Earlier today, the nations of Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Coldwater Indian First Nations held a joint press conference to announce new legal action against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project and the federal government.
The Canadian government has fumbled a critical opportunity to be a climate leader, diversify the economy and create sustainable jobs, says the Council of Canadians. Today’s announcement clashes with the government’s decision to support the planned 30 per cent increase in pipeline capacity, and Alberta’s oil sands emission cap that allows emissions from that sector to increase by 43 per cent.
This week the Canadian Senate committee on transportation and communication released a report on fossil fuel transportation, and much like the recent approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline, it was unsatisfying on many levels.
The proposal from a Senate committee to extend the controversial Energy East pipeline through Nova Scotia is a shell game to save the Energy East pipeline, but makes no sense from an environmental and climate change perspective, says the Council of Canadians.
The Husky Oil accident report of November 17, 2016, attributed the oil spill on the North Saskatchewan River to ground movement following heavy rains. The National Observer reports that the pipeline was built on unstable ground.