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Enbridge Gateway Pipeline/ Offshore Tanker Traffic [BC]

Enbridge Gateway Pipeline/ Offshore Tanker Traffic [BC]

Enbridge Gateway Pipeline [BC] is a category that involves the end of the pipeline's proposed route and attendant offshore shipping needed if heavy oil is transported to the proposed facility near Kitimat, British Columbia. To transport that heavy oil, a pipeline is proposed that would traverse the forests and land from Alberta's Peace Region across northern British Columbia to the coast of the Pacific Ocean, where an attendant marine facility would also be built.

As with most components of the tarsands, the escalation in tar sand production being proposed by the US Department of Energy and Natural Resources Canada would likely require this infrastructure. This infrastructure may lay the basis for further encroachments. Many indigenous nations from the region have launched objections to this pipeline, including legal challenges. The possibility is very strong that this would immediately include opening the coast to shipping, including the Inside Passage of Alaska's Panhandle. The tar sand oil to be shipped by this or an alternate pipeline system to the BC Coast would be shipped to China and California, and may also include more shipments on their way to or from places such as Prince William Sound in Alaska, breaking an offshore shipping moratorium in British Columbia. Once that moratorium is removed, then places such as Russia can import light hydro carbonic liquids to pipe the other way-- into Alberta-- to help yet more tarsand production and possible further expansion.

Enbridge Gateway Pipeline [BC] is a category that involves the end of the pipeline's proposed route and attendant offshore shipping needed if heavy oil is transported to the proposed facility near Kitimat, British Columbia. To transport that heavy oil, a pipeline is proposed that would traverse the forests and land from Alberta's Peace Region across northern British Columbia to the coast of the Pacific Ocean, where an attendant marine facility would also be built. As with most components of the tarsands, the escalation in tar sand production being proposed by the US Department of Energy and Natural Resources Canada would likely require this infrastructure. This infrastructure may lay the basis for further encroachments. Many indigenous nations from the region have launched objections to this pipeline, including legal challenges. The possibility is very strong that this would immediately include opening the coast to shipping, including the Inside Passage of Alaska's Panhandle. The tar sand oil to be shipped by this or an alternate pipeline system to the BC Coast would be shipped to China and California, and may also include more shipments on their way to or from places such as Prince William Sound in Alaska, breaking an offshore shipping moratorium in British Columbia. Once that moratorium is removed, then places such as Russia can import light hydro carbonic liquids to pipe the other way-- into Alberta-- to help yet more tarsand production and possible further expansion.

Canada’s $207,000 tar sands ad: Putting a price on deception

Canada’s $207,000 oil sands ad: Putting a price on deception

Eric Reguly

The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, May. 09 2014

The ad in The New Yorker is pretty, if not quite arresting. The full-page photo on the inside back cover – prime real estate in the United States’ leading upmarket magazine – features a pristine river meandering through a lush mountain valley, untouched by humanity. It is not a tourism ad. It is designed to convince influential Americans that the Keystone XL pipeline is environmentally safe, even desirable.

Tar sands experts on tap for town hall

Tar sands experts on tap for town hall

by Jennifer Feinberg - Chilliwack Progress

Mar 5, 2014

The risks and the realities of pipelines are the focus of a town hall meeting March 7 at the Best Western Rainbow Country Inn, hosted by the PIPE UP Network.

The timing has to do with the National Energy Board gearing up for hearings on the proposed pipeline project by Kinder Morgan, which is planned to cut through communities across the Lower Mainland.

Canada's carbon emissions projected to soar by 2030

Canada's carbon emissions projected to soar by 2030

Tar sands expected to help drive 38% increase in emissions, Harper government admits in submission to the UN

Stephen Leahy

theguardian.com, Tuesday 14 January 2014

The tailings pond at the Syncrude mine north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Tar sands could become a 'stranded asset', campaigners say The tailings pond at the Syncrude mine north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Tar sands could become a 'stranded asset', campaigners say Photograph: Ashley Cooper pics/Alamy

How Is Climate Change Reshaping Our Culture?

How Is Climate Change Reshaping Our Culture?

Tell us what you think. Then hear leading thinkers on shifts in tech, business, politics and nature at free Jan. 22 event.

By Geoff Dembicki, Today, TheTyee.ca
Jan 14, 2014

English Bay, Vancouver

A rant on the Federal attempted approval of Enbridge Gateway

(This was written in the hours after the Federal announcement of 209 conditions on Gateway approval, essentially a 'yes'.)

If anyone is surprised or disheartened by today's announcement about Gateway, you haven't been paying attention.

This government is the most rancidly reactionary, anti-democratic and pro-industry ever seen in Canada. That is not to let anyone else off the hook for their crimes, either.

It means you forgot the basic fact of how this works: They cannot be negotiated with. They must be stopped.

Business Page rantings about Gateway and Keystone

Enbridge Gateway Win Shows Stopping Keystone Won’t Halt Oil (1)
By Jim Efstathiou Jr. and Rebecca Penty December 20, 2013

Keystone XL backers say the proliferation of alternative projects, such as one to carry oil-sands crude to a Canadian seaport that advanced yesterday, undercuts opponents who claim blocking the pipeline will keep the high-carbon fossil fuel in the ground.

Enbridge to keep seeking public approval for Northern Gateway pipeline

Enbridge to keep seeking public approval for Northern Gateway pipeline

Jeffrey Jones

Lake Louise, Alta. — The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Nov. 29 2013

Enbridge Inc. will keep trying to win public approval for its Northern Gateway oil pipeline to the Pacific coast from Alberta even with the clock winding down to a crucial regulatory decision for the contentious project in the coming weeks, its chief executive officer said on Friday.

Corroding Our Democracy

October 14, 2013
Tzeporah Berman Silences Environmentalists, Targets Corporate Deal in Tar Sands Push
Corroding Our Democracy
by MACDONALD STAINSBY
Counterpunch.org

On September 23, 2013 Democracy Now and Amy Goodman conducted an interview with Tzeporah Berman on the issue of Canada’s government and their extreme over-reach in attacks on science and all manner of environmentalists. Focusing intently on the tar sands, the interview did well to highlight the more than dubious moves of the current Conservative government to promote tar sands in particular at all costs.

Are green groups ready for tarsands deal?

Are green groups ready for tarsands deal?
by Dawn Paley on Nov 20, 2013
The Georgia Straight

Gone are the days when the tarsands were an obscure experiment in making oil from tar. Today, the bitumen deposits in central and northern Alberta have become a political hot potato, an issue forced onto the world stage by coordinated protests and direct actions.
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But a look at the history of the environmental groups that have signed on to the tarsands protests raises the question of whether or not an agreement between green groups and tarsands operators is on the horizon.

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