Topic: trans mountain pipeline expansion

Drillers say sentiment toward oilpatch nearing 'all-time' lows

The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors is calling on Ottawa to shed regulatory changes as the industry's struggles continue.

Conservatives to try to force Trudeau's hand on western alienation

The Conservatives warned on Sunday that they will use every measure available to force the Trudeau government to bend to their demands over western alienation.

Alberta finance minister on defensive after 'job creation' tax cut spurs spending elsewhere

The Alberta finance minister says the massive tax cut given to corporations in last week’s budget means the province is open for business, but some are questioning, at what cost?

Policy experts look at how Alberta could prosper with a Liberal minority

With a Liberal minority set to govern Canada for the foreseeable future — and Alberta having zero representatives in cabinet — what does the future look like for this province, and what strategies can its leaders employ during a time of transition?

Trans Mountain pipeline won't be part of minority government negotiations: Morneau

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the expanded Trans Mountain pipeline is not fodder for negotiating with other Canadian political parties in the minority government.

Post-election Q&A with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi

Mayor Nenshi says it's up to western leaders now to decide if they want to co-operate with the Liberal minority government in Ottawa or "be in a state of permanent war."
In Depth

Pipeline politics: No easy decisions at Trans Mountain ground zero

Controversy over the Trans Mountain expansion project has proven one of the defining issues of Justin Trudeau's Liberal government. The issue will likely prove pivotal again in the battle for the riding that is considered ground zero in the pipeline debate.

Message from the doorstep: What Albertans are telling the candidates

It can be difficult for a candidate to make a breakthrough and start a conversation during their brief encounters with voters on the doorstep.

Federal parties bash each other in YYC Matters survey, Nenshi says

The City of Calgary updated its survey, YYC Matters, showing where the federal political parties stand on issues affecting the city's future.

Dancers in red protest Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

Seven dancers dressed in crimson robes with their faces painted white, theatrically protested the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline outside of a storage facility containing some of the pipe in Kamloops on Monday. 

Climate strikers naive but have right to protest, say energy sector leaders

Oil and gas industry insiders say demands by organizers of Friday's Global Climate Strike to transition swiftly away from fossil fuels to 100 per cent renewable energy are naive and unrealistic.

B.C. wins injunction blocking Alberta's turn-off-the-taps legislation over oil

The Federal Court has suspended Alberta's turn-off-the-taps legislation, aimed in part at the embattled Trans Mountain pipeline extension, granting British Columbia a temporary injunction blocking the law until the courts can decide whether it is valid.

Scheer says he'd fast-track pipeline challenges straight to Supreme Court

A Conservative government would overcome legal objections to building new petroleum pipelines by fast-tracking any cases right to the Supreme Court, party leader Andrew Scheer says.

53% of Canadians want next federal government to build Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, poll says

In an online survey conducted in August, 53 per cent of Canadians said the next federal government should proceed with and complete the Trans Mountain pipeline project while only 24 per cent answered it should be stopped.

33% of landowners on Trans Mountain route are yet to grant access to expansion project

Thousands of landowners along the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion route have not yet granted the Crown corporation access. One homeowner in Abbotsford, B.C., says her dealings with the project's owners over the years have shattered her mental health.
Analysis

Why British Columbia may actually matter this federal election

With the most electoral districts west of Ontario (42), and provincial polls showing no one party dominating, the potential exists for an election night where the five million people west of the Rockies determine which party ends up forming government. 
Analysis

Why did Ottawa fail to defend its Trans Mountain process in court? Blame politics

Six of 12 appeals of the Trans Mountain pipeline extension project have been cleared to go ahead - largely because the federal government declined a chance to defend its consultation process in court. The reasons might be obvious.

Oil lobby group says despite 'setback,' construction on Trans Mountain will proceed

Construction will proceed on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion this month, despite the Federal Court of Appeal agreeing to hear six challenges to the project.

Winners and losers react to federal court decision on Trans Mountain expansion appeal

Six First Nations groups have been granted leave to appeal the approval of Trans Mountain's pipeline expansion, while the challenges of six other applicants were denied.

Federal Court agrees to hear appeal of cabinet's green light for Trans Mountain pipeline

The Federal Court of Appeal has agreed to hear an appeal from activists determined to overturn the Liberal government's approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

OPINION | Ed Whittingham: Let's make it less lonely in the 'radical middle'

Ed Whittingham says that being a rational and pragmatic environmentalist means that on a good day he is getting sniped at equally by the hard left and the hard right.

