According to a recent report from the University of British Columbia, “Site C has more significant adverse environmental effects than any project ever reviewed under the history of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, including impacts on dozens of species, aquatics, vegetation, wildlife, Aboriginal use of lands and resources, and cultural heritage.” The British Columbian and Canadian governments are most likely breaking treaty #8, which gave local first nations usage of the land that will be submerged. BC Hydro has not properly evaluated less destructive, and far less expensive, alternatives like geothermal energy. We won’t need the power for decades, if ever. Why do the Liberals push Site C?
The first meeting of what Environment Minister Catherine McKenna calls our “pan-Canadian team on Climate Change” is now over. She has been closeted with environmental ministers from the provinces and territories, McKenna called it “the most positive meeting that has taken place in a very long time. Though short on details, the Minister said “We all know we have to act together”and alluded to “real opportunities” in the clean tech sector. To distill her message down to the three words which she did not actually use, McKenna asks Canadians to trust the Government Continue reading McKenna Asks Canadians To Trust The Government→
Prior to the election, Justin Trudeau made many promises. He was going to stop the Northern Gateway pipeline project. He was going to redo the National Energy Board (NEB) process and that “applies to existing projects.” The NEB will not make a decision on Kinder Morgan’s controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion early in 2016. Kinder Morgan will have to go through a new process, which will require obtaining support from communities and First Nations. Trudeau was elected over a week ago. The battle against BC’s pipelines continues.
There are currently 18 coastal fossil fuel projects planned for southwest British Columbia and Washington’s Puget Sound. A joint study, from the FRIENDS of the San Juans and San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping, calculated this will bring another 5,300 marine transits a year through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. According to Stephanie Buffum, Executive Director of Friends of the San Juans, “Neither Canada nor Washington is looking at the potential impacts of this cumulative increase.” She is not the only one wondering when will the big spill happen?
As the people of Washington and Oregon turn their back on new coal port proposals, producers have turned to British Columbia. Neptune Terminals’ coal port capacity, in North Vancouver, was doubled, without any public consultation and the city’s request for a health impact assessment was ignored. Resistance to the proposed coal terminal at Fraser Surrey docks was more determined. The Port Authority carried out assessments before approving the project, but there has been grounds for believing the project was decided upon long before the official outcome. Ecojustice has undertaken this case on behalf of Voters Taking Action Against Climate Change and Communities and Coal. This morning I’m interviewing Ecojustice lawyer Karen Campbell about the fight to keep coal from Fraser Surrey Docks