Welcome back to a new year here at the University of Victoria; though many future UVic students will NOT be in class this week, post-secondary education will carry on in British Columbia. Also carrying on is Big Energy’s never-ending struggle to avoid environmental strictures designed to rein in the sector’s worst practices.
Case in point: the proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Pacific Pipeline project.
The Kinder Morgan Energy Partners Limited Partnership you’ll likely remember is that other controversial pipeline hoping to twin its current capacity to transfer Tar Sands bitumen across the rugged Rocky and Coastal Mountain ranges, delivering to Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet the stuff Alberta’s dreams are made of.
Getting approval for their scheme shouldn’t be too great a problem, at least where receiving the National Energy Board’s necessary imprimatur to forge on is concerned, as the federal regulator is already greasing the skids.
Robyn Allan is a researcher, author, and former corporate executive who has held many executive positions in the private and public sectors including President and CEO of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, Vice-President Finance for Parklane Ventures Ltd., and Senior Economist for B.C. Central Credit Union. She recently produced and released the report: ‘The National Energy Board Guaranteed Kinder Morgan a Fund to Push Pipeline Expansion Through Regulatory Review’ an examination of the National Energy Board of Canada’s relationship with Kinder Morgan and its decision to allow the company to pre-fund the “projected” future expansion of its Trans Mountain Pipeline ambitions.
Allan also served as the Economic and Financial Adviser to the Barrett Commission of Inquiry into the Quality of Condominium Construction in British Columbia and has taught Money and Banking, Public Finance and Micro and Macro Economics at the university level. She has too written numerous articles for newspapers and magazines including the Globe and Mail, Financial Post, Business in Vancouver and Enterprise Magazine. Robyn Allan is author of the book, ‘Quest for Prosperity: The Dance of Success’ and recently provided evidence on economic and insurance issues related to the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline Project currently before the National Energy Board.
Robyn Allan in the first half.
And; as toxic spills go, the Mount Polley tailings dam failure is unprecedented in Canadian history. In fact, it’s the single biggest environmental disaster of its kind anywhere. But according to British Columbia’s minister of mines, it’s all no different from damage caused by any one of the scores of landslides the province sees annually. Oh yeah, that and the more than 10 million cubic meters of toxic mining waste dumped into one of the B.C.’s most important environmental areas. But, in the days following disaster, Bill Bennett and the ruling BC Liberal party, the same that received huge campaign contributions from the operator of the mine responsible, Imperial Metals, deemed the water supplying residents of Quesnel Lake and environs safe to drink. Upon reflection, local health officials reinstated previously lifted drinking water ban, sending concerned residents mixed messages.
Damien Gillis is co-founder, with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, a web news site helping to fill the Canadian news media void. He’s also a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker focusing on environmental and social justice issues – especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada’s wild salmon – and working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. His film credits include: ‘Fractured Land’, ‘Oil in Eden: The Battle to Protect Canada’s Pacific Coast,’ and numerous shorts featuring British Columbia’s beauty and the imminent threats industry pose to its unique environment. Gillis is too a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.
Damien Gillis and clearing the turbidity of the Mount Polley Mine tailings spill in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us news from our city’s streets, and beyond there too. But first, Robyn Allan, the Trans Mountain Pipeline project, and National Energy Board promises made to Kinder Morgan.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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