Tag Archives: NEB

Editorial: (II) Kitimat Council in chaos

The District of Kitimat Council is in chaos. We’re not referring to Monday’s chaotic meeting where often it was hard to figure out what Councillors were saying and where they were going. We are referring to “Chaos” as it is defined in physics, “sensitive dependence on initial conditions,” known to most people as the “butterfly effect” (the exaggerated notion that a butterfly flapping its wings in one place could cause a storm in another place). Or we could suggest that Kitimat Council has a critical…

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DFO clarifies relationship with NEB on fisheries protection along pipeline routes

On January 16, Fisheries and Oceans issued a statement “clarifying” its role after signing an agreement with the National Energy Board on fisheries protection along pipeline routes, saying DFO “remains responsible for fisheries protection, including the issuance of Fisheries Act authorizations.” Fisheries and Oceans signed the agreement with the National Energy Board in mid-December. DFO says there is little difference between its agreement with the NEB and collaborative agreements with the provinces. Fisheries and Oceans Canada has established a collaborative agreement with the National Energy…

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Two JRP conditions are already outdated, Cullen says

Skeena Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen says at least two of the Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel’s 209 conditions may already be outdated. In a news release January 15, 2013, Cullen said, “The requirement of $950 million in spill insurance was recently called into question as reports surfaced of cleanup costs at the sites of Enbridge’s 2010 Michigan spill surpassing $1.035 billion.” The $1.035 billion figure was contained in Enbridge’s American arm, Enbridge Energy Partners, latest filing for the third quarter over 2013 with the…

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Editorial: Kitimat Council fails in approving confusing Gateway plebiscite question

  District Council failed the people of Kitimat Monday night by approving a confusing question for the plebiscite on the Northern Gateway project. (There are already comments on social media that some people find the question incomprehensible). What’s more, the Council set a sorry precedent Monday and undermined their ability to have a constructive debate on any contentious issues in the future. Here’s what went wrong. With the new year, Council is operating under new rules of procedure that allow discussion of an issue to…

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Kitimat to vote on convoluted Northern Gateway question on April 12

Updates Jan. 15 with District changing voting venue to Tamitik District of Kitimat Council voted Monday night to hold the plebiscite on the Northern Gateway project on Saturday April 12, with advance polls April 2 and April 9. Voting will be held at the Tamitik Jubilee Sports Complex and Mt. Elizabeth Secondary School with special voting at Kiwanis Village, Kitimat General Hospital, Mountain View Multi-care and Delta King Place. The ballot question, as moved by Councillor Mario Feldhoff is: Do you support the final report…

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Enbridge misses deadline to clean up Michigan’s Morrow Lake; EPA cites reluctance to do winter cleanup

Enbridge has missed the US Environmental Protection Agency’s deadline to clean up parts of the Marshall, Michigan bitumen spill by December 31, 2013. Local television news, WOOD-TV says the EPA is now considering “enforcement options.” The EPA had already granted Enbridge a 10 month extension that the company requested in March, 2013, setting the new December deadline. In November, Enbridge requested a second extension. The EPA denied that request. From the EPA letter it appears that, as in previous years, Enbridge is trying to avoid…

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DFO hands over fisheries protection along pipelines to the NEB

  The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has handed responsibility for fish and fish habitat along pipeline routes over to the National Energy Board. The same agreement also gives the National Energy Board responsibility for dealing with First Nations fisheries if a pipeline or power line crosses their traditional territory. DFO and NEB quietly announced a memorandum of agreement on December 16, 2013, that went largely unnoticed with the release three days later of the Joint Review Panel decision on Northern Gateway and the slow…

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Joint Review Panel tells northwestern BC to bear the “burdens” of Northern Gateway for the good of Canada

    If you read both the 76 pages of Volume One of the Northern Gateway Joint Review decision and the 417 pages of Volume 2, a total of 493 pages, one word keeps reappearing. That word is “burden.” The JRP panel asks “How did we weigh the balance of burdens, benefits, and risks?” And it says: Many people and parties commented on the economic benefits and burdens that could be brought about by the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project. In our view, opening Pacific Basin markets…

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Editorial: Once again the National Energy Board shows its contempt for British Columbia

Second Update December 10- NEB refuses to release JRP report in BC The Globe and Mail reports Dec. 10, 2013 The National Energy Board says releasing its decisions in Calgary is standard practice regardless of where in Canada the project is located, and it will not make an exception for its report on the controversial $6.5-billion Northern Gateway pipeline proposal. Apparently the NEB doesn’t trust reporters in BC to act as professionals. Also, as usual the stock market is more important than the people of BC.…

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Commentary: The earthshaking difference between Enbridge and LNG

Buried deep in the LNG Canada environmental assessment application, a reader will find a key difference in attitude with at least one of the group of companies planning liquified natural gas development in the northwest and Enbridge Northern Gateway. It’s an earthshaking difference, since it’s all about earthquakes. The documents filed by LNG Canada with the BC Environmental Assessment Office and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency acknowledge that there is a possibility of an earthquake (a one in 2,475 year event) at the LNG terminal…

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