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The #transmountain pipeline oil spill this weekend raises numerous questions about the safety of the existing pipe and the planned expansion THREAD/
Every company says "its contained and small" at the beginning of the oil spill. They are usually wrong. Drone footage is showing that its not contained to the facility, oil is spilling into a farmers field 2/
This oil spill is just above the Abbotsford Sumas aquifer where there are 19 public/city drinking water wells and numerous farm wells. It is also close to the Sumas River habitat for 5 species of salmon 3/
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A reminder, heavy crude and light crude occupy different niches in the global market and outside our bottle-necked supply chain, heavy oil has mostly maintained its price point while light crude has spiraled. This makes a stronger case for #TransMountain #bcpoli #cdnpoli
Right now MAYA (a heavy crude chemically similar to WCS) is trading at almost $8/barrel higher that WTI while WCS is less than half the MAYA price.

Were #transmountain completed and shipping, those Alberta barrels would be worth over twice their current price. #bcpoli #canpoli

MAYA is $41.16
WCS is $15.73

Difference $25.43

Line 2 of @TransMtn would carry 540,000 b/d

That is $13,732,200 of additional value lost TODAY!!!!

or $5 Billion per year!!!!

That is $5 Billion not generating royalties or value
#bcpoli #abpoli #ableg #cdnpoli
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Unofficial summary of the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision in Coldwater v. Canada (A.G.) re: TMX

#TMX #TransMountain…
Other tweeps will comment on the substance of the decision, and as I expect that they will note everything I can say and more, I will wait for their analysis.

I will note a few basic procedural points:

This court challenge was the only challenge that could affect the actual approval for TMX itself (the prior FCA decision on the first approval was the only reason construction could not proceed until last year). Any other court challenges will be for smaller stakes.

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THREAD: #TransMountain #TMX

With the decision of the second Supreme Court of Canada case about Indigenous Rights and the TransMountain Expansion project being released later this morning, here is a thread talking about this project and how it violates Indigenous Rights. 1/22
Consent has not been obtained for the original pipeline, and many Indigenous Nations have also not given Free, Prior and Informed Consent for the expansion. 2/22 #TransMountain #TMX
Existing pipeline is a huge environmental liability and the expansion is not much better.

Indigenous Nations have a right to say “No”, in order to protect their Land & Way Of Life.

Canada “cannot put the land to uses which would destroy that value”. 3/22
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A UN human rights body has called on Canada to halt construction of the #TransMountain pipeline, #SiteC and the #CGL pipeline (thread)
The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has issued an “Early Warning and Urgent Action Procedure,” ( and requests that construction of these projects cease immediately, unless free prior and informed consent is achieved; 2/
The UN expresses concern that these large-scale industrial projects “may cause irreparable harm to indigenous peoples rights, culture, lands, territories and way of life”; 3/
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A #FixTheWEO *THREAD* on how the @IEA is still boosting fossil fuels & acting as an obstacle on #climate with #WEO19.

TL;DR: It fails the biggest test – charting an energy road map to staying within 1.5°C, when that is a key to survival for millions of people. 1/
@IEA First things first: Why care? As Andrew Logan @CeresNews put it: "The @IEA is effectively creating its own reality. They project ever-increasing demand for fossil fuels, which in turn justifies greater investments in supply." 2/…
@IEA @CeresNews When the world's 'gold standard' of energy analysis gives central billing to a 3°C scenario, @IEA normalizes a path we can't afford to take rather than focusing attention on the path we urgently need to pursue ➡️ below 1.5°C. 3/…
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Dear .@Cathmckenna yesterday I allowed my rage to take over when I saw both you & .@JustinTrudeau tweeting about #GretaThunberg & #climatestrikecanada #ClimateStrike.

Your work & this moment in history deserves more compassionate & thoughtful response, so here it is: THREAD
@cathmckenna @JustinTrudeau I admire your strength & commitment and as a woman who is attacked & threatened for my work I appreciate what you have been going through.

