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Whatever it takes to stop Kinder Morgan

We call upon our friends and allies to stand with us to defend our land, our water, and our air, from Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project.

We stand in solidarity with Indigenous land, water and environment protectors across Turtle Island, from British Columbia to Quebec, from Burnaby to Lelu Island, from Muskrat Falls to Standing Rock.

Indigenous Peoples have consistently and repeatedly rejected Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project, including the arrest of Grand Chief Stewart Phillip on Burnaby Mountain in 2014.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s November 2016 approval of the project denies our inherent Indigenous Title and Rights, and violates a core principle of Reconciliation: the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Coast Protectors is proudly hosted by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC).

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Nearly 200 people have been arrested challenging the Kinder Morgan pipeline. They are now facing charges in court for standing up for Indigenous rights.

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Next event:

People of Faith and Spirit will be standing up to Kinder Morgan on Saturday, Apr 28.

For facebook event information click here.

(On April 28, the Faith community will return to Burnaby Mountain. Last week, twenty members of the faith community risked arrest taking bold action against Kinder Morgan.

This Saturday, over 100 members of the Faith community are answering the call to take a stand for Indigenous rights and are asking peoples of all faiths and all spiritualities to support them on Burnaby Mountain.

Please arrive at 8am ready for a march.)

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A Watch House, (“Kwekwecnewtxw”)

Visiting Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm

Indigenous Coast Salish members, spiritual leaders and youth have erected a traditional “Watch House” as part of their ongoing resistance to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline.

A Watch House, (“Kwekwecnewtxw”  or “a place to watch from” in the henqeminem language, used by members of the Coast Salish Peoples) is grounded in the culture and spirituality of the Coast Salish Peoples. It is a traditional structure they have used for tens of thousands of years to watch for enemies on their territories and protect their communities from danger.

Today, this danger is Kinder Morgan’s new pipeline from the Alberta tar sands, which seeks to cross Indigenous and Coast Salish traditional territories despite the fact that more than half of Indigenous communities along the pipeline’s route have refused consent for the project. It would also mean a seven-fold increase in tanker traffic in the Salish Sea, bringing hundreds of tankers through the Burrard Inlet each year.

The Watch House will be occupied by Coast Salish members, including members of the Tsleil-Waututh and allied communities, and used for ceremony and Indigenous gatherings.

Want to plan an event at the Kwekwecnewtxw Watch House? Send an email here.
Want to volunteer? Send an email here.

Kwekwecnewtxw – Protect the Inlet” is an Indigenous-led initiative, supported by allied organizations.

FAQ

How do I pronounce Kwekwecnewtxw?

Kwekwecnewtxw is pronounced Kwu-kwe-ow-tukh.

Is this a project of the Tsleil Waututh Nation?

No. This project is led by members of the Tsleil Waututh communities but not Tsleil Waututh Nation government or band council. It is supported by allied groups.

Why is the Watch House significant?

It has been a long time since Coast Salish communities have been able to build a Watch House, which makes this project historically significant. The Watch House will continue to be an important place for prayer and ceremony. The Watch House will be a base for ongoing opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline, which seeks to cross Indigenous land and waters without consent.

Who do I contact for more information?

Please contact media@protecttheinlet.ca.

Is there a public camp at the Watch House?

No. The Watch House is a space for Coast Salish spiritual leaders and members and their guests.

“Kwekwecnewtxw”  translates to “a place to watch from.” A Watch House is a traditional structure of the Coast Salish people that’s been used for tens of thousands of years to watch for enemies on their territories. The Watch House will be occupied by Coast Salish members, and used for ceremony and Indigenous gathering.

Kwekwecnewtxw is pronounced Kwu-kwe-ow-tukh.

 

Location:

The Watch House is located at Burnaby 200 Soccer Field. Here’s a map.


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New research indicates increasing Chinook salmon abundance and reducing disturbance is essential for Southern Resident killer whale recovery

We have the knowledge to guide this population’s recovery. The actions just need to be implemented.

