Trans Mountain Expansion

Jason Kenney threatens trade war with BC over Trans Mountain…whose interests is he serving?

Threats to retaliate against BC if Horgan government inhibits pipeline progress benefits Kenney, but may harm Kinder Morgan’s construction efforts Erik Wiik is an early-30s engineer who owns a Vancouver-based small business – exactly the kind of lower mainland voter whose support Alberta needs to cultivate in the great pipeline debate. But Jason Kenney and […]

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Canada energy news brief July 20: Trans Mountain Expansion construction begins in Sept.

Also in this brief: Former Albertan Michelle Mungall named BC energy minister; Hydro One, Avista combined create top 20 North American utility Kinder Morgan Canada president Ian Anderson said Wed. that construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline will start in Sept. as planned, despite widespread opposition in Metro Vancouver. “I’ve worked co-operatively with several provincial

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Trudeau Liberals’ popularity surprisingly strong in BC, Alberta – can it survive Trans Mountain Expansion?

Trudeau Liberals handling of upcoming pipeline protests could seriously damage – or help – popularity in BC, Alberta A new public opinion poll from Abacus Data shows the federal Liberals with surprisingly high popularity in British Columbia despite Ottawa’s approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline and in Alberta where the the party received only a

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Brian Jean stoking resentment of Alberta in other provinces for his own political gain

Jean deceives Albertans by distorting province’s contribution, role in equalization program “Hostility is not a good political strategy,” is how Calgary communications expert Doug Lacombe described an oil and gas industry attempt in 2015 to tie equalization payments to pipeline approvals. Someone needs to tell Wildrose leader Brian Jean – who is busy making the

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How Alberta, industry are about to waste the PR value of the Climate Leadership Plan

A few weeks or days before pipeline construction begins is too late to be talking up Climate Leadership Plan in Vancouver The Alberta oil and gas industry talks a lot about the cost of the Climate Leadership Plan, which is fair enough with Western Canada Select hovering below $39USD a barrel. But what of the

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Notley hits right note in Calgary speech defending Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline

With minority BC NDP government set to take power, Notley must lead fight to defend Trans Mountain Expansion After a shaky start to her campaign to support Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline when it begins construction this fall, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley got it right in a speech to the Stampede Investment Forum in Calgary on Tuesday,

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Alberta news brief July 10: Stopping Kinder Morgan pipeline could slow clean energy investment

Also in this brief: ERA Methane Challenge gives $29.5 million to 12 methane-reducing tech projects, ATCO Home-on-the-Go tours Alberta this summer CD Howe Institute warns BC that stopping pipeline could negatively affect investment in clean energy technology From: James Coleman To: The New B.C. Government Date: July 7, 2017 Re: Be Careful What You Wish For: Energy

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Desjardins suspends financing for Canadian pipelines under pressure from Greenpeace, indigenous activists

Greenpeace promises Standing Rock-style opposition if Kinder Morgan begins Trans Mountain Expansion construction in Sept. The largest network of credit unions in North America, Quebec-based Desjardins Group, is temporarily suspending lending for pipelines and will decide in Sept. if the decision is permanent. Desjardins is a lender to Kinder Morgan’s controversial Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline from Alberta

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Rachel Notley finally defends Alberta oil sands, pipelines in BC and screws up the message!

Appealing to Vancouver with “rule of law” argument for Kinder Morgan support is public relations disaster waiting to happen Kinder Morgan won’t defend its own pipeline in Vancouver. Industry associations keep calling for more pipelines but won’t support Trans Mountain Expansion on the ground in the lower mainland. Alberta media – known affectionately in our

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‘Oilsplaining’ – Alberta energy boosters’ clueless communications with Rest of Canada

Oilsplaining to Canadians outside Alberta antagonizes potential supporters of key energy infrastructure projects oil-splain – verb: 1. an oil industry supporter explaining the value of pipelines, oil sands, etc. to someone, typically a Canadian living outside Alberta or Saskatchewan, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing; 2. To assume someone doesn’t support Alberta oil and

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