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Laura Payton, CBC News, Jun 17, 2014

Justin Trudeau, Tom Mulcair both pledge to reverse decision if they form government in 2015

The federal government has agreed to let Enbridge build its Northern Gateway pipeline, subject to 209 conditions recommended by the National Energy Board and further talks with aboriginal communities.

Enbridge wants to build the pipeline from Bruderheim, Alta., to Kitimat, B.C.

World

May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014

Pete Seeger's body gave out yesterday, but his music will live forever. He has left us a bounty of music and boundless spirit to continue the good fights.

Thank-you, Pete. Goodnight.

Here's a sampler of three great songs. YouTube is full of his music. Enjoy.

Northern Gateway pipeline approved with 209 conditions

Laura Payton, CBC News, Jun 17, 2014

Justin Trudeau, Tom Mulcair both pledge to reverse decision if they form government in 2015

The federal government has agreed to let Enbridge build its Northern Gateway pipeline, subject to 209 conditions recommended by the National Energy Board and further talks with aboriginal communities.

Enbridge wants to build the pipeline from Bruderheim, Alta., to Kitimat, B.C.

LNG project gets environmental OK

Brett Bundale, Chronicle Herald, March 7, 2014

$8b facility planned for Goldboro

A proposed multibillion-dollar liquefied natural gas project slated for rural Nova Scotia has jumped another hurdle.

Historic new water legislation introduced

Media Release, Government of BC, March 11 2014

VICTORIA - Environment Minister Mary Polak introduced legislation today that will update and replace B.C.'s century-old Water Act with the new Water Sustainability Act.

Click here to read the new Water Sustainability Act

Taseko New Prosperity Mine at Fish Lake rejected again

CBC News, Feb 26, 2014

Ministry concludes project likely to cause significant environmental damage, Taseko will reapply

It's back to the drawing board for round three for Taseko Mines, Ltd.

U.S. Keystone Report Relied Heavily on Alberta Govt-Funded Research

John H. Cushman Jr., InsideClimate News, Feb 7, 2014

State Department review used studies funded by Alberta agencies and carried out by Jacobs Consultancy, a subsidiary of a major tar sands developer.

7 environmental charities face Canada Revenue Agency audits

Evan Solomon, Kristen Everson, CBC News, Feb 06, 2014

Charities fear they may lose charitable status

The Canada Revenue Agency is currently conducting extensive audits on some of Canada's most prominent environmental groups to determine if they comply with guidelines that restrict political advocacy, CBC News has learned.

RIP Pete Seeger

May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014

Pete Seeger's body gave out yesterday, but his music will live forever. He has left us a bounty of music and boundless spirit to continue the good fights.

Thank-you, Pete. Goodnight.

Here's a sampler of three great songs. YouTube is full of his music. Enjoy.

Natural gas pipeline explodes near Otterburne, Man.

CBC News, Jan 25 2014

Thousands without heat south of Winnipeg as arctic blast moves in

A natural gas pipeline explosion near Otterburne, Man., 50 kilometres south of Winnipeg, has left thousands without heat as temperatures drop to -20 C, or -34 C with the wind chill.

Explosion and fire rock natural gas pipeline in southern Manitoba

The Canadian Press, Globe and Mail, Jan. 25 2014

ST. PIERRE-JOLYS, Man. — Five homes remain evacuated as TransCanada Piplelines deals with a natural gas pipeline fire about 25 kilometres south of Winnipeg.

Rail vs. Pipeline Is the Wrong Question

David Suzuki, Ian Hanington, Huffington Post, Jan 22 2014

Debating the best way to do something we shouldn't be doing in the first place is a sure way to end up in the wrong place. That's what's happening with the "rail versus pipeline" discussion. Some say recent rail accidents mean we should build more pipelines to transport fossil fuels. Others argue that leaks, high construction costs, opposition and red tape surrounding pipelines are arguments in favour of using trains.

