Blog Updates

Fraser Valley Farmers Counter Sue Spectra

Man-Walking-Towards-CombineA group of farmers from Fraser Valley countersue Spectra Energy, who filed a legal suit to gain rights to the farmers' land after refusing to negotiate mutually agreeable terms, which include reasonable access to their own land, installation of pipe in a manner which does not impact cultivation, and compensation for any damages.

Click here to view the court filing.

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Dave Core, CEO & Director of Federally Regulated Projects, will be attending:

Thursday July 24, 2014: 7 p.m. Provost Legion Hall, Provost AB, landowner meeting concerning Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project

Monday July 21, 2014: 3 p.m. Meeting with Cromer Landowners, Cromer, MB

Friday July 11, 2014: 11 a.m. Meeting with Manitoba Bipole III Committee members

Wednesday July 9, 2014: Dallas Ritchie Farm visit to view devastation caused by Enbridge due to shoddy construction practices after the National Energy Board gave the company Right of Entry.

Tuesday June 24, 2014: 8 p.m. 780 Warburton Road, Lansdowne, ON

Monday June 23, 2014: 7 p.m. Baltimore Rec Centre,&

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Great Thoughts by Great Men and Women

Ludwig  von Mises"Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it." - G. K. Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874 – 1936) was an English writer. His prolific and diverse output included philosophy, ontology, poetry, play writing, journalism, public lecturing/debating, biography, Christian apologetics, fantasy and detective fiction.

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Blog Updates
Enbridge Cromer Line 3 Segment Replacement - Why Was Right of Entry Granted?

Enbridge wants land to build replacement pipeline; Landowner refuses because no construction agreement in place; NEB gives Enbridge right to use land; Enbridge makes a huge mess; NEB issues stop work order - Why was Right of Entry granted in the first place?

By John Goudy

The National Energy Board (NEB) has recently issued a stop work and compliance order to Enbridge Pipelines Inc. in connection with Enbridge's Line 3 Replacement project on a Manitoba farm property.  The Line 3 project is similar to the Line 6 replacements that took place in Michigan following the Marshall, MI rupture a few years ago - Enbridge leaves a rotting pipeline in place and takes more land to build a new line nearby. 

In this case, Enbridge was not able to obtain the land it needed from the landowner by agreement.  Enbridge then turned to the NEB for the right to take the land it needed for its new pipeline.  In fact, Enbridge appears to have made 25 applications for right of entry to the NEB, all of which were granted in spite of objections by many affected landowners.  The bases for the landowner objections included the fact that Enbridge had failed to negotiate a construction agreement with the landowners that would protect the integrity of the lands affected by the project.

The result?  A complete mess has been made of at least one of the properties involved in the project and it remains to be seen whether the NEB's order will make any difference for future projects.  Will the NEB rethink its relationship with companies like Enbridge?  Will the NEB be as quick to grant land rights to pipeline companies where they have failed to agree on environmental protection measures with landowners?

This article is from John Goudy's blog, "Law of the Lands - Farm, Energy and Enviro Law" and can be found at:

National Energy Board Inspects Dallas Ritchie's Property

After receiving letters from Dallas Ritchie and CAEPLA, the National Energy Board has conducted an inspection of the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement project running through his property and found that:

"it was observed that multiple construction mitigation measures committed to by Enbridge in its Environmental Protection Plan (EPP) to conserve topsoil, control erosion and manage drainage were not implemented. This lack of EPP implementation has resulted in numerous non-compliances observed both on and off the construction right-of-way causing environmental damage to wetlands and property damage to a substantial amount of agricultural land. Erosion, lack of safe agricultural access, open excavations and open trenchlines also pose a hazard to safety of the public and employees. The resumption of construction activities by Enbridge without a full assessment of damages would cause further detriment to property, safety of the public and the environment."

To read the Stop Work Order and the full Inspection Report, please click on the pictures below.

 neb inspection report - ritchie property       full neb inspection report - ritchie property

June 23, 2014 - CAEPLA Letter to the NEB re Enbridge Cromer Line 3 Replacement

june-23-2014-letter-to-the-neb-re-cromerDue to the devastation done by Enbridge on the Cromer 20km Line 3 Replacement Project on CAEPLA/MPLA member Dallas Ritchie's property, CAEPLA sent a letter to the National Energy Board concerning shoddy construction practices and farmland devastation. Read more.

Myron's Story

Myron, a landowner affected by Bipole III and a member of the Manitoba Bipole III Landowner Committee, shared his story with CAEPLA recently about his negative experience with Manitoba Hydro surveyors. Read on to find out what happened...


Attached is what happened on my farm land.

One day last fall I noticed a hydro truck out on our prairie trail.  I was aware of what Hydro was up to in regards to Bi-Pole 3 so I wasn’t surprised to see them and even as I raced out there I knew what they were doing.  I drove right up to the crew which consisted of two vehicles and 5 workers.  I asked them what they were up to and when they said they were surveying for Bi-Pole 3, I politely told them to get off my land.  I explained that it was nothing personal and that I knew they were just following orders but Hydro has no permission or easements to go onto my property.  They just shrugged and loitered around a little bit more but eventually left.

Presentation to the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources: February 28, 2013

Dave CoreGood morning Honourable Senators. It is my pleasure to be talking to you from Calgary this morning by video conference. Our National office is situated in Regina, Saskatchewan, but I am in Calgary on personal business right now.

The Canadian Association of Energy and Pipeline Landowner Associations (“CAEPLA”, formerly “CAPLA”), is an association made up of regional member landowner groups from New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and associate members from across Canada, coast to coast.

CAEPLA’s objective is to assist Canadian pipeline landowners to address more effectively the impacts of energy pipeline construction and operations which affect landowner interests, including soil preservation, environmental liability, land use restrictions, safety, repair and maintenance issues, abandonment and compensation. CAEPLA is a catalyst for the organization of pipeline landowner associations by providing organizational advice, advocacy and negotiation experience and services. It is also CAEPLA’s intention to address landowner concerns with respect to present pipeline regulation in Canada with appropriate government and regulatory authorities.




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CAEPLA Landowner Journal Fall/WinterThe CAEPLA Landowner Journal publication features special feature sections, including:

1) Ottawa's National Energy Board and its disposition towards landowners;

2) The Alberta Land Bills and the impact they will have on property rights, not just in Alberta, but even elsewhere in Canada (see what the CAEPLA SmartPig has to say about that in the letters section), and;

3) What to do when the landman comes calling.

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