Canada Pipeline

For Energy Exports, Canada Is Running Out of Time

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Business
Kenneth P. Green

The University of Calgary's School of Public Policy has put out an important report that sheds light on an under-discussed dimension of Canada's energy export challenge: the time factor. At this point, most people (we hope) are aware that Canada faces physical bottlenecks in the transport of its energy resources to global markets.

This Tribal Chief Isn't Too Worried About the Pipeline

Andreas Krebs | Posted 06.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Andreas Krebs

Terry Teegee doesn't seem too worried about the Harper government's recent approval of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. According to the tribal chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, the announcement's low profile signals waning support for the pipeline from the prime minister.

The Pipeline Isn't a 'Nation Builder,' It's a Call For a People's Intervention

Cameron Fenton | Posted 06.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

Anyone claiming this pipeline is a done deal is ignoring the fact that Enbridge faces a major uphill battle. The federal government's approval of the pipeline was likely the easiest hurdle that Enbridge had to jump. The Harper government and Big Oil are looking East because they think it is an easier road to tar sands expansion than the road to the West. We can turn this project that Stephen Harper calls a "nation builder" into a movement builder. Energy East, its review and Harper's pipeline plans need a People's Intervention. Now it's our chance to give it to them. It is easy to approve a pipeline, but a whole lot harder to build one.

Kinder Morgan Makes For Strange Bedfellows

Ecojustice | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ecojustice

We are mystified that with so much at stake, with the risks of this project being so high, the board would quibble over nine days. We would have expected the board to err on the side of good process and give Kinder Morgan the extra time to answer the questions that have been asked by municipalities, landowners, local businesses, First Nations and environmental organizations.

TransCanada Plans To Build New B.C. Pipeline

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia

CALGARY - TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) says it plans to build a $1.9-billion pipeline to help feed Chevron Corp. and Apache Corp.'s proposed liquefied ...

How To NOT Make Friends, Influence People At Anti-Pipeline Rally

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Conservative Sun TV broadcaster Ezra Levant showed up at an anti-pipeline rally in Vancouver over the weekend, and predictably stirred things up with ...

Are We Fully Understanding the Consequences of Oil Transit Accidents?

Nick Martyn | Posted 05.15.2014 | Canada
Nick Martyn

While the probability that a train-load of inappropriately classified oil products would careen down a hill in rural Quebec and explode, killing 47 people and contaminating a fragile lake ecosystem was so infinitesimally small as to be almost incalculable, the consequences were devastating and will be felt for generations.

What the TransCanada Pipeline Will Really Cost Us

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Business
Carl Duivenvoorden

Because Alberta oil is landlocked and therefore traditionally sold below world prices, it's been suggested that bringing it east will lower energy prices for us. It's probably more realistic to expect that Alberta crude will get more expensive as soon as a pipeline links it to us, and the world market.

What's Good For Oil Sands Companies is Not What's Good For Canada

DeSmog Canada | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada
DeSmog Canada

We're producing so much oil sands crude that we've overwhelmed cross-border pipeline capacity. Now the industry is stuck in a Catch-22. Profit margins have dropped dramatically. To reassure investors, bitumen miners talk about dramatically expanding production. But the more we produce, the more we exacerbate the supply glut.

Obama's Message to Canada: We Don't Want Your Oil

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Business
Kenneth P. Green

Whether or not one favors Mr. Obama's energy policy, there's one thing very clear about it: Canada's oil is not something that factors into Mr. Obama's calculations other than in the negative: it's not "American" energy, it's in the basket of "imported oil" that the U.S. wishes to curtail, and to Mr. Obama it's the wrong sort of energy.

The Trouble With Canada's Publicly Funded Government Watchdogs

Steve E. Anderson | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Steve E. Anderson

The government didn't open its ears on telecom on its own. It took Canada's largest-ever online campaign and sustained, widespread, solutions-based engagement to make it happen. We'll need that to continue, and we'll need to bring that energy to privacy, free expression online, and other issues of the day.

How Many Trains Must Derail Before We Agree on a Pipeline?

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

Yet another train derailment involving petroleum products has re-invigorated the debate over how we transport oil in Canada. Reflexive opposition to pipelines flies in the face of the data, which shows that pipelines are safer modes of transport than railways or roadways. Environmentalists engaging in anti-pipeline crusades risk causing more harm than good as their pipeline-stalling actions divert oil transport to rail and road that would otherwise be transported more safely by pipeline.

