Category Archives: Pipelines

The last straw and the pipeline

Governments have often made decisions based on impulse rather than reason. A classic example is the fallacy of “the last straw”. Legal expert Andrew Roman looks at pipeline-related issues and environmental decision-making. Continue reading

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Bill C-69: Why retain the worst mistake of the 2012 Act?

“Good ideas that are badly implemented don’t make good laws. Without major amendments it is unlikely that there will be any new pipeline or electricity transmission proposals under C-69.” Read legal expert Andrew Roman’s hard-hitting and thoughtful presentation to the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources conducting hearings on the Trudeau government’s Bill C-69, which proposes to fundamentally change the way resource projects are reviewed and approved. Continue reading

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Pipelines, the environment and the economy: Canada’s new impact assessment law

(December 11, 2018) Political speeches and media coverage of Canada’s new Impact Assessment Act in Bill C-69 has so far been largely based on government media releases, not analysis. Where are the journalists who have properly read the Act and … Continue reading

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Appealing the Trans Mountain decision: The National Energy Board issues (Part 1)

The government cannot buy every proposed project faced with approval uncertainty, which is why it should appeal the Trans Mountain pipeline decision. Continue reading

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The Kinder Morgan pipeline: permits or permission?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline has raised a storm of protest about its predicted impacts on the orcas, climate change, First Nations’ rights, as well as concerns about the project’s “flawed” approval process and lack of “social licence”. Lawyer Andrew Roman contextualizes some of the hot-button issues raised by critics. Continue reading

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Lawrence Solomon: The natives’ tools

Environmentalists serve native interests well, by extracting maximum profits out of resource developments. Continue reading

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Lawrence Solomon: How global warming policies have led to global insecurity

(September 4, 2014) Limits on energy production in the West enabled conflicts in the Ukraine and the Middle East. Continue reading

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