The Common Sense Canadian: Another 35 intervenors abandon ship on NEB’s Kinder Morgan review

Artist’s rendering of proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker expansion Republished from The ECOreport. There have been complaints about the flawed National Energy Board (NEB) Hearings, on the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP), from the beginning. Former BC Hydro CEO Marc Eliesen withdrew last fall, calling the proceedings “a farce and this Board truly a ...

The Common Sense Canadian: BC is key in federal election: UBC prof

Leaders like the NDP’s Tom Mulcair are looking West (Laurel L. Russwurm / Flickr) Republished from the ECOreport The race is on. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has asked the Governor General to dissolve Parliament early, to launch what is expected to be the most expensive election in Canadian history. “Upwards of $700 million” could be ...

The Common Sense Canadian: BC not ready for major oil spill, minister admits after Vancouver diesel spill

Minster Mary Polak Announces BC will move ahead on world-leading spill response team (BC govt) Republished with permission from the ECOreport. Within hours of Vancouver’s second oil spill of the year, BC Environment Minister Mary Polak was reassuring the public that the province will move ahead on a “world-leading” spill response team. 1,000 gallons of diesel Fishermen’s ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Fraser River LNG tankers carry explosive risk – Last chance for public comment

How LNG Tankers would turn from from WesPac Tilbury Marine Jetty (Project Description – CEAA Summary) This article is republished with permission from The ECOreport. Building a major LNG terminal in Delta would have a big  impact on the mouth of the Fraser River.  The diagram at the top of this page shows how LNG tankers ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Fracking industry stonewalled EPA on data for safety assessment

Chemical and water mixing for hydraulic fracturing (Joshua Doubek/Creative Commons) Republished with permission from The ECOreport. After five years of research, the EPA’s painfully inadequate fracking assessment has been released. “It’s a bit underwhelming,” said Amanda Frank, from the Center for Effective Government. Dr Allan Hoffman, a retired senior analyst with the Department of Energy, ...

The Common Sense Canadian: LNG tankers in Fraser River? Brief chance to comment on sneaky project

Fortis LNG compression station near Fraser River (beige tank)  – courtesy of Eoghan Moriarty/RealHearings.org The following is republished with permission from The ECOReport. by Roy Hales Major energy project slipping past the public The National Energy Board has already granted an export license, to US based WesPac Midstream, for a facility that could bring up to ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Why the BC Liberal economic record is actually worse than the NDP’s in 90’s

Many people are ready for a change in Victoria. Christy Clark is one of the least popular candidates for premier in BC history and, after 16 years of scandal-filled rule, her Liberal Party has tried British Columbians’ patience to the extreme. Yet everyday on social media, I run across a familiar refrain: “Better than going back to the ...

The Common Sense Canadian: How rich elites took over BC…and the Liberals welcomed them

Imperial Metals’ Murray Edwards, Real Estate magnate Bob Rennie and Kinder Morgan’s Ian Anderson The following is re-published with permission from author Roy Hales and The Eco-Report. It’s been a fortnight since the New York Times carried the story. The author, Dan Levin, told Global News: If this were in Russia or China or the Balkans or some developing-world ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Burning: A summer of fire, smoke, ash and change

Photo: Province of British Columbia/Flickr CC licence Wildfires are ripping across California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska during this summer of 2015, the result of unprecedented droughts and record temperatures. Millions of hectares are being burned along with hundreds of homes. Fire-fighting costs are multiplying, the economic damage is soaring and the environmental consequences ...

The Common Sense Canadian: BC’s biggest fracking quake yet? 4.6 felt by residents north of Fort St. John

Republished from the ECOreport. A recent  earthquake near Wonowon, 100 km north of Fort St. John,  is the largest of over 500 seismic events in northeastern BC, believed to be related to hydraulic fracturing. It may be remembered as BC’s 4.6m fracking quake. “Likely induced by hydraulic fracturing” Though the connection has not yet been proven, the quake’s ...

The Common Sense Canadian: British Columbians reject premiers’ “Canadian Energy Strategy” – designed to push pipelines

Citizens on Burnaby Mountain the day Kinder Morgan’s injunction was read out (Mark Klotz/Flickr) Republished from the ECOreport. According to the Globe and Mail, Canadian Premiers are about to sign an agreement that would fast track pipeline projects. The 34-page-report describes how to deal with the opposition Energy East, Kinder Morgan, Northern Gateway and Keystone XL ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Why British Columbians should get a say on $9 Billion Site C Dam

Part of the 80 km stretch of the Peace Valley that would be flooded by Site C Dam (Photo: Garth Lenz) Reprinted from the ECOreport. Such large segments of the province’s population have made their opposition to the proposed Site C Dam known, that this has become a defining moment of our “democracy.” Premier Christy ...

The Common Sense Canadian: BC Wildfires: Climate Change in action?

The sun at 10:30 am. July 5, on Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island (Roy L. Hales) The following is republished from the ECOreport. Across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Victoria, a brownish haze clings to the Olympic Peninsula’s shore.  There are reports of ash raining from the sky in Vancouver, Salt Spring Island ...

The Common Sense Canadian: BC govt hires accounting firm to give fracking a green stamp

A storage pond in northeast BC containing fracking fluids (Image: Two Island Films) Republished with permission from the ECOreport There are credible experts who believe that, with proper regulation and enforcement, it is possible to have a trustworthy fracking industry. They also say this does not yet exist in North America. Personally, I think the ...