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Thomas Berger, eh!
John Horgan couldn't do better than this to try and block the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion
..love the pic from that tyee piece
Ian Anderson needs to at the moment STFU!
Let's see how many right-wing NDP bashers rightwinger Keith Baldrey can fit into a rightwing Global News article, eh!
Show your support for the B.C. government's action against Kinder Morgan
B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman just announced that Kinder Morgan “cannot put shovels in the ground” on public land, without further consultation with First Nations. 
The B.C. government is throwing a wrench in Kinder Morgan’s plans to start pipeline construction this September, and signalling that even tougher actions could be coming soon.
They pledged to join First Nations fighting the federal pipeline approval in court, and appointed a high-powered legal counsel who “literally wrote the book on stopping pipelines” by including Indigenous perspectives. 
With the BC government on our side, our chances to stop the pipeline are better than ever. But the government is already facing major backlash from big oil lobbyists and the BC Liberals. In the next few days, they will pull out all stops to convince the government to soften their stance.
If we want the government to stand firm in their opposition to Kinder Morgan, they need to know voters support strong action against the pipeline.
Will you let the BC Government know you support bold action to defend the B.C. coast and uphold Indigenous rights?
Canada can win by saying 'yes' to B.C.'s sustainable future
BC NDP enters Trans Mountain battleground
The province will join the legal fight against the federal government’s approval of Trans Mountain’s expansion by seeking intervenor status in court proceedings — proceedings that would not be taking place if Trudeau's promise to overhaul the Kinder Morgan review had been kept.
The B.C. government will not allow construction on Crown land until adequate First Nations consultation occurs and is seeking legal advice on its options regarding a lawsuit in BC Supreme Court challenging provincial approval of the expansion.
Every Canadian should be encouraged by this.
British Columbia’s stand against abusing the interests of the people who live there is a stand against such abuse across the nation. The private financial gain that occurs when huge corporations override cultural, economic and environmental needs of society — aided by duplicitous elected officials who do their bidding — is not unique to B.C. and the Trans Mountain expansion project.
Approval not based on facts
As indicated by a number of scientists and prominent politicians, the approval of the pipeline expansion was not based on facts, evidence or the best interest of Canadians. It was approved to support the private financial interests of a Texas-based pipeline company along with a handful of overextended oilsands producers — and the banks who finance them — caught oversupplying a product long past its climate change 'best before' date.
Corporate powers, their lobby groups, Alberta or Ottawa cannot be allowed to circulate erroneous statements portending economic fallout while the B.C. government seeks to fulfill its duty. Such misrepresentations play on legitimate concerns that if the public interest is protected, it will come at grave cost. In this case, these concerns are not warranted and it is irresponsible to fuel them with falsehoods.....
..from democracy now headlines
Peru: Indigenous Nations in Amazon Seize Control of Canadian Company’s Oil Facilities
In Peru, members of Indigenous Amazonian Nations have seized control of some of the oil facilities operated by the Canadian company Frontera Energy Corp, demanding the Peruvian government carry out a consultation with the Indigenous nations before signing a new contract with the oil company. This is the leader of the Rio Pastaza Tribe, Aurelio Chino.
Aurelio Chino: "If they don’t give us a good answer to our previous demand, then I can assure you my people will rise up. We’re not going to just sit around, and for sure we are going to defend ourselves to the end, to teach them to respect us."
Aurelio Chino: "If they don’t give us a good answer to our previous demand, then I can assure you my people will rise up. We’re not going to just sit around, and for sure we are going to defend ourselves to the end, to teach them to respect us."
National Energy Board warns of unmet Trans Mountain requirements
Before Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. can begin construction of its controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in September as planned, the National Energy Board says the company still has some hoops to jump through.
The NEB also said it has received 452 statements of opposition on the detailed routing of the pipeline expansion, including five from Indigenous groups, and 121 from landowners. A panel of NEB board members is reviewing the statements, and will set up hearings in the fall that will last several months.
In the letter to Mr. Carr, the NEB also noted that the results of a preconstruction audit of Trans Mountain's management systems will be made publicly available in the weeks ahead.
"The intent of the audit was to evaluate whether Trans Mountain had established the necessary oversight measures in the preconstruction phase to manage safety and environmental protection during construction of the project," it said.
