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Here we go again: NEB redo of Trans Mountain review leaves climate impacts out

George Hoberg October 6, 2018 September 26, 2018, the NEB released its draft list of issues and factors for consideration in its reconsideration of the Trans Mountain pipeline. The reconsideration commits the same indefensible error of not including climate impacts … Continue reading

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The Trans Mountain Expansion Project – A Policy Case Study – REVISED

Sarah Frose and George Hoberg August 30, 2018 In a stunning development in Canadian politics today, the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the Canadian government’s approval of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The court found two major flaws. First, it … Continue reading

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The Trans Mountain Expansion Project – A Policy Case Study

Sarah Froese and George Hoberg August 22, 2018 We have completed a case study on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, updated through August 19, 2018. We’ll be putting online on a case study website shortly. But we wanted to make … Continue reading

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The Two Elephants in the Room at the Pipeline Summit

George Hoberg April 14, 2018 As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and British Columbia Premier John Horgan prepare for the emergency pipeline summit, the dominant discourse in mainstream and social media has been about Alberta’s economic needs … Continue reading

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Status of significant litigation against the Site C dam

George Hoberg Updated June 29, 2017 This morning the Supreme Court dismissed the leave the appeal for the Prophet River case, bringing the legal proceedings over this phase of the Site C proceedings to a close. Claire Allen and George … Continue reading

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British Columbia Abandons Climate Leadership

George Hoberg August 19, 2016 After repeated delays, Premier Christy Clark announced British Columbia’s new climate policy today. Friday August 19, at 1 PM. As the announcement has been dragged out, any expectations for meaningful progress were very low. But … Continue reading

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Time for the Hard Work on Meaningful Climate Policy

This blog was reproduced in IRPP’s Policy Options. George Hoberg July 21, 2016 The premiers are meeting in Whitehorse this week, and climate and energy are on the agenda again. For long-frustrated Canadian climate hawks, it’s remarkably refreshing to have a … Continue reading

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Over to You, Mr. Trudeau: The Political Perils of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion

George Hoberg May 20, 2016 The National Energy Board has recommended the approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project with 157 conditions. Yesterday’s decision brings the regulatory process created by Stephen Harper to an end. The decision is now … Continue reading

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Recommendation to reject divestment at UBC deeply flawed

George Hoberg February 10, 2016 Last week, the Finance Committee of the UBC Board of Governors voted to endorse the recommendation of its Responsible Investment Policy Committee and reject fossil fuel divestment. The principal rationale for rejecting divestment is that … Continue reading

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Major New Legal Obstacle for Northern Gateway Pipeline

January 13, 2016 George Hoberg A BC Supreme Court judge today invalidated the agreement between the BC and federal governments on the environmental assessment process used to support the approval of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline. While the decision does not … Continue reading

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