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British Columbia, don’t go the way of California

Victoria and its mayor Lisa Helps were the first to call for a class action lawsuit against oil companies last year, seemingly bringing some credence to the West Coast Environmental Law Centre’s years-long campaign to convince municipalities to bring litigation against these energy producers. Stewart Muir looks at the issue.

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Dreaming of a green energy future? Then you might not like Bill C-68

Canadian resource people have been preoccupied with two pieces of controversial legislation in Bills C-48 and C-69. In a surprise twist, a third federal bill would increase emissions by placing unexpected new constraints on hydroelectric power.

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10 million barrels of crude oil are sailing to Los Angeles

Four supertankers from Iraq and one from Angola are currently bound for the refineries of Long Beach carrying hydrocarbon cargoes.

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Visual tanker evidence features in Resource Works' Senate submission

As Senate considers tanker ban Bill C-48, maps show the reality of tanker safety around the world, and elsewhere in Canada

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VIDEO: China wants Canada's oil sands crude oil and here's the latest evidence

While some peddle the myth that China is not interested in buying high-quality crude oil from Canada's oil sands, here's the evidence that proves otherwise.

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Pipeline progress: Trans Mountain CEO Ian Anderson reflects on the project so far

Here's a rare interview with the chief executive of what is surely Canada's most talked about infrastructure project: a twinned crude oil pipeline to the west coast of British Columbia.

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CHARTS: Here's why Canada has a big future in LNG

Europe and Asia don't have enough natural gas. North America has more than it needs. Righting the imbalance through LNG trade is creating big opportunities for Canada.

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The confusion around natural resources in Canada

ESSAY: Who wants to start a process and commit money to developing a project under circumstances of prevailing uncertainty and confusion in law and practice? In this sweeping essay, longtime political affairs columnist Jeffrey Simpson looks at the landscape of Canadian natural resources and prosperity. 

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What's this - a big city mayor who wants to put Canadians first?

Toronto Mayor John Tory says he's not a fan of making homeowners pay for vexatious litigation against fuel companies. In doing so, he sent a message about Canadian unity.

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DATA: Latest statistics confirm that crude oil still pays the rent for Canada

Western Canada's oil sector continued in 2018 to be the foundation stone of national prosperity. That's why innovation is so important for our future, says Stewart Muir.

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Industry voices as one on Bill C-48: it needs to be stopped

In a rare missive, the heads of four major industry groups are calling on the Trudeau government to rethink need for a discriminatory ban on economic activity.

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POLICY NOTE: A closer look at Bill C-48, the proposed ban on shipping oil along British Columbia's north coast

After careful consideration, we've found that Bill C-48 comes up short in striking a balance between environmental and economic interests.

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A woman hereditary chief speaks out

VIDEO SERIES: Who speaks for members of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation? That's at the heart of a controversy involving elected and hereditary representatives of the northwest British Columbia group. We asked Theresa Tait Day, a hereditary chief known as Wi'hali'yte, for her perspective. 

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Critical thinking on energy more important than ever

STEWART MUIR IN THE CALGARY HERALD: "It’s increasingly difficult to see the reward for Canada’s energy self-flagellation."

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We’re at the dawn of the LNG era

As the world pursues cleaner forms of energy to reduce GHG emissions, the outlook for a Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry only gets better.

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TANKER MAPS: Tracking where oil tankers go continues to fascinate

For more than a year, Resource Works' Stewart Muir has been sharing real-time oil tanker maps in Twitter, making the point that safe ship movement is an everyday occurrence all around the world. Here are some recent maps.

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Thanks to a founding Advisory Council member

Soon to retire as CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF), Dr. Brian Riddell was also among the community leaders who answered the call from Resource Works in 2014 to be part of our Advisory Council.

 

 

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Overview: Climate litigation in British Columbia

Municipalities are being asked to participate in campaigns that would seek funds from fuel companies. A range of differing views is emerging as to its efficacy, writes Stewart Muir.

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5th anniversary draws a committed crowd

110 friends and supporters of Resource Works gathered on March 14, 2019 at Vancouver’s Terminal City Club to help us celebrate our first five years of service. 

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Mountain caribou and the future of land access

What started as a government initiative to protect the mountain caribou has become a hot issue in rural British Columbia, with some residents concerned that traditional access to the backcountry is in jeopardy.

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