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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.

Report of the Joint Review Panel for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project

Joint Review Panel, Enbridge Northern Gateway Project, Dec 19 2013

The Joint Review Panel (the Panel) for the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project today recommended that the federal government approve the project, subject to 209 required conditions.

National Energy Board approves export licences for Pacific NorthWest LNG, BG Group

Shaun Thomas, The Northern View, Dec 17, 2013

Both LNG terminals being considered for the Prince Rupert area cleared another hurdle on Dec. 16 as the National Energy Board approved export licences for both Pacific NorthWest LNG and the BG Group's proposed Prince Rupert LNG Exports Ltd.

Woodfibre applies to export LNG from former B.C. pulp mill

Jeff Lewis, National Post, July 25 2013

CALGARY – A company headed by an Indonesian billionaire has applied to Canadian regulators to export liquefied natural gas from a former pulp mill north of downtown Vancouver, in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland.

NEB: Woodfibre LNG Export Pte. Ltd.

BC Gov't to Enbridge: 'Trust Me' Is Not Good Enough

Andrew MacLeod,, 31 May 2013

Activists, First Nations leaders cheer province's clear stand against Northern Gateway proposal.

B.C. says ‘No’ to Northern Gateway on concerns over oil spills

Jeffrey Jones, Globe and Mail, May 31 2013

CALGARY — British Columbia has formally rejected Enbridge Inc.’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline to the West Coast from Alberta, saying the company has failed to adequately explain how to deal with a major heavy oil spill on land or in coastal waters.

News Bitumen Doesn't Float

Andrew Nikiforuk, The Tyee, May 23 2013

Study debunks Enbridge claims that oil sands crude spill is standard clean-up.

Extracting info: Why’s it so hard to get the goods on oil spills?

Leslie Young, Global News, May 22 2013

CALGARY – It can be tough to get a good sense of how safe Alberta’s oil industry is when you can’t access the information you need.

NEB hearings application form called undemocratic

Max Paris, CBC News, Apr 8, 2013

Enbridge will be 1st test of new rules for who qualifies to comment on projects

The National Energy Board is changing its rules for participation in public hearings, starting with its hearings in August into the reversal of a pipeline that runs through Ontario to Montreal.

Enbridge pipeline opponents say hearings unfair

Mark Hume, Globe and Mail, Apr. 03 2013

VANCOUVER — Federal hearings into the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project are unfair because company witnesses are allowed to huddle before answering questions during cross-examination, says a lawyer for two conservation groups.

Northern Gateway pipeline review panel demands consideration of 'Keystone Kops' report on Enbridge

Peter O'Neil, Calgary Herald, August 14, 2012

OTTAWA --- The federal review panel assessing the controversial Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline to B.C. is now demanding that Enbridge table a report from a U.S. regulator who concluded that the company acted like the Keystone Kops in a 2010 Michigan spill and had a corporate "culture of deviance."

Scathing report on Enbridge's Michigan oil spill won't be reviewed by Northern Gateway panel

Peter O'Neil, Calgary Herald, August 14, 2012

Critics outraged at rules that limit use of U.S. report likening Calgary company to Keystone Kops

Tight deadline for Gateway review as political headwinds grow


Shawn McCarthy, Globe and Mail, Aug. 03 2012

Ottawa — The federal government has imposed a strict deadline on a review panel to conclude the work on Enbridge Inc.’s controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, even as it scrambles to rescue the $6-billion project from a political sinkhole.

Shell applies for 25-year natural gas export licence

Nathan VanderKlippe, Globe and Mail,.Jul. 27 2012

Royal Dutch Shell plc and its three Asian partners have applied to export an enormous volume of natural gas from the British Columbia coast, as global attention begins to focus on the movement of Canadian energy to Japan, China and other markets.

In B.C., energy policy becomes a political battleground

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.

Tories unveil revised fisheries law, deny it's a move to boost pipelines

By Peter O'Neil, Vancouver Sun, Postmedia News, April 27, 2012

Critics say protection for fish habitat 'eliminated' in bill to appease businesses

B.C. has surrendered its sovereignty in pipeline hearings, analyst warns

By Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun, April 20, 2012

Hearings assessing the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project and legislative changes planned in Ottawa compromise the province’s sovereignty and threaten its authority to defend British Columbians’ interests, warns a letter from Robyn Allan, the former president of ICBC, to Premier Christy Clark and other leading provincial politicians.

Tories silence critics

By Peter O'Neil, Vancouver Sun, April 19, 2012

Green advocates with no expertise to be shut out

Canada's broken pipeline safety system

Joyce Nelson,, April 20 2012

On January 9, Canada's Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver claimed that "environmental and other radical groups," including "jet-setting celebrities" funded by foreign money, "threaten to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological ends. They seek to exploit any loophole they can find, stacking public hearings with bodies to ensure that delays kill good projects. They use funding from foreign special interest groups to undermine Canada's national economic interest."

Ottawa to slash environment review role

By Andrew Davidson, CBC News, Apr 17, 2012

Sierra Club says Tories 'abdicating' responsibility to protect environment

NEB approves BC LNG, second Kitimat LNG project

Robin Rowland, North Coast Energy News, February 2, 2012

The National Energy Board has approved a 20-year-export licence for Kitimat’s second LNG project, known as BC LNG. A NEB news release says:

Kitimat LNG export licence wins National Energy Board approval

By Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun, October 13, 2011

NEB’s okay opens new markets for Canadian natural gas

VANCOUVER — The National Energy Board has granted a 20-year licence to export liquid natural gas to KM LNG, the consortium with plans to build a liquid natural gas terminal at Kitimat, marking another step toward the construction of a $4.5 billion LNG terminal on B.C.’s west coast.

NEB working on plan to improve pipeline safety and environmental protection

Canadian Business, July 18, 2011

CALGARY - The National Energy Board says it is coming up with an action plan to make oil and natural gas pipelines safer for workers and the environment.

The federal agency says it will also wants to improve how companies prepare and respond to emergencies.

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