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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

Alberta failing aboriginals in the oilsands area: unreleased report

Tar Sands aerial factory

Tar Sands factory complex in Alberta.

‘What Alberta said it would do and what it actually did are very different things,’ report says

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press, Feb 2, 2016

The Alberta government’s attempt to balance competing interests in the oilsands region has failed to protect aboriginal
rights, lands and health from industrial development, says an unreleased report.

Instead, the document concludes the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan, which came into force in 2012, has been used by both industry and government to erode traditional land use in favour of economic interests.

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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

Seven activists arrested on Kinder Morgan barge


This activist-submitted photo shows seven people on Kinder Morgan’s drilling barge Monday morning with an anti-Kinder Morgan banner. The Burnaby RCMP arrested seven people Monday for boarding the barge, which the company is using to conduct underwater drilling for soil samples. Photograph submitted to Burnaby Now.

Jennifer Moreau, Burnaby Now, January 18, 2016

Police have arrested several activists that occupied a Kinder Morgan drilling barge near the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby Monday morning.

According to anti-pipeline activist Adam Gold, two protesters boarded the barge Sunday and stayed overnight. More protesters arrived to join them and bring supplies Monday morning. That’s when police showed up and removed the group.

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Oilsands plant explosion near Fort McMurray leaves 1 dead, another critical

Nexen long lake facility

Nexen Energy’s Long Lake facility at Alberta’s tar sands. Photo: CBC News.

Person in critical condition flown to University of Alberta burn centre

CBC News Jan 15, 2016

One person is dead and another is in critical condition in hospital after an explosion Friday afternoon at Alberta’s Nexen Long Lake facility, Wood Buffalo RCMP say.

The person in critical condition was flown by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo LifeFlight helicopter to the University of Alberta’s burn centre.

A coker exploded at the plant located near Fort McMurray around 4:30 p.m., said Staff Sgt. Jeremie Landry. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. government failed to properly consult First Nations on Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, court rules

Enbridge No andy everson

No Enbridge, art by Andy Everson, Kwakwaka’wakw.

Gitga’at celebrating ‘huge victory’ after court rules province failed in duty to consult

CBC News Jan 13, 2016

The B.C. Supreme court has ruled that the province “has breached the honour of the Crown by failing to consult” with the Gitga’at and other Coastal First Nations on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.

In 2014, the federal government approved the controversial pipeline that would bring Alberta oil to B.C.’s north coast. Read the rest of this entry

Trans Mountain pipeline expansion not supported by B.C. government

Kinder Morgan break logo 5Kinder Morgan project doesn’t provide an adequate plan to prevent or respond to oil spills, province says

CBC News, Jan 11, 2016

The B.C. government says it can’t support the proposed $6.8-billion expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta to Burnaby.

In a written statement to the National Energy Board, the Ministry of Environment said the pipeline’s proponent Kinder Morgan has not provided an adequate plan to prevent or respond to an oil spill. Read the rest of this entry

Activists Shut Down Enbridge Line 9 in Canada Again

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Vanessa Gray from Anishinaabek Nation and two unnamed individuals locked to Enbridge Line 9 near Sarnia, Ontario, on Dec 21, 2015.

By Mike Roy, Revolution News, Dec 21, 2015

For the second time in as many weeks activists in Canada have occupied and shut down Line 9 Endbridge’s  300,000 barrel per day oil pipe line. This action effectively shuts down the flow of bitumen oil from the Alberta Tar Sands into into the United States. Read the rest of this entry

Enbridge to decide next year on Northern Gateway pipeline

Enbridge comox protest 2012

Protest in Comox, BC, against Enbridge pipeline, 2012.

Energy company not giving up on proposed pipeline, despite tanker ban

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press, Dec 3, 2015

Enbridge’s CEO says a decision on whether to build the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline across British Columbia may come in late 2016, though the company is not concerned with sticking to a certain timeline.

Al Monaco also says a ban on tanker traffic along B.C.’s north coast, made official by the new Trudeau Liberal government last month, does not mean Enbridge is giving up — even though many critics have said the ban effectively kills the project. Read the rest of this entry

Keystone XL cancellation means more oil-by-rail terminals for the Pacific Northwest

Photo by Harvey Henkelmann courtesy Wiki Commons.

Photo by Harvey Henkelmann courtesy Wiki Commons.

Report says new rail terminals will be built in the Pacific Northwest to transport Alberta oil.

by Vancouver Observer,

In the wake of the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline, the oil industry will look toward opening new rail terminals in the Pacific Northwest, contends a new report.

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