Roger Annis, Vancouver Observer, 30 Sep 2013
Following a visit by federal ministers to British Columbia last week to win over oil pipeline opponents, VO takes a look at what happened and what's to come. The pressure to expand oil-by-rail is relentless. Meanwhile, the oil train derailments are accumulating. And a recent editorial by Postmedia suggested that proposals to ship oil by truck on Canada's highways will be next.
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.
Can't miss the main message in this story: Christy Clark must mark down the cost of BC's LNG, or the Asian market won't be there, the companies hoping to produce LNG in BC won't sink the capital in, and her promises to deliver the pot'o'gold in time for the election in 2017 go pffft.
Wow! This'll mollify an unhappy natural gas industry. Unhappy? How could they not be: hundreds of millions of dollars invested in BC natural gas, prices utterly collapsed, and nowhere to sell all this gas. If LNG doesn't fly, more than a few jobs and executive bonuses are on the line.
Asian Pacific Post, 25Sep2013
Premier Christy Clark upcoming 13-day trade mission to China, Korea and Japan to deepen British Columbia’s relationships with those key liquefied natural gas Asian markets will be facing some severe gas pains, industry analysts said.
Damien Gillis, CommonSenseCanadian.ca, Sep 23 2013
Fortune Minerals announced Monday it will voluntarily stand down from an escalating conflict with the local Tahltan First Nation. The Common Sense Canadian has been reporting on the standoff over a proposed mine in northwest BC’s Sacred Headwaters region since it began in August, when First Nations elders issued the company an eviction notice, demanding it cease exploratory drilling.
Kelly Cryderman, Globe and Mail, Sep. 23 2013
Bruce Cheadle, Canadian Press, Globe and Mail, Sep. 22, 2013
CN Rail, at the urging of Chinese-owned Nexen Inc., is considering shipping Alberta bitumen to Prince Rupert, B.C., by rail in quantities matching the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, documents show.
Robin Rowland, Northwest Coast Energy News, 22 Sep 2013
Chevron, the partner with Apache in the KM LNG (also known as Kitimat LNG) project at Bish Cove, said Sunday that the company will hold an open house in Kitimat on the controversial Clio Bay reclamation project.
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.
Margo Harper, Globe and Mail, Sep. 20 2013
An increasingly tense standoff between a B.C. First Nation and a London, Ont.-based coal company in a remote mountain valley known as Sacred Headwaters is set to erupt as protesters flaunt their month-long presence on a drilling site and taunt the RCMP to arrest them.
Justine Hunter, Globe and Mail, Sep. 15 2013
VICTORIA — In the global race to capture billions of dollars of investment to develop liquefied natural gas, British Columbia has started to tout its natural advantage: a northern climate.
Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun, Sept 12 2013
Top bureaucrats can 'grind' utility some more on proposed 26 per cent rate hike, minister says
Alistair Taylor, Campbell River Mirror, September 10, 2013
It will be a long haul before Discovery LNG starts shipping liquid natural gas from the former Elk Falls Mill site.
But Quicksilver Resources is serious about seeing the project happen, says senior vice president and chief operating officer David Rushford.
Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, September 11, 2013
Energy Minister Bill Bennett says efforts are underway to reduce potential 26-per-cent hike
Walter McFarlane, Kitimat Daily, Sep 6 2013
Rick Flegel addressed City Council on Clio Bay on Monday, September 3rd. He asked them for their support in stopping the proposed dumping of clay in Clio Bay. He explained he is a long-time resident.
Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun, August 27 2013
VICTORIA — When a U.S. regulator ruled earlier this year that B.C. was guilty of hundreds of infractions in selling electricity to California, the government was quick to discount the finding as a temporary setback.
Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, August 26, 2013
Relying on industry for advice is akin to ‘fox in charge of hen house’
Keith Baldrey, Vancouver Courier, August 22 2013
And that’s what the B.C. Liberal government did last week with a bolt from the blue announcement that it was ending its decade-long fight with the state of California and electrical utilities there over whether B.C. Hydro acted legally when it sold power to the state in 2000 and 2001.
Barbara Yaffe, Vancouver Sun, August 26, 2013
Desmog Canada, 26 Aug 2013
The largest onshore oil spill in US history - Enbridge's ruptured Line 6B that released nearly 3 million liters of tar sands diluted bitumen into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River in Michigan - finally has an official price tag: $1,039,000,000 USD. That's according to newly disclosed figures released by Enbridge in a Revised Application to expand another one of its pipelines, the Alberta Clipper.
ABC News, 23 Aug 2013
A research pilot plant in Newcastle will trial world-first technology that turns carbon emissions into bricks and pavers for the construction industry.
The Bakersfield Californian, Aug 24 2013
Sept. 9, 2010: A 30-inch PG&E gas pipeline burst in San Bruno, killing eight people, injuring dozens more and destroying 38 homes. In court documents, PG&E first tried to blame the rupture on a city sewer project that allegedly damaged a "state of the art" pipeline. Residents themselves were accused of somehow being negligent.
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.