Southern Resident Killer Whales in the Salish Sea.

Photo by NOAA

The critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales (SRKWs) that inhabit the Pacific Coast of Canada and the United States are balancing on a knife-edge. A study published today shows a 25% chance that these iconic whales could be lost within the next 100 years. With appropriate and resolute actions, however, this risk of extinction could be significantly reduced.

An international team of renowned scientists representing academic and conservation organizations in three countries has published a peer-reviewed paper in the journal Scientific Reports evaluating the relative importance of known threats that endanger Southern Resident killer whales. This population has experienced almost no growth over the past four decades and has declined in the last two decades.

The team, whose expertise included killer whale behaviour, ecology, bioacoustics, and population biology, was led by Robert Lacy, Ph.D., Conservation Scientist for the Chicago Zoological Society, and Paul Paquet, Ph.D., from the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. Together, the team assessed the viability of this small population of genetically isolated killer whales, which subsists largely on salmon. To evaluate the severity of known coast wide threats to the population (nutritional stress, pollutants, excessive noise), the new research considered more than 40 years of data collected by the Center for Whale Research regarding killer whale survival and reproduction. Then, by simulating various combinations and levels of these threats, the capacity for the population to recover was examined under different future scenarios.

“Not surprisingly, we found that SRKWs face a highly uncertain future with a low probability of recovery under existing conditions of food availability, pollutants, and vessel noise and disturbance,” said lead author Robert Lacy. “Conversely, increasing Chinook salmon abundance combined with reducing vessel noise and disturbance significantly increases the whales’ likelihood of long-term survival, reducing the risk of extinction.”

“The noises caused by commercial and recreational vessels of all types mask the frequencies used by killer whales to detect salmon and communicate. In addition, vessel disturbance changes the behaviour of whales, which also reduces their foraging efficiency,” said co-author Christopher Clark, PhD. “Killer whales need habitat full of salmon, but they also need a habitat quiet enough to find their food. For this already food-stressed population, reduced feeding leads to lower birthrates and lower survival.”

New research shows 25% chance Southern Residents will be gone in 100 yrs without action.

“Our study reconfirms that Chinook salmon abundance has the greatest influence on SRKW population health, but also demonstrates the powerful interaction of salmon abundance with vessel noise and disturbance,” noted co-author, Rob Williams, PhD. “We found that recovery of SRKWs requires a 30% increase in Chinook salmon above average levels. Or, we could double our conservation impact by increasing Chinook salmon abundance by 15% and reducing noise and disturbance by half.”

Unfortunately, key threats to the population are predicted to increase. This includes an expected increase in noise because of increased shipping and a predicted decrease in the abundance of Chinook salmon because of climate change.

“The most important message from our study is that with appropriate and resolute actions, the chance of survival for these iconic whales over the next 100 years can be significantly improved,” said co-author Paul Paquet. “Canadians, Americans, and global citizens care about the future of these whales.” Paquet concluded.

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Brad Wall refuses to apologize for Burnaby accusations

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is refusing to apologize for a serious accusation made by his government against Burnaby after getting a letter from the British Columbia coastal city’s lawyer.

On Nov. 3, the provincial government accused the City of Burnaby of “deliberately slowing down” permits needed by Texas-based Kinder Morgan to build the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

Burnaby’s lawyer said in the letter that this accusation was “misinformed” and asked Saskatchewan to retract the comments.

On Monday, Wall admitted that the allegation, made by his attorney general, Don Morgan, was actually raised by the pipeline company and that his provincial government was trying to support the oil and gas industry.

“It is the view of the Trans Mountain pipeline proponents that the city is unnecessarily holding up the pipeline,” said Wall in a message posted on Twitter. “Saskatchewan has long held the view that for an interprovincial pipeline, once federal approval has happened, as it has, in the case of Trans Mountain, then provinces and municipalities shouldn’t be standing in the way.”

