The longstanding “will they or won’t they” dynamic existing between BC premier Christy Clark and Alberta premier Alison Redford took a turn for the depressing recently when they announced they had come to a framework agreement on pipelines. While short on specifics and not making any firm pledges, the deal appears intended to bring Enbridge’s controversial Northern Gateway project, which seeks to transport diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to BC’s North Coast for export, one step closer to fruition.
With Enbridge and its prospective pipeline gaining momentum, opposition to the plan is not far behind, and proposals abound (Read more…)
Assorted content for your weekend reading.
- Andrew Coyne highlights the ultimate issue in the Cons’ Senate patronage, scandals and cover-ups: (I)f the prime minister sets the standard, then we are entitled to ask: Why has this standard been so inconsistent? On essentially the same set of facts, the senators in question have been held to three entirely distinct standards: total indulgence, in the first stages of their tenure, when they were viewed as assets to the party; total ostracism, since the scandal broke, when they had become political liabilities; and in between that strange interlude, at least with regard (Read more…)
Deep down a great many of us knew that this Enbridge pipeline would be jammed through come hell or high water.
The hell and high water part is still an unknown. There is no greater fear in the political world than the fear of the unknown.
Harper is fearful of the responses and that is why he has driven this unprecedented departure from democratic process and spent an untold fortune putting this travesty of process into place.
Trade deals have been signed, the public has been sidelined and effective elected political opposition scarce where it exists at (Read more…)
In a new book about the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal, The Oil Man and the Sea, author Arno Kopecky relates his attempt to interview Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) scientist Kenneth Lee. Dr. Lee was the executive director of the DFO-sponsored Centre for Offshore Oil, Gas and Energy Research, and possibly the country’s top expert on how bitumen behaves in salt water.
Northern Gateway pipeline to be running by 2018, says Enbridge Project will be approved in 2014 and moving oil by 2018, company says
The Canadian Press Posted: Oct 02, 2013 6:46 AM PT Last Updated: Oct 02, 2013 7:44 AM PT
Fascinating, isn’t it, how these oily creeps assume that they are winning the fight…the fight hasn’t even begun, though Harpo and his puppeteers might argue the opposite..
Here we are, some of us believing that the ‘talks’ are ongoing, that nothing has been truly decided, and here they go spouting their words of smug acceptance, as if the discussion were (Read more…)
Nexen, the Chinese Communist Party’s anchor in Athabasca, is urging Canadian National Railways to start shipping bitumen by rail car to Prince Rupert where it can then be loaded on supertankers for transport to the Peoples’ Liberation Army and other users.
Apparently China is getting impatient with Comrade Steve’s inability to make headway on the Northern Gateway pipeline to Kitimat and so they’ve taken matters in their own hands. For some strange reason, opponents of the Northern Gateway aren’t mollified by the proposal to ship bitumen across B.C. by rail. This will give you some idea why:
Harper cabinet readies major B.C. pipelines push B.C. First Nations leaders to meet with key federal officials Sept. 23 in Vancouver By Chris Hall, national affairs editor, CBC News Posted: Sep 12, 2013 6:03 PM PT Last Updated: Sep 13, 2013 7:21 AM PT
We are ready for whatever BS ol’ Emperor Steve and the Klown Circus is ready to throw at us..what an ego! He prorogues for the nth time and then expects to sail into BC and ‘charm’ us into acceptance? That is a pathetic joke, and he will NOT succeed..we are prepared (Read more…)
This and that for your Thursday reading.
- Alan Pyke observes that instead of reflecting any particular merit, massive payouts to CEOs are all too often made despite (or because of) executive incompetence and illegality: The best-paid CEOs in American business have overseen companies that were bailed out, been fired, and been caught committing fraud at alarming rates over the past 20 years, a new report finds. Out of the spots on an annual list of the highest-paid CEOs, nearly four in ten have gone to individuals who were eventually “Bailed Out, Booted, Busted,” according to the 2013 (Read more…)
A Vancouver-based environmental group ForestEthics and activist Donna Sinclair are suing the Harper government over new rules that drastically limit Canadians’ participation in pipeline project hearings and decisions relating to the energy industry.
The post ForestEthics sues Harper government over limits on pipeline hearings appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.
- Bill Gardner discusses the effect of inequality and poverty starting at birth: There are three important facts packed into this slide. First, the lines stack up in order of increasing age, meaning that older people reported worse health than younger people. Second, all the lines slope downward, meaning that the poorer you were, the more likely you had poor health.
These facts are unsurprising, until you notice how powerful the income effect is. The leftmost point of the youngest (turquoise) line is above the rightmost point of the oldest (purple) line. This means that (Read more…)
I have been a member of the BC NDP since the early 70′s. Like so many others I have been on a full tour of duty including a ‘Mission Impossible’ run to be the Malahat Juan de Fuca MLA back in 2001.
Today we face yet another leadership crisis following the mind numbing loss on May 14th. Truly, Adrian Dix rescued defeat from the jaws of victory.
Few NDP leaders seem to know when it is time to leave.
The BC NDP, if it is to survive to become a meaningful political force again must shake the (Read more…)
Enbridge “will delay required crude oil pipeline safety fix for three more years”, according to a document received by the Council of Canadians via an access to information request.
