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Former Fort St. John resident ordered to be deported over Facebook posts

VANCOUVER, B.C. - A British Columbia man has been deemed inadmissible to Canada for being a security risk based on his Facebook posts promoting terrorism in support of the Islamic State group. Othman Hamdan is a Jordanian national who was acquitted of terrorism-related charges by a B.C. Supreme Court judge in September 2017, but immigration authorities arrested him and determined...

Northern B.C. gas pipeline designed to supply LNG industry wins NEB approval

CALGARY, A.B. - The National Energy Board has approved construction of a natural gas pipeline originally intended to supply the Pacific NorthWest LNG export terminal near Port Edward, B.C., even though that $36-billion project was cancelled last July. The NEB says it will grant an amendment to Nova Gas Transmission Ltd., a subsidiary of Calgary-based TransCanada Corp., to remove the...

Over 600 vehicles participate in Oil and Gas Rally held in Grande Prairie

GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. - A rally in support of Alberta's oil industry drew hundreds of supporters who cheered as speakers delivered a message that the rest of Canada needs to be thankful for the prosperity the province provides. ``We aren't just a monumental cash cow for the government. We provide opportunities for families across the country,'' Bernard Hancock, known as...

Northern B.C. murder victim’s sister accuses fugitive’s dad of failing to take responsibility

The sister of murder victim Chynna Deese said on Facebook that Alan Schmegelsky isn’t “cut from the same cloth” as her family and that he doesn’t acknowledge his own hand in his child’s upbringing and demise. The sister of an American tourist says the father of one of the B.C. men named as a suspect in the woman’s death isn’t accepting...

Enbridge pipeline ruptures, sparks fire near Prince George

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - About 100 members of a First Nation community in northern British Columbia were evacuated from their homes Tuesday evening after a gas pipeline ruptured, sparking a massive blaze. The rupture happened on a natural gas transmission pipeline owned and operated by Enbridge about 13.5 kilometres from Prince George on Tuesday evening, Enbridge spokesman Michael Barnes said in...

UN committee warns Canada in letter that Site C dam may break deals

A United Nations committee has warned Canada that continued construction of the Site C hydro dam in northeastern British Columbia may violate international agreements. The UN's Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination says Canada may have already violated an agreement it signed 50 years ago. That agreement commits Canada to prevent development on Indigenous land without adequate consultation. Canada has...

Husky Energy puts 500 retail operations and Prince George refinery on the block

CALGARY, A.B. - Husky Energy Inc. says it is looking at getting out of retailing fuels to consumers after 80 years in the business. The Calgary-based oilsands producer says it is launching a strategic review that could result in it selling its Canadian retail and commercial fuels business and its small Prince George, B.C., refinery. It says it prefers to focus on...

Construction accident in Alberta’s energy sector kills two workers

FOX CREEK, A.B. - A construction accident in northern Alberta has killed two workers. Source Energy Services says in a statement that the contractors died on Tuesday during work on additional storage capacity for what's known as fracking sand at the company's terminal near Fox Creek, about 260 kilometres northwest of Edmonton. The sand is used by companies in Alberta's energy...

CIBC shrinks event after Whistler tries to bill oil firm for climate change

WHISTLER, B.C. - The ski resort town of Whistler, B.C., is learning that getting involved in the fight between environmentalists and oil companies can result in negative consequences. Part of CIBC's annual investment conference to be held in the community next month has been scrapped after the town council took part in a letter-writing campaign demanding oil companies compensate it...

Government of Canada buys Kinder Morgan Pipeline

OTTAWA, O.N -  The federal Liberal government plans to spend $4.5 billion to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline and all of Kinder Morgan Canada's core assets. Finance Minister Bill Morneau says that in return, Kinder Morgan will go ahead with its original plan to twin the pipeline this summer while the sale is finalized, which likely won't happen until August. Once...

Trans Mountain says claims of salmon habitat destruction inaccurate and misleading

VANCOUVER, B.C. - Trans Mountain says claims by scientist Mike Pearson that the project has destroyed salmon habitat are inaccurate and misleading. In a story published by the Canadian Press on Sunday, scientist Mike Pearson said the work by the company was “amateur hour” on a Stewart Creek crossing near Chilliwack. Trans Mountain posted a response to the article on Wednesday...

Regulator suspends oil and gas firm’s licences after emergency number unattended

CALGARY, A.B. - The Alberta Energy Regulator says it has suspended the licences of an oil and gas producer after no one answered its 1-800 emergency phone line when one of its hydrocarbon handling facilities appeared to be leaking. In a notice on its website, the regulator says it has yanked licences for nearly 30 wells, a similar number of...

Horgan says Alberta legislation to raise gas prices in B.C. ‘provocative’

VICTORIA, B.C. - Premier John Horgan says he's surprised and concerned that Alberta is preparing to pass legislation that could drive up the price of gasoline in British Columbia over an escalating pipeline feud. Alberta's New Democrat government introduced Bill 12 Tuesday, Preserving Canada's Economic Prosperity Act. Premier Rachel Notley says the legislation gives her province the power to reduce oil...

‘You’re a liar’: Indigenous people voice anger at Trudeau town hall in B.C.

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - Indigenous people voiced their anger and frustration with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday at a chaotic town hall in Kamloops, B.C., loudly interrupting him to condemn the arrests of protesters at a pipeline blockade. While Trudeau was answering a question on accountability for the oil and gas industry, a man who identified himself as Will George...

CN Rail lining up pilot plant partners to make oilsands bitumen pucks

CORRECTION - In a story published Dec. 27 about a Canadian National Railway Co. plan to develop a technology that creates a pellet-shaped product called CanaPux from bitumen, The Canadian Press erroneously reported CN would build a 50,000-barrel-per-day commercial-scale project. In fact, the company says its industry partners would build and own that plant, while CN would supply the technology. CALGARY,...

CO2 emissions continue to rise in B.C. despite Provincial Carbon Tax

VANCOUVER, B.C. - CO2 emissions in B.C. continue to increase even with the Provinces Carbon Tax. Provincial data shows CO2 emissions went up from 61.3 million tones in 2015 to 62.3 in 2016 (the most recent data available).  CO2 levels have increased in five of the last six years that data is available. Kris Sims, B.C. Director of the Canadian Taxpayers...

First Nations push for massive conservation area in northern British Columbia

LOWER POST, B.C. - First Nations in northern British Columbia are calling on the provincial government to endorse an ambitious proposal for a 40,000-square-kilometre conservation area to protect major watersheds and sensitive species. The proposal would cover the ancestral areas of three Kaska Dena First Nations and would be larger than Vancouver Island, taking up a massive section of north-central...

Trans Mountain pipeline work destroyed salmon habitat, scientist says

VANCOUVER, B.C. - Work on a Trans Mountain pipeline crossing in a British Columbia stream has destroyed salmon habitat, raising concerns about the Crown corporation's ability to build infrastructure through waterways if the expansion project proceeds, a scientist says. Mike Pearson says the ``amateur hour'' work on the Stewart Creek crossing in Chilliwack will reduce food sources for coho and...

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