Alberta Politics: Rachel Notley’s tough talk on pipelines evokes the Peter Lougheed Era of energy policy confrontation

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley at yesterday’s news conference in Edmonton. (Photo: Chris Schwarz, Government of Alberta) Below: Earth scientist David Hughes (Post Carbon Institute photo), B.C. Premier Christy Clark (B.C. Government photo), and B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan. Using language that, intentionally or not, evoked the Peter Lougheed Era of Tory energy policy confrontation ...

Alberta Politics: Donald Trump helps build the case for Rachel Notley’s social license policy on energy exports

PHOTOS: U.S. President Donald Trump – he’s lookin’ at you, Canada. (Photo by Gage Skidmore, Flickr.) Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. If Alberta’s conservatives imagined U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision immediately after his election last November to push the Keystone XL Pipeline project forward would provide an opening for them to attack the Alberta NDP ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: A Kinder Morgan snapshot

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 It’s been a while since we’ve updated you about Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker expansion project (KMX). A lot has happened in the past few months, so here’s a snapshot of where we’re at. It’s been a while since we’ve updated you about Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline and ...

Alberta Politics: Shoreline, True Grit, photo-bombing, certainty and the Deity: random observations from Alberta’s Throne Speech

PHOTOS: Alberta Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell, clad in a purple official gown, reads the NDP Government’s third Speech from the Throne in the Legislature in Edmonton yesterday afternoon. Below: Party crasher Jason Kenney, Labour Minister Christina Gray (Dave Cournoyer photo) and Opposition Leader Brian Jean. Alberta’s New Democratic Party Government delivered its third Speech from ...

Alberta Politics: Former B.C. NDP premier’s pro-pipeline sentiments boost Rachel Notley’s ‘social license’ strategy

PHOTOS: One of the few photos your blogger could find of Dan Miller (found on the Internet, original source unknown). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan and B.C. Premier Christy Clark (from the Canadian Encyclopedia). There’s more evidence out of British Columbia this week that Rachel Notley’s social licence approach to ...

The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau’s approval of Kinder Morgan pipeline a call for Standing Rock-style intervention

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project spurred anger. We need strategy to stop the project. The post Trudeau’s approval of Kinder Morgan pipeline a call for Standing Rock-style intervention appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Field notes: A week of pipeline action and cross-Canada solidarity

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Staff Counsel Eugene Kung recounts an action-packed week preparing for – and responding to – the federal government's approval of the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline and tankers proposal. This is your friend Eugene, blogging from 9,753 metres in the sky. I’m writing on my way home after a full and ...

Alberta Politics: The Pipeline File: NDP’s ‘social license’ approach worked where Conservative shouting failed, it’s that simple

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Kananaskis, Alberta, in April 2016 (photo by Chris Schwarz, Government of Alberta). Below: Anti-pipeline demonstrators in British Columbia (Rabble photo by Alyse Kotyk). They may not find it reassuring that Alberta conservatives are praying for their success. Without the Alberta NDP’s climate strategy, ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: On Those Pipeline Decisions

Here is one of what will be many stories. So, start with some facts and probabilities. Northern Gateway is dead.  That’s a piece of good news.  Line 3 nobody heard of until today, so who knows?   Also, who knows about Keystone.  That decision is not really in Canadian hands. Energy East looks less likely ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: On Those Pipeline Decisions

Here is one of what will be many stories. So, start with some facts and probabilities. Northern Gateway is dead.  That’s a piece of good news.  Line 3 nobody heard of until today, so who knows?   Also, who knows about Keystone.  That decision is not really in Canadian hands. Energy East looks less likely ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: West Coast Conversations: 6 questions that define the fight against Kinder Morgan

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 West Coast Staff Counsel Eugene Kung sat down with Senior Communications and Engagement Specialist Alexis Stoymenoff to discuss the recent report released by the Ministerial Panel on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and tankers project. Here’s what Eugene had to say about the report, and the six key questions it poses in ...

