May 16 2013. Source: Market Wired
Gitga’at First Nation reminds Enbridge that Northern Gateway pipeline and oil tanker project is not welcome in Gitga’at territory
HARTLEY BAY, BRITISH COLUMBIA - The Gitga’at First Nation has instructed Enbridge to leave its territory after the company and a team of oil spill response surveyors showed-up uninvited, during the nation’s annual food harvesting camp, a time of rich cultural activity and knowledge sharing.
Enbridge representatives were instructed to leave Gitga’at council chambers and Gitga’at territory, Wednesday morning, after councillors voiced their displeasure at not being consulted on an Enbridge oil spill response survey.
The dust-up comes on the eve of final oral arguments before the Joint Review Panel, which is reviewing the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.
“Despite an ongoing review process, Enbridge has entered our territory and begun project work before their proposed oil tanker and pipeline project has even been approved,” said Arnold Clifton, Chief Councillor of the Gitga’at First Nation. “This is disrespectful to the Gitga’at First Nation, the review process, and the people of British Columbia, who oppose oil tankers in our coastal waters.” Continue reading
By Brendan Demelle, April 24, 2013. Source: DeSmog Blog
Enbridge’s Line 2 pipeline has leaked an estimated 600 gallons of crude oil at its pump station near Viking, Minnesota. Line 2 was built in 1956 and has a history of spills. Regulators ordered Enbridge to reduce its Line 2 operating pressure in October 2010 following the company’s Kalamazoo River tar sands spill.
The Enbridge Viking pump station also receives oil from the Alberta Clipper (aka Line 67 pipeline) that carries heavy crude oil and tar sands bitumen from the Alberta tar sands region south from Hardisty to Superior, Wisconsin and refineries in the midwestern United States. According to a link provided by Enbridge subsequent to this story’s original posting, Line 2 begins in Edmonton and carries petroleum products, including crude oil, from Edmonton to Superior. Both lines pass through the Viking pump station.
The U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center website reports the details of theincident, which happened last night:
“1044848″,”1044848″,”1044848″,”INCIDENT”,”23-APR-2013 17:09″,”THE CALLER REPORTED THAT A LEAK ON A PRESSURE TRANSMITTER RESULTED IN A RELEASE OF CRUDE OIL.”,”FIXED”,”EQUIPMENT FAILURE”,”23-APR-2013 15:45″,”18060 203TH ST NW”,”MN”,”VIKING”,”MARSHALL”,”ENBRIDGE ENERGY”,”SOIL”,”OIL: CRUDE”
DeSmog was alerted by the Indigenous Environmental Network, which is en route to the spill site to gather more information. Stay tuned for updates to this post below.
By Robert Desjarlait, March 10, 2013. Source: Intercontinental Cry
Photo: Jenna Pope
To the southwest of the Red Lake Anishinaabe Nation, lie desolate, wooded lands that were opened for settlement and home-steading under the Agreement of 1889. In 1945, Oscar Chapman, Assistant Secretary of Interior, signed an Order of Restoration that restored unsold ceded lands of the Agreements of 1889 and 1904 to the Red Lake Band. Although most of the southwestern ceded land was sold during 1889 land rush, several areas remained unsold and were returned to Red Lake, including eight acres located outside the town of Leonard, MN.
In 1949, the Lakehead Pipe Line Company built an underground pipeline on the ceded land outside Leonard. Lakehead was the U.S. base of operations for Canada’s Interprovincial Pipe Line Co. (IPL – owned by Exxon predecessor Standard Oil of New Jersey). Other Lakehead pipelines followed in 1958, 1962, and 1972. In 1998, IPL changed its name to Enbridge Inc., a name that combined “energy” and “bridge.”
On February 28, 2013, Marty Cobenais, a Red Lake member and a Tar Sands organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network, entered the Red Lake ceded land site. Accompanied by several Red Lake Band members, Native, and non-Native supporters, Cobenais occupied the Enbridge pipelines that were considered to be illegally on Red Lake ceded land.