B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman said in August that the province has not accepted all of the company's environmental-management plans.
Five were rejected because of inadequate negotiations with First Nations, he said. The NDP government opposes the pipeline expansion and has said it intends to seek intervenor status in a case challenging the project. The Federal Court of Appeal is expected to hear it in October.
Why Norway may leave $65bn worth of oil in the ground
EARLIER this month the fjords of Norway’s Lofoten Islands rang out with the cries of activists. For an entire week, environmental groups and local fishermen rallied to oppose plans to drill for oil near the pristine archipelago. The demonstrations were timely: Norway is due to hold parliamentary elections in September, and the country’s two main parties—Labour and the Conservatives—are both in favour of lifting a ban on oil excavation around Lofoten. The areas surrounding the archipelago are estimated to hold 1.3bn barrels in resources, equivalent to more than $65bn at today’s prices, if all of that is found to be easily accessible oil. Norway’s oil production has nearly halved over the past 15 years, and is set to fall by another 11% by 2019. The government says Lofoten “must at some point come into play”. Yet many analysts expect the moratorium to remain. Why?.....
National Energy Board OKs Trans Mountain expansion of Burnaby terminal
Kinder Morgan has met all 157 conditions imposed on the project, the board says
National Energy Board to hold hearings on detailed Trans Mountain pipeline route
Calling Kinder Morgan’s bluff
The Search for Trans Mountain’s 15,000 Construction Jobs
#KinderMorgan had hoped to start work near #Merritt next Weds. But they don't have the permits!
A Tiny House to Send a Big Message: Stop Kinder Morgan
Next week, members of the Secwepemc Nation will build the first of ten tiny homes. They will put them directly in the path of the Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline.
The traditional territory of the Secwepemc is the largest in B.C. and spans from the Rocky Mountains and Jasper National park in the east to the Fraser River in the west. Secwepemc has never given its consent for Kinder Morgan to cross their lands or waters and in fact have, ‘explicitly and irrevocably’ refused its passage through their territory.
Despite this explicit lack of consent Kinder Morgan continues to try to push its pipeline forward. The pipeline expansion would span 518 km of Secwepemc territory and would pose ongoing threats to the land, to the water, to the salmon, and to the climate. These are just some of the reasons why these tiny houses are being built.
The Secwepemc ‘Tiny House Warriors’ will stand to defend their lands and waters and to showcase the solutions they want for their community. The tiny houses will help members re-connect to the land. They will provide homes for members of their community. And eventually they will produce the clean, renewable energy our world needs when they receive their solar upgrade.....
Folks may be surprised to see who will be joining the protest.
..from an email
TURNING THE TIDES OUTDOOR EXTRAVAGANZA!
You are invited to a solidarity event in support of First Nations’ legal challenges to the Kinder Morgan and Petronas pipeline, on Saturday, September 23 from 5 - 9 PM, at Roger's Plaza in North Vancouver!! You can bid adieu to summer while sampling craft beer by Green Leaf and indulging in delicious treats from Cafe by Tao and other food vendors. Music by Ta’kaiya Blaney, Leora Cashe and Michael Vincent.
This event, including the concert, is by donation. All proceeds go toward First Nations legal challenges to the Kinder Morgan and Petronas pipelines. Get the updates on FaceBook: Turning Tides - end of summer outdoor extravaganza
Pull Together - Kinder Morgan: Thanks to you the campaign has passed the $500k goal!! The Stk’emlupsemc Te Secwepemc Nation (SSN) has now joined the campaign, so the new campaign goal is $625,000 to accommodate the larger need for funds. We're making plans for the October hearing in federal court -- scheduled to start Monday, October 2 in Vancouver and run for 9 days. Join us for "9 Days of Solidarity" during the court challenge.
Obama Gets Carlyle Speaking Gig
"Everything I learned, I learned from the Clintons..." - Obama
Trudeau government built pipeline website during 'consultation' with First Nations, court told
The federal government was already building a website announcing approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion when it "consulted" with First Nations in November 2016, according to lawyers at the opening day of a court challenge in Vancouver.
"We had no choice but to go to court," Coldwater Indian Band Chief Lee Spahan told a news conference in downtown Vancouver about the proposed Trans Mountain Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.