The @CityofBurnaby is asking for SK to apologize for saying they’re unnecessarily delaying fed-approved @TransMtn pipeline. We will not.

The statement from Wall came after his own government had rejected a deadline proposed by Kinder Morgan and requested more time to present arguments in a legal challenge launched by the pipeline proponent to have the National Energy Board (NEB) quash Burnaby’s municipal bylaws to speed up the construction process for the Trans Mountain expansion.

Until last Friday, Wall’s government, traditionally a strong defender of the oilpatch, had been uncharacteristically silent about the case. Kinder Morgan filed its legal motion against Burnaby on Oct. 26. The NDP government of Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, meantime, has been publicly urging the NEB to intervene.

The legal back-and-forth is part of the latest maneuvers surrounding the controversial pipeline project that has sparked a bitter political debate about the future of Canada’s oil and gas industry.

The NEB has the powers of a federal court and can therefore quash the constitutional powers of B.C. and Burnaby if it agrees with the company’s arguments that the provincial and municipal governments are deliberately obstructing the permitting process.

If built, Trans Mountain would be able to ship up to 890,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta to the Vancouver region, dramatically increasing oil tanker traffic off the coast through an area inhabited by endangered killer whales, while giving oil companies new access to potential markets in Asia.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government approved the Kinder Morgan pipeline last November, subject to 157 conditions. His cabinet determined that the project was in the public interest to support jobs and growth in the oil industry, which has been slumping since global commodity prices plummeted in the fall of 2014.

Opponents, including B.C., Burnaby, First Nations and environmental groups, say the project wasn’t worth building due to economic and environmental risks. But both Burnaby and the B.C. government, led by NDP Premier John Horgan, have insisted that they are running a fair approval process for permits needed for the project.

Brad Wall won’t apologize

Wall noted in his statement that it was important to build the pipeline since it would give Canadian oil companies new potential customers. This would give industry a higher price than what they are currently getting from customers in the United States, which is a destination for almost all Canadian oil exports.

In his carefully-worded message, Wall also said that his government wanted to defend the energy industry.

“I guess the mayor of Burnaby, has, today, asked for the Government of Saskatchewan to apologize for this action. We will not,” Wall said.

“I will never apologize. We will never apologize for standing up for the interests of the energy sector. It is a benefit, that sector, not only to our province, but to this entire country, and it’s important that we send a strong signal to those who are working in that energy sector, those who are risking dollars in that sector, even now as it’s gaining some strength again, that the Government of Saskatchewan will stand with them. So we also stand by this intervenor action.”

Burnaby says Attorney General Don Morgan made ‘inappropriate’ comments

Kinder Morgan itself has been ordered by the NEB to stop some of its construction activity after it began some work on seven waterways, without having the required federal approvals to proceed. It told the NEB that it was in a rush to proceed with that work to avoid several months of delays that would stop it from starting the expanded pipeline network by the end of 2019.

Meantime, Burnaby’s lawyer said in the letter that the city was proceeding with the regulatory process in good faith.

Previously, the city has said it couldn’t issue the necessary permits to allow Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. to expand its pipeline from the Edmonton area to a tank farm and port in Burnaby, near Vancouver, since the company hadn’t completed what was required.

City officials say it is inappropriate for Saskatchewan’s attorney general to prejudge a matter because the statements “may have the effect of influencing” a court or regulatory tribunal.

Burnaby’s letter to Morgan, which is dated Nov. 6, says as Saskatchewan’s senior legal representative, he should be impartial in the administration of justice.

“The City of Burnaby regulatory process has been applied in good faith, as the evidence will readily show in the motion before the NEB,” the letter says, adding the city believes it and its professional staff are owed an apology.

“We would ask that you reconsider the propriety of your comment, and withdraw it on the record.”

Kinder Morgan has applied to the energy board for an order allowing work to begin without permits from Burnaby on the $7.4 billion project, and has also applied for an “expedited determination” to resolve similar problems in future.

Saskatchewan wants to do ‘right thing’ for Canada

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Morgan refrained from repeating the comments that he had made in the Friday statement.

