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No Longer Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Industry acknowledging what CAEPLA has been saying about pipelines

"Because pipelines are buried in the ground, they are literally out-of-sight, out-of-mind," says Enbridge community relations manager Jason Manshum. Until recently "you didn't get too many people asking questions" about energy infrastructure buried underfoot, he explains here.

CAEPLA has been talking for years about what Manshum dubs a "paradigm shift" in public scrutiny of pipelines. Heightened public awareness of pipelines has brought issues like safety into greater focus, but has also made the industry targets for activists dominating the political debate who want to shut down the energy industry

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Pipeline Paralysis

Premier says energy transport better get proactive with the public...

Brad Wall is right.

It is not often we agree with, much less praise, anything a politician has to say.

But the Saskatchewan premier nailed it last week in Regina when he told attendees at the Canadian Energy Pipelines Association (CEPA) Foundation fall meeting that industry is at risk of losing the argument over the use of oil in the court of public opinion.

Premier Wall said what has needed to be said - and what the Canadian Association of Energy and Pipeline Landowner Associations (CAEPLA) has been saying - for a long time, and said it straight to the

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Anti Pipeline Group Puts Safety and Environment at Risk

Activists hope to stop replacement of Enbridge's aging Line 10.

If you ever wanted proof most environmental activists are no friends of pipeline landowners, this is it.

An anti pipeline outfit, the Hamilton 350 Committee, is plotting a protest against Enbridge's Line 10 replacement project.

You read that right: an alleged environmental group is opposing the replacement of an aging pipeline that passes through highly populated Hamilton, Ontario, en route to the US Border.

Now, if you are like most people concerned about pipeline safety and environmental sustainability, it's the agin

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Landowners Want In - On Tax Relief

CAEPLA backs payback for pipeline company.

Enbridge is looking for millions of dollars worth of tax breaks - and we couldn't be more supportive.

The Calgary-based energy transport titan is petitioning the Minnesota tax court for property tax paybacks from several counties in that state.

But why should landowners support a windfall for a pipeline company? Especially when the energy transport industry is too often guilty of enjoying the financial subsidy known as expropriation/Eminent Domain at landowner expense?

Glad you asked.

Pipeline projects are forever justified in terms of a "greater good" that includes taxes paid to governments.

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NEB Promises to "Do Things Differently"

Government needs to talk property rights with landowners - or get out of the way.

 At this summer's National Energy Board (NEB) Safety Forum, newly minted Board chair Peter Watson informed those of us in attendance that he planned to do things differently. 

As a long-time advocate of the NEB doing things differently - or better yet, not at all - I was curious. His predecessor had claimed the Board could only operate within the limitations of government legislation. So I asked Mr. Watson, publicly, what in fact he meant by "doing things differently."

His response was that he intended to consult and "talk more" with "stakeholders."

The new chair did not elaborate on who all he would recognize as "stakeholders." 

But unless Mr. Watson

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When is an Anti Eminent Domain Campaign NOT a Pro Property Rights Protest

This petition is a good example.

Let's make something clear: this petition against eminent domain is not really about respect for landowners, their property rights or safer pipelines. In fact it is simply hypocritical. These folks feel taking private property is fine as long as it benefits "them" (the petitioner) but it's not fine if it benefits someone else.

The language in the petition is the dead give away. The philosophy expressed is essentially anti market -- the foundation of which is the principle of property rights -- just like eminent domain itself.

 "Taking private property from landowners for corporate profit is an abuse of emi

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Aging Pipelines - What are the Risks?


Paul Vogel2

Canada's nationally regulated oil and gas pipelines were originally constructed more than 50 or 60 years ago. Many of these pipelines are reaching the end of their useful economic life.

The National Energy Board (NEB) has the regulatory authority to authorize pipeline companies to decommission or abandon these pipelines. While the NEB has implemented a toll surcharge to generate funds for this purpose, the abandonment funding currently being generated will be sufficient only to accomplish removal of approximately 20 percent of this pipeline infrastructure. 

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TransCanada Takes the Lead on Land Agent Bullying

In our blog entry Davis "Bullying" Story not an Isolated Case, I stated: "I have talked with TransCanada and the man in charge of lands on the company's Eastern Mainline pipeline project (applied for at the same time as the Energy East Project) concerning the complaint about land agent bullying. This gentleman stated that he believes that his land agents would never bully a landowner and his proof is that he has the land agent's reports and his report does not "refer to any bullying". He said he would fire any agent that bullied and that there was no implications of that in the Davis ca

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Anti-pipeline Activists Have No Intention to Lobby for Landowner Empowerment for Safer Pipelines

This article about pipelines in Wisconsin clearly shows how respecting property rights would address pipeline safety issues.

Contract law, enforced if need be by the courts, would allow for market insurance coverage. Government administrative laws, regulations and regulatory bodies have failed on these issues and will continue to fail at making pipelines safer.

These "supposed" safe pipeline activists do not and will not recognize that respect for property rights would provide the very solutions they say they are after. Why? Because respect for property rights will not just level the playing field wit

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Privacy Rights Are Property Rights

Privacy Rights Are Property Rights

Everybody has the right to privacy - even pipeline companies


Our recent post critiquing the reliance of some landowners on freedom of information (FOI) laws to help level the playing field when dealing with pipeline companies struck a chord with many landowners and seems to have touched a raw nerve for one irate industry critic. 

Indeed the gentleman who types the "Line 6B Citizens' Blog" in Michigan waxed a wee bit hyperbolic in response to our pro property rights post

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Davis "Bullying" Story not an Isolated Case

I have talked with TransCanada and the man in charge of lands on the company's Eastern Mainline pipeline project (applied for at the same time as the Energy East Project) concerning the complaint about land agent bullying. This gentleman stated that he believes his land agents would never bully a landowner and his proof is that he has seen the land agent's reports and his report does not "refer to any bullying." He said he would fire any agent that bullied and that there were no implications of that in the Davis case!!!!

I was assured that the company was not threatening landowners that TransCanada would apply to the NEB for Right of Entry on landowner's property to do the archeologic

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Minister Refuses to Meet with Manitoba BiPole Landowners

My attendance (Dave Core) at the Manitoba Legislature the other day was indeed unique. The Minister of Agriculture (Food), not only refused to answer direct questioning by MLA's concerning the implications to farmers of expropriation of their land for Bipole III, but he also refused to acknowledge the food producers seated in the gallery or meet with them.

Here is a press release from the Manitoba farmers and landowners present explaining how they felt.

Click Here to Read the Press Release

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