KITIMAT, British Columbia (Reuters) – Residents of the British Columbia town of Kitimat voted against the Northern Gateway pipeline project in a blow to Enbridge Inc’s efforts to expedite the flow of crude from Canada’s landlocked oil sands to high-paying markets in Asia.
The final tally, which came after a month of election-style campaigning in the small town where the pipeline terminal would be built, was more decisive than expected, with 58.4 percent of residents voting “no” and 41.6 percent “yes”.
KITIMAT, British Columbia, April 11 (Reuters) – A small
Canadian town’s vote on whether to back Enbridge Inc’s
proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline could have a far greater
impact on the country’s energy industry – and future economic
health – than its advisory status might suggest.
Residents of the northern British Columbia town of Kitimat
head to the polls on Saturday in a nonbinding vote on the
controversial project that is likely to influence the federal
government’s decision on whether to approve its construction.
VANCOUVER, April 9 (Reuters) – Just over a year ago,
Canadian trucking firm Bison Transport took a bet on a
potentially game changing technology, buying 15 big rigs powered
by liquefied natural gas.
The privately-held company was attracted by the promise of a
cheap and abundant fuel source and lower greenhouse gas
emissions. If all went well, it would be the first step toward
converting more of its 1,250-strong fleet to a type of fuel that
costs about $1.50 less per equivalent gallon than diesel.
VANCOUVER, April 2 (Reuters) – Canada’s energy regulator
said on Wednesday it would hold hearings on Kinder Morgan Energy
Partners LP’s proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain
oil pipeline from Edmonton to Vancouver, with its review
expected to wrap up in mid-2015.
The National Energy Board (NEB) said it identified 12 issues
for discussion during the hearings, including the environmental
effects of the project, its impact on aboriginal interests and
contingency planning for accidents, among other things.
VANCOUVER, March 26 (Reuters) – Negotiators on Wednesday
reached a deal to end the month-long container truck strike that
has crippled operations at Canada’s largest port and slowed the
transport of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of goods.
The new deal, brokered by the province, means that the more
than 1,000 striking drivers will return to work at Port Metro
Vancouver on Thursday morning.
VANCOUVER, March 19 (Reuters) – The British Columbia
government is preparing legislation to force striking container
truck drivers to return to work at Port Metro Vancouver, in an
effort to end a three-week strike that has crippled operations
at Canada’s largest port.
The province said on Wednesday that it intends to introduce
the legislation, which would only affect unionized drivers at
the city’s port facilities, as soon as Monday.
VANCOUVER, March 14 (Reuters) – The Canadian and British
Columbia governments and Port Metro Vancouver announced late on
Thursday a 14-point action plan to end a labor dispute that has
severely impacted operations at Canada’s largest port.
The plan will ensure fair pay for truck drivers at Port
Metro Vancouver and also includes measures to help cut wait
times at the city’s container terminals, the group said in a
joint statement released by Transport Canada.
VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Hundreds of construction workers in booming northern British Columbia will take up residence this week in unique digs on board a cruise ferry revamped into a floating luxury hotel.
The aging ship will help relieve a housing shortage in one busy Canadian port town already bursting ahead of a promised energy boom that could last more than a decade.
VANCOUVER, March 10 (Reuters) – Unionized container truck
drivers set up picket lines at Canada’s largest port on Monday,
joining hundreds of non-unionized workers who walked off the job
last month in a dispute over pay and services.
Workers represented by Canada’s largest private sector union
Unifor rejected a tentative deal on Saturday that could have
adverted the job action at Port Metro Vancouver, calling the
offer “too little, too late.”
March 6 (Reuters) – Canadian regulators on Thursday approved
Enbridge Inc’s Line 9 oil pipeline reversal and
expansion, conditional on the company undertaking additional
work on consultation and safety, among other things.
The National Energy Board also said it had denied Enbridge’s
request for exemption from “leave to open” requirements, meaning
the company must ask the board for permission to start up the
line after all work is finished.