The post Enbridge to delay required pipeline safety fix for three more years appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
TERRACE, B.C. – The equity offer from Northern Gateway to aboriginal groups along the route of a controversial oil pipeline would amount to as little as $70,000 a year for some bands, according to one base offer obtained by The Canadian Press.
HOW MUCH? That’s less than I make in a year. Oh yeah, and if you thought Enbridge was lying about the level of support their pipeline has among the first nations along the B.C. leg of its route…
Northern Gateway has said 60 per cent of aboriginal groups along the pipeline route have signed on….In (Read more…)
Let’s say that you’re one of the world’s largest producers of synthetic crude and also Canada’s largest single-source producer of crude derived from oil sands.
Imagine that you are also the biggest greenhouse gas emitter in Alberta! (“Psst, we’re working on being the biggest in all of the nation, baby. Don’t count us out yet!”)
Your tailing ponds are a great place for suicidal waterfowl to go to die, and those outstanding environmentalists at Sinopec are one of your major share-holders.
How do you convey your misunderstood love and respect of Mother Earth to the public?
You go (Read more…)
During Question Period on Thursday, Green Party leader Elizabeth May asked Stephen Harper whether the feds would still approve Enbridge‘s Northern Gateway Pipeline, now officially rejected by British Columbians. WATCH:
Mr. Speaker, in 2001, the Prime Minister wrote a famous letter to the former premier of Alberta, which he urged him to act to “limit the extent to which an aggressive and hostile federal government can encroach on legitimate provincial jurisdiction”. Six days ago, the provincial government of British Columbia said no to the Enbridge project. It said that Enbridge had completely failed to demonstrate any evidence (Read more…)
This latest development is the result of some very skillful, strategists, schemers and spinners from Christy Clark’s stable.
Others may see it as bumbling incompetency.
There are so many angles that it will take some time to unwind and decipher all of the ramifications.
In spite of the unorthodox methods used this latest development will get really cute if the opposition is real and ‘Steve’ wants to try and jam it through.
The BC Liberal’s chose to sign the ‘Equivalency Agreement’ which handed the decision making over to PM Steve Harper. That however is a regulatory manoeuvre, today’s (Read more…)
Well it appears that Christy Clark may have pulled off a magnificent move leaving the BC NDP, PM Harper and Alberta Premier Alison Redford in the dust over the Northern Pipeline.
If it holds the BC NDP will be able to possibly claim some credit for their part in turning BC residents against the Enbridge proposal, but as the old scorekeeper would tell them, I will you credit, but no points!
The points go to Ms Clark fresh off an election victory where clear opposition to the threat of oil tankers plying our waters along the coast was a (Read more…)
By: Council of Canadians | Press Release: Eighteen months after being ordered to correct important safety issues with its oil and gas pipelines, Enbridge has finally filed a plan with the National Energy Board (NEB) as to how and when it will come into compliance with the NEB’s regulations. The company [...]
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This week on Earthgauge, we take a look back at what happened in Michigan in 2010 when an Enbridge pipeline ruptured spilling roughly 1 million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River. What is the legacy of the spill and is there anything for the rest of us to learn as we debate the construction of more pipelines from the tar sands of Alberta to B.C. and the Gulf of Mexico?
I have 3 interviews on the program today:
Susan Connelly, a local resident of Marshall, MI where the spill occurred Jeff (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio May 9: the Kalamazoo River oil spill 3 years later
This week on Earthgauge, we’ll take a look back at what happened in Michigan in 2010 when an Enbridge pipeline ruptured spilling roughly 1 million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River. What is the legacy of the spill and is there anything for the rest of us to learn as we contemplate the construction of more pipelines from the tar sands of Alberta to B.C. and the Gulf of Mexico?
I was in Kalamazoo and the surrounding area last week and I had the opportunity to speak with residents who have been affected by the spill and its (Read more…)
Maroc called this morning to chat about the election that is rumoured to be underway. He was amazed how few signs were out and how it seems surreal in its lack of urgency or spark!
What has changed? Well grass roots activism within the political parties is far less than it used to be. I suppose too many figured that it is a cakewalk for Adrian Dix and the NDP so hurry up and let us vote already.
Yikes! That is worrisome. The NDP will only win if the troops get out and vote. We have (Read more…)
Adrian Dix has challenged Christy Clark to state her position on Enbridge, Kinder Morgan expansion and a huge increase in oil tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet, one of North America’s most beautiful seaports.
Georgia Straight’s Charlie Smith tells of a possible upset in Christy Clark’s home base and Adrian’s ever increasing committment to environmental issues.
Today, NDP Leader Adrian Dix ramped up his criticism of the B.C. Liberal party’s position on oil tankers along B.C.’s coastline.
In so doing, he’s sent a direct message to voters of Lower Mainland constituencies, including Christy Clark’s, that they (Read more…)
Environmental issues rank at or near the top for the first time in BC’s history. This could well be the difference when the Provincial Election ballots are counted, May 14th.
Adrian Dix has greened up. Christy Clark had donned brown and it could cost her not only the election but her seat in Point Grey as well.
It is all to easy to be cynical these days and yet, a BC Election will most likely be decided by voters concerned about run of the river projects, farmed salmon, Enbridge Pipeline, Kinder Morgan expansion, industrial activity in (Read more…)
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