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."
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.
Press Clipping: Canada is not ready to unveil already long-delayed rules on curbing greenhouse gas emissions from the Alberta oil sands, the environment minister said on Thursday in comments that could boost U.S. resistance to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. U.S. President Barack Obama, who must decide whether to approve TransCanada Corp's proposed Keystone XL pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast, said in July that Canada could be doing more to curb emissions. Some politicians in Canada took his remarks as a hint that the President wants to see the Canadian regulations before making a decision on Keystone next year. Green groups want Obama to veto the pipeline, which they say would speed up development of the oil sands and cause Canadian emissions to jump even more.
Blog Post: By now you’ve likely heard all about how the RCMP and CSIS have been gathering information on environmental groups opposed to oilsands developments and projects like Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. It’s enough to send a shiver down your spine. But hey, coming from a government that once branded environmentalists as “radicals,” we can’t say it’s a huge surprise. The real kicker is that the fair and open environmental review process Ecojustice and our clients have placed our faith in may have been a pipe dream all along. Records obtained by a journalist under the Access to Information Act, as reported in the Vancouver Observer, suggest that the RCMP and CSIS gathered intelligence on groups opposed to oil and gas development — groups like our client ForestEthics Advocacy — and characterized them as a potential security risk in emails to members of the National Energy Board (NEB).
Press Clipping: When I sat down Tuesday night to put some thoughts on paper about allegations of spying on Canadian environmental and pro-democracy groups, I never imagined those musings would end up being read by tens of thousands of people and spawn news coverage across the country. But that’s exactly what happened.
Press Clipping: Canada losing out because of a lack of pipeline infrastructure is an old story. The Chamber of Commerce released a very similar report last February—so essentially their new document is a recycled version of their earlier pamphlet. Last April, I tracked down the underlying logic and the source of all the numbers, and its clear there is no current loss to the Canadian economy because of a lack of pipeline capacity.