Joint Review releases first round schedule, Gateway ruling put off for a year

Energy  Hearings The Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel has released its schedule for first round hearings for the Northern Gateway Pipeline. The panel will visit most of the towns along the pipeline route and the coast.  One surprise is that … Continue reading

Kent attacks foreign “mischief” in opposition to Gateway:Sunmedia

Politics Environment Environment minister Peter Kent  has attacked critics of the Northern Gateway pipeline while speaking to reporters at the climate conference in Durban, South Africa,  Sunmedia/Quebecor reports. Foreigners funding ‘mischief’ against Canada’s oilsands: Kent Environment Minister Peter Kent has … Continue reading

Little difference between diluted bitumen and conventional crude affect on pipelines, Alberta review says

Energy Environment     A study by an Alberta provincial government agency has concluded that diluted bitumen (also known in the industry as “dilbit”) is little different in its effects on pipelines than conventional or ‘non-oil sands derived’ crude oil. A … Continue reading

US State Department delays Keystone approval until 2013, new route likely if approved

Energy Environment Politics  Updated 1915 Nov. 10, with link to TransCanada statement, 1940 with more reaction. The United States Department of State has delayed approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline until 2013. A news release posted on the State … Continue reading

Oliver in media blitz hinting at pushing Northern Gateway in case US stops Keystone XL

Energy Environment Politics Canada’s minister of natural resources, Joe Oliver,  has embarked on a media blitz, quietly pushing the idea that  Canada will go ahead and build the Northern Gateway pipeline to send bitumen sands to Asia if the United … Continue reading

Salon article calls Northern Gateway Keystone’s “evil twin”, asserts pipeline will never be built

Energy Environment Commentary Michael Byers, the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC, writes about the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline in, largely for an American audience, calling the pipeline The evil twin of the Keystone … Continue reading

China biggest customer for Kitimat LNG: Encana

Energy China is probably the largest long term customer for liquified natural gas that will be shipped through the port of Kitimat, executives from Encana, one of the three partners in the KM LNG project said in an investor conference … Continue reading

Accuracy is the best neutrality. It’s all about the bitumen.

Editorial Memo to my media friends and colleagues: Last Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, the District of Kitimat sponsored an “educational forum” here at Mount Elizabeth Theatre on the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline project which, if approved, would carry bitumen from … Continue reading