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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.

Proposal would increase oil tanker traffic

Phuong Le, Associated Press, Chron.com, December 27, 2013

SEATTLE (AP) — The number of oil tankers in Washington state waters could increase almost sevenfold under a proposal by a Canadian pipeline company to expand the amount of crude oil it sends to the Pacific Coast.

‘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.

Quebec, B.C. take steps to bridge Canada's energy divide

Shawn McCarthy, Kelly Cryderman & Adrian Morrow, The Globe and Mail, Jul. 26 2013

Quebec Premier Pauline Marois gave a political boost to TransCanada Corp.’s proposed west-to-east oil pipeline, saying she remains open to the project despite heightened concerns about the transport of crude through her province in the aftermath of the Lac-Mégantic disaster.

Frustration builds in Alaska over pipeline as Exxon touts plans

Margaret Kriz Hobson, E&E EnergyWire, June 24 2013

Frustration builds in Alaska over pipeline as Exxon touts plans

Fracked Gas Won't Solve Energy Crunch

Andrew Nikiforuk, TheTyee.ca, Feb 23 2013

Conserving key to energy independence concludes geologist David Hughes.

Ottawa could force B.C. to accept Gateway pipeline

By Barbara Yaffe, Vancouver Sun, February 7, 2013

But Alberta reluctant to ask for intervention, fearing it could backfire

Alberta desperately wants a pipeline built across a reluctant B.C., but not badly enough to court Ottawa's constitutional intervention.

PM unlikely to ram pipeline through

Barbara Yaffe, Vancouver Sun, August 14, 2012

Christy Clark and Adrian Dix both are talking tough on the subject of dashing the Northern Gateway oil pipeline, notably, without saying how they'd do it.

This, when the how of the matter surely is every bit as relevant as the what.

B.C. points to Norway for pipeline safety

By Vivian Luk, The Canadian Press, July 26 2012

VANCOUVER - Calgary-based Enbridge (TSX:ENB) has offered improvements to its Northern Gateway pipeline to boost safety beyond "state-of-the-art," but British Columbia Premier Christy Clark is looking at a standard much further afield.

B.C.’s Clark threatens to bow out of national energy strategy

Jane Taber, Globe and Mail, Jul. 27 2012

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark will not sign on to a national energy strategy if her conditions are not met for the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.

The premier walked out of the Friday morning meeting after a discussion about the strategy at the summer summit of her fellow premiers.

Alberta oil spill looms large in B.C.

Graham Thomson, Vancouver Sun, June 13, 2012

Plains Midstream accident comes as Northern Gateway makes its way through review process

When Alberta Premier Alison Redford showed up at the site of the Red Deer River oil spill on Friday, she didn't bring a bucket and mop. She didn't help deploy a boom and she didn't go looking for any oil-soaked animals to rescue.

In terms of being helpful, Redford was about as useful to the cleanup efforts as the media horde that descended on the scene.

But Redford showed up and she showed up quickly.

B.C. has surrendered its sovereignty in pipeline hearings, analyst warns

By Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun, April 20, 2012

Hearings assessing the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project and legislative changes planned in Ottawa compromise the province’s sovereignty and threaten its authority to defend British Columbians’ interests, warns a letter from Robyn Allan, the former president of ICBC, to Premier Christy Clark and other leading provincial politicians.

B.C. environment minister likes federal plan to let provinces run reviews

OTTAWA --- B.C. Environment Minister Terry Lake enthusiastically embraced the federal government's plan announce Tuesday to let provinces run environmental reviews of natural resource projects, but said Victoria may ask for federal money to handle that new responsibility.

Washington Not Ready For Implications Of B.C. Pipeline Expansion

By Ashley Ahearn, NWPR, April 13 2012

Canadian pipeline operators are considering expanding the line that brings oil from the Alberta Oil Sands to Western British Columbia. Environmentalists and others say that raises the potential for oil spills in Northwest waters and, it involves a different type of oil.

Oilpatch awaits results of studies on link between seismic activity, earthquakes

Dina O'Meara, Calgary Herals, April 11 2012

Questions linger about impacts of deep well injections, hydraulic fracturing by oil industry

Single review process needed to break logjam

Editorial, Vancouver Sun, February 16, 2012

Every major development project in British Columbia is subject to an environmental assessment before permits are issued allowing it to proceed. And this is as it should be.

Six U.S. states abandon carbon-trade partnership

By Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun, November 18, 2011

B.C.'s future in ambitious greenhouse-gas deal unclear

Pipeline politics trump sisterhood of the premiers

Rod Mickleburgh, Globe and Mail, Oct. 24, 2011

The Northern Gateway pipeline could be the most glittering jewel of all in Premier Christy Clark’s highly-hyped jobs plan for British Columbia.

Tata Steel in talks to buy coal mines in western Canada

Shubhashish Nichani, Business Standard (Mumbai), March 23, 2011

British Columbian govt keen on deal; firm needs supply for European mills

US sees smaller role for Canada in energy supply

By Scott Simpson, Vancouver Sun, December 17, 2010

A new energy outlook report from the United States government appears to dampen British Columbia's hopes for an expanded energy export industry.

Victory for BC as NDP motion passes in Parliament

Nathan Cullen, Rupert Daily Online, December 7, 2010

One more marker along path to shut down Enbridge threat

British Columbia is one step closer to having a full legislated ban on supertankers off its north and central coasts after a motion introduced by MP Nathan Cullen received the support of Parliament just minutes ago.

MPs pass motion banning oil tankers off B.C. coast

The Star, December 7, 2010

The House of Commons has approved a motion calling for a permanent ban on oil tankers off British Columbia’s coast.

The NDP motion passed by a vote of 143-138, with all opposition parties supporting it and Conservatives opposed.

Ban on oil tanker traffic off B.C.'s coast gets opposition push

A Mayeda, Postmedia News, Vancouver Sun, December 7, 2010

OTTAWA — The opposition has stepped up its pressure on the Harper government to ban oil-tanker traffic off the B.C. coast, passing a motion in the House of Commons calling on the Conservatives to legislate a formal moratorium.

Canada's Fight to Stop States From Lowering Fuel Carbon Levels

Geoff Dembicki, TheTyee, December 7, 2010

How Alberta, Ottawa and oil sands corporations are teaming to oppose climate change laws across America. First in a multi-part series.

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