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Pipeline Investment ‘Goes Palliative’ in Wake of Unist’ot’en Blockade

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Tripod erected at entrance to Unist’ot’en camp, January 2019. Photo: Facebook

The Energy Mix, Jan 14, 2019

Two separate news outlets are declaring the end of pipeline investment in Canada, while several focus in on the differences in jurisdiction between elected and hereditary First Nations chiefs, in the wake of last week’s RCMP raid and subsequent “peaceful resolution” of the Unist’ot’en blockade along TC Energy’s Coastal GasLink fracked gas pipeline in British Columbia. Read the rest of this entry

Canadian LNG prospects keep getting worse as prices tank and red tape delays projects

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BC Premier Christy Clark speaking at an LNG conference.

It’s possible no export facilities are ever built in B.C., expert suggests

By Kyle Bakx, CBC News, May 3, 2016

By now, B.C. should be rolling in cash from its burgeoning LNG industry — tens of thousands of new jobs, billions in potential royalties and a roaring economy with all the new investment into the province.

Instead, it’s still waiting for ground to break on any new facility, or even a final investment decision for an LNG plant.

While several liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants are proposed, they have all struggled to get off the ground as they wait for regulatory approval, delay making spending decisions, or cancel plans altogether.  Read the rest of this entry

A Pacific salmon hub is under threat

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Wet’suwet’en leaders showing their solidarity with the Tsimshian at Lelu Island. Photo: Skeena Media.

by Carl Safina, National Georgraphic Ocean views, April 26, 2016

The Skeena River snakes out of fir-lined fjords on the misty northern coast of British Columbia, and washes over a thousand-acre sandbar. Flora Bank is a biological bottleneck over which millions of finger-length young salmon enter the sea each spring. Scientist Allen Gottesfeld calls Flora Bank the “Grand Central Station” for the watershed. All streams in the Skeena system lead here. Read the rest of this entry

All-Native Basketball champs cry foul over LNG sponsors


Skidegate Saints’ point guard Desi Collinson plans to press his anti-LNG message off the court at the All Native Basketball Tournament. (Facebook)

Reigning champs fear they could be kicked out of tournament for public anti-LNG stance

By Betsy Trumpener, CBC News, Feb 05, 2016

A champion Haida sports team is crying foul over liquefied natural gas (LNG) sponsorship of the All Native Basketball Tournament. And the Skidegate Saints fear they’ll be turfed from play for pushing their anti-LNG message.

But it’s a risk Saint’s point guard Desi Collinson is willing to take. Read the rest of this entry

Setback for Kitimat LNG as Shell postpones investment decision


This rendering of the proposed project shows two of the LNG trains. (LNG Canada/flickr)

Shell announces earnings down 44 per cent on low oil and gas prices

By Karin Larsen, CBC News, Feb 04, 2016

The huge LNG Canada export project proposed for Kitimat appears to have suffered a setback with Royal Dutch Shell announcing it will postpone its final investment decision.

The announcement comes on the heels of Shell releasing 2015 fourth-quarter results which show a 44 per cent slump in earnings due largely to the slump in oil prices. Read the rest of this entry

Video: A Last Stand for Lelu – Official Trailer

Posted to Vimeo by VoVo Productions, Jan 18, 2016 Read the rest of this entry

Shell’s Kitimat LNG proposal is first to get key permit


This rendering of the proposed project shows two of the LNG trains. (LNG Canada/flickr)

Joint venture is made up of Shell Canada, affiliates of PetroChina, Korea Gas and Mistubishi

By Laura Kane, The Canadian Press, Jan 6, 2016

A joint venture company led by Shell has obtained the first permit to build a liquefied natural gas export facility in northern British Columbia, but the company has yet to make a final commitment to go ahead with the project. Read the rest of this entry

Tsawwassen First Nation votes down controversial LNG facility

tsawwassen-first-nation-lng-voteProposed facility would have produced up to 5 million tonnes of LNG per year

CBC News, Dec 17, 2015

The Tsawwassen First Nation has rejected plans to build an LNG export facility just north of the B.C. Ferries terminal.

In a vote on Wednesday night, 53 per cent said ‘no’ to allowing the 32-hectare project on the nation’s traditional land. Read the rest of this entry

Woodfibre LNG plan conditionally approved by Squamish Nation Council

Gitxsan House Launches Court Challenge of Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Pipeline

Gitxsan Madii Lii logoLuutkudziiwus to Launch Court Challenge to Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Pipeline that Would Supply Petronas LNG.
October 14, 2015
VANCOUVER – Luutkudziiwus, a Gitxsan Nation House Group, will file a legal challenge in regard to the BC regulatory permits awarded to the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission (PRGT) pipeline that would supply gas to the Petronas LNG plant on Lelu Island which threatens to decimate Skeena River wild salmon. Luutkudziiwus Hereditary Chiefs travelled down to Vancouver to make the announcement today,  while government and industry are gathered at the 2015 LNG Conference in BC. 

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