Rumour has it British Columbia may be on the verge of coming to an agreement with Alberta that could overcome one of the biggest hurdles confronting the Site C Dam project. Though the province is not expected to need the controversial dam’s electricity until about 2029, if ever, there are conditions under which Alberta might be willing to purchase it. Premier Rachel Notley told theGlobe and Mail this isn’t a simple quid per quo deal, but also made it clear the deal must include a pipeline. In response, British Columbia’s Minister of Environment once again reaffirmed the position her government adopted in 2012. BC’s five conditions must be met before the government will support a pipeline project.
Justin Trudeau’s team is making its’ debut on the world’s stage. He will be making a string of overseas appearances, which includes meetings world leaders like President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin. So far, most of us are applauding their performance at home. It seems like Canada really is back, but there is still a list of energy projects requiring immediate attention.
Prior to the election, Justin Trudeau made many promises. He was going to stop the Northern Gateway pipeline project. He was going to redo the National Energy Board (NEB) process and that “applies to existing projects.” The NEB will not make a decision on Kinder Morgan’s controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion early in 2016. Kinder Morgan will have to go through a new process, which will require obtaining support from communities and First Nations. Trudeau was elected over a week ago. The battle against BC’s pipelines continues.
According to the Globe and Mail, Canadian Premiers are about to sign an agreement that would fast track pipeline projects. The 34-page-report describes how to deal with the opposition Energy East, Kinder Morgan, Northern Gateway and Keystone XL faced from environmental groups and First Nations. It suggests that red tape be cut down, so decisions can be quicker. If the initial responses from community leaders an indication, BC says NO to “Canadian Energy Strategy”. Continue reading BC says NO to “Canadian Energy Strategy”→