The legal challenge, which includes seven First Nations, the City of Vancouver and Burnaby, as well as two environmental groups, is seen as a major legal test for an oil pipeline project that has the support of the federal and Alberta governments, but has been met with fierce opposition in British Columbia.
Large-scale legal challenge
The Federal Court of Appeal in Vancouver began hearing arguments on Monday from 10 applicants challenging Ottawa's approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
Lawyers for the Tsleil-Waututh, Coldwater, and the Upper Nicola band argued that First Nations consultations weren't done in earnest because the government was already preparing to give the green light, even as discussions were underway.
“Canada was preparing a website to announce the approval of the project plan, while at the same time were still undertaking consultation with First Nations," Tsleil-Waututh counsel Scott Andrew Smith argued in court.
"It has been found that no alternative version of the site was being prepared. [On] November 29th, a mere day after Minister Carr promised Chief Thomas that Tsleil-Waututh’s submissions would be taken into account by the cabinet and his colleagues, the pre-prepared website was published. The Governor in Council did not consider or take Tsleil-Waututh’s final considerations into account, and proceeded with consultations with a mind that was already made up.”
Lawyers also pointed to the exclusion of marine shipping concerns from the National Energy Board's report, the alleged failure to address this error, and Canada's alleged breach of duty to consult First Nations and obtain consent.
Ottawa never ‘did the work’ to hear out Indigenous concerns over Trans Mountain pipeline: lawyer
Canada's decision to approve an expansion for the Trans Mountain pipeline was a "one-way street" that ignored the economic and title rights of Indigenous people, a lawyer said on Monday in the Federal Court of Appeal.
Elin Sigurdson outlined arguments against the $7.4-billion project approved last November but now challenged by First Nations, two environmental groups and the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby.
Indigenous groups were required to go to tremendous lengths to ensure all the necessary information about their rights was before the National Energy Board process, Ms. Sigurdson said.
"Yet in return, despite their assurances of genuine engagement on Indigenous rights concerns on the post-NEB phase of the review, Canada never performed the work that would assist them to understand the rights at issue or the impact on [First Nations], nor did the Crown provide responsive feedback," said Ms. Sigurdson, who represents the Upper Nicola Band.
He said the Tsleil-Waututh came to the table prepared to discuss and consider compromise, as was required under the engagement process, but was stymied on issues it raised repeatedly.
"It encountered officials from Canada who were not decision makers and whose mandates were limited to listening and recording concerns and telling Tsleil-Waututh they would need to 'agree to disagree' on the core issues it raised. That is not the face of compromise."
Earlier on Monday, Chief Ian Campbell of the Squamish First Nation said that the federal government failed to fully consult or gain consent of First Nations for expansion of the pipeline, so they have had little choice but to turn to the courts in an effort to protect their land and water.
Mr. Campbell told a news conference the government didn't adequately study the impacts that a spill of diluted bitumen could have in the band's waters, which isn't good governance.
Lawyer explains B.C.'s strategy to quash Kinder Morgan pipeline approval
The Trudeau government made an “unreasonable” legal mistake when it approved Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, says a lawyer for B.C. Premier John Horgan's government.
In a weekend interview with National Observer, Monique Pongracic-Speier said that the federal government failed to provide evidence that it adequately considered all of the risks to the province of British Columbia when it gave a green light to the pipeline in November 2016.
Pongracic-Speier, from the Vancouver-based Ethos Law Group, made the comments as she and other lawyers prepared for seven days of hearings that start Monday to review a motion at the Federal Court of Appeal. The motion seeks to quash Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approval, in 2016, of the pipeline project.
The court will review legal challenges from several parties, including 10 First Nations, the municipalities of Vancouver and Burnaby, and environmental groups who are opposed to the project. The B.C. and Alberta governments both have status as interveners in the case.
The case hits the courtroom just as the Texas-based energy giant behind the project warns that its construction schedule is in jeopardy. Late in September, the federal regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB), said that the company appeared to be breaking the law by deploying anti-spawning mats in streams along the pipeline route.
In a Sept. 22 letter to company president Ian Anderson, the regulator ordered Kinder Morgan Canada to stop this activity. But the company asked the NEB on Sept. 28 to make an exception to the rules, noting that the regulator frequently does this for companies upon request.