Trans Mountain mobilizes workforce to start pipeline expansion, expects completion by mid-2022

The federally owned Trans Mountain Corporation said Wednesday it has issued "notice to proceed" directives to construction contractors, mobilizing the workforce it needs to expand the pipeline.

Pembina CEO says Trans Mountain pipeline bid is unlikely despite Kinder Morgan deal

Pembina Pipeline Corp. has signed a deal to buy Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. and the U.S. portion of the Cochin pipeline system in an agreement it valued at a total of about $4.35 billion.

Liberals launch next phase of engagement with Indigenous groups over Trans Mountain pipeline

The federal government has launched a new phase of engagement with Indigenous groups on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

Peaceful pipeline protesters return to Burnaby Mountain on B.C. Day

Peaceful pipeline protesters returned to Burnaby Mountain on B.C. Day because they say the expansion received approval to begin some work a month ahead of schedule, without the approval of First Nations.

TMX board approved additional $5M in future bonuses for federally owned project

Months before the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project was greenlit a second time, the leadership of the new government-owned pipeline company approved $5 million in future bonuses for top executives to keep them onboard.
Killers

Losing language, children, culture: Parallels drawn between endangered orcas and Indigenous experiences

Indigenous people from the Pacific Northwest point out similarities between what they have endured and what is happening to the region's endangered killer whales.
KILLERS

How the orca became a poster child for protesters in Canada

Trans Mountain pipeline protests often feature posters, props and signs with images of whales. For many, they represent what the country stands to lose in the Salish Sea. 

Indigenous-led group submits unsolicited bid to buy Trans Mountain pipeline

Indigenous-led group Project Reconciliation has submitted a preliminary proposal to the federal government to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline.

Kenney wrongly accuses federal Liberals of $2.5M grant to attack energy industry

Premier Jason Kenney accused the federal Liberals on Wednesday of approving a $2.5-million grant to a “left wing special interest group” that was made by the previous Conservative government under former prime minister Stephen Harper. 

Indigenous pipeline bidder launches 'listening tour' along Trans Mountain route

An Indigenous group planning to bid for ownership of the Trans Mountain pipeline is launching a "listening tour" of Indigenous communities in B.C. and Alberta.

Hundreds of landowners still haven't signed agreements with Trans Mountain for pipeline expansion

With the re-approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, landowners along the route who have yet to sign agreements with the company say they're frustrated with a process they say is unequally weighted in favour of the corporation. 

Calgary judge stays B.C. lawsuit against Alberta turn-off-the-taps legislation

Calgary Court of Queen's Bench Justice R.J. Hall has ruled the lawsuit should be heard in the Federal Court, not in Alberta's superior court.

NEB restores orders and decisions issued to Trans Mountain prior to court ruling

The National Energy Board says its decisions and orders regarding the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion issued prior to last summer when a court overturned its approval will remain valid except where circumstances have changed.

Kinder Morgan Canada income falls despite rise in pipeline and terminals revenue

Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. is reporting second-quarter income from continuing operations of $21.6 million, a decrease of $1.9 million from the second quarter of 2018.

Gas price inquiry questions Trans Mountain capacity, company denies collusion

One of the largest fuel companies in British Columbia says there's no retail market more competitive than gasoline in Canada and denies any price setting between competitors.

Environmental group presses NEB, industry to prove pipeline is economically worth it

Living Oceans Society wants proof that the 13 shippers who made commitments to move their product through the expanded Trans Mountain pipeline are still willing to do so after construction delays and increased project costs.

Alberta seeks to intervene in B.C.'s appeal to Supreme Court on energy projects

Alberta wants to have its say when British Columbia goes to the Supreme Court for a ruling on who is in charge of interprovincial projects like pipelines.

Trudeau defends anti-pipeline Liberal candidate, reaffirms commitment to Trans Mountain

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today defended recruiting a known anti-pipeline campaigner to run for the Liberal Party in Quebec, saying there’s room for ideological diversity in the party's ranks.

Trudeau visits Alberta pipeline site, says national unity is not under threat

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he rejects conservative claims that national unity is under threat. The Liberal leader says conservative politicians are playing petty politics, which is hurting people across the country.

New Liberal candidate Steven Guilbeault wrestles with party's pipeline policies

The high-profile environmentalist has been firmly opposed to pipelines, but said Wednesday he sees the Liberal Party as the best chance to "move to the next level" in the fight against climate change.

