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25,000 Canadians Seek Justice For The Mount Polley Disaster

The ECOreport reposts an update on the lawsuit, 25,000 Canadians Seek Justice For The Mount Polley Disaster

Originally Published on Mining Watch

Williams Lake (B.C.), March 27 2017. As Federal Crown Prosecutors move today in B.C. provincial court to stay (i.e. shelve) MiningWatch’s private charges over the Mount Polley mine disaster, the mining watchdog is releasing the names of over 25,000 Canadians who have endorsed a petition urging the Trudeau government not to let those responsible off the hook for the biggest mining spill in Canada’s history. Local residents, regional groups, and First Nations support the effort to enforce the Fisheries Act.
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Approving The Keystone XL Pipeline Is About Our Future

The ECOreport publishes an Op-ED about plans to expand North America’s fossil fuel production, Approving The Keystone XL Pipeline Is About Our Future 

By Roy L Hales

Alberta’s oil industry won a symbolic victory. President Trump calls his approval of the Keystone XL pipeline “a great day for jobs and energy independence” in the United States. Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) admits the industry is not using its’ current pipeline capacity1 and adding more pipelines is “not consistent with the Paris Accord’s commitment to keep (Global) warming to two degrees Celsius, or its aspirational goal of limiting it to 1.5 degrees Celsius.”2 Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline is about our future on a planet where the scale and pace of extreme weather events is increasing.

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  1. Canadian crude oil export pipelines are utilized at 85 to 90 per cent of their capacity … based on respective historical utilization rates.” – Canada’s Energy Future 2016, National Energy Board, p 92
  2.  Ibid, p 115

Trudeau Selling Canada Out

The ECOreport looks at the approval of Pacific Northwest LNG and concludes this is another example of Trudeau Sellling Canada Out

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmEven Canada’s public broadcaster, the CBC, was critical of the government’s approval of Lelu Island.  Environment reporter Margo McDermid called the Pacific Northwest LNG project the “first real test of the Liberal’s approach to the environment and energy.” Her colleague, Chris Hall, added that approving this project “is going to put an enormous amount of pressure on Justin Trudeau to explain how approving a project that will generate millions of tons in greenhouse gas emissions can also help them meet (the) climate change targets they agreed to in Paris.”1 Few doubt that Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister started out with good intentions. The Globe and Mail recently called Trudeau’s attempt to please environmental groups and the fossil fuel sector “mission impossible.” For many environmentalists, the honeymoon lasted for around three months. This is just the latest example of what many perceive as Trudeau selling Canada out.

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  1. The National, January 27, 2016

Clearcutting The Walbran’s Thousand-Year-Old Trees

The ECOreport looks into news that Teal Jones is already clearcutting the Walbran’s thousand-year-old trees

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMIt has been a year since the Wilderness Committee drew our attention to the planned logging of old growth trees in the central Walbran Valley. So far, the controversial heli-block 4424 has remained untouched. Since last November, Teal Jones has been logging 6 or 7 cutblocks in the more easily accessible areas south of the river.  They are already clearcutting the Walbran’s thousand-year-old trees.

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Tesla Model X Towing Trailer Across Canada

The ECOreport reposts news of a Tesla Model X Towing Trailer Across Canada, from Victoria BC to St. John’s NL

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1A cross-Canada trek has been on Rolf Oetter and Silke Sommerfeld’s “bucket list” for a long time. They are finally setting out on the 10,000 km trip, from their home in Victoria (BC) to St. John’s (NL), tomorrow. They may be driving the first Model X purchased in Canada and this is undoubtedly the first time a Tesla Model X tows a trailer across Canada.

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Put Lemare Lake Logging Ltd Operations On Hold

The ECOreport reposts an appeal for the province to stop covert logging of old-growth on northern Vancouver Island, put Lemare Lake Logging Ltd operations on hold 

Originally Published on Sierra Club BC

VICTORIA— Sierra Club BC is asking the BC government to put Lemare Lake Logging Ltd operations on hold because the company is keeping its logging plans under wraps, while clearcutting endangered old-growth on Northern Vancouver Island.

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Documenting The Central Walbran Valley

The ECOreport reposts another of Daniel J Pearce’s productions, this time documenting the Central Walbran Valley

Originally Published on Ramshackle Pictures

By Daniel J Pearce

The early 1990s was a pivotal time for the forest industry and for forest activism in British Columbia. Massive demonstrations and acts of civil disobedience resulted in hundreds of arrests in Clayoquot Sound in response to large-scale clear-cutting on the west coast of B.C. and Vancouver Island. International protests and market campaigns forced the government to strengthen forestry regulations and establish new parks and protected areas.

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Site C, LNG & Rising Emissions

The ECOreport looks into British Columbia’s growing problems with Site C, LNG & rising emissions

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe government of British Columbia likes to portray itself as a climate leader. It is among the among the signatories of the Under2 MOU. (An international Memorandum of Understanding calling for member states to Member states to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions 80% to 95% below the 1990 benchmark by 2050, or achieve a per capita annual emission target of less than 2 metric tons by 2050.) Premier Christy Clark was highly visible member of the Canadian team at COP 21, but there was no reference to the province’s much publicized Climate Action Plan in the budget Minister of Finance Michael de Jong released yesterday. It is expected to produce Site C, LNG & rising emissions.

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Stop Construction on Site C Until After Auditor’s Report

The ECOreport reposts the story of British Columbians calling on their government to stop construction on Site C until after auditor’s report

Press Release from Sierra Club BC

VICTORIA –First Nations, labour, environmental and legal organizations are calling on the B.C. and federal governments to suspend construction of the Site C dam pending completion and full consideration of an independent review by B.C.’s Auditor General.

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Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline and THE Earthquake

The ECOreport reposts an article about Kinder Morgan’s Pipelines and Earthquake: a ticking time bomb for Lower Mainland residents

Press Release from Sierra Club BC

Burnaby, BC–-Today, Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE) will present its argument to the National Energy Board, asserting Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline must be rejected because of the elevated risk of a major spill in an earthquake prone region.

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