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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.

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.

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.

Oil spill preparedness changes need broader consultation, says NDP

Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, August 26, 2013

Relying on industry for advice is akin to ‘fox in charge of hen house’

Pipeline safety review fails to answer key questions, critics say

Sarah O'Donnell & Dan Healing, Edmonton Journal & Calgary Herald, August 23, 2013

EDMONTON - A promised report into the safety of Alberta’s vast pipeline network prompted by a series of high profile spills fails to dig into some of the most serious concerns, critics said Friday.

Alberta Pipeline Safety Review

Alberta Energy, 23 Aug 2013

The Government of Alberta supports the innovative, responsible and sustainable development of our province’s energy resources through a variety of technology funds and initiatives.

Obama signs hydroelectric power bills; H.R. 267 and 678 now federal law, 09Aug2013

Both the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 and the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act were signed into law by President Barack Obama earlier today.

Thomson: Will we ever see pipeline report?

Graham Thomson, Edmonton Journal, August 13, 2013

I’m not sure anybody looks forward to the end of summer. But I would hazard a guess that of all those not looking forward to it, nobody is dreading the end of summer more than Energy Minister Ken Hughes. Not even schoolchildren and road construction crews.

Canada raises liability for offshore oil spills to $1-billion

Shawn McCarthy, The Globe and Mail, Jun. 18 2013

OTTAWA — The federal government will raise the bar for oil companies operating off the East Coast and in the Arctic, increasing the limit on their liability for environmental and other damage from a blowout or oil spill to $1-billion.

Private hydro plants fall short on monitoring

Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, June 17, 2013

Only seven of B.C's 22 projects documented everything required, says federal fisheries report

B.C. says ‘No’ to Northern Gateway on concerns over oil spills

Jeffrey Jones, Globe and Mail, May 31 2013

CALGARY — British Columbia has formally rejected Enbridge Inc.’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline to the West Coast from Alberta, saying the company has failed to adequately explain how to deal with a major heavy oil spill on land or in coastal waters.

Extracting info: Why’s it so hard to get the goods on oil spills?

Leslie Young, Global News, May 22 2013

CALGARY – It can be tough to get a good sense of how safe Alberta’s oil industry is when you can’t access the information you need.

B.C. power producers have high number of compliance issues

Canadian Press, Globe and Mail, May 2 2013

Internal government documents show a startling number of compliance issues with British Columbia’s independent power producers and say the province does not have the staff to monitor the projects.

Harper government amends list of industrial projects requiring environmental reviews

Mike De Souza, Postmedia News, April 28, 2013

OTTAWA — Building a diamond mine, expanding an oilsands mine, offshore exploration or an interprovincial bridge could soon require a federal environmental review under proposed additions and subtractions to the Harper government’s new environmental rules.But provincially regulated pipelines, facilities used to process the heavy oil from the oilsands, pulp and paper mills as well as chemical explosive plants are among those being deleted from a list of projects requiring federal environmental investigations prior to approval.

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

Mike DeSouza,, 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.

NEB hearings application form called undemocratic

Max Paris, CBC News, Apr 8, 2013

Enbridge will be 1st test of new rules for who qualifies to comment on projects

The National Energy Board is changing its rules for participation in public hearings, starting with its hearings in August into the reversal of a pipeline that runs through Ontario to Montreal.

Confusion reigns over review of New Prosperity

Dene Moore, The Canadian Press, March 5, 2013

A federal review panel weighing the future of a stalled gold and copper mine in the B.C. Interior is wondering just what, exactly, the panel is supposed to be assessing after federal changes to the environmental assessment process.

Run-of-river sector in regulatory disarray, documents suggest

Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, January 23, 2013

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations lists 749 non-compliance incidents from 16 hydro projects in 2010

It's Time to Rewrite BC's Environmental Laws

News Release, Environmental Law Centre, Dec 20, 2012

Today the ELC announced the release of Maintaining SuperNatural BC for Our Children: Selected Law Reform Proposals. This book is a series of 35 short, readable articles – punctuated by photos and cartoons - that describe key environmental law reforms the next provincial government should consider.

Northern Gateway pipeline review panel demands consideration of 'Keystone Kops' report on Enbridge

Peter O'Neil, Calgary Herald, August 14, 2012

OTTAWA --- The federal review panel assessing the controversial Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline to B.C. is now demanding that Enbridge table a report from a U.S. regulator who concluded that the company acted like the Keystone Kops in a 2010 Michigan spill and had a corporate "culture of deviance."

Oil Sands and the Keystone XL Pipeline: Background and Selected Environmental Issues

Jonathan L. Ramseur, Coordinator, Congressional Research Service, July 16 2012


If constructed, the Keystone XL pipeline would transport crude oil (e.g., synthetic crude oil or diluted bitumen) derived from oil sands in Alberta, Canada to destinations in the United States. Because the pipeline crosses an international border, it requires a Presidential Permit that is issued by the Department of State (DOS). The permit decision rests on a “national interest” determination, a term not defined in the authorizing Executive Orders. DOS states that it has “significant discretion” in the factors it examines in this determination. Key events related to the Presidential Permit include:

Private Profit, Public Risk

J. Mijin Cha, Huffington Post, August 2, 2012

Within two years, the Enbridge tar sands pipeline has managed to release more than 850,000 gallons of oil in two different spills. The first spill in Southwestern Michigan released over 800,000 gallons of oil and cost more than $800 million to clean up. The second spill released 50,000 gallons in Adams County, Wisc., smaller than the first spill but still requiring two homes to evacuate. These spills cause great economic and environmental harm to affected communities, but barely create an inconvenience for Enbridge, which posted quarterly earnings over $300 million in the last quarter.

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.

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