As 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. Continue reading BC Reacts To The NEB’s Pipeline Recommendation→
It has been nine months since the Governments of California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia embarked upon a shared initiative. In their joint press release, group spokesperson Governor Kate Brown explained “The West Coast Electric Fleets initiative leads the way in helping fleets scale up zero-emission vehicles to reach our goal that, by 2016, 10 percent of all new purchases are electric vehicles.” How is the West Coast Electric Fleets Initiative Doing?
The ECOreport looks into the ongoing dispute over BC’s proposed coal terminal at Fraser Surrey Docks, a Second Municipality Applied for Intervenor Status
By Roy L Hales
A second municipality applied for intervener status in the legal challenge against the proposed Fraser Surrey Docks Coal Transfer Facility. After reviewing the information, New Westminster has joined Surrey in applying for intervenor status. White Rock is also considering joining the suit. A number of other Lower Mainland municipalities previously expressed concerns about the way Port Metro Vancouver was conducting its review of the proposed facility. After the coal facility was approved, Ecojustice filed filed an application for judicial review of the permit approval on behalf of Voters Taking Action on Climate Change (VTACC), Communities & Coal, and two individual citizens.