Posted on July 04, 2016

Orca and Kayakers - Photo by WinkyDefying economic logic and fuelled by corporate interests and politicians of all stripes, pipeline battles continue to rage across Canada this summer, and it appears they will not be settled anytime soon.

Posted on January 21, 2016

Caleb Behn is a 34 year old Eh-Cho Dene and Dunne-Za lawyer from Treaty 8 territory in Northeastern BC. He is currently working for the West Moberly First Nation, one of only two First Nations still contesting the Site C dam in the courts, as Director of the Lands department. He is also the Executive Director of the Keepers Of The Water Society, a non-profit focused on watershed stewardship and advocacy throughout the Arctic drainage basin.

Posted on July 28, 2015

This spring, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released a searing report, Honoring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future, calling on each and every one of us to take action to heal relationships between settlers and First Nations. 

Posted on June 08, 2015

Since November 19, 2014, Dene and Metis trappers have been camped out at a checkpoint on highway 955 near LaLoche, Saskatchewan in Treaty 8 lands, to stop Cenovus Energy from accessing indigenous lands. With temperatures regularly dropping to –400C throughout the winter, their conviction to occupy the land remains strong and the trappers have moved their camp to the Clearwater River.

Posted on March 13, 2015

For more than 35 years, Joe “Shithead” Keithley has fronted D.O.A., Vancouver’s legendary and influential punk band. As a longtime Burnaby resident and political activist, Keithley has been following the pipeline debate in North America and decided to hit the road with D.O.A. for a No Pipelines in BC tour.

Posted on March 06, 2015

Busted on Burnaby Mountain, BC“My heart was pounding as I took the microphone to speak to the crowd of two hundred rallied at the foot of Burnaby Mountain. Not because I was nervous about speaking, but because of the great emotion welling up inside of me – I was about to be arrested.

Posted on December 29, 2014

Quebec rejects TransCanada’s application for Energy East exploratory drilling near Beluga habitat.

Posted on August 29, 2014

Down a long back road, south of Houston BC, there is a place known as the Unist’ot’en Camp. Situated on Wet’suwet’en territory, the Unist’ot’en Camp is a community of people reoccupying their traditional territory and living off the land. The camp, which consists of permaculture gardens and a pit house, creates opportunities for people to learn from the voices of elders and those who have protected and lived off of the land.

Posted on August 01, 2014

Dead birds covered in oil.“Once the oil leaves the dock, Kinder Morgan holds no obligation or responsibility, even 10 metres out – that’s the carrier’s liability.”

Posted on June 17, 2014

Today the internet is full of noise about the Enbridge Northern Gateway decision by the feds.

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Posted on May 28, 2014

One hundred thousand is the magic number of jobs that the BC government predicts the Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) industry will create. The employment projections are based on five LNG plants operating by 2020. So far, none of the multinational companies considering building LNG plants in BC has made a final investment decision, but Premier Christy Clark has been busy putting strategies in place to prove BC will have the manpower when needed. But the numbers are not adding up.

Posted on April 18, 2014

With a hushed crowd of about one hundred, the unofficial result of the Kitimat plebiscite was read aloud Saturday evening.  Instantly, those gathered at the downtown park erupted into screams of joy.

Enbridge has lost the vote.

YES     1,278 (41.6%)

NO      1,793 (58.4%)

Total    3,071

Nathan Cullen, NDP MP for Skeena—Bulkley Valley was visibly nervous as the smart phone was read carefully for the announcement.

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Posted on April 12, 2014

A Northern Gateway Open House event enabled many people to ask tough questions about the oil sands pipeline.

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Posted on March 18, 2014

Burnaby Advises National Energy Board that Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project Application is Incomplete and does not meet Legal Requirements for Hearing and Public Evaluation

Posted on March 07, 2014

Washington, DC – On the last day of the public comment period, Keystone XL opponents held a rally in front of the State Department to deliver more than 2 million comments submitted to the State Department to urge Secretary Kerry and President Obama to reject the dirty, dangerous pipeline. The public comment period regarding the national interest of the pipeline began on February 5, after the State Department published the final environmental review.

Posted on February 14, 2014

Kinder Morgan Pipeline Threatens Ecology and Economy of Salish Tribes Tribes on Both Sides of the Border Intervene in Proceeding to Address Tanker Traffic and Oil Spill Risks


Seattle, WA & Vancouver, BC, Coast Salish Territories; February 13, 2014

Posted on January 23, 2014

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.

But the recent spate of rail accidents and pipeline leaks and spills doesn't provide arguments for one or the other; instead, it indicates that rapidly increasing oil and gas development and shipping ever greater amounts, by any method, will mean more accidents, spills, environmental damage -- even death. The answer is to step back from this reckless plunder and consider ways to reduce our fossil fuel use.

