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Protesting Anticipated Approval of Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline Expansion

The ECOreport looks at reports of the thousands protesting anticipated approval of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion.

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1As decision time approaches, most of us know the government of Canada to enable the flow of more diluted bitumen through the most populated region of British Columbia. The cost, in terms of the Liberal party’s political future in this province, could be great. A recent Insights West poll found that 64% of the people who voted for them in the last election oppose the pipeline. One of their own MP’s made the public appeal, “I ask you to listen to the collective wisdom of British Columbians.” Thousands are protesting anticipated approval of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion.

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Vancouver Talking Pipelines With Trudeau

The ECOreport looks at the news  the Mayor & First Nations leaders have gone to Ottawa, Vancouver Talking Pipelines With Trudeau

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1With Alberta’s economy stalling,  Premier Rachel Notley “needs” a pipeline to transport diluted bitumen from the oil sand to export terminals on the coast. She is “interested in both the proposed expansion of Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain line,” through British Columbia’s most populated area, and an Energy East pipeline to the Atlantic Coast.” According to Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, her pitch to the federal cabinet members on retreat in Banff received a standing ovation. Only the proposed Trans Mountain expansion is not popular in B.C. and now there is news of Vancouver talking pipelines with Trudeau.
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When Will The Big Spill Happen?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There are currently 18 coastal fossil fuel projects planned for southwest British Columbia and Washington’s Puget Sound. A joint  study, from the FRIENDS of the San Juans and San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping, calculated this will bring another 5,300 marine transits a year through the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  According to Stephanie Buffum, Executive Director of Friends of the San Juans, “Neither Canada nor Washington is looking at the potential impacts of this cumulative increase.” She is not the only one wondering when will the big spill happen?

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Supreme Court Recognizes Tsilhqot’in First Nation’s Title

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The implications, for future economic activities on aboriginal lands, are enormous. The Supreme Court Recognizes Tsilhqot’in First Nation’s Title over 1,700 square kilometres of British Columbia.  
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2,000 Apply to speak at Kinder Morgan Pipeline Hearing

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMThe deadline for applications to speak at the National Energy Board’s hearing on the proposed Kinder Morgan (Trans-Mountain) Pipeline expansion proposal is over. Around 2,000 applicants came forward. Several Lower Mainland communities, the governments of BC, Alberta and Washington, as well as 40 First Nations (4 of which came from Washington state) have applied.
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