Alberta Politics: Bernard the Roughneck in his own words: Neal Bernard Hancock responds to his critics

PHOTOS: “Bernard the Roughneck,” Neal Bernard Hancock, addresses the media in Ottawa in this screenshot of the CBC’s tape of his interview. Below: Mr. Hancock at the same event with Mark Scholz, president of the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors, David Lefebvre, director of the Quebec Oil and Gas Association (which the CAODC describes ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Kinder Morgan’s Salad Days of Summer

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 The warmth and relative freedom of summer creates an atmosphere of spontaneity and often last-minute plans come together: “Let’s drive to that pow-wow this weekend!” “Who wants to go to the beach for a picnic this afternoon?” “Come to the Vancouver Folk Festival and visit our WCEL table!” Summer 2016 is ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: The Kinder Morgan roller coaster continues

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 It has been yet another whirlwind month on the Kinder Morgan file. Staff Counsel Eugene Kung takes us through six milestones from the month of May, ranging from a trip to "oil's heartland" in Texas to last week's unsurprising, yet disappointing NEB recommendation. Kinder Morgan AGM Photo credit: Reuben George (via ...

Cowichan Conversations: Province Steps Into Kinder Morgan Pipeline Proposal

The impact of this decision tosses the ‘Equivalency Agreement’ with the highly suspect and biased National Energy Board back into the province’s lap. Earlier this month, B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) officially notified the Read more…

Alberta Politics: Just when the nattering nabobs of neoliberal negativism felt safe to write off the NDP, the crack of Doomsday opens!

PHOTOS: Actor David Suchet as Agatha Christie’s imaginary Hercule Poirot. Below: Postmedia Alberta Frankenpaper political columnist Lorne Gunter, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Alberta Prosperity Fund President Barry McNamar and the late Spiro T. Agnew, who is thought by some scholars to be the worst vice-president in U.S. history. This tale of ...

The Canadian Progressive: “Immediately suspend” NEB hearings on Trans Mountain pipeline, Burnaby mayor tells Trudeau

The mayor of Burnaby wants Prime Minister Justine Trudeau to “immediately suspend” the National Energy Board (NEB)’s hearings on Kinder Morgan’s $5.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion proposal. The post “Immediately suspend” NEB hearings on Trans Mountain pipeline, Burnaby mayor tells Trudeau appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Keystone XL: Don’t Build It For Canada

A new poll, basically confirming what a lot of older polls suggested: Canadians are more likely to oppose (44%) than support (36%) the Keystone XL energy pipeline, while 20% have a neutral opinion. The opposite is true on the other side of the border: the figures are 34%, 52% and 14%, respectively. However, support is ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Trans Mountain: They Had To Bomb The Whale In Order To Save The Whale

Dropping explosives into the ocean to scare whales away from balls of floating dilbit is just just one element of  Trans Mountain’s “world class” response to oil-spills outta ships carrying Alberta Tar from its pipelines.  And if the bombers should overshoot…then hey!  they’ll be enough blubber steak for sale in Vancouver’s trendy “game” restaurants to ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Federal Libs On Northern Gateway, Keystone XL

Den Tandt’s pro-Keystone sentiments are standard issue,  but his bit on Liberal strategy seems sound: All of which leads us back to the Liberals: They oppose the Northern Gateway project, because it lacks local community support and because its proposed route envisions sending hundreds of oil tankers down the narrow and pristine Douglas Channel, in ...

Politics and its Discontents: Don’t Let A Culture Of Defeat Hold You Back

That’s right, folks. There are untold opportunities to enhance both your gross domestic product and your wallets through the scourge gift of oil spills, as oil pipeline company Kinder Morgan recently explained. But of course, that ‘leftie’ Rachel Maddow looks a gift horse in the mouth as she continues to spread her dangerous ideas: Recommend ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Kinder Morgan On The Upside To An Oilspill

It’s unquestionably true that, for some people, disasters can be “good for business”.  So can wars. From here, incidentally.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Justin Trudeau On Pipelines

From his interview with Calgary Metro News:“Because of that I have been a strong promoter of the Keystone XL pipeline and also a harsh critic on the way the prime minister has approached pushing the Keystone XL pipeline. To my mind, the only thing that has prevented Keystone XL from getting approved already in the ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Kinder Morgan Pipeline: Might Be A Little Problem With That

Seventy-three per cent of the proposed new routing will follow existing rights-of-way. About 980 kilometres of new pipe would need to be constructed. According to my calculations, Kinder Morgan will have to buy or otherwise gain access to a strip of land 311 long (about 186 miles) and probably about 50 or 60 meters wide, ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Justin On Keystone

People may have been surprised, but shouldn’t have been.  Justin’s position on Keystone XL has been on record for awhile know.  And though I personally oppose Keystone and all other pipelines coming out of Mordor, that is not a tenable stance for a politician looking to win a few seats in Alta. or Sask.  Indeed, of ...