“We want to see the process go ahead as much as they can,” said Morgan. “I’d urge the City of Burnaby to sit down and focus on what they can do to speed up their process as much as they can… We’re looking at what is the right thing to do for Canada and for western Canada and that is getting our oil to tidewater. It goes through two other provinces as it leaves here. So we want to see that it takes place.”

Morgan added that the government was also intervening because it was worried about what happened with other pipelines and energy projects that were recently cancelled such as TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline, which was terminated by the company in October.

British Columbia and Alberta have joined Saskatchewan in requesting intervener status at the hearing. B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman said last week that Kinder Morgan’s recent actions to proceed with activity, without getting required approvals, is “reprehensible” and that the regulator should reject the company’s latest request.

Kinder Morgan officials have said delays in the project have the potential to cost millions of dollars and push the expansion nine months behind schedule or cause the project to fail.

The company has also urged the NEB to create new rules to fast-track any future arguments it makes about delays from provincial or municipal regulations. but the B.C. government, in its legal response to the NEB, that granting this request would be an abuse of process.

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Trudeau government on sidelines as Kinder Morgan executive to be cross-examined

The Trudeau government will be on the sidelines in late November as a Kinder Morgan executive is cross examined over his allegations that the City of Burnaby was deliberately delaying permits to block the Texas-based company’s west coast pipeline expansion project, the National Energy Board said late on Monday.

The cross examination would be part of public hearings to be held by the regulator in response to a request from Kinder Morgan to help it resolve construction delays. A representative from the City of Burnaby would also be subject to cross examination as part of the process as would anyone who submits an affidavit supporting either side of the case.

The procedure would be a departure from the NEB’s previous treatment of Kinder Morgan. The regulator had refused to allow cross-examination of company officials in its original hearings to review the Trans Mountain expansion project, which were set up when the former Harper government was in power.

This Harper-era decision was the first time the regulator had prevented cross examination of officials during a review of a major crude oil pipeline and was part of what prompted accusations of bias and an ongoing legal challenge from critics who accused the NEB of leading a rigged process.

The new hearings are slated to begin in the NEB hearing room in Calgary on Nov. 29, exactly one year after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in Ottawa that his government was approving the pipeline, along with 157 conditions for the company to meet in order to proceed.

Trudeau government declines to intervene in hearings

While it says it still supports the project, the Trudeau government has already indicated that it won’t be making any arguments in the upcoming hearings about the Burnaby controversy.

The office of federal Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould said it took instructions from the office of Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr.

“It is not common practice for the Attorney General of Canada to intervene at a federal tribunal,” said Alex Deslongchamps, a spokesman for Carr. “We are confident in the role of the National Energy Board as an independent, quasi-judicial regulator to review the Trans Mountain proposal and determine the path forward. Our government stands by the decision to approve this federally-regulated project and the 15,000 good, middle class jobs it will create.”

A spokesman from the Saskatchewan Justice Department said that the provincial government wouldn’t comment on the federal attorney general’s decision not to intervene.

The Trans Mountain expansion project, if completed, would triple the capacity of an existing pipeline, allowing oil companies to ship up to 890,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta to the west coast of British Columbia. Supporters say the project would create or support thousands of jobs and boost market access for western Canada’s slumping oilpatch, but opponents say that the project should not be built since the risks are too high that it could cause damage to the environment and the local B.C. economy.

While Kinder Morgan has alleged that Burnaby is delaying approvals of permits to slow down the process, the city has denied acting inappropriately and argued that Kinder Morgan must follow the same rules as any other developer seeking permits. The hearing process set out by the NEB on Monday will force the company to wait a few more weeks before it can get a decision on its request to speed up approvals.

