Canada Pipelines

Think Climate Action When You Vote

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Carl Duivenvoorden

Climate change ought to be a major issue this election, but I'm saddened to note that it has received little attention. Perhaps a quick update on both the problem and the solutions would add some helpful perspective in these final days of the campaign.

Feds Refused To Include First Nations Rights In Pipeline Talks: Lawyer

CP | Laura Kane, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The bands' asserted authority to govern their lands should have at least been considered by the Crown during Northern Gateway consultations, said their lawyer.

Climate Considerations Are Missing From the Pipeline Debate

Ecojustice | Posted 09.28.2015 | Canada Politics

Pipelines are a hot-button topic this fall. But whether we're looking at the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion or Enbridge's Northern Gateway project, a meaningful public debate on how these pipelines will contribute to climate change has not yet occurred.

Some Nexen Pipelines Can Re-Open: Regulator

CP | Posted 09.07.2015 | Canada Alberta

Nexen Energy is being allowed to reopen some pipelines at an Alberta oilsands operation after provincial regulators suspended the licences for them last month.

$16K Fine For Spill Not Even A Slap On The Wrist: Environmentalists

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.11.2015 | Canada Alberta

"It's more like a wave in the general direction of a wrist."

National Energy Board Tracks Pipeline Incidents With Interactive Map

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.13.2015 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - The National Energy Board has launched an interactive map on its website that tracks spills and other pipeline incidents.Users can filter th...

Canada Will Miss Its Climate Target And We'll All Miss Out

Carol Linnitt | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Carol Linnitt

Environment Canada has been telling us for years that Canada is running off the climate track and -- because of growing emissions largely from the oil and gas sector -- we are getting farther and farther away from meeting our government's self-imposed climate targets. Because of that climate failure, Canada is holding all of us back from prosperity, jobs and better health. That's according to a new study of benefits from international emission pledges made in the lead up to December's UN climate summit. Developed countries around the world -- with the exception of Canada and Japan -- are unveiling their individual climate plans, which were due yesterday.

How Speaking Truth Gives Youth Great Power

David Suzuki | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

More than half the world's population is under 30, a demographic now at the forefront of international decision-making and some of Canada's most powerful environmental changes. Youth are thinking critically about how we can become better stewards of our landscapes and wildlife and protect the air, water, soil and diversity of nature that keep us healthy and alive.

Why This is the Optimal Time to Seize the Climate Change Moment

Cameron Fenton | Posted 03.22.2015 | Canada
Cameron Fenton

This is the climate movement's moment to seize. It's a moment for the labour movement and climate movement to join together to demand investment in re-tooling and re-training workers to build the new economy. It's a moment to divest from dangerous fossil fuels like tar sands and reinvest in the solutions that are here and growing.

LNG Pipelines Won't Carry Oil, Bitumen: B.C.

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.08.2015 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - A proposed network of pipelines from natural gas fields in British Columbia's northeast to liquefied natural gas export plants in the north...

Looking Back on the Blue Dot Tour and Ahead to the New Year

David Suzuki | Posted 02.16.2015 | Canada
David Suzuki

I recently travelled across Canada with David Suzuki Foundation staff, from St. John's to Victoria and up to Yellowknife, joined by friends and allies along the way. To resolve the serious environmental issues we face in Canada and beyond, we need people from across the country and all walks of life to join together to make protecting the people and places we love a priority.

'Canadians Will Feel The Pain' If Pipelines Not Built: Alberta Premier

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.31.2015 | Canada Alberta

VANCOUVER - Alberta's premier is urging the country to get behind several controversial pipeline projects linked to the province's oilsands, warning t...

Pipelines Connect Jobs -- Why the Disconnect?

Christopher Smillie | Posted 12.28.2014 | Canada Business
Christopher Smillie

Pipelines deliver energy directly to consumers or to industry and have operated safely in Canada for a generation. Pipelines contain the raw goods people and industry demand to heat homes, fill our stores with strawberries in the winter season and ultimately, run our economy.

Governments Should Stop Playing Railway Russian Roulette

Diane M. Francis | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane M. Francis

Already there have been three near misses. Four months after Quebec's deaths, another derailment and explosion occurred outside an Alabama town without deaths. This was followed by a collision of two trains that resulted in an evacuation of more than 2,000 persons and a 400,000-gallon oil spill. A third derailment and explosion happened in Virginia forcing another evacuation. Safety is bad enough, but rail is also terrible for the environment.

