Skip to main content

Great news! The government of Canadian British Columbia just shitcanned the West Coast tar sands pipeline project, a.k.a. Northern Gateway. Unlike Keystone XL, this massive monster of a pipeline would have remained within Canadian borders:

Canadian West Coast Tar Sands pipeline
From Mother Jones:
While we've been having a big fight over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline down here in the US, Canada has also been debating a massive pipeline for exporting tar sands oil, the Northern Gateway. And on Friday, the government of British Columbia put the kibosh on that whole idea.

BC's environment minister said Friday that Enbridge, the company seeking to build the pipeline, had not adequately answered the government's questions about the project, and that there were still outstanding concerns about spill prevention and response. The CBC reports:

"British Columbia thoroughly reviewed all of the evidence and submissions made to the panel and asked substantive questions about the project, including its route, spill response capacity and financial structure to handle any incidents," said Environment Minister Terry Lake.

"Our questions were not satisfactorily answered during these hearings." founder Bill McKibben released this statement:

“For years the tar sands promoters have said: ‘if we don't build Keystone XL the tar sands will get out some other way.' British Columbians just slammed the door on the most obvious other way, so now it's up to President Obama. If he approves Keystone XL he bails out the Koch Brothers and other tar sands investors; if he rejects the pipeline, then an awful lot of that crude is going to stay in the ground where it belongs.”


Just found this recent tweet from Bill McKibben:

The BC rejection of Northern Gateway is one of the biggest victories yet in the tarsands fight
The article he links to helps explain why he can say that with such confidence. Here's a taste:
VICTORIA - The B.C. Liberal government has strongly rejected the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, writing in a formal submission to the Joint Review Panel that the company has not properly addressed the province's environmental concerns.

"(Enbridge Northern Gateway) has presented little evidence about how it will respond in the event of a spill," the province wrote in its submission to the Northern Gateway Pipeline Joint Review Panel.

"Put another way, it is not clear from the evidence that NG (Northern Gateway) will in fact be able to respond effectively to spills either from the pipeline itself, or from tankers transporting diluted Bitumen from the proposed Kitimat terminal."

Sounds kinda like Enbridge just received an Eco-smack down. Yayy. Let's hope we do the same with the Keystone XL proposal.

Originally posted to Animal Nuz on Fri May 31, 2013 at 02:25 PM PDT.

Also republished by DK GreenRoots, Climate Change SOS, Barriers and Bridges, and Gulf Watchers Group.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Sharoney, claude, JekyllnHyde, paradox, Angie in WA State, Bill in Portland Maine, True North, Odysseus, MadRuth, grollen, teacherken, glitterscale, Christin, native, artr2, PeterHug, RunawayRose, Bob Love, Shockwave, Wintermute, cotterperson, hyperstation, eeff, rubyr, Creosote, rasbobbo, missLotus, whenwego, ask, ivote2004, poe, Cedwyn, Urizen, pat bunny, Eyesbright, kj in missouri, Calidrissp, annetteboardman, riverlover, zerelda, ybruti, xyz, Albanius, Sybil Liberty, Gowrie Gal, humphrey, bloomer 101, Bluesee, marina, radarlady, Tinfoil Hat, Simplify, Brooke In Seattle, Laurence Lewis, fixxit, SaraBeth, Pam from Calif, Sun Tzu, where4art, Gordon20024, Kayakbiker, most peculiar mama, sunbro, kaliope, Ginny in CO, Red Bean, peacestpete, mightymouse, Alan Arizona, RainyDay, begone, Mother Mags, Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse, myboo, 417els, Arabiflora, AoT, blueoasis, praenomen, Rosaura, Zwoof, doinaheckuvanutjob, onionjim, CA Nana, profh, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, blueoregon, kurt, SD Goat, PhilW, sea note, markthshark, DBunn, One Pissed Off Liberal, out of left field, BeninSC, hooper, Ken in MN, dotsright, peagreen, Haningchadus14, hawaii2, tgypsy, offgrid, nicteis, Wino, Mary Mike, operculum, terabytes, deepeco, joedemocrat, crose, mudslide, SeaTurtle, bobswern, carpunder, Librarianmom, Wreck Smurfy, leonard145b, Assaf, South Park Democrat, vet, TomP, Empower Ink, Roger Fox, JeffW, gfv6800, flowerfarmer, HappyinNM, GAS, wayoutinthestix, zerone, Senor Unoball, bythesea, elwior, Cat Servant, VL Baker, Lujane, RandomNonviolence, pickandshovel, bluesheep, mofembot, Horsefeathers, petulans, Keninoakland, Nica24, billybam, scrambler, GrannyOPhilly, Diogenes2008, bleuet, bobatkinson, cantelow, notrouble, DefendOurConstitution, petral, asym, oxfdblue, Munchkn, jpmassar, rebel ga, citisven, Leftcandid, LookingUp, catilinus, Railfan, oceanrain, confitesprit, Man Oh Man, NJpeach, piers, Lost and Found, sunny skies, JoanMar, cordgrass, pixxer, elginblt, Yasuragi, SoonerG, DrTerwilliker, science nerd, nosleep4u, slice, Onomastic, kerflooey, Oldowan, slowbutsure, afisher, sabo33, vahana, asterkitty, trumpeter, mrsgoo, badscience, BarackStarObama, muddy boots, createpeace, wintergreen8694, poliwrangler, ratcityreprobate, imlpdx, DRo, SouthernLiberalinMD, YaNevaNo, quill, RhodaA, OldDragon, anodnhajo, cwsmoke, Siri, CA ridebalanced, Darryl House, This old man, jan4insight, belinda ridgewood, radical simplicity, MartyM, Canines and Crocodiles, howarddream, Buckeye54, arizonablue, troj21, raina, Glen The Plumber, Spirit of Life, wasatch, peptabysmal, ShoshannaD, nomandates, Panacea Paola, countwebb, remembrance, poopdogcomedy, leeleedee, Ree Zen, RiveroftheWest, JerryNA, howabout, Icicle68, S Kitchen, Kombema, northcountry21st, julesrules39, eagleray, OldSoldier99, Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees, Penny GC

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site