Resources on Fossil Fuels and Extraction
A constantly expanding number of companies have proposed Tar Sands and Fracking Gas pipelines through Unist’ot’en territory.
Three particular companies, Chevron, TransCanada, and Enbridge, are still working without consent from Unist’ot’en.
COASTAL GASLINK – TRANSCANADA
- 670-kilometer Hydrofracturing (Fracking) gas pipeline
- Would run through rugged mountains from Dawson Creek to Kitimat, B.C.
- Owned by TransCanada, the same corporation funding the Keystone XL and Energy East Pipeline projects.
The TransCanada Coastal GasLink pipeline would run approximately 670 kilometres across Northern B.C. It is part of a recently-approved $40 billion fracked gas project LNG Canada that is the single largest private sector investment in Canadian history. LNG Canada is a fracked gas processing facility run by five companies, of which Royal Dutch Shell is a 40% owner. The NDP provincial government announced tax breaks for this LNG project even though the biggest driver of climate change in the province over the coming decades will be from the LNG industry.
Fracking injects vast amounts of freshwater combined with sand and 750 chemicals into drill sites to break up hard shale formations and release trapped gas below the ground. Fracking also causes large amounts of methane to escape into the atmosphere, which has a serious impact on our climate and public health. Alberta’s tar sands is the top consumer of fracked gas in Canada, accounting for one-quarter of the fracked gas used.
- Coastal GasLink pipeline permitted through illegal process, lawsuit contends.
- How BC’s Gas Giveaway Fuels Alberta’s Oilsands.
- LNG-sized gap in B.C.’s climate plan raises questions about government’s priorities.
- LNG Canada: Short-term politics trumps long-term climate responsibility.
- A Clear Look at BC LNG: Energy security, environmental implications and economic potential.
- Fracking is bad health policy by Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
- Booklet on Coastal Gaslink Pipeline, Fracking, and the Health of B.C.
- Who’s banking the Coastal GasLink pipeline?
PACIFIC TRAILS PIPELINE – CHEVRON
- 480-kilometer Hydrofracturing (Fracking) gas pipeline
- Would run from Summit Lake to Kitimat, B.C., to export gas to Asian markets.
- Chevron, notorious for human rights and environmental violations, purchased shares of the project after other companies backed out.
NORTHERN GATEWAY PIPELINE – ENBRIDGE
- 1,177-kilometer twin pipelines from Alberta to Kitimat, B.C.
- One pipe would carry Tar Sands Oil
- The other pipe would carry condensate, a form of gas used to dilute the molasses-like bitumen to allow it to flow through pipelines.
- Enbridge owns 50% of the project. The other half is owned by private investors. Four of those investors remain confidential. National Energy Board documents reveal the other six are: French oil company Total; Suncor (TSX:SU); MEG Energy; Cenovus (TSX:CVE); Nexen (TSX:NXY), the Calgary company taken over last year by Chinese state-owned China National Offshore Oil Co.; and Sinopec, China’s largest oil company.