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Can Canada Build More Pipelines? Or LNG Facilities?

The ECOreport asked scientists, environmentalists, politicians and spokespersons from the Governments of Alberta, BC and Canada: If we want to limit climate change, can Canada build more pipelines?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In a recent interview with the ECOreport, Simon Fraser University Climate Scientist Dr, Kirsten Zickfeld described Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s idea of fighting climate change while expanding the oil sands and building new pipelines as “delusional.” There is only a finite amount of carbon we can release into the atmosphere and if we hope keep the global temperature rise to 2 degrees C. We are already close to 1.5 degrees and may pass that threshold this year. Even if we do not build any new fossil fuel infrastructure, Canada will exhaust “its’ fair share” of carbon emissions by 2030. These were quite strong statements, so I asked a couple of other scientists – as well as environmentalists, politicians and government spokespersons – Can Canada build more pipelines? Or LNG facilities?
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BC Says It Cannot Support Kinder Morgan Pipeline

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe province of British Columbia was not able to respond in time to be part of Monday’s broadcast, “Bitumen Sinks & Is Almost Impossible to Clean Up.” However a Ministry of Environment spokesperson emailed and BC says it cannot support Kinder Morgan Pipeline at this time.

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Is BC Ready For A Major Oil Spill?

The ECOreport looks into a major concern behind the pipeline controversy, is BC ready for a major oil spill?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMIf all the proposed fossil fuel projects (Coal; Oil & LNG) in British Columbia and the Puget Sound are approved, another 5,300 marine transits could be passing through the strait of Juan de Fuca every year. This would appear to greatly increase the possibility of an accident. Is BC ready for a major oil spill?

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To Demonstrate Their Ownership Of Madii Lii

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1It has been fourteen months since the Luutkudziiwus chiefs declared their land closed to all LNG traffic and other unauthorized industrial activity. Hereditary Chief Nola says Madii Lii camp was built to “stop the injustice that is being perpetrated on our people.” In the face of agressive actions spearheaded by the government of British Columbia, the house of Luuktkudziiwus needed to demonstrate their ownership of Madii Lii.

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Luutkudziiwus Were Not Consulted

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project’s website proudly displays press releases about their agreements with the Lake Babine, Kitselas and Gitanyou First Nations. They also display the results of a 2014 poll that reports most of the people along the proposed pipeline route support them. The BC government has already issued construction permit and environmental assessment permit. Yet, according to their lawyer, the Luutkudziiwus were not consulted about the 34 km stretch of pipeline that would cross their traditional territory to carry 2 billion to 3.6 billion cubic feet of gas, per day, from Hudson’s Hope to the proposed LNG facility on Lelu Island.

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What would make BC Reject the NEB Process?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Thirty-five more participants walked out of the National Energy Board hearings, on the proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline Project, last week. Like Former BC Hydro CEO Marc Elieson and former ICBC President and CEO Robyn Allan before them, they are calling the whole process a sham. After interviewing two of them, I zipped off a list of questions to the Ministry of Environment. Most of them pertain to the idea of putting oil pipelines in in provincial parks, but in the Q&A that follows a Ministry spokesperson also answered what would make BC reject the NEB process?

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NEB Says Kinder Morgan Does Not have to Answer

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The NEB says Kinder Morgan Does not have to answer British Columbia’s questions about responding to an oil spill.  The province’s motion concerning redactions to the Emergency Management Program (EMP) documents because “sufficient information has been filed from the existing EMP documents to meet the Board’s requirements at this stage of the process”.

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Opposition to the proposed LNG project on Lelu Island

The ECOreport looks at the Opposition to the proposed LNG project on Lelu Island

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The Skeena River is the most productive salmon bearing river in British Columbia. Thousands of years before the first European colonists arrived, it was providing First Nations with food. A week ago, First Nations throughout the Skeena Watershed declared their opposition to the proposed LNG project on Lelu Island, grave lack of consultation and massive damage to salmon habitat.

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BC Parks & Pipelines: Is Christy trying to pull a Fast One?

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMAccording to British Columbia’s leading daily newspaper, the Vancouver SUN, “The Ministry of Environment is anticipating applications for boundary adjustments to at least 35 parks and other protected areas to accommodate industrial pipelines, transmission lines and resource roads” The evidence is all there, as well as documentation regarding the procedures the government would have to go through to make these adjustments. The Liberal Government’s preference for fossil fuels is well known and, though it seems premature,  this might not have been an issue if they had been more transparent. But Premier Christy Clark promised British Columbians that five conditions had to be met before we will allow either of the pipeline projects to proceed, none of them have been met and now some people wonder if her government was trying to pull a fast one.

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