Press Clipping: With an eagle soaring overhead, American and Canadian Coast Salish people gathered on the banks of the Fraser River in Chilliwack, B.C. to do prayers in advance of their presentations to oppose the $5.4-billion Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion at the National Energy Board hearings. “[The pipeline] is something that we do not need,” said Brian Cladoosby, President of the National Congress for American Indians, representing 566 U.S. tribes.
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Press Clipping: Lipo Chanthanasak, who moved to Richmond from Laos 24 years ago, lives within the potential blast zone should an oil train derail on the BNSF Railway tracks or the Kinder Morgan rail facility. The 70-year-old retiree says he only learned that crude was being transported through his community because of his involvement with the nonprofit Asian Pacific Environmental Network, or APEN. Many of his neighbors, he says, are unaware, but the threat is all too real.
Press Clipping: Enbridge Inc. tells the National Energy Board (NEB) it should not be required to install shut-off valves at every major water crossing of its Line 9 oil pipeline because it has a smarter way to minimize potential leaks from the line. In a sharply worded letter two weeks ago, board secretary Sheri Young scolded the company, saying the regulator “takes protection of people and the environment seriously and it expects the same of the companies it regulates.”
Press Clipping: Sky News put together a three-minute video segment on the Harvest the Hope Concert and the growing opposition to Keystone XL in Nebraska. Listen to what Neil Young, Willie Nelson and local ranchers have to say about climate change and the need to move beyond oil -- including the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Press Clipping: Hundreds of aboriginal people took the bait of an impromptu viral social media campaign to submit their favourite fishing pictures, following a Vancouver Observer story last week that reported that pipeline giant Kinder Morgan had questioned how much a B.C. band still eats fish. Green Party of B.C.’s interim leader Adam Olsen thought the question was fishy, so asked aboriginal people to share their fish photos. The response was overwhelming.
Press Clipping: For Sto:lo people with links to their ancient traditions, the landscapes that surround them are not just important as sources of food, water and shelter. The trees, the mountains and the rivers are their ancestors. That was part of Albert "Sonny" McHalsie's message to the National Energy Board (NEB) during the first day of seven days of aboriginal oral traditional evidence into the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.
Press Clipping: A small group of nature lovers in southern Ontario enjoy spending weekends watching birds and other wildlife, but lately they're the ones under watch — by the Canada Revenue Agency. "Effectively, they've put a gag on us,” said Roger Suffling, longtime member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists, who noted that the letter arrived just after the club wrote to federal cabinet ministers to complain about government-approved chemicals that damage bee colonies.
Press Clipping: TransCanada Corp. will have to spend $1 billion more than planned on an oil pipeline to Canada’s Atlantic Coast if natural gas customers get their way, a move it says would threaten the viability of the project. The spat centers on TransCanada’s plan to convert a 3,000- kilometer (1,865-mile) stretch of its mainline gas conduit to carry oil. Gas distributors claim that converting the mainline in eastern Ontario would lead to fuel shortages and higher prices.