Their 'objective, of course, is to get oil to tankers'
But the NEB said on Friday that it would take the time it needs before making a decision that ensures protection for both the public and the environment.
Kinder Morgan goes rogue, proving it can’t be trusted
Kinder Morgan, the pipeline company that put it there, patted itself on the back for its “innovative” use of the deterrent mats, which prevent salmon from digging nests in the streambed to spawn. Of course, the only problem is it didn’t have permission to install them.
But the company went ahead with its plans, although it had not met its conditions, to start construction without the necessary permits. This reckless behaviour is shocking from a company asking for the public’s trust.
On Sept. 8 the National Energy Board (NEB) sent a letter to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) asking for confirmation that this work, among other measures, would require authorization under the Fisheries Act. It noted Kinder Morgan’s plans, “could constitute serious harm.”
Kinder Morgan posted photos of Swift Creek lined with orange plastic even though DFO had not yet responded. If anybody else had gone into a major salmon-bearing stream and interfered with fish spawning, there would be absolute hell to pay. Violations of the Fisheries Actoften carry tens of thousands of dollars in fines but so far there’s been no penalty at all.
Are we supposed to just trust that Kinder Morgan knows what it’s doing? With dwindling salmon runs and starving killer whales, the company wants to use untested methods to prevent spawning in 26 streams along its pipeline route.
Thankfully, those plans were foiled by a concerned citizen, at least for now. Lynn Perrin, an Abbotsford resident and a director of PIPE UP, found the blog and complained to the NEB that Kinder Morgan had started construction without having met its conditions.
That led to a stern letter from the NEB ordering the company not to put any more mats down. But it did not require them to pull out the five which were already in place.
Now Kinder Morgan has asked the regulator to let its fumble slide, a classic tactic of begging forgiveness rather than asking permission. After thumbing its nose at the law by starting construction early and potentially violating the Fisheries Act, the company expects special treatment.
How entitled does a foreign corporation have to be to assume it can get away with this? Maybe the NEB used to take an “ask and it shall be granted” attitude to pipeline companies, but after years of outcry and scandal, the regulator is trying to prove it’s not in bed with industry. It cannot possibly allow Kinder Morgan to carry on as if it hadn’t just taken upon itself to waltz into critical salmon habitats and interrupt spawning.
NDP to defend Trans Mountain pipeline approval in B.C. Supreme Court
Mr. Berger, who is leading the province's case against Ottawa over the Kinder Morgan project, agreed with the government's in-house counsel: The province cannot change its position retroactively.
"While it appears to be inconsistent with our position, it is the duty of the Attorney-General, under Constitutional convention, and we think the risk of not fulfilling that duty is great," Mr. Heyman said.
Because the Squamish Nation alleges in its application that B.C. did not fulfill its duty to consult and accommodate First Nations, the honour of the Crown demands that B.C. defend its actions. If the Attorney-General did not mount a defence, Mr. Berger warned, the court could appoint an outside counsel – a so-called friend of the court – to represent the province, and B.C. would lose any influence over the outcome.
"But if people want to know what our real point of view is with respect to Kinder Morgan, we have said over and over again that we think it is a bad project for B.C.," Mr. Heyman said.
"We think it is against the interests of British Columbia and that's what Mr. Berger will be arguing in the Federal Court of Appeal on Thursday.
"Squamish Chief Ian Campbell said the discrepancy is hard to fathom.
"When the NDP got into office, they were quite vocal about this issue," he said in an interview, noting that Premier John Horgan has promised to use every legal tool available to try to stop construction of the project. "The response we are getting now is that they will challenge our position. It makes us wonder where the province stands."
..update on the tug that sank. once again we see the bc ndp playing the traditional role of a colonizer government.
..donors have so far donated more than $92,000 towards the legal costs of the heiltsuk nation.
Heiltsuk Nation turning to courts in wake of spill and botched response
This week marks the one-year anniversary of the oil spill in Bella Bella. With the community’s recovery efforts undermined by government and Kirby Corporation’s refusal to take responsibility for the spill and to cooperate in its aftermath, the nation has no option but to turn to the courts.
