Press Clipping: Last year, the Harper government brought new rules into force restricting your right to participate in pipeline hearings and severely limiting what it is you can say at these hearings. These new rules are a thinly disguised attempt to silence Canadians who are concerned about the increased risks of oil spills, the impacts of rapid tarsands expansion and our government’s failure to require industry to reduce climate pollution. Instead what we have is a government that is working hand in hand with oil companies to protect their interests and discourage public debate and engagement in a public process.
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Press Clipping: As environmentalists began ratcheting up pressure against Canada's tar sands three years ago, one of the world's biggest strategic consulting firms was tapped to help the North American oil industry figure out how to handle the mounting activism. The resulting document, published online by WikiLeaks, offers another window into how oil and gas companies have been scrambling to deal with unrelenting opposition to their growth plans. "This worst-case scenario is exactly what has happened," partly because opposition to tar sands development has expanded beyond nonprofit groups to include individual activists concerned about climate change, said Mark Floegel, a senior investigator for Greenpeace. "The more people in America see Superstorm Sandys or tornadoes in Chicago, the more they are waking up and joining the fight."
Blog Post: Today marks the 3rd Anniversary of the Save the Fraser Declaration, a declaration signed by more than 130 First Nations, which states: We will not allow the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines, or similar Tar Sands projects, to cross our lands, territories and watersheds, or the ocean migration routes of Fraser River salmon.
Blog Post: Today, on the 3rd Anniversary of the Save the Fraser Declaration, the Yinka Dene Alliance, a group of 6 First Nations strongly committed to stopping the Enbridge Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline, hosted a Save the Fraser Declaration press conference in Vancouver, BC which recommitted the existing 130 signatories and where the Stellat’en First Nation added its voice.
Press Clipping: Work on Enbridge's Line 9B pipeline was halted in Toronto on Tuesday morning after a group of about 20 protesters opposed to Enbridge’s Line 9 proposal — some chaining themselves to equipment — showed up at the work site. The protesters arrived early, prompting the contractor to send home about 40 workers there to perform routine maintenance on the pipeline. Five of the protesters chained themselves to equipment.
Press Clipping: Following the publication of documents obtained by the Vancouver Observer showing the National Energy Board oversaw the spying activities of the RCMP and CSIS on oil sands opponents, Barry Robinson, Staff Lawyer for Ecojustice, sent a letter today to National Energy Board (NEB) legal counsel Andrew Hudson and NEB CEO and Chair Gaétan Caron demanding answers. "What bothers me is they are looking into those who are simply opposed to the pipelines, with no criminal wrongdoing, and are sharing that information with the NEB -- the regulatory body that's supposed to make independent decisions," Robinson said.
Press Clipping: National Energy Board (NEB) hearings on a proposal by Enbridge Inc. to reverse its 9B pipeline, to bring tar sands crude to Montreal’s remaining oil refinery, concluded Wednesday. Industry Policy Minister Éliane Zakaïb supported the pipeline proposal, saying “we must choose the lesser evil.” Opponents disagree. Environmentalists, citizens groups and aboriginal witnesses told the committee the Enbridge plan is unsafe, potentially harmful to the environment, and even questioned its economic benefits. Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said Enbridge should not get a “blank cheque,” and Amir Khadir, of Québec solidaire, said that he sides with the opponents, calling Enbridge “a multiple repeat offender” that does not always respect regulatory and safety requirements and is responsible for the rupture of a similar reversed pipeline through Michigan, which spilled over 3 million litres of oil into the Kalamazoo River in 2010.