British Columbia

28/07/15

'We're blocking pipelines; we're not blocking everyone', Unist’ot’en Camp spokesperson Freda Huson tells RCMP at the Bulkley Valley road "checkpoint."

28/07/15
Author: 
Simon Doyle

The battle for Kinder Morgan Inc.’s Trans Mountain pipeline is bleeding into lobbying over another major infrastructure project in British Columbia – a proposal for a new shipping terminal near Vancouver’s Fraser River Estuary.

Advocacy groups campaigning against the proposed marine terminal, called Roberts Bank Terminal 2, have said they are concerned it could serve as a contingency port for the expanded Trans Mountain pipeline, even as the port authority and Kinder Morgan say using the expanded port for shipping oil is not in the cards.

28/07/15
Author: 
BRENT JANG

The B.C. Liberal government’s claim that liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports will create 100,000 jobs is a vastly exaggerated forecast, says a report by a think tank that has touched off a controversy about how much of an employment boon the sector will actually create.

“We find that this claim is not credible and that potential employment impacts have been grossly overstated,” said the study by the left-leaning Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

23/07/15

BURNABY, BC, July 23, 2015 /CNW/ - The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union is joining First Nations and environmental advocates in opposing the B.C. government's approval of the Site C dam project, the union announced today.

"Site C is the wrong choice for British Columbia. The project is not needed: there are better alternatives," says BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. "Site C will cause massive habitat loss. It violates First Nations' indigenous rights. It removes high-value agricultural lands from production."

23/07/15
Author: 
Bruce Constantineau

VANCOUVER — Two potential geothermal energy projects near Pemberton could generate electricity for about seven cents a kilowatt hour — only slightly higher than the 5.8 cents to 6.1 cents a kilowatt hour cost estimate of the Site C dam project.

That's the conclusion of a recent Kerr Wood Leidal Associates study on the economic viability of geothermal resources in B.C., which considered nine of the most favourable geothermal sites in the province.

23/07/15
Author: 
Ana Simeon
Close to a thousand people from various parts of the province and from all walks of life attended the Paddle for the Peace in Fort St. John on July 11.

This week, a year almost to the day since the ground-breaking Supreme Court of Canada decision affirming aboriginal title in the Tsilhqot’in case, another B.C. First Nation will be in federal court trying to prevent yet another destructive project that is being aggressively pursued without aboriginal consent.

21/07/15
Author: 
JENS WIETING, EDUARDO SOUSA AND VALERIE LANGER

Transition period: During run-up to deal, company has logged above its allocation in Great Bear Rainforest.
How would you expect a government and a car manufacturer to handle information that a certain car had defective brakes? Issue a recall, right?

21/07/15
Author: 
Vaughn Palmer

VICTORIA — As the legislature resumed debate Monday on the B.C. Liberal government’s controversial deal with the liquefied natural gas sector, Finance Minister Mike de Jong addressed concerns that he and his colleagues were open to enriching already generous terms with the industry.

The suspicions emerged from a news conference in the provincial capital last week, where the industry association injected itself into the debate around the deal by suggesting the terms were still not good enough.

20/07/15
Author: 
Union of BC Indian Chiefs

~ Leaders Emphasize First Nations opposition to Northern Gateway is broad and deep ~

19/07/15

On July 15th 2015, officers of the Canadian Royal Mounted Police (RCMP) tried to enter Unist’ot’en territory. The Unist’ot’en have built a camp that stands in the way of several oil and gas pipelines. Camp supporters blocked the rcmp from entering.

The following day the RCMP threatened to arrest supporters at another checkpoint, but supporters responded by building a gate. The Unist’ot’en have requested physical support from allies. For more info on how you can help visit UnistotenCamp.com.

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