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…)
Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger
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…)
Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
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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Photograph: State of Michigan
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…)
Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
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…)
Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
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…)
Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger
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…)
Enbridge buried pipeline marker – east Toronto. Credit: Adam Scott/Environmental Defence.
Federal opposition MPs and environmental groups are crying foul over what they see as the government’s attempt to curtail public comment on Enbridge’s proposed 639-km Line 9 reversal pipeline route through southern Ontario and into Quebec.
Tucked away in last spring’s Bill C-38 omnibus budget bill from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government is a requirement that any member of the public or other stakeholders wishing to comment through the National Energy Board on Enbridge’s proposed pipeline must apply for permission to comment on the project by filling out (Read more…)
BC NDP Leader Adrian Dix
Adrian Dix has just announced that the BCNDP are opposed to the Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion.
Dix has repeatedly made policy announcements in BC Liberal held constituencies. This announcement was made in BC Liberal’s Environment Minister Terry Lake’s Kamloops riding.
The BC NDP are clearly taking the green route and drawing political differences with the BC Liberals along environmental lines.
The BC NDP have left the BC Liberals covered in a brown dust being on record against Enbridge and now adding the Kinder Morgan expansion to the tally.
The Globe and Mail’s Justine Hunter sent this (Read more…) from Kamloops.
I first published a link to this video February 2 and it has been viewed by thousands of Northern Insight readers. Additionally, most major Canadian news operations paid close attention to a young man who speaks for future generations. However, enabled by the Conservative government’s Omnibus Budget Implementation Act, the review panel would have prevented Mr. Harrison from speaking without first gaining approval after completion of a 10-page application.
Since the NEB is staffed entirely by energy industry representatives, approval of this presentation would have been unlikely.
Sam Harrison testified before the NEB Northern Gateway hearing but under new federal . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: 16 yr-old talked to NEB, before new regulations
Rules “a consequence of weakened federal environmental laws under Bill C-38″ By: Greenpeace Canada & Environmental Defence | Press Release: TORONTO, ON, Apr 5, 2013 – New undemocratic rules are creating a barrier to public participation in upcoming National Energy Board (NEB) hearings into the proposal for Enbridge’s Line 9 oil pipeline. [...]
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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Monday imposed a no-fly zone over the site of the ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline disaster in Mayflower, Arkansas. ExxonMobil’s Pegasus tar sands oil pipeline ruptured last Friday and spilled more than 318,000 litres of tar sands oil into a local neighborhood, drainage system and lake. [...]
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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Last Friday’s ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline disaster in Mayflower, Arkansas, should warn Canadians against Enbridge’s proposed Line 9 project, says Environmental Defence. The Pegasus pipeline raptured and spilled more than 318,000 litres of tar sands oil into a local neighborhood and near a lake. Local residents had to be [...]
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I mentioned this a week or so ago; it was the fourth leak since February, and it looks like there will finally be some consequences:
The National Energy Board has ordered Enbridge Pipeline Inc. to perform an engineering assessment on the Wrigley to Mackenzie section of the Norman Wells pipeline.
NEB spokesperson Rebecca Taylor said the assessment is part of a special order issued by the board.
“The board remains concerned about the recent discoveries of small leak sites on Line 21,” she said. “That’s why the board has issued the amending order to Enbridge and required
. . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Enbridge Springs Another Leak
There’s holes in its Norman Wells pipeline. And Kalamazoo clean-up costs are exceeding estimates, so the company is also leaking money.
Kevin Logan-Cowichan Conversations Contributor
Which back dated paperwork is the real obstacle in the upcoming election to form the next BC government?
Written by Kevin Logan
The desperation of the BC Liberal re-election campaign machine knows no bounds.
Oh sure, the corporate media will continue to offer a life line. It will play up improvements in polling while addressing the potential vote split in the on-again, off-again resurgence of the BC Conservatives.
But by the BC Liberal fruits you will know them, and not just the unending list of betrayal and destruction left in their wake but rather what it
. . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: The Desperation of the BC Liberal’s Campaign Knows No Bounds.
Today’s bitumen trafficking contemplated by Enbridge, Redford and Harper is beset by indefensible problems. The proponents are making it far worse than it needs to be.
A huge part of their problem is dilbit, the stuff that still lines the riverbed of the Kalamazoo River in Michigan. It’s truly noxious stuff. Just to be able to be pumped through a pipeline, Alberta bitumen must be diluted. It’s mixed with dilutents to become what’s commonly known as dilbit, diluted bitumen. This dilbit is then pumped across Canada’s borders for export to world markets.
What happens to
. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: A Tar Sands Compromise, One They’ll Have to Refuse
One sector known for being a holdout on climate change is the financial community. Some of the most outlandish denialist journalism has come (and too often still does) from once credible outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and Financial Post.
But now they’re being overtaken by reality. Denialism, no matter how loud and influential and constant, cannot stop the steady advance of climate change and that makes it ultimately self-defeating. The flat-earthers learned that in their day. Wishful thinking and denialism are losing strategies.
A new day may be upon us as even the Financial
. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Canada’s Sub-Prime Disaster Waiting in Harper’s Wings
In yesterday’s paper there was a story that, contrary to eco-terrorists’ claims, dilbit floats and so is quite amenable to conventional oil spill recovery efforts. The claim, naturally, came from an Enbridge spokesman.
Guess what? He’s right. Dilbit, the mixture of bitumen and the dilutents necessary to lower its viscosity enough for it to be able to be pumped through pipelines, does indeed float.
Dilbit floats for a while. Then the dilutents separate out of the bitumen. The dilutents vaporize on the surface into a toxic cloud. The bitumen sinks to the bottom.
. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Enbridge Pulls Out All the Stops
…that diluted bitumen can sink, thus acknowledging reality. Getting them to that point was a bit like pulling teeth, however.