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B.C. creates more uncertainty for Trans Mountain with bitumen restriction

Kinder Morgan water is life banner‘They could build their pipeline but … they won’t be able to turn the tap on,’ says environmental group

CBC News, Jan 30, 2018

The British Columbia government is creating more uncertainty around Kinder Morgan Inc.’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project with a proposal to restrict any increase in diluted bitumen shipments until it conducts more spill response studies. Read the rest of this entry

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Indigenous-led energy company plans GoFundMe to legally challenge federal oil tanker moratorium

Eagle Spirit Energy logoEagle Spirit Energy has launched GoFundMe account to raise funds for legal effort

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

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

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

TransCanada may abandon Energy East pipeline facing tougher review

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Transcanada CEO Russ Girling.

Reuters, September 7, 2017

TransCanada Corp seeks to suspend the application for its Energy East pipeline for 30 days and may abandon the project, the company said on Thursday, weeks after Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) announced a tougher review process. Read the rest of this entry

National Energy Board warns of unmet Trans Mountain requirements

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