and volunteers from all over North America to construct tiny homes with the aim of halting the expansion of the Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline which would run through 518 kilometres of Secwepemc Territory. Read the rest of this entry

National Energy Board warns of unmet Trans Mountain requirements

BC NDP won’t permit Kinder Morgan to put shovels in ground on public land for pipeline

This morning, two B.C. NDP cabinet ministers outlined steps their government is taking to address public concerns over Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project.

The owner, Texas-based Kinder Morgan, wants to triple shipments of Alberta oil through its system to 890,000 barrels per day. That would lead to a nearly seven-fold increase in oil tankers moving through Georgia and Juan de Fuca straits. Read the rest of this entry

Kinder Morgan Canada says Trans Mountain on track for September construction start

Kinder Morgan plans work all along Trans Mountain line, starting in September 2017

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Construction work on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline in B.C. near Jasper, Alta., in 2008.

by Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, June 8, 2017

Kinder Morgan’s schedule for the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion shows construction work is to start as early as Sept. 1.

The detailed schedule was filed recently with the National Energy Board, one of 157 conditions that must be met in order for the Houston, Texas-based company to begin construction. Read the rest of this entry

Kinder Morgan admits its pipeline may be doomed