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A Dam Big Problem: Fracking Companies Build Dozens of Unauthorized Dams in B.C.'s Northeast PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 13:04

A Dam Big Problem: Fracking Companies Build Dozens of Unauthorized Dams in B.C.'s Northeast

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A subsidiary of Petronas, the Malaysian state-owned petro giant courted by the B.C. government, has built at least 16 unauthorized dams in northern B.C. to trap hundreds of millions of gallons of water used in its controversial fracking operations.

The 16 dams are among “dozens” that have been built by Petronas and other companies without proper authorizations, a senior dam safety official with the provincial government told the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, which began investigating the problem in late March after receiving a tip from someone with knowledge of how widespread the problem is.

Two of the dams built by Progress Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Petronas, are towering earthen structures that exceed the height of five-storey apartment buildings. Petronas has proposed building a massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Prince Rupert, which if built would result in dramatic increases in fracking and industrial water use throughout northeast B.C.

The two dams are so large that they should have been subject to review by B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office (EAO). Only if a review concluded that the projects could proceed would the EAO have issued a certificate, and only then could the company have moved on to get the necessary authorizations from other provincial agencies.

But nothing close to that happened because the company never submitted its plans to the EAO before the dams were built.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 May 2017 13:19
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Provincial Peace and Disarmament Summit PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 21 April 2017 22:55

The Provincial  Peace and Disarmament Summit will be held on Friday, May 12  and on Satuday, May 13 at  at the University of Victoria, David Strong Building in room C118 -  

See Poster below,

For info and Registration visit www.vipdn.org 

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 April 2017 02:32
 
Elections B.C. probes Liberal Party fundraising PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 06 March 2017 08:17

KATHY TOMLINSON The Globe and MailPublished Sunday, Mar. 05, 2017 9:35PM ESTLast updated Monday, Mar. 06, 2017 7:56AM ES=
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/elections-bc-probes-liberal-party-fundraising/article34210991/

The B.C. Liberal Party said it will revamp its website immediately, to remind donors they can’t donate on behalf of others. (CHAD HIPOLITO/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

 


The governing Liberal Party in British Columbia is under investigation for its fundraising practices by Elections B.C., after The Globe and Mail revealed lobbyists are illegally funnelling money to the party – routinely – on behalf of corporate and special interests.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 March 2017 15:15
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Kinder Morgan is short on cash, and desperately needs investors PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 23 February 2017 19:01

News just broke that Kinder Morgan is short on cash, and desperately needs investors to back their Trans Mountain project -- a dirty tarsands pipeline that would threaten BC’s coast with oil spills and facilitate a massive increase in climate pollution from the tarsands. [1-3]

They've hired TD Bank to broker talks with pension funds and banks, searching for backers to bail out their struggling pipeline plan. [4]

TD invests millions in branding themselves as a friendly and socially responsible bank, and they don't want their brand associated with environmental destruction.

A massive petition could show TD that supporting the Kinder Morganpipeline could damage their brand and cost them customers. IThe company won't do anything that they think will hurt their bottom line, so if we can make this campaign huge, it could work.

TD is meeting investors on behalf of Kinder Morgan right now, so we need to act fast. Will you sign the petition asking TD to immediately stop helping Kinder Morgan find investors to bail out their tarsands pipeline project?

Sign the petition now

The pipeline would be a disaster: oil spills in salmon streams, massive tankers on BC's fragile coast, and a huge surge of climate pollition. KinderMorgan admits the project would create only 50 permanent jobs, and economists say the pipeline isn’t even needed. [5-6]

But Kinder Morgan's weak financial position could be their achilles heel. They're relying on TD to help find backers for their risky pipeline and tanker scheme and if we convince TD to pull out, it would leave Kinder Morgan scrambling -- creating costly delays they simply can't afford 

The pipeline has already been approved by the federal and provincial government, and this is one of the few avenues we have left to stop the project. So what do you say, joanrussow. Will you sign the petition calling on TD to pull out of their contracts with Kinder Morgan?

We've seen banks give into the pressure of campaigns to stop pipelines before. Just last November, indigenous activists in Norway convinced Norway’s largest bank to divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline. It worked in Norway, and it could work here -- but only if thousands of us sign the petition now. [7]

http://www.leadnow.ca/tell-td-stop-supporting-kinder-morgan/

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This First Nation Just Banned Industrial Logging and Mining from Vancouver Island Territory PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 28 January 2017 00:14

By Judith Lavoie - Friday, January 27, 2017 - 10:03 Desmog
Connection to the land and ocean has guided the Ahousaht people throughout their history and that bond is now at the root of a new sustainable economic development plan for the First Nation whose territory spans the heart of the

Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Under the first phase of the plan, announced Thursday, there will be no mining or industrial logging in Ahousaht traditional territory and about 80 per cent of almost 171,000 hectares will be set aside as cultural and natural areas "to conserve biological diversity, natural landscapes and wilderness and to provide to Ahousaht continued spiritual, cultural and sustenance use."

Last Updated on Monday, 30 January 2017 23:53
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