May 28, 2016

Photo by @NSShadesofGreen

The Council of Canadians participated in a highway protest today against the Alton Natural Gas Storage LP proposal.

The company, a subsidiary of Calgary-based AltaGas Ltd., has proposed creating storage facilities for natural gas by drilling three wells in underground salt caverns near the rural community of Alton, which is about 75 kilometres north of Halifax. The idea is that the wells would be used to store natural gas to hedge against higher natural gas prices in the winter. The project would include two 12-kilometre pipelines. One would be used to pump water from the Shubenacadie River estuary to flush the salt out of the caverns (to make way for the gas to be stored) and the other for transporting the resulting salt brine mixture into storage ponds that would be built beside an estuary in Fort Ellis (and then discharged back into the river).

May 28, 2016

Energy East town hall meeting in North Bay, April 25. Photo by North Bay Now.

A recent Council of Canadians town hall meeting in North Bay on the Energy East pipeline was raised at the Liberal Party of Canada biennial policy convention now underway in Winnipeg.

On April 25, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow presented new evidence at this town hall on the risks of TransCanada’s proposed 1.1 million barrel per day Energy East pipeline. She highlighted the findings of our report, When Oil Meets Water: How the Energy East pipeline threatens North Bay watersheds.

May 28, 2016

Photo by Rachel Tetrault.

Council of Canadians organizer Brigette DePape attempted to hand out leaflets opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at the Liberal party biennial convention now taking place in Winnipeg.

While DePape was stopped quickly by security inside the RBC Convention Centre, she did manage to give a leaflet to Maryanne Kampouris, the National Policy Chair for the Liberal Party of Canada. Kampouris has previously stated that her role within the party is to, "Hold open discussions on the policy process, summarize proposals and ask for clear direction within 3-4 months of the biennial."

May 28, 2016

Photo by Murray Bush.

Council of Canadians activists protested at the Imperial Metals annual shareholders meeting in Richmond yesterday morning.

Imperial Metals is the Vancouver-based company responsible for the Mount Polley mine tailings pond dam failure in August 2014 that spilled about 25 million cubic metres of water laden with arsenic, lead and copper into nearby waterways and lakes in Secwepemc Territory in central British Columbia. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip has stated, "Like the Exxon Valdez, Mount Polley will be synonymous with one of the most disastrous environmental events in British Columbia." The mine has resumed its operations, notably with the provincial government in March granting the company permission to discharge further untreated mine site runoff into Hazeltine Creek and Quesnel Lake until July 31.

May 27, 2016

The Fredericton chapter highlights lack of social licence for fracking at release of commission report, February 26, 2016.

New Brunswick-based Council of Canadians chapter activists have long demanded a ban on fracking in their province and today they received some good news.

CBC reports, "Energy Minister Donald Arseneault says the New Brunswick government will indefinitely extend the province's moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. The energy minister made the announcement on Friday in Fredericton. It was in response to the February report from the Commission on Hydraulic Fracturing. Arseneault said the shale gas industry still has not met the conditions necessary to lift the moratorium. 'We have been clear that we would not allow this activity to go forward unless our five conditions were met', Arseneault said in a statement."

This morning the Fredericton chapter posted on its Facebook page, "Victory for the people!"