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Why Do the Liberals Push Site C?

By Roy L Hales

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?

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Will the Fraser Surrey Docks Expansion Bring Aerosolized Coal Dust?

The ECOreport looks into the question: Will the Fraser Surrey Docks Expansion Bring Aerosolized Coal Dust?

By Roy L Hales

Though Port Metro Vancouver is expected to release its final decision about the Fraser Surrey Docks next month, there is little doubt that the proposal will be approved. An estimated four million tonnes per year of thermal coal will soon be coming up from the US. Will the Fraser Surrey Docks Expansion Bring Aerosolized Coal Dust?
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BC Coal Plan in the Dust

The ECOreport looks at why Vancouver communities oppose expansion of coal terminals, BC Coal Plan in the Dust 

Reprinted from the March/April 2014  Watershed Sentinel 

By Roy L Hales

On February 17, thermal coal was trading for $57.23. That’s a considerable drop from its $132 benchmark in 2011 and, as Clark Williams-Derry would say, the industry is now “territory reserved for risk-hungry financial speculators.” Not too long ago, there were plans to ship 80 million tons of coal through six terminals in Washington and Oregon. Now the number of proposed US ports has dropped to three and there are plans to transform BC’s Lower Mainland into North America’s #1 coal terminal.
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