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Northern Gateway pipeline approved with 209 conditions

Laura Payton, CBC News, Jun 17, 2014

Justin Trudeau, Tom Mulcair both pledge to reverse decision if they form government in 2015

The federal government has agreed to let Enbridge build its Northern Gateway pipeline, subject to 209 conditions recommended by the National Energy Board and further talks with aboriginal communities.

Enbridge wants to build the pipeline from Bruderheim, Alta., to Kitimat, B.C.

LNG project gets environmental OK

Brett Bundale, Chronicle Herald, March 7, 2014

$8b facility planned for Goldboro

A proposed multibillion-dollar liquefied natural gas project slated for rural Nova Scotia has jumped another hurdle.

7 environmental charities face Canada Revenue Agency audits

Evan Solomon, Kristen Everson, CBC News, Feb 06, 2014

Charities fear they may lose charitable status

The Canada Revenue Agency is currently conducting extensive audits on some of Canada's most prominent environmental groups to determine if they comply with guidelines that restrict political advocacy, CBC News has learned.

Natural gas pipeline explodes near Otterburne, Man.

CBC News, Jan 25 2014

Thousands without heat south of Winnipeg as arctic blast moves in

A natural gas pipeline explosion near Otterburne, Man., 50 kilometres south of Winnipeg, has left thousands without heat as temperatures drop to -20 C, or -34 C with the wind chill.

Explosion and fire rock natural gas pipeline in southern Manitoba

The Canadian Press, Globe and Mail, Jan. 25 2014

ST. PIERRE-JOLYS, Man. — Five homes remain evacuated as TransCanada Piplelines deals with a natural gas pipeline fire about 25 kilometres south of Winnipeg.

Rail vs. Pipeline Is the Wrong Question

David Suzuki, Ian Hanington, Huffington Post, Jan 22 2014

Debating the best way to do something we shouldn't be doing in the first place is a sure way to end up in the wrong place. That's what's happening with the "rail versus pipeline" discussion. Some say recent rail accidents mean we should build more pipelines to transport fossil fuels. Others argue that leaks, high construction costs, opposition and red tape surrounding pipelines are arguments in favour of using trains.

Pipelines needed to meet Indian demand for Alberta bitumen

Darcy Henton, Calgary Herald, Jan 16 2014

EDMONTON — India has a voracious thirst for oilsands bitumen, but Alberta needs to have pipelines to deliver the product to tidewater before it can finalize any major deals with the country’s energy industry, International and Intergovernmental Relations Minister Cal Dallas said Thursday.

New Brunswick: Latest derailment and fire fans safety concerns posed by oil-by-rail boom

Jim Bronskill, Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press, The Star, Jan 08 2014

What is being called a controlled burn had been raging for more than 18 hours in northwestern New Brunswick late Wednesday after 17 cars on a CN train — some carrying propane, others crude oil — derailed and caught fire.

Environmental groups sue feds over Northern Gateway pipeline

Jenny Uechi, Vancouver Observer, Jan 9 2014

Five environmental groups, including the David Suzuki Foundation and the Wilderness Committee, are taking the federal government to court, claiming it has failed to meet its responsibilities under the Species at Risk Act to protect endangered wildlife threatened by the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.

Gulf of St. Lawrence oil projects topic of discussion for 2014

Ashley Fitzpatrick, The Telegram (St. John's, NL), December 28, 2013

From Old Harry to offshore Port au Port, western Newfoundland centre of talk

Neurotoxic "Bull's-Eye" Surrounds Canadian Tar Sands: Scientists

Jacob Chamberlain, Common Dreams, Dec 30 2013

Concentric circles of mercury and other toxic materials cover over 7,300 square miles

Dream of a road to the Arctic Ocean takes shape

Jeffrey Jones, Globe and Mail, Dec. 17 2013

TUKTOYAKTUK, NWT — On a November morning just outside Tuktoyaktuk, diesel engines break the silence as trucks and graders trundle back and forth, slowly pushing their way across the tundra toward Inuvik, about 140 kilometres south.

Report of the Joint Review Panel for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project

Joint Review Panel, Enbridge Northern Gateway Project, Dec 19 2013

The Joint Review Panel (the Panel) for the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project today recommended that the federal government approve the project, subject to 209 required conditions.

Is Bakken oil safe enough for the GTA?

Jessica McDiarmid, The Star, Dec 14 2013

The fires burned for four days after the explosions.

A train carrying 72 cars of crude oil had barreled into the sleepy Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic and derailed. And the oil did what crude oil isn’t supposed to do: it blew up, killing 47 people, leaving the downtown core in ruin.

'Never too late to engage' aboriginal groups, says Doug Eyford

Chris Hall, CBC, Dec 5 2013

Doug Eyford reports on engaging with aboriginal groups on resource development

The prime minister’s special envoy on West Coast energy issues says the federal government must take decisive action to engage aboriginal groups opposed to new oil and gas pipelines.

Public input wanted on NS offshore drilling program

Greg Bennett, NovaNewsNow.com, Dec 3 2013

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency wants public input before deciding if a federal environmental assessment is required for a proposed drilling project off the southwestern coast of Nova Scotia.

Inside the oil-shipping free-for-all that brought disaster to Lac-Mégantic

Grant Robertson & Jacquie McNish, Globe and Mail, Dec 2 2013

An investigation into the disaster and its causes.

The deadly secret behind the Lac-Mégantic inferno

Jacquie McNish & Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail, Dec 3 2013

The deadly secret behind the Lac-Mégantic inferno


An investigation into the disaster and its causes.

Booms, busts and bitumen

Steven Guilbeault, Sarah Dobson, Nathan Lemphers, Pembina Institute, Nov 13 2013

The economic implications of Canadian oilsands development

‘Fireball’ streaks across Yellowhead after train derailment, explosion west of Edmonton

Edmonton Journal, The Canadian Press, October 19, 2013

GAINFORD, Alta. - Emergency crews are monitoring a massive fire burning after a tanker train carrying oil and gas derailed west of Edmonton overnight.

Enbridge 'looking forward' to disputing scathing safety report

Jessica McDiarmid,  The Star, Oct 04 2013

A safety analysis of proposed Line 9B project concluded 'high risk the pipeline will rupture'

‘Pipeline or rail, the oil will flow’, say Alberta oil industry and Canada’s government

Roger Annis, Vancouver Observer, 30 Sep 2013

Following a visit by federal ministers to British Columbia last week to win over oil pipeline opponents, VO takes a look at what happened and what's to come. The pressure to expand oil-by-rail is relentless. Meanwhile, the oil train derailments are accumulating. And a recent editorial by Postmedia suggested that proposals to ship oil by truck on Canada's highways will be next.

CN Rail floats idea of shipping Alberta bitumen to Prince Rupert: documents

Bruce Cheadle, Canadian Press, Globe and Mail, Sep. 22, 2013

CN Rail, at the urging of Chinese-owned Nexen Inc., is considering shipping Alberta bitumen to Prince Rupert, B.C., by rail in quantities matching the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, documents show.

Silencing Scientists

Verlyn Klinkenborg, Editorial, New York Times, Sep 21, 2013

Over the last few years, the government of Canada — led by Stephen Harper — has made it harder and harder for publicly financed scientists to communicate with the public and with other scientists.

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