By GORDON HAMILTON, Vancouver Sun, June 21, 2012
Premier Christy Clark said Thursday that natural gas is to be declared a source of clean energy as long as it is used to support the development of a new liquefied natural gas industry in British Columbia.
Claudia Cattaneo, Financial Post, June 20 2012
Beleaguered natural gas producers in Western Canada are going to have wait a little longer for relief from severely depressed prices. Janine McArdle, the senior executive in charge of the Kitimat LNG project at Houston-based Apache Corp., said the facility’s planned startup will take an extra year as the company continues to look for firm contracts with buyers in Asia.
Coastal First Nations files motion with JRP to compel province of British Columbia to participate in Gateway hearings
Robin Rowland, Northwest Coast Energy News, June 14 2012
Coastal First Nations have filed a notice of motion with the Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel, which, in effect, would compel the province of British Columbia to participate in the proceedings considering the future of the controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project.
Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun, June 14 2012
Opposition energy critic John Horgan sounded almost as happy as the B.C. Liberals recently when Shell Canada announced that it was moving forward on a $4-billion pipeline to transport natural gas from northeastern B.C. to a proposed liquefaction plant at Kitimat.
Damien Gillis, TheCanadian.org, June 14 2012
Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun, June 14 2012
One of the energy companies planning a liquefied natural gas terminal at Kitimat announced Thursday “an outstanding” new shale gas discovery, the best in North America, in British Columbia’s remote and largely unexplored Liard Basin.
Dan MacLennan, Campbell River Courier-Islander, June 13, 2012
A group of North Island First Nations is defending a contentious run-of-river power project, saying the NDP's opposition to the project is misinformed.
News Release, BC NDP, June 7, 2012
CAMPBELL RIVER – After stating clearly that the boundaries of the Great Bear Rainforest would not be changed to allow a massive independent power project to move ahead, the B.C. Liberals have broken their word and passed legislation that does just that, say New Democrats.
By Marvin Shaffer, Vancouver Sun, June 7, 2012
Though presented as part of its effort to protect families, the government's recently imposed cap on BC Hydro rate increases will not help British Columbians - families or otherwise. The cap on rates does nothing to reduce costs. At best it provides a short-term gain, but sooner or later BC Hydro will have to increase rates to match the increase in its costs.
By Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun, June 5, 2012
Companies see opportunities in Asia, and are continuing exploring for deposits and developing mines
Despite a drop in prices in China, Canadian coal companies are not slowing down exploration programs or development of new mines.
Scott Haggett, Reuters, June 5, 2012
CALGARY, Alberta, June 5 (Reuters) - TransCanada Corp will build a C$4 billion ($3.8 billion) pipeline to serve Royal Dutch Shell Plc's planned liquefied natural gas plant on British Columbia's northern coast, the company said on Tuesday.
By Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun, June 5, 2012
Two years after the B.C. Liberals pushed BC Hydro to develop clean energy for export, the drive is all but dead, a victim of the changing economics of the North American electricity market.
JUSTINE HUNTER, Globe and Mail, Jun. 03 2012
VICTORIA — A 30-page technical report containing the B.C. government’s assessment of the proposed Northern Gateway project sits on Environment Minister Terry Lake’s desk. Still, his government remains silent on the plan to build a pipeline across northern B.C. to get Alberta oil to Asian markets.
Hansard, May 31 2012
By Elizabeth James, North Shore News, May 30, 2012
"You know, maybe in a 1970s British sitcom it makes sense to buy power at $60 to $100 (per megawatt hour) and sell it at 20 cents to $17.60, but it certainly doesn't make sense for the people of British Columbia."
Adrian Dix, Hansard, 14 May, 2012
Hansard, May 30 2012
Debate in the Legislature on the second reading of Bill 49 focussed on the removal of a section of the Dzawadi–Upper Klinaklini River conservancy to accommodate the design plans for the Klinaklini Hydroelectric Project. Rob Fleming, Michael Sather, and Claire Trevena led the debate and were quite informative.
By Keith Baldrey, Surrey Now, May 29, 2012
There's a part of government that is spending gargantuan amounts of money, yet operates beyond the scrutiny normally applied to such operations.
Rodney White, Platts, 29May2012
Washington -- Faced with "considerable" increases in electricity demand caused in large measure by pending LNG and mining projects, British Columbia's BC Hydro suggested Monday it may have to use more natural gas to produce power.
Canadian Press, Vancouver Sun, May 29 2012
METRO VANCOUVER - A Greenpeace protest in Vancouver aimed at an oil pipeline expansion project was blown slightly off course Tuesday morning.
Vancouver Media Co-op, May 26, 2012
Mining Conference Effectively Shut Down!
On May 24, 2012 the Vancouver Branch of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum hosted a luncheon meeting at the Four Season's Hotel in Vancouver focusing on Compliance Energy Corp's proposed Raven Coal Mine. The site for this proposed mine is in unceded Pentlach Territory on Vancouver Island, also known as the Comox Valley.
By Jeff Green, The Province, May 25, 2012
Protesters of a mining conference in downtown Vancouver were throwing more than just rocks.
By Jeffrey Jones, Reuters, Vancouver Sun, May 24, 2012
Expansion downsized after fewer shippers sign contracts
NEWS RELEASE, Ministry of Energy and Mines, May 22, 2012
VANCOUVER – Minister of Energy and Mines Rich Coleman today announced the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) has been directed by the provincial government to reduce BC Hydro’s rate increases over three years by 50 per cent. This is consistent with last year’s BC Hydro review.
JUSTINE HUNTER, Globe and Mail, May 20, 2012
VICTORIA — Newcomers to British Columbia’s natural-gas sector may be denied access to BC Hydro’s electricity services as the province looks to curb costs for Hydro’s current customers.
RICHARD GILBERT, Journal of Commerce, May 21, 2012
Another multi-billion dollar LNG terminal proposed for Kitimat
A group of companies led by Shell are developing plans for the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility near Kitimat, British Columbia.