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Money Pipeline Protests Cripple Canadian Railways, Raising CEOs’ Ire

11:20  14 february  2020
11:20  14 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

Bridges, buildings, railways, streets focus of anti-pipeline protests

  Bridges, buildings, railways, streets focus of anti-pipeline protests VICTORIA — Fourteen people arrested at pipeline protest sites are due in provincial court Monday in Smithers, B.C., a Wet'suwet'en Nation spokeswoman said as a movement opposing the pipeline continued across the country. Jen Wickham said Sunday the 14 people were arrested and charged with breach of trust in recent days at various remote locations in northwest British Columbia near construction zones for the 670-kilometre Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline, which crosses traditional Wet'suwet'en territory.

Protests against a natural gas pipeline are crippling Canada ’s railways -- key economic arteries in the sprawling, trade-dependent nation -- and prompting cries of “insanity” and “ecoterrorism” from business leaders. Canadian National Railway Co., the country’s largest rail provider

Canadian National Railway , meanwhile, said it would be forced to "shut down significant parts of its Canadian network imminently" unless the rail blockades The blockade near Belleville has cut off all rail traffic between eastern and western Canada , and between eastern Canada and the US Midwest.

a group of people riding skis on top of a snow covered road: Demonstrators stand near railway tracks during a protest near Belleville, Ontario, Canada, on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020.© Bloomberg Demonstrators stand near railway tracks during a protest near Belleville, Ontario, Canada, on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020.

Protests against a natural gas pipeline are crippling Canada’s railways -- key economic arteries in the sprawling, trade-dependent nation -- and prompting cries of “insanity” and “ecoterrorism” from business leaders.

Canadian National Railway Co., the country’s largest rail provider, has canceled 400 trains in the past week and said on Thursday that it will shut down its operations in Eastern Canada, possibly leading to temporary layoffs. Via Rail, which operates passenger train service across the nation, is canceling all services effective immediately.

The latest on protests across Canada in support of anti-pipeline demonstrators

  The latest on protests across Canada in support of anti-pipeline demonstrators The latest on protests across Canada in support of anti-pipeline demonstratorsVia Rail is preparing to resume part of its passenger rail service as anti-pipeline protests affect many freight and passenger train routes in Canada.

(Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press). Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he plans to speak with members of his cabinet The Tyendinaga Mohawk protests in southern Ontario have halted freight and passenger rail traffic since Thursday. J.J. Ruest, the president and CEO of CN Rail , said the

Protesters defy court order to block rail tracks in support of Wet’suwet’en, who are locked in battle over controversial gas pipeline . Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday urged a swift end to indigenous protests disrupting trains in Canada as police readied to clear tracks.

The cancellations mark the most severe fallout yet from protests that have spread across Canada in recent days, disrupting shipments of oil, grain, propane, lumber and consumer goods. Environmental and indigenous-rights activists are blockading rail lines, ports and other infrastructure to show solidarity with portions of the Wet’suwet’en Nation that are protesting construction of TC Energy Corp.’s planned C$6.6 billion ($5 billion) Coastal GasLink pipeline through their territory in British Columbia.

“This is a good case of insanity,” Don Walker, chief executive officer of auto-parts maker Magna International Inc., said in an interview with BNN Bloomberg on Thursday. The protests are a “very bad situation” that hurts Canadian business and its perceived competitiveness on a global scale.

Coastal Gas Link blockades a 'dress rehearsal' for future project fights: Kenney

  Coastal Gas Link blockades a 'dress rehearsal' for future project fights: Kenney CALGARY — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he's concerned blockades in support of First Nations opponents to a northern British Columbia natural gas pipeline are a "dress rehearsal" for opposition to future energy projects. Demonstrations have blocked railways, ports and bridges across the country in solidarity with those fighting the Coastal Gas Link project that crosses the traditional territory of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation. Demonstrations have blocked railways, ports and bridges across the country in solidarity with those fighting the Coastal Gas Link project that crosses the traditional territory of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he plans to speak with members of his cabinet Wednesday to discuss "next steps" in the ongoing anti- pipeline protests that have hamstrung the country's rail network."This is an issue that is of concern," Trudeau said during a news conference.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday urged a swift end to indigenous protests disrupting trains in Canada as police readied to clear tracks.

Mullen Group Ltd. CEO Murray Mullen called the disruptions a form of ecoterrorism and said on an earnings call that the the government should do something to ease the tensions before the economy is affected by the disruption in the supply chain. Mullen Group provides oilfield services, including trucking and specialized transport.

TC Energy CEO Russ Girling said on an earnings call Thursday that he’s disappointed that police have had to help the company proceed with construction on the line. He said the company is continuing efforts to find a peaceful solution with the portions of the indigenous groups that oppose the project, which would connect natural gas fields in British Columbia to an export terminal that’s being built on the Pacific Coast.

Potential Layoffs

CN Rail said Thursday that it has been forced to start the shutdown of its operations in Eastern Canada, which may lead to temporary job cuts soon, the company said in a statement. Blockades have been cleared in Manitoba and may soon be resolved in British Columbia, but have persisted in Ontario, the Montreal-based company said.

