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Historic new water legislation introduced

Media Release, Government of BC, March 11 2014

VICTORIA - Environment Minister Mary Polak introduced legislation today that will update and replace B.C.'s century-old Water Act with the new Water Sustainability Act.

Click here to read the new Water Sustainability Act

Taseko New Prosperity Mine at Fish Lake rejected again

CBC News, Feb 26, 2014

Ministry concludes project likely to cause significant environmental damage, Taseko will reapply

It's back to the drawing board for round three for Taseko Mines, Ltd.

Scientist’s report casts doubt on Clark’s LNG figures

Mark Hume, Globe and Mail, Jan 21 2014

VANCOUVER — A former scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada has cast doubt on the B.C. government’s promise of an economic boom from increased liquefied natural gas production.

B.C. will not mandate electric-run LNG plants

BOE Report, The Canadian Press, January 16, 2014

VICTORIA – B.C. Energy Minister Bill Bennett says the government won’t force oil and gas companies that plan to develop liquefied natural gas plants in the province to use electricity in their operations.

Pressure for quick LNG approvals may trigger backlash

Mark Hume, The Globe and Mail, Jan. 06 2014

VANCOUVER —Premier Christy Clark has made it clear she wants government to proceed quickly with liquefied natural gas development in British Columbia.

But how fast is too fast?

Coal tenures on hold in the Klappan a positive first step

News Release, Ministry of Energy and Mines, December 16 2013

VICTORIA - In keeping with its commitment to work collaboratively with the Tahltan Nation towards a shared vision for land use in the Klappan area of Tahltan territory, government today announced a temporary deferral on any new coal tenures in the Klappan.

National Energy Board approves export licences for Pacific NorthWest LNG, BG Group

Shaun Thomas, The Northern View, Dec 17, 2013

Both LNG terminals being considered for the Prince Rupert area cleared another hurdle on Dec. 16 as the National Energy Board approved export licences for both Pacific NorthWest LNG and the BG Group's proposed Prince Rupert LNG Exports Ltd.

Province's Clean Energy Act limits B.C. Hydro power options, Site C dam critics told

Dene Moore, Canadian Press, Times Colonist, December 10, 2013

FORT ST. JOHN — British Columbia's groundbreaking Clean Energy Act has limited the options available to the province's Crown utility corporation for expanding the power grid, the chairman of an environmental review panel pointed out as critics demanded answers about the utility's plans to build a third hydroelectric dam on the Peace River.

Les Leyne: Hydro policy changes are bewildering

Les Leyne, Times Colonist, Dec 7 2013

Next time a cabinet minister confidently outlines the government’s vision of the future, keep B.C.’s electricity policies in mind.

First Nations Gain Powerful New Allies in Fight Against Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline and Tankers

News Release, Yinka Dene Alliance, Dec 5 2013

Solidarity Accord aligns First Nations with supporters from across Canadian society ahead of a Joint Review Panel decision on the project

Activists shut down port of Vancouver in solidarity with Elsipogtog people

Murray Bush, Vancouver Media Co-op, Dec 2 2013

COAST SALISH TERRITORY - Activists blocked access to the federal Port of Vancouver for an hour early this morning as part of an International Day of Action in Support of  Elsipogtog Land Defenders in New Brunswick.

CNOOC heads group seeking to export B.C. liquefied natural gas

Brent Jang, Globe and Mail, Nov. 29 2013

VANCOUVER —An Asian group led by CNOOC Ltd. of China is seeking a licence to export liquefied natural gas from British Columbia as the competition heats up to develop huge LNG megaprojects on the West Coast.

LNG plants in Kitimat would burn more natural gas than two Vancouvers, report says

The Canadian Press, Globe and Mail, Nov. 21 2013

Victoria — A British Columbia conservation group says proposed liquefied natural gas plants in the Kitimat area will burn up to two-and-a-half times more natural gas than is consumed in Metro Vancouver annually.

Potential Locations for New Waste-to-Energy Facilities Made Public

News Release, Metro Vancouver, Nov 21 2013

Metro Vancouver is developing additional waste-to-energy capacity to manage municipal garbage we cannot yet recycle.

At this point, Metro Vancouver has shortlisted nine private-sector proponents with 10 waste-to-energy proposals, in Metro Vancouver and other regions of B.C.

South Vancouver site eyed for turning region’s garbage to energy

Wendy Stueck, Globe and Mail, Nov. 21 2013

Vancouver — Four sites, including a cement plant in Delta and a site on Heather Street near Marine Drive in south Vancouver, were identified Thursday as potential homes for waste-to-energy facilities.

B.C. Premier Clark, Alberta Premier Redford reach deal on pipelines

Ian Bailey & Gary Mason, Globe and Mail, Nov. 05 2013

Vancouver — B.C. Premier Christy Clark and her Alberta counterpart Alison Redford have reached a broad framework for an agreement to satisfy B.C.’s five conditions for supporting oil pipeline development in the province.

Alberta and British Columbia reach agreement on opening new markets

News Release, BC Government, Nov 5 2013

VANCOUVER - After officials worked through the night, Alberta Premier Alison Redford and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark today announced a framework agreement between the two provinces on moving energy resources to new markets.

First Nations declare victory against Taseko's B.C. mine

CBC News, Nov 01, 2013

Proposed New Prosperity mine would have signficant effects on Fish Lake, report concludes

First Nations leaders in B.C. are declaring victory after a new environmental report concluded Taseko's New Prosperity mine proposal poses "significant adverse environmental effects".

David Black wants Ottawa to back $8-billion Kitimat refinery loan

Claudia Cattaneo, Financial Post, October 18 2013

British Columbia newspaper publisher David Black said he plans to ask the federal government to guarantee $8-billion in loans to help finance his proposed $26-billion heavy oil refinery on Canada’s west coast.

Kitimat LNG project’s fate depends on numbers

Dan Healing, Calgary Herald, October 16, 2013

Taxes, contracts to decide sanctioning, says Chevron Canada president

CALGARY — Funding for the Kitimat LNG project is dependent on its ability to beat out other internal ventures as it nears a final investment decision as early as next year, Chevron Canada president Jeff Lehrmann said Wednesday.

One of the Kitimat LNG projects plans to self-generate power for liquefaction plant

Robin Rowland, Northwest Coast Energy News, October 13 2013

At least one of the two large liquified natural gas projects in Kitimat is, at least at this point, planning to self-generate the power required using a gas-fired, steam-driven electrical generation system.

Malaysian LNG promise is actually a massive BC giveaway

Kevin Logan, CommonSenseCanadian.ca, 10 Oct 2013

What was touted as a $36 Billion investment commitment by Malaysian LNG giant Petronas is actually a massive giveaway of natural gas by BC – valued at up to $400 Billion gross over the 25 year term of a secretive export licence being negotiated behind closed doors.

Kitimat/oilsands proposal moving ahead: mogul

Peter James, Prince George Citizen, October 4 2013

David Black is convinced his proposed refinery near Kitimat will be both an economic and environmental winner, but challenges remain about getting bitumen from Alberta to the north coast.

Massey tunnel replacement key to Canada's economy, VBOT president says

Jen St. Denis, Business in Vancouver, Oct 1, 2013

But critics say removing the tunnel is the first step in turning the Fraser River into a highly industrialized waterway

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