As a Canadian I also appreciate the coal phase out, the price on pollution & other elements of your climate platform but.../2

@cathmckenna @JustinTrudeau I knocked on doors in the last elxn to help this govt get elected b/c I was so horrified by the lost decade of climate inaction in Canada under the Harper govt & I believed you when you promised prorep, climate test for pipelines, stronger targets science based policy & UNDRIP/3
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The thing to recognize when dealing with the anti-#transmountain people is that they love the bait and switch argument. This piece by David Hughes and promoted by @ElizabethMay is a classic example… #bcpoli #cdnpoli #canpoli @sjmuir #GPC #NOpipeline 1/
In the piece Mr. Hughes discusses the difference in price between heavy oil in the Gulf and Heavy oil in Asia to argue the @TransMtn is not useful. Except Alberta can't get its oil in volume to the Gulf Coast either #bcpoli #cdnpoli #canpoli #GPC #NOpipeline 2/
So the price comparison is totally irrelevant, he may as well be comparing the price of Alberta oil to the price of apples. What matters is what Alberta is getting for its oil at Hardisty. Compare that to the Asian price #bcpoli #cdnpoli #canpoli #GPC #NOpipeline 3/
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So, here's what is puzzling me. People are upset today about the pipeline getting approved. I get that. Governments should have begun heavily investing in the transition to green energies 20 or 30 years ago. Things would be radically different now if they had. #cdnpoli 1/25
However, here we are. We have much of our infrastructure still dependent on fossil fuels. We have a lot of people still dependent on fossil fuels for their livelihood. Approving #transmountain while committing all profits towards transitioning to renewables was a compromise 2/25
The government is in a very difficult situation here. There are conflicting demands from different groups of Canadians, demands that cannot be met fully on either side without causing hardship on the opposite side. 3/25
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To address the spate of let's call it "interesting" analysis about gas prices in BC from @MarcLeeCCPA a quick thread about the refined fuel situation on the coast and #transmountain's effects on gas prices @keithbaldrey @robynallan #bcpoli #vanpoli @sjmuir @nbennett_biv 1/
As we all know BC uses about 192,000 barrels per day of refined fuel with Prkland providing about 33% of our gas and 30% of the jet fuel. The #Transmountain supplies most of the remaining refined fuel but it cannot supply everything we need #bcpoli #vanpoli
As a consequence we import about 30,000 bpd from the Americans. This number is from the Canadian Fuels Association and is corroborated by the US EIA. According to the EIA #bpoli #vanpoli 3/
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A thread about common myths about the #transmountain:

heavy crude is a fungible commodity and blocking #TMX will do nothing to affect oil demand all it will do is move demand to suppliers with lower environmental standards and higher per barrel GHG emissions #bcpoli #cdnpoli 1/
When activists say it is about protecting the Southern Resident Killer Whales, remember the #NEB was not allowed to consider how the #TMX reduces threats to the SRKWs from the American side of the border… #bcpoli #transmountain 2/
What does getting the number of tankers in US waters down mean to the SRKWs? It might improve access to feeding grounds by restoring Rosario Strait to their habitat. Currently they avoid that area, likely due to US tankers… #bcpoli #transmountain 3/
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Dear @JustinTrudeau & Cabinet, if you inappropriately direct staff to “find a way to get to Yes no matter what” like government whistleblowers told us you did in 2016 or rush a decision once again ignoring indigenous rights, climate, Orcas & opposition of 19 BC municipalities 1/
We will meet you on the campaign trail this year and expose your broken promises & unethical behaviour, we will meet you in the streets, on the mountain and in court. 2/
The NEB is actually recommending you ignore irreversible impacts & potentially the complete demise of Southern resident killer whales. The NEB actually acknowledges the rise in GHG’s and recommends you ignore it. That’s not in the public interest 3/
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What's clear to me is that the NEB has denied this motion because the Trudeau government specifically excluded climate change impacts from a full review of this pipeline. Thread 1/
They say they are climate champions but they won't review climate impacts and they are desperate to build more fossil fuel infrastructure. This decision exposes the governments climate change agenda as political and not based on science. 2/
In drafting our motion we consulted with @IPCC_CH scientists who clearly stated that new fossil fuel infrastructure and the expansion of the oilsands is inconsistent with a the Paris agreement and an ambition of limiting warming to 1.5C 3/
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If journalists want to understand what frustrates environmental scientists nothing better demonstrates what is troubling than the news story I have seen re-tweeted numerous times today. It typifies what is wrong with environmental journalism. #bcpoli #abpoli #cdnpol @sjmuir
Here is the story it addresses a complaint about river crossing work conducted on the #transmountain pipeline. It starts with an overwrought headline: "Trans Mountain pipeline work destroyed salmon habitat, scientist says"… #bcpoli #abpoli #cdnpol 2/
Pardon me @theprovince the same story appeared in the @globeandmail and other media outlets.

