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Two killed in Kinder Morgan pipeline explosion

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First Nations, eco-tour owners shocked at Kinder Morgan razor wire fence

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The floating construction fence around the Westridge terminal, as seen from Burrard Inlet. photo supplied Bob Putnam

Floating fence installed around oil terminal construction zone

by Jane Seyd, North Shore News, November 9, 2017

Owners of North Shore eco-tourism businesses and members of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation say they’re upset and disheartened after a large floating construction fence with razor wire on top was installed 350 metres into Burrard Inlet in preparation for work on an expanded Kinder Morgan oil terminal. Read the rest of this entry

Squamish Nation challenging B.C.’s approval of Kinder Morgan project in court

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Kinder Morgan Westridge Marine Terminal gate – photo by Mychaylo Prystupa, Vancouver Observer.

Provincial judicial review expected to last all week, Squamish Nation arguing consultation was inadequate

CBC News, November 6, 2017

The Squamish Nation says it was not given adequate information about the safety risks associated with Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain expansion project. It’s taking that argument to the B.C. Supreme Court this week in hopes of stopping the expansion. Read the rest of this entry

WARRIORS REMOVE KINDER MORGAN ANTI SALMON SPAWNING NETS

(Swift Creek, Unceded, Unsurrendered Secwepemc Territory)
Wild Salmon Warriors returned home yesterday after conducting a two week observation and removal of Kinder Morgan’s anti-salmon spawning mats that illegally disrupted four water ways in Secwepemc Territory. Read the rest of this entry

Lengthy court battle ahead for Kinder Morgan, legal expert predicts

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Several hundred people gathered on Burnaby Mountain the day an injunction against an anti-pipeline protest camp was due, Nov 17, 2014.

Federally approved Trans Mountain pipeline faces local opposition and murky jurisdictional issues

CBC News, Oct 30, 2017

Kinder Morgan’s appeal to the National Energy Board after failing to get the permits it needs from the City of Burnaby, B.C., is just the first of what will likely be many legal challenges facing its Trans Mountain pipeline project in the coming months, according to one legal expert. Read the rest of this entry

Oil-export hopes fade as Trans Mountain pipeline delays mount

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Kinder Morgan Westridge Marine Terminal gate – photo by Mychaylo Prystupa, Vancouver Observer.

by Jeff Lewis, Globe and Mail, October 27, 2017

Oil industry hopes for a major new export route to global markets are slipping into the next decade, forcing companies to seek alternatives as production swells in Northern Alberta.

This week, Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. sought special clearance from the National Energy Board to start work on its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project in Burnaby, B.C., accusing the city of failing to issue needed permits in a timely fashion. 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

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