August 28, 2014

LNG Pipedreams, Fractured Futures and Community Resistance

The fight against fracking, fracked gas pipelines and LNG terminals is heating up in BC.  Resistance is on the rise - communities across BC are mobilizing to take a stand against a fractured future and oppose Premier Clark’s dangerous and dirty LNG pipedreams.

August 28, 2014

TransCanada and Energy East advocates like to talk a lot about the jobs that would be generated by the project. But they don't want to talk about the jobs a spill would threaten.

The New Brunswick ocean sector generates $1.1 billion in direct and spin-off gross domestic product (GDP), along with 25,500 full-time equivalent jobs, and $950 million in earned income(source: joint  federal and NB government report on estimates of economic impacts of the NB Ocean Sector 2003-2008).

The seafood industry (fishing, aquaculture and seafood process) makes the biggest contribution to both GPD (44% of ocean related GDP) and employment (representing 36% of ocean related employment). Tourism isn’t far behind, securing 16% of ocean related GDP and 27 of employment.

August 28, 2014

Territory closed to LNG

The chiefs of the Gitxsan house of Luutkudziiwus have declared their territory closed to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) activity.

This is significant because 32 kilometres of a $5 billion pipeline is scheduled to go through this territory. The 900-kilometre Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline would move fracked gas from Hudson's Hope to the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG terminal on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert where it would be liquefied and then exported by tanker on the Pacific Ocean.

Malaysian-owned Progress Energy Canada Ltd. is planning to build the LNG terminal and selected TransCanada to design, build, own and operate the pipeline.

August 28, 2014

Oakville, Ontario-based Tim Hortons has agreed to a $12.5 billion merger with Miami-based Burger King. The New York-based Brazilian private equity group 3G Capital will own 51-per-cent of the new company. American billionaire Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. committed $3 billion of preferred equity financing to the deal.

So is it bad news for Stephen Harper - who once delivered a speech at a Tim Hortons rather than the United Nations - that the iconic Canadian doughnut store chain is now owned by a Brazilian equity firm and an American fast-food restaurant?

It would appear not. In fact, he may celebrate it.

August 27, 2014

Line 67 is a 1,600 kilometre tar sands pipeline that currently carries 450,000 barrels per day pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin, which is situated on the western tip of Lake Superior. Calgary-based Enbridge wants to increase this pipeline's capacity to 880,000 barrels per day.

In order to avoid the approval process that has delayed the TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline, Enbridge has hatched a plan.

This is what they came up with. Line 67 will take the tar sands bitumen from northern Alberta to Gretna, Manitoba, which is located about 2.4 kilometres north of the North Dakota border. There the bitumen would flow into Line 3, which would carry it about 25 kilometres into the United States. At that point, Line 3 would connect back to Line 67 and the bitumen would continue on to its terminus at Lake Superior.