“The oil spill continues to be a catastrophic injury to our food sources, culture, and economy,” says Heiltsuk Tribal Council Chief Councillor, Marilyn Slett. “Thanks to Kirby Corporation and the governments of British Columbia and Canada, our community’s road to recovery keeps getting longer and longer.”
Kirby Corporation and government have kept information secret about what occurred on October 13, 2016 when the Nathan E. Stewart grounded, sank and spilled oil into Gale Pass. The Heiltsuk Tribal Council made numerous separate requests for information to the polluter (Kirby Corporation) and various government agencies, including Transport Canada, the Transportation Safety Board, and the Canadian Coast Guard. Those requests were largely denied or ignored.
This secrecy and lack of collaboration has continued throughout the post-spill recovery.
“Recently, we learned the B.C. Ministry of Environment and Kirby have been secretly negotiating an agreement on the post-spill environmental impact assessment since early this year,” says Chief Councillor Slett. “Since this nightmare began, the polluter and provincial and federal governments have ignored our questions and environmental concerns, our collaboration attempts, and our rights as indigenous people. We have no choice but to turn to the courts.”....
Trans Mountain could face year-long delay as Kinder Morgan pulls request for fish mats
The company behind the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has dropped a request that the National Energy Board allow it to conduct some construction activity on the multi-billion dollar project.
Last week, lawyers representing Kinder Morgan Canada subsidiary Trans Mountain asked the board for permission to install mats to deter fish spawning after the board told it last month to stop doing so.
The lawyers said if the request was not granted, construction on the $7.4-billion project could be delayed by a year.
Lawyer Terri-Lee Oleniuk at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt has now written to the NEB saying the window for “safely and effectively” installing the mats has passed and the company is withdrawing the request.....
Inside Ottawa's rush to dispute science before pipeline approvals
Federal government officials spent two days denying the findings of a scientific paper exploring research into the effects of oilsands pollution in the ocean, a week before the Trudeau Liberals gave the green light to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to the west coast.
Records obtained by National Observer detail how the new study was sent, along with a letter, directly to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. They also show how the references to scientific research would trigger immediate denials in a flurry of emails from officials within government.
But the project has also infuriated some First Nations, cities and environmental groups worried about a range of issues such as oil spills, carbon pollution and Indigenous rights. B.C. Premier John Horgan's NDP government has joined in the opposition, pledging to use all tools available to protect the province's coastline from threats posed by the project.
The letter sent to Trudeau on Nov. 21, 2016 was based on an assessment of more than 9,000 pieces of scientific literature. This paper was authored by eight academics, peer-reviewed and published in a scientific journal, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.
“There are large unexamined risks to the marine environment from oil sands products,” the scientists wrote in their letter to Trudeau. The letter also told Trudeau that it would be “scientifically unfounded” to assume that damage from these products can be lessened.
Yet, some government officials quickly labelled the paper “wrong” and “not true,” picking apart its conclusions about industry secrecy, the availability of scientific data and the impact of the oilsands on climate change.
The internal correspondence also shows that an official inside Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr's office asked the department whether the study was accurate.
One week later, Trudeau and several cabinet ministers announced they had approved the Trans Mountain and Line 3 projects, but rejected a third pipeline, Enbridge's Northern Gateway project, based on “rigorous debate, on science and on evidence.”
Celebration rally wraps up Kinder Morgan expansion approval hearings
Environmental and Indigenous activists celebrated outside the Federal Court of Appeal in Vancouver on Friday, where applicants wrapped up their final arguments against a major oil pipeline project.
Six First Nations, the City of Vancouver, the City of Burnaby, the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Living Oceans Society applied to challenge last year's approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
As the crowd gathered in the cold around a vividly painted totem pole, Tsleil-Waututh First Nation representative Rueben George gave a speech promising that the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion would never be built.....
Indigenous rights 'serious obstacle' to Kinder Morgan pipeline, report says
The controversial expansion of a pipeline that would carry tar sands crude from Alberta to British Columbia’s coast will be doomed by the rising power of Indigenous land rights.
That’s the message that Kanahus Manuel, an Indigenous activist from the Secwepemc Nation in central BC, plans to deliver to banks financing the project as she travels through Europe this week.
