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.
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, 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.
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.
By Geoff Dembicki, TheTyee.ca, March 25, 2013
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.
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
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.
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."
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:
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.
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.
By Karen Kleiss, Edmonton Journal, July 20, 2012
EDMONTON - Government and industry bowed to public pressure Friday, announcing a review of Alberta’s pipeline safety rules and $500 million in new spill-prevention features for the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.
By Andrew Nikiforuk, TheTyee.ca, July 10 2012
'Corrosion' of safety culture 'throughout the Enbridge organization' led to Kalamazoo disaster.
Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, July 10 2012
Editorial, Detroit Free Press, July 6 2012
A record fine.
That's a bit of comfort as Michigan deals with the aftereffects of the huge 2010 oil spill in the Kalamazoo River. At least the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, which announced the fine against pipeline owner Enbridge Energy this week, seems to understand the magnitude of the event.
By Amanda Stephenson, Calgary Herald, July 4, 2012
Calgary - Industry watchers and environmental groups are calling for tighter pipeline monitoring regulations, one day after a $3.7 million civil fine was issued against Enbridge Inc. for a 2010 Michigan oil spill.
By Karen Kleiss, Edmonton Journal, June 26, 2012
Government says oversight already exists
A coalition of 17 landowner and environmental groups launched an advertising campaign Monday to demand an independent review of pipeline safety in Alberta.
By Peter O'Neil, Vancouver Sun, Postmedia News, April 27, 2012
Critics say protection for fish habitat 'eliminated' in bill to appease businesses
By Mike de Souza, Postmedia News, Vancouver Sun, April 21, 2012
OTTAWA - Environment Canada weakened a draft version of regulations to crack down on pollution from coal-fired power plants following pressure from the industry, newly-released federal records have revealed.
Joyce Nelson, Rabble.ca, April 20 2012
On January 9, Canada's Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver claimed that "environmental and other radical groups," including "jet-setting celebrities" funded by foreign money, "threaten to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological ends. They seek to exploit any loophole they can find, stacking public hearings with bodies to ensure that delays kill good projects. They use funding from foreign special interest groups to undermine Canada's national economic interest."
by Otto Langer, Pacific Free Press, March 12 2012
Harper Government to Eliminate Habitat Protection Provisions in the Canada Fisheries Act
By MARTIN ESPINOZA, Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, CA, February 28, 2012
PG&E officials Tuesday reiterated their position that ratepayers should bear the bulk of the cost of its Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan, which the company pegged at $2.2billion.
By Mike De Souza, Postmedia News February 29, 2012
$90.3 million will focus on policy, publicity
Campbell Clark & Shawn McCarthy, Globe and Mail, Feb. 09, 2012
OTTAWA - Stephen Harper has chosen to override the qualms of the government’s non-proliferation experts to permit a multibillion-dollar business in exports of Saskatchewan uranium to China’s nuclear industry.