Ottawa, First Nations At Impasse On Energy

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The federal government must build trust with First Nations communities and address issues outside of billion-dollar projects if they hope ...

Why is the Country I Love Spying On Me?

Caitlyn Vernon | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Caitlyn Vernon

Last week, I found out that my government is spying on me, Canada ranked worst in the developed world for response to climate change, Canadians rose up against pipeline proposals all across the country, and the media reported precious little of any of it. What happened to the Canada we know and love? Where is the country that holds its head high in the world, a respected leader on human rights and environmental issues?

Journey to the Great Bear (Night 3) -- Rough Waters and Risky Business

David R. Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

We've had another reminder that we are only part of this place tonight. As I write this, our ship is rolling side to side, even though we are anchore...

WATCH: Should Enbridge Build A 'Butter' Pipeline?

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 10.09.2013 | Canada British Columbia

According to satirical video group Deep Rogue Ram, Enbridge is committed to building a "butter pipeline." In a video posted to YouTube on Oct. 6, D...

Journey to Great Bear (Day 2): Spirit Bears, Salmon, and the World that Connects Them

David R. Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
David R. Miller

The spirit bear. One of the unique features of the Great Bear region. The spirit bear, or kermode, is a black bear born white, and this is the only pl...

Why Is Big Oil Sponsoring B.C.'s Reconciliation Week

Khelsilem Rivers | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Khelsilem Rivers

To accept and use money from these companies is outrageous. It is an obvious contradiction: How can the organizers promote reconciliation while giving Big Oil companies a pass when those same companies are directly involved in damaging Indigenous ways of life? This was the exact purpose of Residential Schools. The Residential School system had sought (among many things) to displace Indigenous peoples from our homelands; yet again, these companies are seeking to displace our peoples from our homelands to reap the benefit at our expense.

No More Oil Means No More Smartphones

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 08.28.2013 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Filling up at the gas station is certainly one of the ways to use oil that is most familiar to us. But guess what: of all the oil we use, only 43 per cent goes to fueling our cars. Given this, can we seriously consider ending our "dependence on oil", as some would suggest? Someone who wants to stop using oil will have to say goodbye to smart phones, ballpoint pens, candlelight, clothing made of synthetic fibers, glasses, toothpaste, tires (including those on bicycles), and thousands of other products made from plastic, a petroleum derivative. Good luck with that program.

The Risky Enbridge Pipeline That Will Hurt Ontario

Mike Schreiner | Posted 10.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

Line 9 is a 38-year-old pipeline running between Sarnia and Montreal. It runs through 115 communities and under prime farmland, and crosses major river systems that flow into Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. A spill could put the drinking water of millions of Ontarians at risk. And a spill will happen.

We'll Be 'Sensitive': TransCanada On Eastern Pipeline

CBC | Posted 10.02.2013 | Canada Business

TransCanada Corp. promises to engage with First Nations and other communities as its $12-billion west-east pipeline project moves through the regulato...

With Latest Comments on Keystone XL, Obama Favouring Environment Over Economy

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 09.30.2013 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

Keystone watchers are in something of a swivet over comments made by U.S. President Barack Obama in a recent interview with The New York Times. Mr. Ob...

Why Not Everyone's Happy to See the Bitumen Bubble Burst

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada Business
Jeffrey Rubin

The grim news is that we've gone from bad to worse when it comes to how we move oil around North America. With oil prices now back in triple-digit territory, there is, at least, a glimmer of hope. The same high prices that are spurring producers to load crude on to train cars are about to, once again, curb our appetite for the fuel.

Harper To America: Let's Do This Thing

CBC | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada Politics

Prime Minister Stephen Harper told an American audience today that the Keystone XL pipeline "absolutely needs to go ahead." Harper made th...

Tough Times Ahead For The BC Liberals

Jason Clemens | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jason Clemens

The BC Liberals and particularly Premier Christy Clark deserve the praise they're receiving for their surprise electoral victory. After all, the Liberals reversed a double-digit deficit in the polls and ended up securing a majority government. This moment of jubilation for the Liberals and their supporters will be short-lived however, as the reality of governing in difficult times takes hold. The litmus test for the success of this government, which they themselves established, is the success of the economy and in particular, jobs.