New e-book on Enbridge Northern Gateway proposal shines light on pipeline controversy

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 First Nations promising to stand in front of the bulldozers to stop pipelines. Leaked government documents showing the unprecedented weakening of environmental laws in order to speed up oil sands development. Thousands protesting across British Columbia.

There's a war underway for the soul of Canada, one that could intensify in coming years, and a story yet to be told in full until now with the publication of Extract.

 With peak oil on the horizon and the world's second-largest proven oil reserves sitting in Alberta, Canada looks poised to become a major global oil exporter. 

But getting that oil to global markets and accelerating the development of oil sands has potentially serious impacts on the environment and people's lives.

Extract is about more than just a pipeline. It's about politics, global energy demand, environment, climate and culture converging into a war of ideas.

The Vancouver Observer's award-winning reporting team spent hundreds of hours  reporting on the pipeline issue, taking readers into the lives of those who stand to gain the most and lose the most from the proposed pipeline.  Now this unique and powerful, fact-based coverage is available in a beautiful and compelling ebook.

Extract: The Pipeline Wars takes readers into First Nations' communities amid wild landscapes of Northern British Columbia; it navigates readers through the web of pipeline politics, through crowded streets filled with protesters, and behind closed doors at an oil and gas summit.

The issues in this book are not just about British Columbia,  but global, and can apply to any community or nation struggling with the need for oil exports in the age of climate change.

Extract: The Pipeline Wars aims to provide context to the story unfolding around oil sands development and the proposed pipelines in way that allows for deep reflection upon the hard choices at hand,” Vancouver Observer publisher and editor-in-chief Linda Solomon said.

Buy the book here, or contact [email protected] for more information.



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this sounds like a very important work. if there does wind up being an NDP government in Victoria (or Ottawa for that matter) it will be interesting to see their position develop. As it stands, there seem to be some fractures developing in their policy. This post is quite interesting:

because of what it sketches with regards to where Adrian Dix stands right now politically speaking

Pipeline, drilling, fracking

I attended a hearing in Bakersfield, California on November 13, 2012. Fracking is contaminating our produce and you need the facts.


I personally attended a Kern County Board of Supervisors (BOS) hearing on November 13, 2012. Near the beginning of the hearing the public has the opportunity for individuals to bring up issues not on that day's agenda.

A lawyer and many farmers addressed the BOS about large numbers of almond trees dying caused by Bakersfield oil company fracking of oil under the ground of their orchards. The wells and ground water have been tested and found to contatin high levels of chlorides and other chemicals.

The Supervisor Maggard cautioned other members not to give the oil companies the impression the County is not business friendly to them. Oil and agriculture are the 2 largest businesses in Kern County. Never mind that thousands of trees and other crops will die, farmers are being put out of business, the pollutants enter the ground water and that humans will eat the poisoned almonds causing known life threatening health problems. (Cancer is the most frightening and usually progressively fatal disease anyone or any animal can get.)


Here is the link to the hearing to watch the video for yourselves:

Date/Time: November 13, 2012 @ 2:00 pm hearing

You will be prompted to download Windows Media Player in order to watch the video.

Exxon Valdez

Remember the Exxon Valdez.