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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.

Proposal would increase oil tanker traffic

Phuong Le, Associated Press,, December 27, 2013

SEATTLE (AP) — The number of oil tankers in Washington state waters could increase almost sevenfold under a proposal by a Canadian pipeline company to expand the amount of crude oil it sends to the Pacific Coast.

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.

Massey tunnel replacement key to Canada's economy, VBOT president says

Jen St. Denis, Business in Vancouver, Oct 1, 2013

But critics say removing the tunnel is the first step in turning the Fraser River into a highly industrialized waterway

Oil spill preparedness changes need broader consultation, says NDP

Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, August 26, 2013

Relying on industry for advice is akin to ‘fox in charge of hen house’

Kinder Morgan files last minute objection to Joint Review’s proposed conditions for Northern Gateway

Robin Rowland, Northwest Coast Energy News, June 5 2013

Kinder Morgan has filed a last minute objection to the Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel’s preliminary conditions for the Enbridge project.

CBC On the Island: Arthur Caldicott on Quicksilver's Elk Falls LNG project

Arthur Caldicott, CBC On the Island, May 29 2013

Host Gregor Craigie talks with Arthur Caldicott about Quicksilver Resources acquisition of the Elk Falls mill site in Campbell River, and its intention to evaluate it for an LNG export facility.

David Black signs deal with major Chinese bank to help finance Kitimat refinery

Andrew Duffy, Times Colonist, April 19, 2013

Victoria businessman David Black has taken a major step forward in fulfilling his dream of an oil refinery built on B.C.’s west coast after making a deal that could be worth billions of dollars with a major bank in China.

One tale told twice

Government critics beginning to smell a rat over Kitimat oil refinery proposal

Government critics beginning to smell a rat over Kitimat oil refinery proposal

Ottawa tightens tanker safety with $120-million plan

Ian Bailey, Globe and Mail, Mar. 18 2013

VANCOUVER — The federal government pushed back at suggestions it is advancing an energy agenda at the cost of the environment, announcing amendments to the Canada Shipping Act and eight new tanker-safety measures in British Columbia, where there have been deep concerns about pipeline safety and spill control.

Harper government announces first steps towards World-Class Tanker Safety System

News Release, Transport Canada, March 18, 2013

VANCOUVER — The Harper government today announced a number of measures toward the creation of a World-Class Tanker Safety System. The implementation of eight tanker safety measures was announced along with the introduction of the Safeguarding Canada's Seas and Skies Act, and the creation of a Tanker Safety Expert Panel to review Canada's current tanker safety system and propose further measures to strengthen it. The announcement was made by the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources.

Concerns over environmental track record of Indonesian billionaire planning LNG plant in Squamish

Kent Spencer, The Province, March 7 2013

Controversial Indonesian billionaire Sukanto Tanoto has purchased an industrial site in Squamish for the purposes of exporting liquefied natural gas.

But the self-educated entrepreneur has been criticized for environmental practices elsewhere in his $12 billion industrial empire, raising questions about his B.C. venture.

Environmental watchers say Tanoto’s logging company, APRIL, has a checkered record in cutting down Indonesia’s rainforests and destroying wildlife habitat.

Financial Liability for Kinder Morgan

News Release, Wilderness Committee, January 24, 2013

This new report, Financial Liability for Kinder Morgan, analyses the insurance available to pay for oil spill response costs and damages caused by a potential marine-based oil spill resulting from the proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline.The report was co-authored by the Living Oceans Society, Georgia Strait Alliance, West Coast Environmental Law and the Wilderness Committee, and addresses the fact that Kinder Morgan’s new Trans Mountain Pipeline proposal represents an exponential increase in the risk of a major marine-based oil spill affecting the Salish Sea’s most populous region—including the Cities of Vancouver and Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands.

Opposition to Enbridge Grows as First Nations and Mayor of Vancouver Stand Together Against Threat of Oil Tankers and Pipelines

News Release, Yinka Dene Alliance, December 13, 2012

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson proclaims "Save the Fraser Declaration Day" recognizing need to protect rivers and coast from tar sands threat

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 13, 2012) - (Coast Salish Territories) - Opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker project continued to gain momentum today as the Tahltan Central Council, the Tahltan Band Council and the BC Metis Federation signed the Save the Fraser Declaration, an indigenous law declaration banning tar sands pipelines and tankers from crossing British Columbia, signed by over 130 First Nations.

You heard it here: Northern Gateway’s dead

Jeffrey Simpson, Globe and Mail, Oct. 05 2012

The Northern Gateway pipeline that Enbridge proposes to build from Alberta’s bitumen oil to the Pacific coast of British Columbia is, for all intents and purposes, dead.

Tankers too risky for B.C. coastal environment: independent engineering report

Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, September 1 2012

The Enbridge Northern Gateway proposal to ship oilsands bitumen from Kitimat along the B.C. coast carries an unacceptable risk of a significant spill, according to an independent analysis by three professional engineers.

U.S. destroyer, oil tanker collide

CNN, August 12 2012

(CNN) -- A U.S. guided missile destroyer was involved in a collision with an oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz, the U.S. Navy announced.

Coastal First Nation Pans Provincial Pipeline Stance

By Kai Nagata,, July 23 2012

Heiltsuk leaders say BC government's announcement today changes nothing.

British Columbia outlines requirements for heavy oil pipeline consideration

BC Ministries of Environment, Aboriginal Relations & Reconciliation, Energy & Mines, July 23 2012

Liberals' own report makes the case for opposing Enbridge pipeline

Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun, July 24 201

After months of leaving the heavy lifting on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline to others, the B.C. Liberals finally weighed in Monday with their take on the controversial project.

Failure of Northern Gateway pipeline could cost taxpayers, former insurance executive warns

By Peter O'Neil, Edmonton Journal, July 5, 2012

OTTAWA - Taxpayers aren’t adequately protected in the event Enbridge Inc.’s proposed Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline suffers the same kind of catastrophic failure that resulted in a $765 million US spill in Michigan two years ago, says a former Canadian insurance executive.

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