Natural gas

How can we make the most money out of these pipelines?by Susan MacVittie
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There has been much press about the BC and Alberta governments reaching an agreement on pipelines. Yesterday, BC Premier Clark and Alberta Premier Redford met and agreed about the five conditions that BC proposed before approving pipelines to being built in this province.

Both Premiers are quick to remind us that they were elected

Posted on October 30, 2013

Hupacasath Update
With the help of fundraising efforts across Canada, the Hupacasath First Nation will launch an appeal after their first court challenge to the Canada-China investment treaty known as FIPA was dismissed in August.

Those opposed to the treaty are wary of the powers it could give to Chinese business and the secrecy of private arbitration hearings. Since treaty making is a royal prerogative and parliamentary debate is not required, the Hupacasath and other critics are calling it undemocratic.

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 February 13, 2014

The first thorough comparison of evidence for natural gas system leaks confirms that organizations including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have underestimated U.S. methane emissions generally, as well as those from the natural gas industry specifically.

Posted on January 18, 2014

The National Energy Board (NEB) has approved seven LNG export applications for BC, totalling 14.6 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d).

  • Meeting these approved exports would require increasing BC’s gas production to nearly 50 per cent more than all of Canada currently produces - within less than a decade.
  • These exports would require more and more gas wells and more and more fracking, up to 50,000 wells over the next 27 years, using up to 10 million gallons of water per well for the fracking.
  • The NEB's job is to protect Canada's energy security, but in its reference case, the NEB projects that Canada will have no more than 4.5 bcf/d of export capacity by 2035 – yet it has approved LNG exports of 14.6 bcf/d starting in 2020.
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 May 08, 2013

by Joyce Nelson

Canada’s Information Commissioner, Suzanne Legault, agreed at the end of March to launch an investigation into the extensive muzzling of federally-funded scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Environment Canada, Natural Resources Canada and other federal agencies. Her decision comes after a February 20th complaint formally filed by Democracy Watch in partnership with the Environmental Law Clinic of the University of Victoria, which called for a full investigation and was accompanied by a 128-page report, Muzzling Civil Servants: A Threat to Democracy.

That report documents systematic silencing since 2007 of

Posted on March 06, 2013

Enbridgeby Joyce Nelson

Enbridge public relations (PR)advisor Hill + Knowlton Strategies (H+K) has become the butt of jokes because of those wildly distorting animation maps for the Northern Gateway pipeline/tanker route and its bungled handling of Enbridge’s 2010 Kalamazoo disaster. But while TV viewers laugh at the tagline – “It’s more than a pipeline, it’s our path to the future” – H+K is ably earning its multimillion-dollar fees from Enbridge and other energy clients through its skill in government relations alone.

Government Relations
Michael Coates, Canadian CEO and Chair of H+K, is reportedly well-regarded by the Harper government, having

Jessica Ernst (pictured here) is on the road to becoming another unsung Canadian hero. The Harper government has appointed Honourable Justice Barbara L. Veldhuis, a Court of Queen Judge who has been presiding over the case Ernst vs Encan, to the Court of Appeal in Alberta, which means a decision is delayed, until another judge is appointed to this highprofile lawsuit.

Posted on January 04, 2013

by Joyce Nelson

In 2012, the horror stories about fracking just kept rolling in. There are increasing reports of livestock illnesses and deaths on farms near shale oil and natural gas operations in Alberta, Colorado, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and North Dakota.  According to The Nation (Nov. 28, 2012), veterinarians have ruled out other causes of strange illnesses in which (for example) cows lose their tails, then sometimes keel over and die, after fracking is underway.

Of course, the people caring for these farm animals are worried about their own health. A 2012 study from the

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