The National Energy Board (NEB) report on the project is set to be released by month’s end. All the media hoopla around the release will occur…wait for it…in Alberta, with B.C., the province through which most of the pipe-line will run, made a mere spectator. Assuming the NEB gives its approval, and Harper’s cabinet signs off on the project, this issue will dominate B.C. politics up until the next federal election. Former government chief of staff Norman Spector gives a hint of the gathering mood:
“There are a lot of people in Alberta who (Read more…)
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…)
“We see Northern Gateway as the most vulnerable,” Samir Kayande, vice-president at ITG Investments, said during a panel discussion on the Financial Post website this week. “[TransCanada's Corp.'s] Energy East and TMX [Kinder Morgan Inc.'s Trans Mountain] are most likely [with TMX benefiting from having built the loop through Jasper before the opposition to pipelines really built],” said Andrew Leach, associate professor at the University of Alberta, who participated in the discussion.
“Both have [at least partial] existing rights-of-way and so are starting from a better place….
This sounds about right to me. Note the modifier “at least (Read more…)
The British Columbia government, it seems, has spoken out loud and clear in opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline. Even Christy Clark would be in peril if she tried to step down from this stand. Here are excerpts from the government’s brief.
“Many parts of the pipeline will be located in remote areas, some distance from road networks and population centres, “ said the government in a lengthy brief submitted to the National Energy Board appointed review panel earlier this year. “Many of the rivers (along the route) are identified as remote or having no access.” Then, too, (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: British Columbia’s Position – Enbridge Cannot Be Trusted, No to Northern Gateway
Well he may be losing his battle to convince Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, but I see nothing will stop Stephen Harper from launching yet another oily crusade. First he will conquer or bribe British Columbia.A parade of cabinet ministers and senior bureaucrats will head to British Columbia starting next week as part of a major push to mollify opponents of building oil pipelines to the West Coast, CBC News has learned. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is signalling he intends to make progress on proposals to connect Alberta's oilsands with ports in British Columbia and the lucrative (Read more…)
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…)
A toxic waste spill in northern Alberta has killed off roughly 42 hectares of boreal forest, in what could be the biggest environmental disaster in North America in recent history.
The Tar sands…salting everything they touch.
It will probably be sooner rather than later before we find out whether Christy Clark will become British Columbia’s Judas Goat to the Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan pipeline/supertanker fiascos.
Steve Harper, Alison Redford and Enbridge just need to buy or coerce Clark’s capitulation, make her sell-out the province and people of British Columbia, and then ram those goddamned pipelines down our throats. They’ve got plenty of markers to call in after her Hail Mary election win.
Clark will have to be ready to deal with unrest of a wide range from First Nations and other groups and individuals (Read more…)
* Ready or not, painful or not, we are in the middle of a huge shift from an oil dependent economy to one that is run on renewables, the Great Transition. Our governments and the corporations that control them – the people and structures that have become out-of-this-world wealthy from the way we do things […]
Announcing his environmental platform, Dix said he does “not expect Vancouver to become a major export oil port” as he said appears to be contemplated in the Kinder Morgan proposal.Dix would not definitively rule out the project, saying the company has yet to submit a formal proposal.But he said he it appears the company is looking to increase by “five or six fold” the amount of oil going through Vancouver, which he said an NDP government would not support.
Assuming Dix wins in B.C.–a pretty safe wager at this point–no pipeline to the West (Read more…)
A solid and steadily growing majority of British Columbians want nothing to do with Alberta’s bitumen pipelines crossing our province to our coast. Fewer of us still want bitumen-laden supertankers plying our pristine northern coastal waters or Vancouver’s inner harbour.
According to our federal government’s reptilian industry minister, Joe Oliver, our firmly held opposition to this bitumen trafficking makes us, the great majority of British Columbians, “inimical to Canadian national interests.”
Now “inimical” is a loaded word. It connotes hostility, and a willingness to harm, malevolence and, according to merriamwebster.com, “having the disposition of (Read more…)
Because, try as they might, our government has failed to convince the majority of Canadians outside Alberta that we need a pipeline to the Gulf (or to the West Coast, for that matter):
Astounding, really, most polls of Americans show a mirror image of this result. Mind you, their pipeline boosters are probably a little more talented than ours.