If we were to slow down oil sands development, encourage conservation and invest in clean energy technology, we could save money, ecosystems and lives -- and we'd still have valuable fossil fuel resources long into the future, perhaps until we've figured out ways to use them that aren't so wasteful. We wouldn't need to build more pipelines just to sell oil and gas as quickly as possible, mostly to foreign markets. We wouldn't have to send so many unsafe rail tankers through wilderness areas and places people live.

Posted on January 02, 2014

Last June, I spent three days in a Vancouver courtroom  watching the Hupacasath First Nation argue their case against the federal government.
The Hupacasath came robed, just like the judges and the lawyers. They weren’t wigged-out like the Department of Justice benchmen. They wore cedar woven headbands and hummingbird embroidered regalia (and underneath, comfortable blue jeans).

Posted on January 02, 2014

On December 22 the National Energy Board recommended approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline, and some of the people who otherwise distrust government, want it out of the economy, and hate quasi-judicial independent appointed bla bla bla – are lining up to praise the probity and wisdom of the Joint Review Panel. Some of these folks are your friends and relatives. Some have a wider audience.

Posted on December 19, 2013

Enbrige PipelineDecember 19, 2013

by Susan MacVittie

The Enbridge Pipeline project has been given the green light.

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

Posted on December 09, 2013

As debate over the Keystone XL and other pipeline projects continues, crude oil from the Alberta tar sands and western U.S. oil fields is increasingly being hauled by railroad. Critics warn that this development poses a threat not only to the environment but to public safety.

On New Year's Eve 2009, a train with 104 tank cars of light crude oil traveled 1,123 miles from North Dakota's Bakken oil fields to a terminal in Stroud, Oklahoma, and opened a new front in the war over development of Canada's tar sands.

It didn't seem that way at the time.

Posted on October 30, 2013

Click for larger imageBC Premier Christy Clark and that Energizer Bunny® resource salesman we call Prime Minister have been making a lot of noise lately about Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) sales to Asian markets. Clark once claimed BC LNG would be the cleanest in the world, although lately she has been defining her terms and now says only the actual LNG facility, not the gas or the pipelines, will be super natural green. (Click on map to enlarge)

Posted on October 21, 2013

by Susan MacVittie, Web Exclusive
Photo Credit: David Ellis

Kinder Morgan Canada critic, David Ellis, is looking for people who would be interested in walking the Trans Mountain pipeline in the Blue River summit area, north of Thompson River, BC to keep an eye on the condition of the 60 year old pipeline.

“There is little public information as to the number of past and present repairs in this region and this data needs to be publicized. How many exposed pipe sites, and round, red, metal signs, have you seen? These indicate past pipe weaknesses. Keep

Posted on January 07, 2013

Photo by Larissa Sayer

An interview with Watershed Sentinel correspondent Arthur Caldicott who has been following the hearings for the Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research

When did the hearings for Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipelines Project begin and when do they end?

In the Joint Panel Review of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipelines Project, three different phases of hearings have been scheduled, each serving a specific function:

Posted on November 07, 2012

Pipeline Routes/Click for larger imageby Joyce Nelson

In a move that could cost him significant political support, federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair has endorsed controversial west-to-east pipeline proposals that would move tar sands crude from Alberta through Ontario and Quebec to Atlantic Canada and points beyond.
During a Sept. 28, 2012 speech to the Canadian Club of Toronto, Mulcair said, “Let me be clear, New Democrats support recent proposals to increase West-East pipeline capacity. This is an initiative, led by industry,  that will pay economic dividends for every region of our country: new markets for [tar sands] producers in the West, high-paying value-added jobs and lower energy prices in the East.”

Mulcair called this

Posted on November 07, 2012

Riding the Enbridge Pipelineby Paul Fletcher

What started out as a thought early in 2012, became a sojourn into pipeline resistance when my fellow photographer, Daniel Sikorskyi, and I hopped on our motorcycles this past summer to travel a circular journey through BC and Alberta, exploring the land in the way of the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline (NGP).
My project was to photograph people holding signs so that their voices could be seen. Daniel was going to focus on capturing the story of our journey and the amazing landscapes around us. We also were curious to find out what it really meant to be an enemy of Canada through the eyes of fellow Canadians.

Posted on November 07, 2012

defend our coastby Susan MacVittie
Photo Credit:  Fireweed

When First Nations, dressed in regalia and beating drums and singing, slowly paraded through the crowd that had gathered in front of the Provincial Legislature in Victoria for Monday’s Defend Our Coast rally, I knew it was going to be an empowering day.