'Protesting Grandpa' arrested in snorkel gear after entering Trans Mountain terminal from water

The self-described "Protesting Grandpa" is once again in police custody following an apparent attempt to hang a protest banner from a barge at the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, B.C., early Wednesday morning.

6 First Nations launch new court challenge to Trans Mountain pipeline

Several First Nations have launched new court challenges to the federal government's recently re-approved Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

Premiers, chiefs, all Canadians divided over Trans Mountain, says AFN Chief Bellegarde

Resolving divisive issues like the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline would be made easier if Indigenous people had a seat at the table, Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde said Tuesday.

Environmental groups file new challenge to Trans Mountain pipeline expansion approval

The federal government failed to live up to its responsibility to protect B.C.’s endangered southern resident orcas when cabinet approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, according to a new court action filed by environmental groups.

Natural Resources minister defends Liberal decisions affecting energy industry in Calgary

Pipelines, Bill C-69, climate change and carbon tax: All of these hot button topics were discussed this afternoon as Canada's Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi visited Calgary to engage with the city's business community.

Indigenous-led group promises $6.9B TMX pipeline bid within week

An Indigenous-led group plans to offer to buy a majority stake in the Trans Mountain oil pipeline from the federal government this week or next — a deal that could help Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mitigate election-year criticism from environmentalists.

B.C. First Nation has change of heart, now opposes Trans Mountain pipeline project

A First Nation that was once in full support of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project is now standing in opposition, at least until it feels confident the project won't destroy one of their ancient villages.

Calgary judge reserves decision on turn-off-the-taps injunction despite 'very serious danger' law will be used

Alberta is threatening to use its supply of petroleum products as a "weapon to change the politics of British Columbia," argued lawyers for B.C. in a Calgary courtroom Friday in seeking an injunction.

Q&A: Catherine McKenna talks climate emergency, plastics ban and pipeline expansion

Canada's environment minister was in Halifax to talk about Ottawa's single-use plastics ban with her provincial counterparts, and sat down with CBC Information Morning's Portia Clark.

Oilpatch feels 'crushed' as it moves one step forward, two steps back 

Frustration, disappointment, uncertainty and distrust. That sums up the mood of some oil and gas leaders after a tumultuous month that saw the re-approval of a controversial pipeline project and the passing of legislation seen as unfriendly to the industry.

Indigenous drummers lead pipeline protesters on 22-km march in Victoria

Indigenous drummers in British Columbia are leading an anti-pipeline protest along a 22-kilometre route that passes through Victoria and ends at a beach north of the city.
Analysis

Steven Guilbeault opposes pipelines. So why is he running for the Liberals?

This was a particularly interesting week for Steven Guilbeault — one of Canada's most prominent environmentalists — to announce that he hopes to be a candidate for the Liberal Party in this fall's general election.

NEB issues certificate for Trans Mountain Pipeline

The National Energy Board has issued a certificate for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion after it was approved by Ottawa on Tuesday but is seeking input from affected parties and the public on its resumption of regulatory processes.

OPINION | On Trans Mountain pipeline, well done

It’s nice every once in a while to say to political leaders, ‘Well done.’ The federal government’s approval of the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, and what came with it, is one of those times.
PODCAST

The Pollcast: Scheer's plan and Trudeau's pipeline

On the latest episode of The Pollcast, Salimah Shivji, John Paul Tasker and Aaron Wherry join host Éric Grenier to break down a busy last week on Parliament Hill.

Trans Mountain pipeline legal odds in Trudeau's favour now, law professor says

Even before Justin Trudeau's Liberals again approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion this week, opponents vowed to launch further legal challenges — but the government may have the upper hand this time.

Chilliwack schools ask energy board to change path of Trans Mountain expansion

The Chilliwack School Board wants the proposed route of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion changed because its goes through school grounds.

For environmentalists and Lower Mainland First Nations, 76 reasons to oppose Trans Mountain

Increased shipping caused by the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion may harm the endangered southern resident killer whales of the Salish Sea, and that's led to strong opposition. But how much of a threat is that extra shipping? And is it the biggest threat to the endangered whales?
Q&A

Why this pilloried Alberta environmentalist backs the Trans Mountain pipeline

Ed Whittingham says he's taken a lot of hits for his views, and those blows are coming from both sides of the political aisle.

Not the end of court challenges for TMX pipeline, says political science professor

The federal government has once again approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, but U of S political science professor Greg Poelzer says this isn’t the end of the challenges.

