Braid: Is Notley handing Quebec a veto over Energy East pipeline?

Its sounds like theres a deal for getting the Energy East oil pipeline built.

The deal is: If Quebec likes Albertas climate change policy, Quebec will approve the pipeline.

Or, to look at the negative angle, if Quebec doesnt like the policy, the province will block the project.

This bottom line for pipeline approval is not directly related to pipeline safety, wildlife, environmental protection, routes, First Nation concerns, National Energy Board rulings, or beluga whale habitats.

Its a whole new hurdle that implies one province can block a national project because it disapproves of policy in another province 3,200 kilometres away.

Premier Rachel Notleys meeting Monday with Quebecs moderate Liberal Premier, Philippe Couillard, showed where the hammer swings ­ in Central Canada, not Alberta.

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Published on: July 14, 2015 | Last Updated: July 14, 2015 9:34 PM MDT

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Nexen Pipeline Spill Highlights Critical Flaw In Premiers’ Energy Strategy

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that pipelines — whether old, new or somewhere in between — are likely to rupture and spill oil into their surrounding environment, exposing ecosystem and human health to unacceptable risks.

Or so it seems, if recent headlines are any indication.

Nexen Energy is the latest in a long line of pipeline operators to report a spill in Alberta. More than five million litres of emulsion — a mixture of bitumen, sand and water — have leaked at the company’s Long Lake oilsands facility outside of Fort McMurray. Covering an area of about 16,000 square metres, the spill is one of the biggest in Canadian history.

And yet, despite a growing number of pipeline incidents and mounting international and domestic pressure to act on climate change, Canada’s premiers have inexplicably signed off on a national energy strategy that includes plans to fast-track pipelines to move fossil fuels to overseas markets. They seemed to have missed the message that expanding a leaky and unreliable pipeline network does not just put people and the environment at immediate risk, but also takes us in the wrong direction on climate change.

Nexen’s ruptured pipeline is fairly new and started operations just last year, which makes this accident particularly troubling.

Even with double-layered construction and a "fail-safe" leak detection system, the spill was not detected until a contractor walking along the pipeline’s route saw the breach. Unfortunately, despite technological advances, pipeline monitoring systems still consistently fail.

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City’s Source Water Protection Plan yet to include Energy East risk

The Energy East Pipeline Project has not been labelled as a threat to North Bay’s sole source of drinking water.

At least, not yet.

The citys manager of Planning Services, Beverley Hillier, presented the new Source Water Protection Plan amendments to council last Monday.

Some of the policies focus on prohibiting the storage of agricultural source material, the handling and storage of non-agricultural source material and commercial fertilizer, and the use of lands as livestock grazing or pasturing land, among others.

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change approved the North Bay-Mattawa area plan in early March, but as Mayor Al McDonald called attention to during last Mondays meeting, a crucial component seems to be missing.

McDonald raised concern for the Energy East Project not being included in the current amendments, despite being signaled as a potential risk by the Minister in March.

Were taking a strong stance in protecting our only source of drinking water, and I would hate to get to the National Energy Board and them pull up a document that says you didnt even show your concern in your own plan,’ McDonald said during the meeting.

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Saturday, July 04, 2015 by: Liam Berti, BayToday.ca

‘Directly Affected’ film goes on national tour targeting Energy East

By Mychaylo Prystupa in News, Energy, National Observer| June 24th 2015

Celebrated west coast indy Vancouver filmmakers couldn’t be more excited about heading east ­on a cross-Canada tour to promote the next stage of their Directly Affected media project, pointing their lenses at the cities and towns passed by the largest pipeline ever proposed on the continent.

Were driving across Canada to bring the story about Directly Affected to communities affected by the Energy East pipeline proposal, said Zack Embree, who was reached on the road in Moosomin, Saskatchewan on Tuesday.

Were going from Burnaby Mountain to the Bay of Fundy, he added.

Embree ­ along with film partners Devyn Brugge and Mary Lovell ­ are following the route of TransCanadas giant Energy East pipeline, which would carry Alberta oil sands bitumen and Bakken crude to eastern terminals in Quebec and New Brunswick.

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Winnipeg Energy East critics paddle river as part of nationwide event

‘We are greater than the tar sands’ events held in 21 different cities across Canada

CBC News Posted: Jul 04, 2015 1:32 PM CT Last Updated: Jul 04, 2015 3:12 PM CT

A group of Winnipeggers cycled and paddled through Winnipeg Saturday morning hoping to shed light on how TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline poses a threat to the environment.

The 4,600-kilometre pipeline would ship about 1.1 million barrels of crude oil east from Alberta to New Brunswick daily. The project would reuse a 40-year-old natural gas pipeline that runs by Shoal Lake ­ where Winnipeg gets its drinking water ­ near the Manitoba-Ontario border.

TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline would ship crude from Alberta to New Brunswick. (The Canadian Press)

People opposed to the project held "We are greater than the tar sands" events in 21 cities across Canada Saturday. In Winnipeg, participants gathered at Assiniboine Park and either cycled or canoed to Oodena Circle at The Forks as part of the event.

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Justin Trudeau refuses outright support for Energy East pipeline (July 2015)

Federal Liberal leader says regulatory process has been ‘torqued’ by Stephen Harper

CBC News Posted: Jul 20, 2015 9:53 AM AT Last Updated: Jul 20, 2015 9:14 PM AT

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau stopped short of offering unqualified support to the Energy East pipeline on Monday, saying he wants to let the regulatory process unfold first.

Trudeau supports finding ways to get Canada’s oil resources to market, he told CBC Radio’s Information Morning Fredericton.

But the Liberal leader said it would be incorrect to say he currently supports the Energy East project.

"Yes, that would be incorrect, because we are going through a process right now," he said on Monday. "That process that has been torqued and flawed by [Prime Minister Stephen] Harper is really the cause [of why] we can’t get our resources to market right now."

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NEB Decision on Intervenor Status in Energy East Review Expected Before End of Summer (July 2015)

On July 16th, the National Energy Board issued a "process update" on the NEB review of TransCanada’s Energy East project application.

In the "update", the NEB released a list of Aboriginal groups who have been granted Intervenor status for Energy East and a letter "inviting those Aboriginal Intervenors to share their oral traditional evidence". Those invited "groups" were directed to submit a notice of intent to provide oral traditional evidence by 13 August 2015, giving those intervenors less than 30 days notice for this important first filing with the NEB.

The "update" also indicated that "In the coming weeks the NEB will issue the full list of approved participants", which will let the more than 2,000 applicants know whether they will be permitted to participate as a Intervenor, a Commenter, or not at all. An "update" from the Participant Funding Program issued on July 20th advised that applicants "should expect to receive a decision with respect to your participant funding application in approximately 30 days."

According to the July 16th "update", "the Hearing process, locations and dates have not yet been determined. If the application is found to be sufficiently complete, the Board will issue a hearing order, which will provide more details on the hearing process".

Source: No-Energy-East .ca