Category Archives: Prince Rupert

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Ocean acidification growing risk to west coast fishery, including crab and salmon, US studies show

The United States says acidification of the oceans means there is an already growing risk to the northwest coast fishery, including crab and salmon, according to studies released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. As more carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere and absorbed by the oceans, the water is becoming more acidic and that affects many species, especially shellfish, dissolving the shells. A NOAA study released today of environmental and economic risks to the Alaska fishery says: Many of Alaska’s nutritionally and…

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First Nations historical herring harvest offers “deep time perspective” to modern managers, SFU study says

The herring, now dwindling on on the Pacific Coast, was once “superabundant” from Washington State through British Columbia to Alaska and that is a warning for the future, a new study says. A team of scientists lead by Simon Fraser University argue that the archaeological record on the Pacific Coast offers a “deep time perspective” going back ten thousand years that can be a guide for future management of the herring and other fish species. An archaeological study looked at 171 First Nations’ sites from…

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District of Kitimat calls for plebiscite on the Northern Gateway project

District of Kitimat Council voted Monday night to hold a plebiscite on whether or not the community supports the controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway project. District council and staff will decide the actual question for voters and the date for the plebiscite in the coming couple of weeks. A staff report described a plebiscite as “a non-binding form of referendum,” as defined by the BC Local Government Act. The council decision comes after the Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel released its decision on December 16, that…

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Bitumen excluded from data for federal tanker study, documents reveal

    The possible effects of a bitumen spill on Pacific waters were not considered in the oil response preparedness report released last week by the Harper government, the background data study reveals. The consulting firm that did the study for Transport Canada, Genivar Inc, had no reliable data on the effect of a bitumen tanker disaster—because, so far, there has been no major ocean disaster involving diluted bitumen. Instead, Genivar, based its findings on potential hazards and response on existing data on crude oil…

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Commentary: In the tanker study, the District of Kitimat was missing in action

The list of participants in the oil spill preparedness and response study released last week by the federal government shows two glaring no shows, the District of Kitimat and Rio Tinto Alcan. The Haisla Nation and the Gitga’at Nation did provide written submissions to the panel. The expert panel was set up by the federal government to review “oil handling facilities and ship-source oil spill preparedness and response.” The expert panel was to review the “structure, functionality and the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the…

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Aurora LNG applies to NEB for Grassy Point export licence

Aurora LNG, a partnership headed by Nexen, the Canadian branch of CNOOC, one of China’s largest energy companies, has applied to the National Energy Board for an export licence to ship 24 million tonnes of liquified natural gas over 25 years to Asian customers from Grassy Point near Prince Rupert. Two Japanese companies, Inpex Corp and JGC are partners with CNNOC in the joint venture. The application comes just two weeks after the BC government  gave Aurora “the right to pursue long-term access to Crown…

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Japan Petroleum approves LNG import facility in Fukushima Prefecture

Media reports say that Japan Petroleum Exploration (Japex) has given final investment approval to build a liquified natural gas receiving terminal and storage facility  at the Soma Port in Shinchi, Fukushima Prefecture to receive Canadian LNG, probably from Prince Rupert. The company will also build a 40 kilometre connecting pipeline to move the natural gas to Japex’s main pipeline which will then connect with natural gas storage facilities in  Natori in Miyagi Prefecture and another facility in Niigata Prefecture on the Sea of Japan. The Soma port…

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Analysis: The Harper government’s week of history-making blunders

When the story of the Stephen Harper government is told, historians will say that the week of March 17 to 23, 2013, is remembered, not for the release of a lacklustre federal budget, but for day after day of political blunders that undermined Harper’s goal of making a Canada what the Conservatives call a resource superpower. It was a week where spin overcame substance and spun out of control. The Conservative government’s aim was, apparently, to increase support for the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project…

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SPECIAL REPORT: Keystone study looks at increased BC west coast tanker traffic, oil terminal at Prince Rupert

The future of tankers sailing along the British Columbia coast, and the export of crude through BC could change drastically by the end of 2014. By some time in 2014, the planned expansion of the Panama Canal will be complete, allowing more large ships, including tankers, to pass through the Canal and ply up and down the west coast. It is also possible that British Columbia coastal ports could not only be used for export of bitumen from the Alberta oil sands and liquified natural…

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PART TWO: What the State Dept. Keystone EIS says about Kinder Morgan and Vancouver harbour

The US State Department report on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project also looks at the Kinder Morgan Transmountain pipeline (both the existing line and the proposed second line) and, in at least one part of the report, seems to speculate that, once expansion of the Panama Canal is completed in 2014, there could be larger tankers in Vancouver harbour, something that up until now, both Kinder Morgan and Port Metro Vancouver have denied. However, the State Department report does not say how the port…

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