Trudeau calls for end to protests crippling Canada railways

  Trudeau calls for end to protests crippling Canada railways Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday urged a swift end to indigenous protests disrupting trains in Canada as police readied to clear tracks. Jagmeet Singh, an opposition leader, called on the prime minister to end his overseas trip and meet with the chiefs. "Across the country, the situation is escalating," he said.Police have warned protestors to leave a key rail corridor east of Toronto, or risk arrest. Ontario Provincial Police spokesman Bill Dickson told AFP they are "monitoring the situation" near Belleville, Ontario, while attempting to coax protestors off the tracks.

CN Rail and Via Rail are shutting down huge sections of their railway systems as Indigenous blockades continue to cripple the country's transportation Anti- pipeline protests in B.C. and Ontario have led to a sweeping shutdown of CN and VIA rail services. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press).

Speaking during a visit to Senegal, Trudeau said the right to protest was fundamental to democracy, but added that the rule of law must also be respected. "That is why I am encouraging all parties to dialog to resolve this as quickly as possible," he said.

“This situation is regrettable for its impact on the economy and on our railroaders as these protests are unrelated to CN’s activities, and beyond our control,” CEO Jean-Jacques Ruest said in a statement.

Federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller asked the protesters to end the disruption.

“My request, that I ask you kindly to consider, is to discontinue the protest and barricade of the train tracks as soon as practicable,” he said in an email that he posted to Facebook on Thursday. Miller also asked to meet with the First Nations group.

Respectful Dialog

Earlier this week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the intensifying protests are “of concern” and added that his government will be engaging with ministers to look at next possible steps. Transport Minister Marc Garneau said “there is time for all parties to engage in open and respectful dialog to ensure this situation is resolved peacefully, and we strongly urge these parties to do so.”

The protests are putting Trudeau in a bind. He got elected last year partly on a platform to reduce Canada’s carbon output and improve the environment, but his government also bought another pipeline to help ease bottlenecks that are cutting the price of the country’s crude.

Trudeau cancels Caribbean trip amid pipeline protests

  Trudeau cancels Caribbean trip amid pipeline protests OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is cancelling his planned trip to the Caribbean this week amid criticism over his government's handling of a series of anti-pipeline protests that have disrupted rail service in parts of Canada. The Prime Minister's Office announced the cancellation Sunday evening, less than 24 hours before Trudeau was scheduled to fly to Barbados where he was expected to pitch Caribbean leaders on why Canada should get a seat on the United Nations Security Council. The PMO says Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne will represent Canada in his stead as Trudeau stays put to deal with the ongoing protests.

OTTAWA — The Canadian police on Monday began moving against protesters who had set up transportation blockades around the country in sympathy with an Indigenous group’s campaign to halt construction of a natural gas pipeline to Canada ’s West Coast. The blockades affected at least 19

(Bloomberg) -- Escalating protests against a Canadian natural gas pipeline are putting shipments of grain, propane, lumber and consumer goods in jeopardy and prompting consternation among executives and lawmakers.Demonstrators are supporting the Wet’suwet’en Nation

On Thursday, CN Rail spokesman Jonathan Abecassis said by phone that a disruption west of Winnipeg was disbanded. That demonstration had affected traffic between western and eastern Canada and south into the U.S.

This is a second hit to CN Rail in three months after a worker strike in November also halted shipments.

Proponents Versus Opponents

While two in five Canadians say they support the protesters, a slight majority support the Coastal GasLink project itself, according to a poll conducted by the Angus Reid Institute.

“In each case, whether it’s the protesters or the pipeline, Canadians are divided into two sizable groups on each side of the issue,” the report said.

Still, Canadians are mostly confident that the Coastal GasLink pipeline will be completed, according to the survey. About 57% believe that while it will take longer to build, it will still be completed and 34% have full confidence that it will go ahead regardless.

Crude-by-Rail

At least three Eastern Canadian refineries supplied by CN’s rail network have been cut off from crude-by-rail shipments on the system. The refineries account for about a third of the country’s refining capacity and include Irving Oil Corp.’s Saint John plant in New Brunswick, Canada’s biggest, Valero Energy Corp.’s Quebec City refinery and Suncor Energy Inc.’s Montreal plant. Valero and Irving didn’t respond to emails seeking comment.

“We are closely monitoring the situation and are currently exploring alternate methods of distribution and have put measures in place to manage inventory,” a Suncor spokeswoman said. “We continue to take steps to mitigate any potential impacts.”

--With assistance from Stephen Wicary.

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Pipeline protests disrupt Ontario Via Rail service for 6th day in a row .
Pipeline protests disrupt Ontario Via Rail service for 6th day in a rowOn its website, the company said none of its trains will operate until a blockade at a level rail crossing in Tyendinaga Township is resolved. A small group of protesters have blocked the rail line in support of the Wet'suwet'en Nation, whose members are protesting the Coastal GasLink pipeline project in northern British Columbia.

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