Monthly Archives: January 2016

Feds new pipeline rules show some promise, but the devil is in the details: CoC

This week, Natural Resources Minister Carr and Environment and Climate Change Minister McKenna concluded a press conference announcing new rules for pipeline projects.

Wednesday’s much anticipated announcement comes amid a tumultuous two weeks where Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and TransCanada’s Energy East project were capitulated onto a national news stage, unlike anything we’ve seen before.

Reported in Council of Canadians’ energy and climate justice campaigner Andrea Harden-Donahue’s blog are details about the new rules and an assessment based on what we want to see in pipeline reviews. Details included here are informed by a government backgrounder, and in viewing Wednesday’s press conference.

Wednesday’s announcement confirms both a transition process for existing projects and a longer term overhaul of environmental assessments and the National Energy Board (NEB) that will reportedly happen over the course of two years.

The principles guiding the transition process are:

  1. Project proponent are not forced to start over
  2. Process is science-based, employs traditional ecological knowledge and other relevant evidence
  3. Views of affected communities are sought and considered
  4. Process supports First Nation consultation and accommodation
  5. Process includes direct and upstream greenhouse gas emissions linked to project

Read here for a status of the Energy East and Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain projects.

 

Action Alert: Local chapter calls on Trudeau to stop pipeline reviews

The Council of Canadians Thunder Bay chapter is calling on the Trudeau government to halt existing pipeline reviews, reported in the Chronicle Journal.

To keep pressure on the Trudeau government to stop the flawed pipeline reviews, please add your name to our Keep your promises, Liberals: Stop pipeline reviews action alert.

Gov’t set to break pledge, claim protesters

A coalition of Thunder Bay environmental groups, including the local chapter of the Council of Canadians, joined forces on Saturday to urge the federal government to halt the review process for two major pipeline projects.

The coalition is citing a pre-election promise that the Kinder Morgan and Energy Ease projects would be assessed under additional criteria, including greenhouse gas emissions and upstream impacts. So far that hasn’t happened, and the review for Kinder Morgan is slated for tomorrow. Read more on the story in The Chronicle-Journal.

AGM tonight

Tonight! Join us for the Thunder Bay Council of Canadians’ Annual General Meeting from 6:30-8:30pm at the Waverley Library Auditorium.

Come and review our last year’s activities, and participate in planning for 2016. Discuss what our local priorities should be, what campaigns to participate in, lobbying focus, new topics of interest, and other topics. Everyone is welcome!

Join in the People’s Injunction

During the federal election campaign, the Liberal party promised to revise the review process for energy  projects such as Energy East, to make sure that there was always an adequate environmental review as   part of the process, among other things.  They have just announced that they are allowing the review of two projects to proceed under the old system:  Trans-Mountain and Energy East.

The Thunder Bay Council of Canadians is participating in a protest against this, called the People’s Injunction.  This protest has been organized across the country by   350.org.

Meet us at:  1:00 PM  Friday January 15th  705 Red River Road  (MP Patty Hajdu’s office)  to let the Liberal government know that leaving the National Energy  Board’s review process unchallenged and unchanged is not acceptable. We hope to see you there!

Save the Date: Annual General Meeting

Please join us for the Thunder Bay Council of Canadians’ Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Waverley Library Auditorium.

Come and review our last year’s activities, and participate in planning for 2016. Discuss what our local priorities should be, what campaigns to participate in, lobbying focus, new topics of interest, and other topics. Everyone is welcome, and this would be a good time to connect with other like-minded people in a non-pressure environment.