Trans Mountain approval frustrating, says B.C. chief with unresolved concerns about pipeline project

While Coldwater Chief Lee Spahan wasn't surprised to hear that the federal government was moving ahead with plans to twin the Trans Mountain pipeline that runs beneath his reserve, he says the approval is still frustrating because Ottawa has yet to deal with outstanding issues in his community related to the existing pipeline.

Investigation launched into Vancouver police conduct during anti-pipeline protest

The police complaint commissioner of B.C. has ordered an investigation into the conduct of one or more members of the Vancouver Police Department during an anti-pipeline protest outside a hotel where the prime minister was speaking.

Alberta government targets Horgan, high gas prices in new pro-pipeline ad campaign

The province of Alberta is hoping to sway British Columbians with a $1.1 million ad campaign supporting the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Indigenous-led group makes pitch at B.C. Legislature for majority ownership of Trans Mountain pipeline

An Indigenous-led group calling itself Project Reconciliation and represented by former Tk’emlups Chief Shane Gottfriedson says buying a majority stake in the pipeline would bring prosperity to Western Canadian First Nations.

'It's what's in the pipeline': Green Party outlines plan to only use Canadian crude

If elected, Elizabeth May says the Green Party would ban foreign oil imports to Canada. It would use only domestic crude instead — until the country can wean itself off of fossil fuels — as part of the party’s Climate Action Plan.
Analysis

Do Canadians have the Constitution to tackle climate change?

At more than 150 years old, the country's foundational document has never been as relevant or as contested as right now, while the provinces and Ottawa fight over their roles in battling climate change in terms of pipeline politics and carbon pricing.

Alberta leaders cheer court ruling against B.C. bid to regulate bitumen shipments

Alberta political leaders from both sides of the aisle are applauding a court ruling in British Columbia saying the government of that province doesn't have the right to impose laws that could kill the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
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B.C. to appeal decision over control of Trans Mountain pipeline oil to Canada's top court

"We believe we have the right and authority constitutionally to regulate harmful substances through B.C.," said Attorney General David Eby.

B.C. can't impose environmental laws that could kill Trans Mountain pipeline, court rules

British Columbia doesn't have the right to impose environmental laws that could kill the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, an Appeal Court says in a decision that's a blow to the NDP government and is likely to trigger further appeal to the Supreme Court.

B.C. court to decide if province can regulate Trans Mountain

B.C.'s Court of Appeal will decide Friday whether the province can change its environmental laws in a way that could effectively kill the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

'Climate leaders don't build pipelines': Indigenous advocate tells Trudeau

An Indigenous leader confronted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a fundraiser in Vancouver on Wednesday calling him a "weak leader" while criticizing his government's plan to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline.

No simple answers for high B.C. gas prices or impact of pipeline, NEB says

National Energy Board’s chief economist says 'numerous factors' contribute to gas prices in B.C., and Trans Mountain expansion could cause them to go up or down.

Ships must keep 400 metres away as part of new rules to protect killer whales

Canada has announced sweeping new rules to protect southern resident killer whales off British Columbia's coast, including requiring ships to stay 400 metres away from the whales and closing some salmon fisheries.

Trudeau firm on climate plan despite UCP stand on carbon tax

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reaffirmed his government's commitment to reducing carbon emissions during a visit to Alberta Friday — a province on the verge of eliminating its own carbon tax plan.

B.C.'s request for injunction against Alberta turn-off-the-taps law delayed 1 month

B.C.'s request for an injunction against Alberta's Bill 12, which would allow the province to restrict shipments of oil and gas to B.C., has been delayed one month.
Analysis

Why Jason Kenney needs Justin Trudeau... as a punching bag

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney was in Ottawa this week to attack the federal Liberals' environmental assessment bill, accuse the federal government of driving a national unity crisis - and give Justin Trudeau a concession he badly needed.

Build a refinery, ban tankers or phase out fossil fuels? B.C. reacts to Alberta threats

As B.C. and Alberta prepare for a legal battle over oil, the future is uncertain.

Alberta oil cuts, close-the-taps bill are unwelcome interventions: Suncor CEO

Suncor Energy Inc. remains a foe of the Alberta government-ordered oil production curtailments, but new CEO Mark Little says the program was actually "slightly positive" for the company's financial results in the first quarter.

Supreme Court of Canada won't hear City of Burnaby's Trans Mountain pipeline appeal

The City of Burnaby had applied to the Supreme Court of Canada for leave to appeal an NEB decision exempting Kinder Morgan from certain municipal bylaws.