She’ll have in hand a report being released today by the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade, which argues that Texas-based Kinder Morgan has misled financial backers about the risks of expanding its TransMountain pipeline, almost half of which runs across “unceded” Secwepemc territory.
The report details “significant legal, financial and reputation risks” that amount to “serious obstacles” it says have been downplayed by Kinder Morgan in its dealings with Canadian and international banks.
The key risks, identified by economists and lawyers based on the pipeline’s history, Canadian legal precedents, and financial documents, include Kinder Morgan’s plans to build on lands whose ownership is hotly contested.
The pipeline crosses 518km of Secwepemc territory over which the First Nations assert Aboriginal title, a type of land rights that the supreme court of Canada has recognized were never ceded or relinquished through treaties....
Kayaktivists disrupt Kinder Morgan construction
Pipeline protests escalated in B.C. on Saturday as First Nations and environmental activists paddled into Vancouver harbour in an attempt to disrupt construction at Kinder Morgan's pipeline terminal.
Five kayakers were arrested by the RCMP while First Nations leaders and support crews rallied on land against the start of construction for Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion from the Alberta oilsands.
The disruptions follow a warning from Kinder Morgan that it is facing delays and losses of more than $90 million per month because of its struggles to get permits from the city of Burnaby.....
Kinder Morgan warns of massive losses and blames Burnaby for pipeline delays
After downplaying concerns about delays to its investors last week, Kinder Morgan is warning it could lose more than $90 million per month due to its struggles with the bylaws of the City of Burnaby in British Columbia.
When asked about Kinder Morgan's claims on Friday, Corrigan told National Observer in a phone interview that the company was playing "fast and loose with the facts."
“It was quite stunning, because, first of all, I knew I never said anything like that," Corrigan said. "What I said was exactly what I’ve always said. I’m going to use every legal means available to me in order to oppose this, and then, if potentially, if I exhaust all of my legal avenues, if I exhaust all of my political avenues, then I’m going to stand in front of a bulldozer and accept the consequences for doing something that is an act of civil disobedience. But never once, did I say that I would do anything to affect the integrity of the Burnaby system or affect the way that my city operates.”
Corrigan said that Kinder Morgan's Canadian boss, Ian Anderson, came into his office to discuss the matter earlier this week, prior to the company's filings with the NEB. The mayor said that the executive then pressured him to intervene during a meeting that lasted about 45 minutes.
“He came in to essentially threaten me that he was going to go to the National Energy Board over the permitting process and what was I going to do about it," Corrigan said in an interview.
“I said to Ian Anderson that I do not interfere with the regulatory process in the city and the appropriate processes for granting permits. And I would neither interfere to hinder their application, nor to advance their application. It’s strictly an area in which our staff have to act objectively and independently.”
Meantime, when asked if Burnaby would consider hiring more staff to speed up processing of Kinder Morgan's permit applications, Corrigan said he felt no obligation to help Kinder Morgan.
"One of the points that I want to make out of this is that Kinder Morgan thinks that it’s way more important than it is," he said. "I have a billion dollars worth of development going on in my city this year. I have got a multitude of high-rise developments, commercial developments, rental developments, they’re happening. And our staff are under significant pressure to be able to accommodate all of the projects that are before us. Kinder Morgan doesn’t walk in and elbow everybody else out of the way. It may be that they think that they’re important enough that they can simply tell people what to do and they may have gotten used to that at the National Energy Board. But in Burnaby, they queue with everybody else to go through the system and ensure that we’re able to deal with them in due course.”
B.C. urges Trudeau's ministers to crack down on Kinder Morgan
The B.C. government has sent a personal appeal to members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet, calling for more cooperation in enforcing the law and cracking down on alleged violations perpetrated by pipeline operator Kinder Morgan.
In a Nov. 1 letter, B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman asked federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, and National Energy Board chief executive Peter Watson to pay more attention to allegations that the Texas-based energy company broke the rules in its efforts to begin construction of its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.
The letter, reviewed by National Observer, was sent as Kinder Morgan presses the federal regulator to short-circuit a process for provincial and municipal permits.
The company believes the existing process could cause serious and costly delays to the project or even its cancellation. Kinder Morgan has also defended its recent actions explaining that they were aimed at protecting the environment.