This also comes after the company said through its legal submissions to the NEB that it was facing millions of dollars of losses and could no longer “tolerate further delay.”

tug boat, Kinder Morgan Marine Terminal, Burrard Intlet, Vancouver, Kinder Morgan says it has been struggling to get the permits it needs to proceed with its pipeline expansion project from Burnaby. File photo of Kinder Morgan marine terminal by The Canadian Press

Michael Davies, a vice-president of the energy giant’s Canadian operations, signed an affidavit saying that the mayor of the west coast city, Derek Corrigan, had told National Observer he “believed the permitting process was a legitimate method of slowing down the project.”

The National Observer news report he referred to didn’t actually say that. But Kinder Morgan has said that it believes the affidavit provided a “reasonable” interpretation of the mayor’s comments about wanting to use all legal and political means available to stop the project.

Mayor Corrigan has said that Kinder Morgan is playing “fast and loose with the facts.” He also said he wouldn’t interfere with the municipal regulatory process to block the project.

The NEB has powers of a federal court, which gives it the power to overrule municipal or provincial regulations, but it must also ensure that its proceedings are fair and just.

NEB rejects one of Kinder Morgan’s requests

While the federal government has said it will sit this one out, the governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan have both said they will intervene in the case to support the pipeline and the oil and gas industry. The B.C. government is also intervening to defend its constitutional right to protect the environment.

The hearings are separate from a legal challenge launched at the federal court of appeal by several groups that are seeking to quash the government’s approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

The NEB has also said that it doesn’t have the power to consider one of Kinder Morgan’s requests for it to set up a process to fast-track future claims that the provincial or municipal governments in British Columbia are not moving fast enough to issue permit approvals.

The B.C. government’s lawyer, Thomas Berger, had argued that such a request would be an “abuse of process” and urged the regulator in a written submission to reject it.

Under the process announced by the NEB, Burnaby will now have until Nov. 17 to present its additional submissions and evidence in the case, after which Trans Mountain will have five days to respond. The city, the company and the attorneys general from B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan would then have two additional days to file their final submissions before the hearings begin on Nov. 29.

Following that, the NEB said it would hear final arguments on Dec. 4, allowing Trans Mountain the right of reply.

Kinder Morgan has said it could lose up to $90 million per month due to delays on the project, while warning that it might even fail. It had hoped to have its new pipeline up and running before the end of 2019, but now admits that deadline could be delayed by several months.

The company declined to provide further comment, outside of the NEB process.

Editor’s note: This article was updated at 3:10 p.m. ET on Nov. 7, 2017 with new comments from the office of the federal natural resources minister, from the Saskatchewan government, and Kinder Morgan.

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The transformative power of climate truth

Dear Reader:
We are not living in a post-truth era. We are living in a pre-truth era.

Yes, Trump and his administration are liars and criminals.

But did President Obama tell the whole truth about the urgency of climate crisis and the scale of the necessary response? Did Hillary Clinton? Does anyone in national politics? Does the climate movement? Do you?

Only policies based in reality can get us out of this crisis.

I recently updated my essay The Transformative Power of Climate Truth, one of The Climate  Mobilization’s foundational documents. The new subtitle, “Ecological Awakening in the Trump Age” reflects how the political situation and TCM’s strategy have changed since I first wrote it.

Transformative argues that positive change, both societal and personal, depends on our embracing the truth.  It also explores why climate truth is so rare, and how we as citizens can use it to ignite transformative — not incremental — change.

It’s been a horrifying year, but I haven’t lost hope. And it’s because people across the country have stopped waiting for politicians and pundits to wake up.

From Hoboken to Los Angeles, people like you are standing up and inaugurating a new politics of climate truth.

The pre-truth era is coming to a close. Together, we can make sure climate truth transforms this country for the better.

If any of our writing has had an impact on your life, please consider sharing your story and helping us fundraise or joining us asorganizers.

Onward!

Margaret Klein Salamon, PhD
Founder and Director, The Climate Mobilization

Ecological awakening in the age of Trump

by Margaret Klein Salamon, PhD, Founder and Director of The Climate Mobilization

 

See essay here……..

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx0AhW2o5XAcSGZ6QUNsckNHZTg/view