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Trump approves Keystone XL but investors remain skeptical pipeline will be built

Grand chief of Wolastoq council in New Brunswick says they’ll oppose risky pipeline

by APTN National News, February 5, 2016
FREDERICTON – The chief of the Wolastoq Grand Council in New Brunswick says the proposed Energy East pipeline project poses too great a risk to provincial waterways, and the council will oppose it.
Grand Chief Ron Tremblay says the council has called a news conference for Monday where clanmothers and other members of the council will discuss their responsibility to protect their non-ceded homeland. Read the rest of this entry

Pipeline reviews to include environmental regulations, First Nations consultations

Pipelines tar sands mapGraham Slaughter, CTV News, January 27, 2016

The Liberal government says it is “modernizing” the way Canada reviews pipelines and other resource projects, in a revamped process that considers future greenhouse gas emissions.

The new review process seeks to promote public transparency and provides funding for First Nations consultations.

The Wednesday announcement was described as a “transition step” before the Liberals establish a permanent set of rules. Read the rest of this entry

Two giant oil pipelines proposed to speed “doubling” of tar sands

Tar Sands factory complex in northern Alberta.

Tar Sands factory complex in northern Alberta.

Two major oil pipelines — the most expensive in Canada — passed key hurdles this week: Energy East and Line 3 Replacement.  Observers say they lead to “massive” environmental and economic consequences.

Mychaylo Prystupa, Vancouver Observer, Mar 6th, 2014

In a dizzying week of oil announcements, two new giant west-to-east pipelines passed key milestones.  If built, the pipelines would rapidly expand Alberta’s oil sands, cause massive environmental impacts, and trigger thousands of new jobs, according to several observers. Read the rest of this entry

Kinder Morgan files formal application for Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

by Yolande Cole, The Georgia Straight, Dec 16, 2013

Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion: lowering pipes into trench.

Kinder Morgan has filed an application with the National Energy Board for its proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta to B.C.

According to a statement issued by the company today (December 16), the formal application is over 15,000 pages and up to two metres in height when printed. The proposal would see Kinder Morgan nearly triple its capacity from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels per day. Read the rest of this entry

Enbridge Line 9 lockdown shuts down construction in Toronto

Enbridge Line 9 Dec 3 bannerFive protesters have attached themselves to Enbridge equipment in north Toronto.

By Joel Eastwood, Toronto Star, Dec 3, 2013

Five protesters have locked themselves to construction equipment in north Toronto to halt work on Enbridge Inc.’s Line 9 oil pipeline. 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

Ottawa gives nod to west-to-east oil pipeline

Pipeline could benefit Irving refinery in Saint John

Massive trucks haul oil-laden sand in Alberta Tar Sands.

Massive trucks haul oil-laden sand in Alberta Tar Sands.

CBC News/The Canadian Press, Feb 2, 2013

The federal government is firming up its support of two projects that would see oil from Alberta piped to Atlantic Canada.

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said he gave a tentative nod to one proposal in a meeting with industry giant Irving Oil. Read the rest of this entry

Tar Sands Pipelines as Bottle-necks against the Consolidation of Power in Canada

by Anonymous, Vancouver Media Coop, November 27, 2012

Tar Sands factories in northern Alberta.

Perhaps more than at any other time in its history, the Canadian state has invested its future in a single massive industrial project. The Tar Sands (1) is increasingly the driver of Canada’s economy, a symbol of its national identity, and central to how it seeks to position itself globally in the future. As pipeline projects advance across the continent, there is a pressing need for us to understand how, in opposing the transportation of Tar Sands oil, we have an unparalleled opportunity to disrupt the capitalist political system in this country. This is especially important in Ontario, where presently the movement against the pipelines is weakest. Read the rest of this entry