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Laura Payton, CBC News, Jun 17, 2014

Justin Trudeau, Tom Mulcair both pledge to reverse decision if they form government in 2015

The federal government has agreed to let Enbridge build its Northern Gateway pipeline, subject to 209 conditions recommended by the National Energy Board and further talks with aboriginal communities.

Enbridge wants to build the pipeline from Bruderheim, Alta., to Kitimat, B.C.

World

May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014

Pete Seeger's body gave out yesterday, but his music will live forever. He has left us a bounty of music and boundless spirit to continue the good fights.

Thank-you, Pete. Goodnight.

Here's a sampler of three great songs. YouTube is full of his music. Enjoy.

Proposal would increase oil tanker traffic

Phuong Le, Associated Press, Chron.com, December 27, 2013

SEATTLE (AP) — The number of oil tankers in Washington state waters could increase almost sevenfold under a proposal by a Canadian pipeline company to expand the amount of crude oil it sends to the Pacific Coast.

More massive tar mats from BP oil spill discovered on Louisiana beaches

Bob Marshall, The Lens (New Orleans), Dec 18, 2013

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster was just a month old and BP’s crude oil was still gushing from the Gulf floor when state officials began to grasp the true scope of the insult to Louisiana’s coast: Beaches, estuaries and wetlands would be under assault for decades.

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.

Dream of a road to the Arctic Ocean takes shape

Jeffrey Jones, Globe and Mail, Dec. 17 2013

TUKTOYAKTUK, NWT — On a November morning just outside Tuktoyaktuk, diesel engines break the silence as trucks and graders trundle back and forth, slowly pushing their way across the tundra toward Inuvik, about 140 kilometres south.

Report of the Joint Review Panel for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project

Joint Review Panel, Enbridge Northern Gateway Project, Dec 19 2013

The Joint Review Panel (the Panel) for the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project today recommended that the federal government approve the project, subject to 209 required conditions.

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.

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.

Is Bakken oil safe enough for the GTA?

Jessica McDiarmid, The Star, Dec 14 2013

The fires burned for four days after the explosions.

A train carrying 72 cars of crude oil had barreled into the sleepy Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic and derailed. And the oil did what crude oil isn’t supposed to do: it blew up, killing 47 people, leaving the downtown core in ruin.

Regulator: ND oil rail shipments expected to spike

James Macpherson, Associated Press December 12, 2013

Regulator: North Dakota oil rail shipments expected to spike to 90 percent of production

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.

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.

Tar Sands Oil Boom Drives Push for A Northern Pipeline

Ed Struzik, Yale Environment 360, 29 Nov 2013

The rapid development of Alberta’s tar sands has spawned a new proposal for a 731-mile pipeline that would transport oil to the British Columbia coast. The project is strongly opposed by conservationists and First Nations leaders, who fear the environmental risks it would bring.

Climate Summit Trap: Capitalism's March toward Global Collapse

Harald Welzer, Spiegel Online, Dec 6 2013

The Warsaw conference demonstrated that the "climate summit" model is broken and, more importantly, that capitalism itself is driving us to the brink. Protests are not the solution -- it's time to fight the system using its own weapons.

US Energy Independence: Another Pipe Dream, Says Analyst

Andrew Nikiforuk, TheTyee.ca, Dec 7 2013

Top geoscientist spells out startling depletion rates for high-cost shale gas, tight oil wells.

One of Canada's top energy analysts has warned investors and geologists that "the shale revolution" will not meet conventional expectations as a so-called game-changer in energy production.

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.

First Nations Gain Powerful New Allies in Fight Against Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline and Tankers

News Release, Yinka Dene Alliance, Dec 5 2013

Solidarity Accord aligns First Nations with supporters from across Canadian society ahead of a Joint Review Panel decision on the project

'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.

Public input wanted on NS offshore drilling program

Greg Bennett, NovaNewsNow.com, Dec 3 2013

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency wants public input before deciding if a federal environmental assessment is required for a proposed drilling project off the southwestern coast of Nova Scotia.

Activists shut down port of Vancouver in solidarity with Elsipogtog people

Murray Bush, Vancouver Media Co-op, Dec 2 2013

COAST SALISH TERRITORY - Activists blocked access to the federal Port of Vancouver for an hour early this morning as part of an International Day of Action in Support of  Elsipogtog Land Defenders in New Brunswick.

CNOOC heads group seeking to export B.C. liquefied natural gas

Brent Jang, Globe and Mail, Nov. 29 2013

VANCOUVER —An Asian group led by CNOOC Ltd. of China is seeking a licence to export liquefied natural gas from British Columbia as the competition heats up to develop huge LNG megaprojects on the West Coast.

Obama approves border-crossing fracked gas pipeline used to dilute tar sands

Jenny Uechi, Vancouver Observer, Nov 26 2013

While the fate of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline hangs in balance, the U.S. quietly approved another major border-crossing pipeline proposal by Kinder Morgan last week.  

Obama Approves Major Border-Crossing Fracked Gas Pipeline Used to Dilute Tar Sands

Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog, 26 Nov 2013

Although TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has received the lion's share of media attention, another key border-crossing pipeline benefitting tar sands producers was approved on November 19 by the U.S. State Department.

Inside the oil-shipping free-for-all that brought disaster to Lac-Mégantic

Grant Robertson & Jacquie McNish, Globe and Mail, Dec 2 2013

An investigation into the disaster and its causes.

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