More oil spilled from trains in 2013 than in previous 4 decades, federal data show

Curtis Tate, Bellingham Herald, McClatchy Washington Bureau, January 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — More crude oil was spilled in U.S. rail incidents last year than was spilled in the nearly four decades since the federal government began collecting data on such spills, an analysis of the data shows.

Scientist’s report casts doubt on Clark’s LNG figures

Mark Hume, Globe and Mail, Jan 21 2014

VANCOUVER — A former scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada has cast doubt on the B.C. government’s promise of an economic boom from increased liquefied natural gas production.

B.C. will not mandate electric-run LNG plants

BOE Report, The Canadian Press, January 16, 2014

VICTORIA – B.C. Energy Minister Bill Bennett says the government won’t force oil and gas companies that plan to develop liquefied natural gas plants in the province to use electricity in their operations.

Pipelines needed to meet Indian demand for Alberta bitumen

Darcy Henton, Calgary Herald, Jan 16 2014

EDMONTON — India has a voracious thirst for oilsands bitumen, but Alberta needs to have pipelines to deliver the product to tidewater before it can finalize any major deals with the country’s energy industry, International and Intergovernmental Relations Minister Cal Dallas said Thursday.

New Brunswick: Latest derailment and fire fans safety concerns posed by oil-by-rail boom

Jim Bronskill, Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press, The Star, Jan 08 2014

What is being called a controlled burn had been raging for more than 18 hours in northwestern New Brunswick late Wednesday after 17 cars on a CN train — some carrying propane, others crude oil — derailed and caught fire.

President Obama orders sweeping energy review

Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill, Jan 9 2014

President Obama on Thursday ordered a sweeping review of energy strategy that will involve departments and agencies across the federal government.

Environmental groups sue feds over Northern Gateway pipeline

Jenny Uechi, Vancouver Observer, Jan 9 2014

Five environmental groups, including the David Suzuki Foundation and the Wilderness Committee, are taking the federal government to court, claiming it has failed to meet its responsibilities under the Species at Risk Act to protect endangered wildlife threatened by the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.

Wall Street Giant Backs Away From Washington Coal Export Project

Oregon Public Broadcasting, Jan 7 2014

A multinational banking giant is backing away from a proposal to build the West Coast’s biggest coal export project near Bellingham, Washington.

Washington coal export project dumped by Goldman Sachs

John Upton, Grist, Jan 8 2013

Goldman Sachs is looking a tad less evil. It has dumped its holdings in a shaky project that would build the Gateway Pacific Terminal near Bellingham, Wash., intended to be the West Coast’s biggest coal export terminal.

Pressure for quick LNG approvals may trigger backlash

Mark Hume, The Globe and Mail, Jan. 06 2014

VANCOUVER —Premier Christy Clark has made it clear she wants government to proceed quickly with liquefied natural gas development in British Columbia.

But how fast is too fast?

Gulf of St. Lawrence oil projects topic of discussion for 2014

Ashley Fitzpatrick, The Telegram (St. John's, NL), December 28, 2013

From Old Harry to offshore Port au Port, western Newfoundland centre of talk

Report: How a Mega Project Snafu Could Snarl America’s Gas Exports

Keith Johnson, Foreign Policy, Jan 2 2014

The expansion of the Panama Canal is on hold -- and so is the U.S. dream of sending energy to Asia.

Casselton, N.D. residents flee town after oil train explosion

David Shaffer & Susan Hogan, Star Tribune, Dec 31, 2013

A majority of the 2,300 residents of Casselton, N.D., heeded a warning to leave town Monday after an explosion that produced huge clouds of flames and smoke, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

Neurotoxic "Bull's-Eye" Surrounds Canadian Tar Sands: Scientists

Jacob Chamberlain, Common Dreams, Dec 30 2013

Concentric circles of mercury and other toxic materials cover over 7,300 square miles

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