Why I'm Crowdfunding To Write A Book About Alternatives To Tar Sands Pipelines

Ben West | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ben West

Frankly I think it's at least partially our fault as an environmental movement that this framing has stuck. We haven't focused enough on specific solutions over the years. We have opposed bad ideas like pipelines with vague notions of carbon taxes or non-specific alternative energy projects. We have rarely proposed or even broadly supported specific alternative projects.

Oil By Rail Is In Desperate Need of Clean-Up

Diane Francis | Posted 10.25.2014 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

Railways are transforming North America's energy sector and are, coincidentally, helping to save Canada's bacon. But the train business has been allowed to remain a 19th-century technology run with 19th-century mentality by workers without credentials. Aviation, by contrast, is heavily supervised and operated by licensed personnel with professional expertise and constant surveillance. For the moment, the critically important oil industry has been saved, but if governments aren't as tough as nails in their demands and dealings with the railways, then all bets are off.

Northern Gateway Will Create Jobs While Protecting the Environment

Janet Holder | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Janet Holder

The truth is that Northern Gateway is important to both British Columbia's and Canada's future. It will open up new markets for our most valuable resource, creating thousands of jobs and new opportunities for British Columbians and Canadians. And, by incorporating leading measures for safety and environmental protection, we are designing a project that delivers these benefits while also protecting our environment.

5 More Pipelines To Watch

CBC | Posted 08.17.2014 | Canada Business

It's decision day for the Northern Gateway pipeline. In Ottawa, camera positions are being marked out, pencils sharpened and microphones tested. ...

Plains Midstream Settlement Shows Lack Of Pipeline Accountability

Ecojustice | Posted 08.13.2014 | Canada Alberta

While we're pleased that federal and provincial regulators finally took action and laid charges against Plains Midstream, the size and nature of the settlements is somewhat disconcerting. It raises a number of questions and once again sheds light on the major weaknesses in Canada's environmental law and enforcement framework.

Like So Many Bad Things, Oil Spills Are Good For the Economy

David Suzuki | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Destroying the environment is bad for the planet and all the life it supports, including us. But it's often good for business. But the massive costs of dealing with a pipeline or tanker spill and the resulting climate change consequences will far outweigh the benefits.

Kinder Morgan Better Answer Our Questions On Oil Spill Risk

Andrew Weaver | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Andrew Weaver

The thought of this enormous increase in tanker traffic alarms me, and I know I'm not alone. With more oil tankers comes more risk of an oil spill -- one that could destroy our pristine coastline and devastate our local communities. The whole idea undermines Vancouver's award-winning efforts to become the world's greenest city by 2020.

There's No "Action" in the Killer Whale Action Plan

Ecojustice | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia

It seems that the federal government decided to leave the "action" out of its killer whale draft action plan. The result is a vague, disappointing plan that is legally and scientifically inadequate to meet four key recovery outcomes.

B.C. Shellfish Die-Off Illustrates A Future We Must Avoid

DeSmog Canada | Posted 05.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

By continuing to promote the extraction and export of coal, tar sands, and fracked gas instead of sustainable sectors in B.C., our government is making a political choice to prioritize short-term profits over renewable industries. Let's work together to develop a smart and creative strategy to transition away from fossil fuels and toward a low carbon economy

Enbridge Covers Northern B.C. With Ads Before Kitimat Northern Gateway Vote

DeSmog Canada | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

Enbridge's ad spend on the Kitimat vote so far is more than three times what the company would be allowed to spend in an electoral district during a provincial election. During a provincial election or initiative vote, Elections BC restricts how much companies and other third-party advertisers can spend -- but no such rules apply to the April 12 plebiscite.

Nothing To Hide: Pipelines, Spies and Animal Print Underpants

DeSmog Canada | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

More and more often, we are reading in the news about the federal government and various intelligence and law enforcement agencies allegedly "spying" on aboriginals and pipeline opponents. I am both of those things. I have no idea whether strangers are picking up shards of information from my emails and text messages. I have no idea what kind of beautiful stained-glass mosaics their imaginations might create.