Heyman said that Kinder Morgan's behaviour, including the recent construction activity that was halted when the NEB ordered the company to stop, requires federal and provincial authorities to place more scrutiny on the company.
"Knowing your legal obligation to protecting and preserving the natural environment, I am interested in understanding what further actions are being contemplated by your agencies to ensure the natural environment is appropriately protected as a result of this violation having occurred and what actions are being taken to prevent similar occurrences in the future," wrote Heyman in the letter to Watson and the federal ministers.
"In addition, I am requesting your commitment to ensure our respective agencies work with provincial agencies to coordinate and collaborate on compliance and enforcement activities and ensure an effective compliance and enforcement plan is in place for a project of this scope and scale."......
NEB rejects Kinder Morgan proposal to limit debate
Kinder Morgan will have to wait a bit longer than it was hoping to resolve its struggle to get the provincial and municipal permits it needs to proceed with a major west coast pipeline expansion project.
Canada's federal pipeline regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB), rejected the Texas-based energy company's proposal to cut off arguments and limit the debate about a request to quash provincial and municipal powers to protect their environment and territory.
Kinder Morgan has asked the NEB to intervene with the other levels of government to prevent them from delaying construction on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project by denying required permits. It also asked the NEB to give interested stakeholders until Monday, Nov. 6 to submit their arguments about its request, a deadline that was rejected on Friday evening by the regulator....
This is all such great news. The NDP won in the nick of time. This is a fantastic experiment in the limits of democracy. Trudeau did say only communities grant permission. Maybe he was even counting on this. If BC stops the pipeline it helps Trudeau electorally. He is crazy if he overrides Burnaby's municipal laws.
Squamish Nation challenging B.C.'s approval of Kinder Morgan project in court
The Squamish Nation says it was not given adequate information about the safety risks associated with Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain expansion project. It's taking that argument to the B.C. Supreme Court this week in hopes of stopping the expansion.
The court is holding a provincial judicial review of the B.C. government's decision to approve the project.
"The NEB [National Energy Board] is approving a project without proper analysis," said Squamish Nation hereditary chief Ian Campbell.
"The province and the feds have gone along with that recommendation without proper analysis of how diluted bitumen will affect the Salish Sea.".....
Trudeau government on sidelines as Kinder Morgan executive to be cross-examined
The cross examination would be part of public hearings to be held by the regulator in response to a request from Kinder Morgan to help it resolve construction delays. A representative from the City of Burnaby would also be subject to cross examination as part of the process as would anyone who submits an affidavit supporting either side of the case.
The procedure would be a departure from the NEB's previous treatment of Kinder Morgan. The regulator had refused to allow cross-examination of company officials in its original hearings to review the Trans Mountain expansion project, which were set up when the former Harper government was in power.
While Kinder Morgan has alleged that Burnaby is delaying approvals of permits to slow down the process, the city has denied acting inappropriately and argued that Kinder Morgan must follow the same rules as any other developer seeking permits. The hearing process set out by the NEB on Monday will force the company to wait a few more weeks before it can get a decision on its request to speed up approvals.
This also comes after the company said through its legal submissions to the NEB that it was facing millions of dollars of losses and could no longer "tolerate further delay."Michael Davies, a vice-president of the energy giant's Canadian operations, signed an affidavit saying that the mayor of the west coast city, Derek Corrigan, had told National Observer he "believed the permitting process was a legitimate method of slowing down the project."
The National Observer news report he referred to didn't actually say that. But Kinder Morgan has said that it believes the affidavit provided a "reasonable" interpretation of the mayor's comments about wanting to use all legal and political means available to stop the project.
Mayor Corrigan has said that Kinder Morgan is playing "fast and loose with the facts." He also said he wouldn't interfere with the municipal regulatory process to block the project.
This Living Salish Sea - Trailer 2017
Keystone has leaked. That should help opponents of Transmountain.
TRNN:Activists Crash Press Conference To Challenge Trudeau on Climate Policy (and vid)
"He gave us his nice eyes and his smile and at the end, kind of when we were being dragged out, he said something along the lines of , 'It's so great to see young people fighting for what they believe in. Please continue your activism..."
Experience: I am a kayaktivist (theguardian.com)