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Tight deadline for Gateway review as political headwinds grow


Shawn McCarthy, Globe and Mail, Aug. 03 2012

Ottawa — The federal government has imposed a strict deadline on a review panel to conclude the work on Enbridge Inc.’s controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, even as it scrambles to rescue the $6-billion project from a political sinkhole.

Crown corporation draws taxpayer group's ire as carbon credit sales plummet

Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, August 2, 2012

Private companies bought fewer carbon credits to offset their greenhouse gas emissions in 2011-12 than in the previous year from the Pacific Carbon Trust, showing the province's carbon corporation is a failure, according to a taxpayers' group.

Ohio Governor Signs Executive Order Prohibiting Oil and Gas Drilling in Lake Erie

EcoWatch, June 11 2012

On July 11, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed an Executive Order prohibiting the Ohio Department of Natural Resources from “issuing any permit, license or lease allowing” oil and gas drilling in or under Lake Erie.

Calls for tighter pipeline regulations sought after Enbridge issued $3.7M fine

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.

LNG: Progressive chance or regressive act?

Tom Pedersen & Kathryn Harrison, Vancouver Sun, July 4, 2012

Redefining dirty as clean is no way to cut emissions

As Congress looks away, US tiptoes toward exporting a gas bounty

By Ayesha Rascoe and Emily Stephenson, Reuters, June 27, 2012

WASHINGTON, June 27 (Reuters) - In a bitterly divided U.S. political environment, there's at least one thing Republicans and Democrats can agree on: Avoid a public showdown on natural gas exports, arguably the most important energy policy decision in recent memory.

BC Government kills Feed-In Tariff program

BC Hydro, June 22 2012

In light of efforts to minimize electricity rate increases, the B.C. Government is not planning to proceed with the implementation of a British Columbia Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Regulation at this time.

The Regulation would require BC Hydro to establish a FIT program in accordance with the Clean Energy Act.

First Nations group defends power project

Dan MacLennan, Campbell River Courier-Islander, June 13, 2012

A group of North Island First Nations is defending a contentious run-of-river power project, saying the NDP's opposition to the project is misinformed.

Liberals break their word, set to revive Klinaklini power project

News Release, BC NDP, June 7, 2012

CAMPBELL RIVER – After stating clearly that the boundaries of the Great Bear Rainforest would not be changed to allow a massive independent power project to move ahead, the B.C. Liberals have broken their word and passed legislation that does just that, say New Democrats.

BC Hydro needs government policy changes

By Marvin Shaffer, Vancouver Sun, June 7, 2012

Though presented as part of its effort to protect families, the government's recently imposed cap on BC Hydro rate increases will not help British Columbians - families or otherwise. The cap on rates does nothing to reduce costs. At best it provides a short-term gain, but sooner or later BC Hydro will have to increase rates to match the increase in its costs.

The case for strong environmental assessment

Calvin Sandborn, Vancouver Sun, June 5, 2012

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. — Winston Churchill

Canadians should worry about Bill C-38 — Ottawa’s bid to gut the Environmental Assessment Act.

Clean energy exports lose steam

By Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun, June 5, 2012

Two years after the B.C. Liberals pushed BC Hydro to develop clean energy for export, the drive is all but dead, a victim of the changing economics of the North American electricity market.

Scientists, ex-ministers slam federal changes to Fisheries Act

Doug Ward, Peter O'Neil, Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, May 29, 2012

The federal government is sabotaging its own legislated requirement to protect endangered freshwater fish by weakening the Fisheries Act, four former federal fisheries ministers from B.C. and Canadian scientists say in separate letters to the Harper government.

Bill 49 - Protected Areas of British Columbia Amendment Act, 2012 - Hansard - Second Reading

Hansard, May 30 2012

Debate in the Legislature on the second reading of Bill 49 focussed on the removal of a section of the Dzawadi–Upper Klinaklini River conservancy to accommodate the design plans for the Klinaklini Hydroelectric Project. Rob Fleming, Michael Sather, and Claire Trevena led the debate and were quite informative.

B.C. families to benefit from lower BC Hydro rates

NEWS RELEASE, Ministry of Energy and Mines, May 22, 2012

VANCOUVER – Minister of Energy and Mines Rich Coleman today announced the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) has been directed by the provincial government to reduce BC Hydro’s rate increases over three years by 50 per cent. This is consistent with last year’s BC Hydro review.

Booming natural-gas sector ignites debate over BC Hydro service

JUSTINE HUNTER, Globe and Mail, May 20, 2012

VICTORIA — Newcomers to British Columbia’s natural-gas sector may be denied access to BC Hydro’s electricity services as the province looks to curb costs for Hydro’s current customers.

LNG plans may alter B.C.'s climate-change goals

JUSTINE HUNTER, Globe and Mail, May 13 2012

VICTORIA— B.C. Premier Christy Clark is prepared to alter her government’s strict climate-change targets to pave the way for her plan to create a liquefied natural gas industry in the province.

Bill C-38: the Environmental Destruction Act

By Elizabeth May, The, May 10, 2012

Packing so many attacks on nature into one bill, Harper bets, will confuse citizens. Here's what's at stake.

Oil, dissent and the future of Canada

TZEPORAH BERMAN, Globe and Mail, May 02, 2012

“Mommy, why does the government think you are a terrorist?”

The question came from my son the day after the news media reported that the federal government was contemplating changing the definition of domestic terrorism to include environmentalism.

Budget Bill Declares War on Environment

West Coast Environmental Law, April 27, 2012

Removal of environmental safeguards serves interests of big oil and silences citizens, say environmental lawyers

Pipeline plan triggers scramble for Vancouver bylaw

CBC News, 26 Apr 2012

City council and Park Board gird for battle over Kinder Morgan twinning project

The City of Vancouver is ramping up efforts to oppose the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion from Alberta to the Burnaby end of Vancouver Harbour.

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.

Tories silence critics

By Peter O'Neil, Vancouver Sun, April 19, 2012

Green advocates with no expertise to be shut out

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