Press Clipping: On paper the federal government and the National Energy Board have the final say on pipeline approvals. But there are myriad ways for a province to block or delay a federal infrastructure project and it would not be the first time that voters had forced governments to think twice about allowing a controversial one to go forward. The fact that otherwise business-friendly provincial governments are putting more and more distance between themselves and the pipeline file is a sign that public opposition to these projects is fast spreading well beyond the environmental movement.
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Press Clipping: The owner of the Trans Mountain pipeline is distancing itself from responsibility for a potential disaster and is breaking the law by restructuring without a green light from the National Energy Board, claims economist Robyn Allan. This weekend, as dozens of Trans Mountain protesters were arrested, Allan filed a motion to the NEB demanding all work on the pipeline cease. "Kinder Morgan is breaking the law," she alleged. "They were supposed to file an application and they haven't done it."
Press Clipping: Two 11-year-old girls were among the protesters who crossed a police line Sunday to protest pipeline surveying on Burnaby Mountain. While seven people were arrested Sunday for defying the injunction protecting Kinder Morgan workers drilling test holes, preteens Kate Fink-Jensen and Naomi Cech, and Fink-Jensen’s mother Kim, were not arrested, police said.
Press Clipping: After at least 60 people have been arrested for violating an RCMP-enforced injunction on Burnaby Mountain, climate change activists had a civil disobedience course there this morning to help "participants make informed choices about whether they want to be arrested.” Environmental advocacy organization the Dogwood Initiative held a 10:30 a.m. news conference at the foot of Centennial Drive, before a group of experienced activists trained people who wanted to violate the injunction in civil disobedience.
Press Clipping: The Pembina Institute's excellent Green Energy Futures series profiled Medicine Hat's new 1 MW concentrated solar thermal power plant, which the city will bring into service in the coming year. While it won’t have its official ribbon cutting until June 21 of 2015, by the time you read this they should be generating power at the plant on a test basis.
Press Clipping: The Alberta and federal governments are planning a new push to persuade skeptics in Central Canada that a proposed $12-billion oil pipeline will deliver them more benefits than it will pose risks. Alberta Premier Jim Prentice plans to travel to Quebec City and Toronto in early December to meet Quebec and Ontario premiers, who last week spelled out a joint list of seven criteria that TransCanada Corp.’s Energy East project must satisfy to secure their support.
Press Clipping: Former student activist Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois is donating the money he won for his Governor General’s Literary Award to a group fighting against the TransCanada Energy East pipeline. “We are in a serious situation now in Quebec. We have a very, very important choice to make around that very controversial Energy East TransCanada pipeline,” Nadeau-Dubois told CBC’s Daybreak.