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Approving The Keystone XL Pipeline Is About Our Future

The ECOreport publishes an Op-ED about plans to expand North America’s fossil fuel production, Approving The Keystone XL Pipeline Is About Our Future 

By Roy L Hales

Alberta’s oil industry won a symbolic victory. President Trump calls his approval of the Keystone XL pipeline “a great day for jobs and energy independence” in the United States. Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) admits the industry is not using its’ current pipeline capacity1 and adding more pipelines is “not consistent with the Paris Accord’s commitment to keep (Global) warming to two degrees Celsius, or its aspirational goal of limiting it to 1.5 degrees Celsius.”2 Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline is about our future on a planet where the scale and pace of extreme weather events is increasing.

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  1. Canadian crude oil export pipelines are utilized at 85 to 90 per cent of their capacity … based on respective historical utilization rates.” – Canada’s Energy Future 2016, National Energy Board, p 92
  2.  Ibid, p 115

The Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation Says No To Ajax Mines

The ECOreport looks at the reasons the Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation Says No To Ajax Mines

By Roy L Hales

The mining sector may be struggling, but it is still big business in British Columbia. According to the Northern Miner,mining is “one of the hottest sectors of the Canadian stock market.” At the beginning of this year, there were 702 British Columbia based mineral exploration and mining companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and TSXV exchanges. Some of the A BC Liberal party’s biggest campaign contributors are mining companies. Though KGHM Ajax Mines is not one of them, having forked out a mere $55,450,1 a new mining start would definitely bolster Premier Christy Clark’s image within the industry. Only there is more at stake than money when it comes to a proposed 2,500-hectare open-pit copper and gold mine on the outskirts of the city of Kamloops. This is an area that local first nations consider sacred and after careful deliberation, the Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation says no to Ajax Mines.

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  1. KGHM AJAX MINING INC’s donations to the BC Liberal Party: 2013/03/01 – $2,000.00;  2013/12/31 – $10,000.00; 2014/03/28 – $1,000.00; 2014/03/28 – $2,000.00; 2014/04/14 – $400.00; 2014/07/04 – $250.00; 2014/07/04 – $250.00; 2014/10/10 – $10,000.00 ; 2015/03/06  – $2,000.00 ; 2015/04/10 – $5,000.00 ; 2015/06/19 – $2,000.00; 2015/11/20 – $20,000.00 ; KGHM INTERNATIONAL’s donations to the BC Liberal Party:  2015/02/13 – $550.00

Will Trudeau Protect Canada’s Environment?

The ECOreport looks at the Canadian government’s announcement of a comprehensive review of environmental and regulatory processes. Will Trudeau protect Canada’s environment?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMCanada’s new government faces tough challenges. They were elected on a wave of frustration with the previous regime’s petro-politics. Understandably, the oil and gas industry was “very concerned.” Up until now, corporate concerns have taken a priority over the welfare and desires of ordinary Canadians. Yesterday, the government announced a comprehensive review of environmental and regulatory processes. Will Trudeau protect Canada’s environment?

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BC Reacts To The NEB’s Pipeline Recommendation

The ECOreport looks at how BC Reacts To The NEB’s Pipeline Recommendation

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMAs everyone expected, the National Energy Board (NEB) has recommended that the Canadian Government approve Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion through the most populated area of British Columbia. The NEB believes the likelihood of a major oil spill “very low,” but “the potential significance” of such a spill “very high.” Kinder Morgan would be required to post calculations of the emissions from all industrial activities and those created during construction of the 1150 km (715 miles) pipeline. If the Trudeau Government agrees and the project goes forward, the number of tankers carrying diluted bitumen out of the Greater Vancouver area could increase from 1 or 2 a week to 10. These are some of the ways BC reacts to the NEB’s pipeline recommendation.
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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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Bitumen Sinks & Is Almost Impossible to Clean Up

The ECOreport radio interviews about the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion: Bitumen Sinks & Is Almost Impossible to Clean Up

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMPrior to his election as Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau promised that the National Energy Board hearings on the proposed Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion would not go forward. We need a new review process, which both focuses on science and seeks social license in the areas where projects like this are being suggested. That changed after his election. The hearings resumed and, sometime before May 20, the National Energy Board is expected to recommend the Trans Mountain project be approved. If the Prime Minister agrees, there will be a seven-fold increase of diluted bitument coming through the most populated area of British Columbia. In anticipation of the proposed pipeline, the province of British Columbia is drawing up legislation for “world-leading provincial spills regime.” This is the backdrop for the ECOreport’s Monday, April 11, program on CKTZ:   Bitumen sinks and is almost impossible to clean up.

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Opinion: The Canadian Government Is Already Damaging BC

The ECOreport publishes a response to one of Catherine McKenna’s concerns, the Canadian government is already damaging BC by not taking action.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe crux of Canada’s climate dilemma was recently played out at the Broadbent Institute’s annual Progress Summit. It was a refreshing debate in that, despite their very different perspectives, all three speakers appeared to speak what was really on their minds. Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips is understandably distressed about the her province’s growing unemployment and $10 billion in lost oil revenues. Vancouver City Councillor Andrea Reimer is opposed to the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion because it is “way too much risk, no benefit (for Vancouver), on a planet that is dying because we are burning fossil fuels.” Canada’s Environment Minister does not want to do anything that would cause “tons of people to lose jobs.” But do Phillips and McKenna realize that the Canadian government is already damaging BC by not taking action.

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Scientists Condemn The Flawed Review Process For Lelu Island

The ECOreport looks at a joint letter in which more than 130 scientists condemn the flawed review process for Lelu Island 

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThere are more than 130 of them, from Alaska, Russia, the West Coast as far south as California and east to the Atlantic coast. Their joint letter refers to “Misrepresentation,”  “lack of information” and “Disregard for science that was not funded by the proponent.” Scientists Condemn The Flawed Review Process For Lelu Island, at the mouth of British Columbia’s Skeena River, as “a symbol of what is wrong with environmental decision-making in Canada.”
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Has the Harper Government Been Selling Appointments?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMSumOfUs unveiled a website that claims many of Canada’s most influential government appointments were given to Conservative Party donors. While it is almost impossible to establish intentions unless the parties involved confess, collectively speaking this data looks incriminating.  Has the Harper Government been selling appointments?

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How Woodfibre LNG Illustrates What This Election Is About

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1It has been a year since Propeller Strategy drew up a declaration opposing the proposed Woodfibre LNG plant and LNG tanker traffic in Howe Sound. The key phrase is “I reject the proposed project until government and industry can provide clear information, science and assurance that I can trust, along with a meaningful, citizen-based, decision-making process.” The picture at the top of this page illustrates one of the key issues. LNG tankers would be p[ass at is a public beach. This project ignores the recommended distances between the tanker and shore, set out by the industry’s own organization, the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO). Propeller Strategy has been questioning the candidates through-out this election and their most recent survey shows how Woodfibre LNG illustrates what this election is about.

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