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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.

Harper government alters climate targets; protects tar sands

Harper government alters climate targets, but protects oil sands
By Mychaylo Prystupa | May 15th 2015
National Observer

The Harper government is pledging to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, but in a way that does not affect the oil sands emissions - the largest source of Canada's climate warming pollution, say environmental critics.

Oil Spill on Beaches of World’s ‘Greenest City’

Bunker (Fuel) Down
Oil Spill on Beaches of World’s ‘Greenest City’
by MACDONALD STAINSBY

Vancouver, British Columbia, Coast Salish Territories

Weekend edition, April 10-12, 2015

Canada Losing $30+ Bn a Year on Tar-Sands Oil

Consider the right wing source and revel in the take down of Stephen Harper.

--M

Canada Losing $30+ Bn a Year on Tar-Sands Oil

April 8, 2015
By Sprott Money

Oil is our most-precious commodity as fuel for the global economy. It is also becoming a scarce commodity, as global production has flattened, while global demand continues to climb relentlessly, everywhere in the world except for the dying economies of Europe and North America. It is a classic “seller’s market.”

Here are the other tar-sands pipelines Canada is trying to build

Here are the other tar-sands pipelines Canada is trying to build
By Bobby Magill on 31 Mar 2015

Climate Central

A decision on whether to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built in the U.S. could come at any time, but there are myriad other projects on the table designed to do exactly what Keystone XL was designed to do: transport Canadian tar-sands oil to refineries.

Tar sands campaigners are Canada's new 'terrorists'

Tar sands campaigners are Canada's new 'terrorists'

Pete Dolack

5th March 2015

Canada's 'Anti-Terrorism Bill' proposes a massive increase in the power of security services, writes Pete Dolack - and in the crosshairs are campaigners against a tar sands industry that's intent on releasing 240 billion tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, and those fighting the pipelines needed to get the heavy crude to market. Who are the real 'extremists'?

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

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