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Historic new water legislation introduced

Media Release, Government of BC, March 11 2014

VICTORIA - Environment Minister Mary Polak introduced legislation today that will update and replace B.C.'s century-old Water Act with the new Water Sustainability Act.

Click here to read the new Water Sustainability Act

Taseko New Prosperity Mine at Fish Lake rejected again

CBC News, Feb 26, 2014

Ministry concludes project likely to cause significant environmental damage, Taseko will reapply

It's back to the drawing board for round three for Taseko Mines, Ltd.

President Obama orders sweeping energy review

Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill, Jan 9 2014

President Obama on Thursday ordered a sweeping review of energy strategy that will involve departments and agencies across the federal government.

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.

Province's Clean Energy Act limits B.C. Hydro power options, Site C dam critics told

Dene Moore, Canadian Press, Times Colonist, December 10, 2013

FORT ST. JOHN — British Columbia's groundbreaking Clean Energy Act has limited the options available to the province's Crown utility corporation for expanding the power grid, the chairman of an environmental review panel pointed out as critics demanded answers about the utility's plans to build a third hydroelectric dam on the Peace River.

Les Leyne: Hydro policy changes are bewildering

Les Leyne, Times Colonist, Dec 7 2013

Next time a cabinet minister confidently outlines the government’s vision of the future, keep B.C.’s electricity policies in mind.

Germany's Energy Poverty (Part 3): Incentives for Pollution

SPIEGEL Staff, September 4 2013

More and more wind turbines are turning in Germany, and solar panels are basking in the sun, yet the amount of pollutants and greenhouse gases emitted by smokestacks increased last year. This dramatic turn of events is especially evident in small town of Grosskotzenburg, just east of Frankfurt.

Germany's Energy Poverty (Part 2): The Regressive Energy Tax

SPIEGEL Staff, September 4 2013

Consumer advocates and aid organizations say the breaking point has already been reached. Today, more than 300,000 households a year are seeing their power shut off because of unpaid bills. Caritas and other charity groups call it "energy poverty."

Germany's Energy Poverty (Part 1): How Electricity Became a Luxury Good

SPIEGEL Staff, September 4 2013

If you want to do something big, you have to start small. That's something German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier knows all too well. The politician, a member of the center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU), has put together a manual of practical tips on how everyone can make small, everyday contributions to the shift away from nuclear power and toward green energy. The so-called Energiewende, or energy revolution, is Chancellor Angela Merkel's project of the century.

Rate design wars are the sound of utilities taking residential PV seriously

Imagine walking into your supermarket with a bag of zucchini from your garden and saying that you’d like to trade them straight up for an equal quantity of zucchini next month.

Kitimat LNG project’s fate depends on numbers

Dan Healing, Calgary Herald, October 16, 2013

Taxes, contracts to decide sanctioning, says Chevron Canada president

CALGARY — Funding for the Kitimat LNG project is dependent on its ability to beat out other internal ventures as it nears a final investment decision as early as next year, Chevron Canada president Jeff Lehrmann said Wednesday.

Flow-through tax credit will cost BC $10 million

Michael Allan McCrae, Mining.com, October 4, 2013

British Columbia's minister of mines emphasised his support for the flow through tax credit at an AME BC luncheon talk on Friday and called the current sum spent on credit an investment.

Deconstructing BC Hydro's Rate Increase

Marvin Shaffer, CCPA Policy Notes, September 14th, 2013

When the government imposed its Energy Plan on BC Hydro it never bothered to estimate the costs (or for that matter the benefits) of what it hoped to achieve. Ardent supporters of that Plan, like my good friend Mark Jaccard, constructed scenarios under which it would make sense to force BC Hydro to buy more power than it needed, but no one was forecasting those scenarios to materialize — certainly not BC Hydro, the BCUC, the union representing BC Hydro workers or any ratepayer group.

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.

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’

BC Hydro’s draft Integrated Resource Plan released for consultation

News Release, BC Hydro, August 23 2013

Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister responsible for Core Review, is directing BC Hydro to release its draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and undertake a final round of consultation with First Nations, key stakeholders and the public.

Why Pushing Alternate Fuels Makes for Bad Public Policy

John DeCicco, Yale Environment 360, 22 Aug 2013

Every U.S. president since Ronald Reagan has backed programs to develop alternative transportation fuels. But there are better ways to foster energy independence and reduce greenhouse gas emissions than using subsidies and mandates to promote politically favored fuels.

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

Hydroworld.com, 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.

Pipeline companies required to have $1B cleanup funds

CBC News, June 26 2013

Major crude oil companies must have $1B available for potential spills

Companies running major pipelines through Canada will be required to have at least $1 billion on hand to clean up damage, the federal government has announced.

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.

Climate Bombshell: BC Not Reporting a Whopping 3 million Car's Worth of Climate Pollution

Kevin Grandia, Vancouver Observer, May 27 2013

The BC provincial government has been throwing around some big numbers and promises with the planned expansion of natural gas operations, but one large number they are not mentioning is the millions of tonnes of heat-trapping methane gas they are not reporting in official government documents.

The Rise of Independent Power Producers, Explained

Colleen Kimmett, TheTyee.ca, April 30 2013

They split the enviro vote in 2009, but can they still spark trouble across the province?

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.

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.

BC Hydro watchdog decries power project exemption

Scott Simpson, Vancouver Sun, March 29, 2013

Provincial government pulls two projects from utility commission scrutiny

An energy watchdog group is alarmed by a government decision this week to exempt two major BC Hydro transmission projects from review by the B.C. Utilities Commission.

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