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Blue Horizon obtains injunction to stop Methanex equipment leaving Kitimat site

Blue Horizon, the company that had  and lost the contract to  dismantle the old Methanex site in Kitimat has obtained an injunction preventing the buyer of the equipment from removing the material from the site by the Kitimat River. Last November, Ko Yo Development of Hong Kong cancelled its contract with Blue Horizon that would have seen the equipment in the plant dismantled and shipped to China. Part of the old Methanex site is now operated by Cenovus and is used to ship condensate to…

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Gitxsan protestors ordered to end blockade by Sunday

First Nations Members of the Gitxsan First Nation who are objecting to the deal signed between Enbridge and the Gitxsan Treaty Office have been served an injunction ordering them to end their blockade of the office in Hazelton by Sunday. CFJW Gitxsan Protesters Vow to Defy Court Injunction Protesters continue to bar access to the Gitxsan Treaty Society Office in Hazelton — and are vowing to defy a court injunction ordering them away from the office. They’re furious over last Friday’s announcement by Treaty officer and…

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Cleanup worker files whistle blower lawsuit over Kalamazoo oil spill

Energy Environment Law The Kalamazoo Gazette reports in Judge to hear whistle-blower lawsuit of Kalamazoo River oil spill worker  A Calhoun County judge next week will hear a whistle-blower lawsuit from a former Kalamazoo River oil spill cleanup worker who said he was fired after telling the media and state and federal agencies that crews were told to cover up oil instead of cleaning it up. John Bolenbaugh, of Athens, filed suit Nov. 9 against his former employer, SET Environmental Inc. [A] brief says that…

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Analysis: The NEB and LNG, The environment if necessary, but not necessarily the environment

Analysis If there are any doubts about the confusing nature of National Energy Board hearings,  at least for the public, as opposed to energy lawyers, that can be found in the decision relating to the application for the KM LNG limited partnership to export natural gas.  The NEB granted a licence that will allow the partners, Apache, Encana and EOG to export natural gas to Asia for the next 20 years. One of the questions at the hearings, with many people in the northwest also…

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US Coast Guard seizes “stateless” drift net boat off Alaska: AP

Fishery Associated Press reporter Becky Bohrer in Juneau reports on the Bangun Perkasa a rat-infested illegal fishing boat with a 10 mile long drift net seized off Alaska. Seized Vessel Shines Light on Illegal Fishing The recent seizure of a stateless ship in international waters 2,600 miles off Alaska’s coast has spotlighted the challenge that the U.S. and other nations face in trying to crackdown on illegal fishing, an activity that accounts for up to $23.5 billion a year in global economic losses. Finding rogue…

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Editorial: Lawyers have a lot to be thankful for this weekend

Editorial As lawyers from Vancouver Island to Calgary and on to Ottawa sit down for Thanksgiving dinner on Monday,  they will be counting their blessings and adding up their billable hours thanks to the surprise announcement by Enbridge that the company is getting into the west coast LNG rush. On Thursday, Enbridge CEO Pat Daniel told Reuters that Enbridge is interested in joining one of the two proposed Canadian LNG projects to ship natural gas to Asia. Reuters reported that “‘Enbridge plans to build a…

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Gitxaala First Nation settles with KM LNG

Energy The Gitxaala First Nation has settled its dispute with the KM LNG (also known as Kitimat LNG) over it’s application before the National Energy Board for an export licence. A letter from Robert Janes, representing the Gitxaala, was filed with the  NEB on Sept. 29, saying they were withdrawing their intervention and their motion for further hearings. In original filings, the Gitxaala First Nation objected to a lack of consultation between the Crown and the First Nation as well as expressing concerns about the…

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Harper’s decision to defund coast management group may blow back on Enbridge, lawyer says

Energy Environment Link The West Coast Environmental Law blog says the decision by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take funding away from the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area plan may actually blow back on Enbridge, delaying the Northern Gateway pipeline project for years.  The cancellation of the funding is  perceived as part of the Conservative government’s aim of pushing the Northern Gateway pipeline through no matter what the cost.   (Two cabinet ministers, Joe Oliver and James Moore are publicly endorsing the Northern Gateway, despite…

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