Geolive: Place and Pipelines


About this Mapping Project

This website is the third part of a larger project created by Andrew Barton which explores the narrative of the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline project and the Environmental Assessment process through the geoweb. Part one is a free ebook which reviews the Northern Gateway project, the political backdrop, key quotes from the Joint Review Panel (JRP) hearings, and provides a first person narrative of a journey along the proposed route. Part two is a short video that provides a visual summary of the ebook. This site is populated with photographs, quotes, and spatial information gathered from the JRP hearings and from fieldwork.

The intent behind this website is to provide a platform for participatory mapping, where members of the public can contribute their thoughts, comments and feelings regarding the Northern Gateway Pipeline project in the form of text, photographs, video, and audio recordings. The site is part of a research project under the umbrella of the Centre for Social, Spatial & Economic Justice (CSSEJ) at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, and is part of the interdisciplinary GeoThink research project. The website is based on the Geolive platform. 

About the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project

The Northern Gateway Pipeline project proposes a dual pipeline from Bruderheim, in Alberta's Industrial Heartland, to a marine port in Kitimat on the Coast of British Columbia. Tankers would bring petroleum condensate to be pumped to refineries in the heartland, where it would be used to dilute oil sands bitumen creating 'dilbit.' The dilbit product is then pumped out to Kitimat, where tankers will ship it to Asian markets. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act requires and Environmental Assessment before a project like this can go ahead. Public hearings for this assessment began in January of 2012. In December of 2013, the National Energy Board (NEB) recommended approval of the Northern Gateway Pipeline project. The last step in the approval process now lies with the federal government of Canada. This decision is still controversial, as the large majority of people who presented to the Joint Review Panel opposed the project.

This interactive map is the result of a research project which looked at how local residents expressed value in the places they call home. The map contains selected quotes from the public hearings and photographs from a journey along the proposed pipeline route. On this project site we will be investigating the value of using photographs, audio clips, and text to ground-truth places that are the subject of industrial development projects.