Posted on October 14, 2012

Pipelines and Co Gen frame the future of energy on Vancouver Island, but its time for a serious national discussion about greenhouse gases. The Georgia Strait Crossing isn't a Done Deal yet.

by Arthur Caldicott

The Georgia Strait Crossing is a proposal to construct a pipeline to bring natural gas to Vancouver Island from "the mainland" - the continental part of southwestern British Columbia.

Posted on September 26, 2012

by Peter Ronald, Georgia Strait Alliance

BC Hydro, in partnership with US energy giant Williams, wants to build a natural gas pipeline from the mainland to Vancouver Island to transport fuel for three planned gas power plants. And the Georgia Strait Crossing Pipeline (GSX) partners want to build it through BC's only fully subtidal ecological reserve, Satellite Channel (ER 67). This is not a permitted use for an ecological reserve in British Columbia. Although no political decision has yet been taken on this precedent-setting change, a paper trail shows the government has an appetite and incentive for just such an outcome.

Posted on July 06, 2012

by Arthur Caldicott

Enbridge has been promoting its Northern Gateway Pipeline project (NGP) since 2002. Designed to move tar sands bitumen to the west coast, the company has never been clear about where the oil will go after that. Apart from glib assurances that it won’t wash up on

Posted on June 23, 2012

by Ben West 

"Everything green along the banks of the river over there will all be gone," said Inger Kam, the organizer of a tour of the Fraser River by paddle boat. Inger was pointing out the potential impacts of one of the so called “Gateway Project” freeways from the window of the boat as we drifted along. 

Posted on May 17, 2012

Pipeline routeby Susan MacVittie

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government is determined to speed up and streamline the government-approval process for pipelines, recently cutting federal environmental-oversight agencies drastically from 40 to three, slashing budgets, limiting public participation and assigning fixed assessment timelines. It's all part of a slick plan.

Posted on May 17, 2012

by Joyce Nelson

BC Energy Minister Rich Coleman appears to be ignoring the fact that corporate ownership of the Trans Mountain Pipeline changed hands in 2005, when the Canadian owner, Terasen Inc., was bought for $3 billion by Houston-based energy giant Kinder Morgan. Regarding the pipeline, Coleman told the Burnaby NewsLeader (April 12), "This one's been in operation for a long time, and it does show that pipelines can operate safely for generations."

Posted on April 06, 2012

Morgan KinderComox Joint Review Panel Hearings, March 30 & 31st, 2012

by Delores Broten, Watershed Sentinel

Speaker after speaker poured out their passionate pleas to an impassive panel at the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline hearings in Comox, BC, March 30 & 31.  Some described in loving detail their ocean-side worlds and the terrible weather on the north coast.

Posted on March 22, 2012

Morgan KinderThe unsatisfactory track record of Enbridge and the high acidity concentrations of DilBit raise environmental concerns.

by Miranda Holmes

A dark stranger is heading British Columbia's way. We're told prosperity for all will follow. But what do we really know about this character? Watershed Sentinel decided to investigate. This is what the stranger told us:

Posted on January 30, 2012

The issue of pipeline safety is clouded enough with a slew of "captive regulators, from Alberta to the United States, but the situation gets even more sticky because the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline, and others from the tar sands, will be transporting "dilbit" which carries its own problems with it.

by Joyce Nelson

This article is a preview of the story to be published in the March-April Watershed Sentinel.

Posted on January 27, 2012

Morgan KinderA Decade of Enbridge Oil Pipeline Spills

by Joyce Nelson, part of a feature Pipeline Safety, Dilbit, Captive Regulators and Smart Pigs coming in the March-April Watershed Sentinel

2000: 7,513 barrels. Enbridge reported 48 pipeline spills and leaks, including a spill of 1,500 barrels at Innes, Sask.

Posted on January 12, 2012

Morgan Kinderby Susan MacVittie

Many Gitxsan First Nation people and their supporters spent their Christmas holidays at the blockade outside of the Gitxsan Treaty Office (GTO) in New Hazelton, BC. On December 5, 2011, after consultation with their clan members, Chiefs and members converged on the Gitxsan Chief's Office in response against a deal signed on December 2 with Enbridge in support of the controversial Northern Gateway Project by hereditary Chief Elmer Derrick, a negotiator with the GTO. The deal

Posted on May 26, 2011

pipeline crossingby Joyce Nelson

As billionaires invest in the railways, and oil tanker traffic skyrockets along the BC coast, it looks as though the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline may have been a ruse all along  – a classic “bait and switch” – with a number of PR payoffs.

In the third week of August 2008, two of the richest