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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.

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.

A crude awakening for the Keystone pipeline

Robert Collier, TheRecord.com, Dec 21 2013

If U.S. President Barack Obama wants a way to appease both sides of the controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, he might want to look in the other direction — south to Mexico.

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.

U.S. ‘green billionaire’ addresses his motives for working to block Keystone

Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press, 570News.com, Dec 14, 2013

WASHINGTON – Yes, the influential activist spearheading the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline has made a fortune in oil investments. Yes, he’s invested in a rival pipeline that would compete with Keystone.

'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.

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.

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.

Asian buyers want cheaper BC gas

Asian Pacific Post, 25Sep2013

Premier Christy Clark upcoming 13-day trade mission to China, Korea and Japan to deepen British Columbia’s relationships with those key liquefied natural gas Asian markets will be facing some severe gas pains, industry analysts said.

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.

B.C. touts cold climate in bid to land LNG investment

Justine Hunter, Globe and Mail, Sep. 15 2013

VICTORIA — In the global race to capture billions of dollars of investment to develop liquefied natural gas, British Columbia has started to tout its natural advantage: a northern climate.

Province, Hydro face off over rate increase

Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun, Sept 12 2013

Top bureaucrats can 'grind' utility some more on proposed 26 per cent rate hike, minister says

BC Hydro forecasts 'massive' rate increases

Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, September 11, 2013

Energy Minister Bill Bennett says efforts are underway to reduce potential 26-per-cent hike

B.C.'s LNG export industry could provide 75,000 permanent jobs, report claims

Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun, July 23 2013

VANCOUVER — In its latest bid to demonstrate the potential scale of its nascent liquefied natural gas industry, the province has unveiled a scenario that shows the sector could support a permanent workforce of 75,000, which British Columbia’s northern regions couldn’t hope to fill on their own.

B.C. Liberals under the gun on LNG

 Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun, June 7, 2013
 

When Premier Christy Clark takes the wraps off her new and expanded cabinet in Vancouver today, the most urgent to-do list will be the one handed to the minister in charge of fulfilling her promise to establish a liquefied natural gas industry.

Energy portfolio could blow up in Clark’s face

Justine Hunter, Globe and Mail, Jun 02 2013

VICTORIA — Premier Christy Clark will announce her new cabinet on Friday: Pity the new energy minister who has to find a credible way to power all her liquefied natural gas ambitions, while managing a gaping financial hole in BC Hydro’s books.

Pipeline dreams turn to ashes for Big Oil

Rick Smith, The Star, May 17 2013

The arrogance of oil companies and the Harper government turned a previously obscure environmental issue into a much more potent concern regarding the erosion of democracy and fairness

Stephen Harper’s “omnibus” strategy to overhaul green laws was proposed by oil industry, says records

Mike DeSouza, O.Canada.com, April 10 2013

OTTAWA – Lobbyists from Canada’s oil and gas industry recommended the Harper government’s 2012 strategy to put multiple changes to a series of environmental protection laws into a single piece of legislation, says a newly-released internal federal document.

One tale told twice

Government critics beginning to smell a rat over Kitimat oil refinery proposal
 

Government critics beginning to smell a rat over Kitimat oil refinery proposal
 

Senate endorses construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas

By Associated Press, Published: March 22

WASHINGTON — The Senate has endorsed construction of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that is to carry oil from Canada to Texas oil refineries.

Senators voted 62-37 on Friday for the nonbinding measure. Seventeen Democrats and all 45 Republicans voted yes.

Corporate welfare not needed for LNG on West Coast

Claudia Cattaneo, Financial Post, March 21 2013

While Ottawa agreed in Budget 2013 to extend tax breaks for manufacturers for two years, a request by developers of liquefied natural gas terminals on Canada’s West Coast to receive similar tax savings fell on deaf ears.

Envoy to deal with First Nations concerns on pipelines

The Canadian Press, CBC News, Mar 19, 2013

Vancouver lawyer Doug Eyford to submit preliminary report to Harper by June

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has named an envoy to deal with aboriginal opposition to resource development in Alberta and British Columbia.

Bitumen's Extraordinary and Popular Delusions

Andrew Nikiforuk, TheTyee.ca, 9 Mar 2013

Behold the latest mystical and ecstatic pronouncements of Keystone XL acolytes.

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