Kenney warns of constitutional challenge if environmental assessment overhaul is passed as written

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney warns the Senate against passing the federal Liberal government's environmental assessment bill in its current form or risk inflaming a burgeoning national unity "crisis" in his province.

The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion may not ease B.C. gas prices — here's why

Premier Jason Kenney is offering to help his B.C. counterpart with the high price of gasoline in that province's Lower Mainland. But an industry expert said a new pipeline doesn't guarantee price cuts.

Fact-checking Jason Kenney: Is B.C.'s pipeline opposition to blame for high gas prices?

Alberta's new premier came out swinging on the morning of his first full day in office, blaming his counterparts in B.C. for record-high gas prices and promising to cut off their petroleum supply if necessary.
Q&A

What it really means for Alberta to 'turn off the taps' on oil to B.C.

Dinara Millington, vice-president of research at the Canadian Energy Research Institute, explains what happens if Alberta ever decides to "turn off the taps" on oil and gas exports to British Columbia.

No immediate plans to restrict energy exports to B.C., says Sask. premier

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said his government will not re-introduce a bill that would restrict energy exports to British Columbia.

Oil and gas well drilling forecast plunges again, as slowdown deepens

The Petroleum Services Association of Canada has lowered again its forecast for the number of oil and gas wells to be drilled in Canada this year — a 20 per cent drop from its original predictions.

Sask. comes out swinging against Bill C-48, saying tanker ban will 'alienate Western Canadians'

A controversial bill concerning oil transport will be seen as an attack on Saskatchewan and Alberta if approved, senators heard at a public hearing in Regina.

B.C. premier pushes back against Alberta's threat to turn off taps

B.C. Premier John Horgan says an expanded Trans Mountain pipeline is no guarantee of lower gas prices and the current spike in Lower Mainland fuel costs is not his fault.

Ottawa will exempt some oilsands projects from environmental assessments — if Alberta keeps its emissions cap

Facing criticism from industry over its controversial overhaul of the environmental assessment process, the federal Liberal government released new details Wednesday about which projects will be subjected to greater scrutiny by Ottawa's regulators.

Contentious 'turn-off-the-taps' bill puts Alberta, B.C. at legal loggerheads

Premier Jason Kenney has touched off a legal battle with British Columbia after his new Alberta government proclaimed a bill that could block oil and gas exports to the West Coast, prompting B.C. to file court action.

Alberta premier says he's proclaimed turn-off-the-taps law but won't use it on B.C. yet

Newly sworn-in Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he's proclaimed into law NDP legislation that would allow the province to restrict oil and gas shipments to B.C., but won't use it just yet.

71-year-old grandfather arrested after treetop protest near Trans Mountain pipeline terminal

Burnaby RCMP have arrested a 71-year-old man who spent 34 hours in a tree inside the Westridge Marine Terminal in protest of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

Alberta's new premier says he won't turn off the taps to B.C. right away

Bill 12 was passed by the previous NDP government but never proclaimed into law.

Pipeline constraints cost Canadian oil producers $20 billion in lost revenue last year: report

Canadian oil producers could have collected $20 billion more in revenue last year if they'd been able to sell their product at prices closer to the going world rate, according to a new study from the Fraser Institute.

Grandpa, 71, mounts treetop protest near Trans Mountain pipeline terminal

Grandfather-of-two Terry Christenson broke onto the property of the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, B.C., around 4:30 a.m. PT Monday and scaled a tall cottonwood tree to protest the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

First Nations leaders at odds over potential pipeline ownership

The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs has sent a letter warning of possible financial risks associated with the Trans Mountain expansion to other First Nations that are considering investing in the project.

Opinion | Ottawa has climate-change questions, does Kenney have answers?

Alberta premier-elect Jason Kenney insists he is taking climate change seriously but his party's election platform suggests otherwise.

No guarantee of federal decision on Trans Mountain pipeline before fall election: Sohi

The federal government can't guarantee it will have a decision on the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion prior to the next election, Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said in Calgary on Thursday.

Trans Mountain consultation approach 'fatally flawed' even with extension, says First Nations leader

Even if the time period for consultation with Indigenous groups over the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline is extended by a few weeks, "it still doesn't make up for the approach and the flawed way the consultations are being done," says Judy Wilson.

Kenney talks pipelines with Trudeau after election win, calls it cordial

Jason Kenney, Alberta's incoming premier, said he cordially talked pipelines Wednesday with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — Kenney's political nemesis and his election campaign pinata — and said the plan is to meet soon for a one-on-one.