“…it’s increasingly important that Canada move on one or more of the alternative pipelines to get our product headed Asia’s way. Canada’s own central and eastern oil markets are another option, but longer term demand growth there is also likely to be lackluster.”Its worth noting TransCanada Corps. stock price after yesterday’s announcement that they would push forward with an West-East line.
A few twitches. So the market is unimpressed. That leaves The Harper Gov. trying to ram Northern Gateway and Trans Mountain down B.C.s throat. Still.
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
Back in December 2012, former Executive Director of the Ethical Oil Institute Jamie Ellerton wrote:I remain with Ethical Oil as the part-time spokesperson. Stay tuned for what’s to come in the new year.
Four months into the new year, and the stench of death still envelopes their website. E-mails to Jamie (last one sent in February) have gone unanswered. Halloo? Haaalllooooo?
Well it has been a year since Stephen Harper declared war on environmentalists.And started going after the Green Menace like Joe McCarthy went after the red one. Calling respected environmental groups "radicals" and "extremists" and ordering that they be investigated.
Now the first results are in, and no doubt Harper is rolling on the floor of his bunker tonight, screaming with disappointment, and/or biting the carpet. Read more »
Gawd. You just can't teach old Cons new tricks eh?For there they are bombarding the airwaves with their grotesque Porky Action Plan ads again. Even though it's costing a fortune. The Harper government spent $21 million on major advertising campaigns under its Economic Action Plan brand in 2011-12, according to the latest annual report on ad spending.And even though we've told them those crappy ads are driving us NUTS !#@#!! Read more »
As you know Joe Oliver has had some pretty bad news conferences eh?Like the time he called environmentalists radicals or dangerous extremists.Or the time he claimed we would be able to drink the tarry bubbly from the tailing ponds.Well, the other day he held another big photo-op in Vancouver, and it was even more ridiculous. Read more »
There’s holes in its Norman Wells pipeline. And Kalamazoo clean-up costs are exceeding estimates, so the company is also leaking money.
Harper, to the extent he thinks at all, thinks regular inspection of bitumen supertankers and a bit more aerial surveillance should put coastal British Columbians’ concerns to rest.
Harper curiously doesn’t know that the Hecate Strait is truly biblical. The massive winds that tear at the place can actually part the waters, exposing the seabed.
Here’s one account from The Golden Spruce:
“Under certain conditions, overfalls take the form of “blind rollers,” which are large, nearly vertical waves that roll without breaking; not only are these waves virtually silent but, under poor light conditions they are also
. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: What Sideshow Steve Never Learned in Bible School
The Harper government, or someone on its behalf, will show up in Vancouver today to announce that Ottawa has heard our concerns and has prepared a “world class” oil spill programme to mollify our concerns about a tanker disaster on the west coast.
Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver and Transport Minister Denis Lebel will be in B.C. to provide details of a long-term funding commitment to the National Aerial Surveillance Program, first established in 1991, as well as new funding measures to “enhance” the program’s coverage, especially along the northern B.C. coast.The ministers will also announce a
. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Harper to Unveil West Coast Oil Spill Prevention Programme
Kady O’Malley posted this shot from the Manning confab yesterday. I’m not sure if its supposed to be from a poll of all Canadians of self-declared conservatives. Either way it shows the Federal and Alberta government’s have been doing a terrible job pitching their various pipe-line projects. No wonder Preston Manning himself is trying to pitch a Green Conservatism.
I haven’t heard this mentioned in any of the coverage of yesterday’s LPoC leadership debate, but on February 26th MHF was for Northern Gateway Pipeline; as of yesterday’s debate, she’s sudddenly agin it. That’s what you call a policy reversal…a waffle…a dither…a flip flop, even.
Worth noting too that among the contenders only Joyce Murray has come out against Kinder Morgan in addition to the NGP. Joyce is a B.C. gal, and I’m assuming her opposition is a sign of which way the winds are blowing out on the left coast over that project.
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.