Now let's see what the story entails: approximately 17 m of river affected in an aquifer system that includes literally thousands of kilometers of river area. #bcpoli #abpoli #cdnpol 3/
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#Alberta has an 8.2% unemployment rate. Massively uncomfortable question: What do you think the rate would be if #Alberta was a U-S state? The correct answer is full employment. Everyone knows how much I love Canada and #Alberta So it breaks my Cdn heart to think our federal
system is so incompetent,unflexible & ideologically biased that we should have to ask uncomfortable questions like this. Look at the low unemployment numbers in U-S states that have far fewer advantages and assets than #Alberta and you don't have to be a #Nobel prize winner in
Economics to know that #Alberta would be the superstar, the Connor McDavid of state economies if the government and courts weren't albatrosses around the necks of #Albertans I always want #Alberta to be part of Canada.But how I could blame #Albertans looking at 8.2% unemployment
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[THREAD] Regarding the appeal court’s decision today to quash construction approvals for the #TransMountain pipeline expansion; a 2016 gov’t review process actually flagged the issues identified by the court today. #cdnpoli 1/12
In May 2016, the federal government announced a ministerial panel to review the #TransMountain expansion project. This panel was intended to assess the NEB’s review process and it took place after the NEB had completed its review of TM. #cdnpoli 2/12
On Nov. 1, 2016, this ministerial review panel submitted its report to government on the #TransMountain pipeline expansion. Two areas are of significance to today’s court ruling. #cdnpoli 3/12
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Today I spent a couple of hours reading the #TransMountain federal
court decision in full. Here’s a thread explaining what it all means:
The Federal Court of Appeal’s decision on Trans Mountain is based on two issues: (1) the issue of tanker traffic was inappropriately excluded from the NEB’s decision and (2) the Government did not fulfil its duty to consult, specifically at Phase III.
(Phase III was after the NEB had made its recommendation but before the Governor in Council made its decision).
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#BREAKING Burnaby RCMP have descended on Camp Cloud and begun arresting protesters. Soon after this video was taken police told me and one other member of the media to leave the area and threatened us with arrest. #bcpoli #cdnpoli
Dozens of cops pulled up suddenly shortly after 5 am and began arresting everyone in sight. Two have been taken away on sitting stretchers. Seemingly for resisting arrest. #CampCloud #TransMountain #bcpoli #cdnpoli
A small gathering of supporters is watching on as police clear Camp Cloud. At least four arrests have been made.
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1. Had the misfortune of hearing a full-on, old-fashioned white Colonialist diatribe delivered on CKNW this morning by Bruce Allen on his not so "Reality Check" .

#racist #classist #Transmountain #cdnpoli #bcpoli #protecttheinlet
2. Bruce delivered all the typical supremacist big business standard lines of comradery. Bruce was speaking about the Kinder Morgan protest on Burnaby Mtn & to his audience to keep them focused on the 'right talking points'.
3. Bruce spoke about the water & land protectors in the most dehumanizing terms he’s allowed to on morning radio. He called First Nations peoples DTES homeless derelicts “unaware of what they’re protesting anyway”, merely looking for a place to squat.
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My dad and Maria Campbell have known each other since before I was born. They consider each other brother and sister. When I was getting into a lot of trouble, my dad sent me to stay with her & we have been fast friends now for 20+years.
Maria is one of the seminal influences of my life as an Auntie, Elder, Mentor and friend. Next month I will be taking a road trip with them. I'm hoping they let me record our conversations. I'm particularly interested in their memories about Indigenous movements from 60's-80's.
This past week Deanna Reder and Alix Shield uncovered the excised passage from Maria Campbell's groundbreaking book "Halfbreed" where she recounted being raped at 14 by RCMP members. McLelland and Stewart the publishers edited out that part fearing potential legal repercussions.
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