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BC Reacts To The NEB’s Pipeline Recommendation

The ECOreport looks at how BC Reacts To The NEB’s Pipeline Recommendation

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMAs everyone expected, the National Energy Board (NEB) has recommended that the Canadian Government approve Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion through the most populated area of British Columbia. The NEB believes the likelihood of a major oil spill “very low,” but “the potential significance” of such a spill “very high.” Kinder Morgan would be required to post calculations of the emissions from all industrial activities and those created during construction of the 1150 km (715 miles) pipeline. If the Trudeau Government agrees and the project goes forward, the number of tankers carrying diluted bitumen out of the Greater Vancouver area could increase from 1 or 2 a week to 10. These are some of the ways BC reacts to the NEB’s pipeline recommendation.
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Scientists Condemn The Flawed Review Process For Lelu Island

The ECOreport looks at a joint letter in which more than 130 scientists condemn the flawed review process for Lelu Island 

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThere are more than 130 of them, from Alaska, Russia, the West Coast as far south as California and east to the Atlantic coast. Their joint letter refers to “Misrepresentation,”  “lack of information” and “Disregard for science that was not funded by the proponent.” Scientists Condemn The Flawed Review Process For Lelu Island, at the mouth of British Columbia’s Skeena River, as “a symbol of what is wrong with environmental decision-making in Canada.”
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How far has the Vancouver Declaration taken us?

The ECOreport looks at the First Minister’s meeting. How far has the Vancouver Declaration taken us?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMAfter two days of sometimes heated meetings behind closed door, Canada’s first ministers emerged with an agreement as to their overall goals for a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy.  The contentious issues, like carbon pricing mechanisms, emissions caps and oil pipelines, have been left for another First Ministers meeting in the fall. So How far has the Vancouver Declaration taken us?

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Academics Set Criteria for BC’s Successful Climate Action

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMPremier Christy Clark has just received some sound advice in a public letter, as she  prepares for the premier’s conference with Prime Minister Trudeau. Energy economist Mark Jaccard, sustainable energy system specialist John Axsen and atmospheric climate scientist Kirsten Zickfeld were among the signatories. In total, twenty-five of the province’s academics set criteria for BC’s successful climate action.
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SunVault’s New Graphene Hybrid Storage Device

The ECOreport looks at SunVault’s New Graphene Hybrid Storage Device

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Supercapacitors provide the burst of immediate energy that makes it possible for the electrical grid to make instant adaptations. They currently lack staying power and need to be deployed with energy storage . What would happen if someone invented a hybrid device that combined the energy of a supercapacitor with energy storage? Now imagine this new device being made of graphene, rather than  lithium, and that it can be used with personal electronic devices like self charging cellphones, or in electric vehicles or in a solar cell.  You’ve just read a description of SunVault’s new graphene hybrid storage device.

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Is BC Setting The Stage For Another Mount Polley Disaster?

Environmental Impacts & The Need For Social License

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Twenty-four million cubic meters of silt, metals and water spilled into the adjacent waterways, when the Mount Polley tailings pond dam breached. It has been called one of Canada’s worst environmental disasters. The province’s independent review panel made six recommendations, one of which was that tailings and water should not be mixed anymore in BC. This did not please the mining companies who say dry stacking of tailings would cost too much. The Clark Government appears to concur. An application to restart Mount Polley, with tailings in water, is under consideration. The Secwepemc Peoples regard this as “a violation of sovereignty” which “opens the territory up to further damage.” Is BC  setting the stage for another Mount Polley Disaster?

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