By Jacob Chamberlain, March 4, 2013. Source: Common Dreams
As Keystone XL tar sands pipeline gets boost to move forward, Kalamazoo River still reeling from 2010 tar sands spill
Kalamazoo River cleanup. (John Grap/The Enquirer)
Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Inc. is refusing to pay for an independent review designed to assess the ongoing environmental impacts caused by the nearly one million gallons of tar sands oil that spilled into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River following a pipeline rupture in 2010.
Kalamazoo River cleanup. (John Grap/The Enquirer)Trustees of the National Resource Damage Assessment group—which includes state and federal agencies—has repeatedly requested that the Canada based company help pay for two needed reviews of the vegetation and recreational areas affected by the spill.
However, the Detroit Free Press reportsthat Enbridge refused the requests on two occasions, in both June and October, saying enough data had already been collected.
“Absolutely not,” said Stephanie Millsap, a trustee representative for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in response to Enbridge’s claim.
By Monique Beaudin, February 22, 2013. Source: Montreal Gazette
On July 26, 2010, hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil from a ruptured pipeline operated by Enbridge Inc. spilled into the Kalamazoo.
It’s 30 inches in diameter, made of steel, and runs from Montreal East, across Laval to Terrebonne and then west through Quebec to North Westover, Ont., 639 kilometres away.
In operation since 1976, Enbridge’s Line 9B pipeline was first used to carry crude oil east to Montreal, and since 1999 has carried crude oil west from Montreal to refineries in Ontario.
The pipeline is under scrutiny now because Enbridge wants to use it to carry oil from Western Canada to Quebec, to Suncor Energy Inc.’s refinery in Montreal or transported by boat down the St. Lawrence River to Lévis, where Ultramar Ltd. operates the country’s second-largest refinery.
Enbridge has asked the National Energy Board to approve a $129-million project to reverse the flow in the pipeline and increase its capacity from 240,000 to 300,000 barrels per day. It has also asked to be allowed to ship heavy crude oil, or bitumen, through the pipeline.
February 2, 2013. Source: CBC
Photo: Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press
The federal government is firming up its support of two projects that would see oil from Alberta piped to Atlantic Canada.
Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said he gave a tentative nod to one proposal in a meeting with industry giant Irving Oil.
“I met with Arthur Irving (Irving Oil’s chairman) and expressed the support of the government of Canada, in principle, for this initiative,” Oliver said in an interview with The Canadian Press.
TransCanada Corp. wants to convert an existing, underused natural gas line to bring oil from Western Canada to Quebec and New Brunswick.
It would be up to the National Energy Board to approve such projects, and TransCanada has not yet formally submitted the proposal for scrutiny.
By Dave Vasey, Skura Saunders, and Sonia Grant, January 23 2013. Source: Rabble
Enbridge’s Line 9 reversal project has become a hot button issue in Ontario as Big Oil seeks to expand tar sands markets in the 401 corridor, the U.S. and potentially Europe. Line 9 runs from Sarnia, Ontario to Montreal, Quebec, passing within 50 km of an estimated 9.1 million people, including 18 First Nation communities, and directly through 99 towns and cities. In true Orwellian language, the reversal is being sold to the public as a jobs-creating, low impact, and ‘ethical’ project. It is none of these things.
Early in the application process, Enbridge misled the public by promoting the Line 9 reversal as part of its $3.2 billion “Light Oil Market Access” initiative. Pressure by environmental groups clarified Enbridge’s intent to pump tar sands dilbit through Line 9. The early mistrust established by Enbridge foreshadows the ethical doublespeak the public is expected to embrace with the Line 9 reversal. Indeed, the tar sands gigaproject is one of the most violent projects on Earth and the extraction of dirty fuel represents at once a blatant case of environmental racism, climate chaos, and ecological catastrophe. Continue reading
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January 15 2013. Source: CTV News
Photo: Rising Tide Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories
Five people have been arrested in Vancouver after protesters burst into hearings on the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline project and cordoned off the room with tape.
Three men and two women are facing charges after they snuck into the hearing room Tuesday morning and started “causing a ruckus,” police said.
Police have now beefed up their presence at the downtown Vancouver hotel where the hearings are taking place.
The ongoing protests against Enbridge’s proposed oil pipeline have recently merged with the Idle No More movement, whose supporters are demanding that the federal government address First Nations treaty rights and the plight of Canada’s aboriginal people. Continue reading