British Columbia

18/09/17
Author: 
Shannon Daub & Zoë Yunker

Newly uncovered documents obtained through Freedom of Information requests reveal the cozy relationship between the fossil fuel industry and the last B.C. government went even further than suspected — all the way to inviting industry to directly craft the province’s climate “leadership” plan.

18/09/17
Author: 
The Associated Press
Salmon circle just below the surface inside a lock where they joined boats heading from salt water Shilshole Bay into fresh water Salmon Bay at the Ballard Locks in Seattle. The mass of warm water known as 'the blob' that heated up the North Pacific Ocean has dissipated, but scientists are still seeing the lingering effects of those unusually warm sea surface temperatures on Northwest salmon and steelhead. ELAINE THOMPSON / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The mass of warm water known as “the blob” that heated up the North Pacific Ocean has dissipated, but scientists are still seeing the lingering effects of those unusually warm sea surface temperatures on Pacific Northwest salmon and steelhead.

SEATTLE — The mass of warm water known as “the blob” that heated up the North Pacific Ocean has dissipated, but scientists are still seeing the lingering effects of those unusually warm sea surface temperatures on Pacific Northwest salmon and steelhead.

17/09/17
Author: 
Judith Lavoie
Site C from the air - ©Garth Lenz-8936 (1)
Karen Goodings avoids the Site C dam area on the Peace River because she finds it too heart-wrenching to look at the havoc caused by construction work, but, for the first time in years, she is now holding out hope that the $8.8-billion project will be scrapped.

“I want to see it permanently stopped and now I think there is enough information out there to talk about alternate sources of power that are more economical and less devastating,” said Goodings, a Peace River Regional District director.

17/09/17
Author: 
Daniel J. Graeber
Not enough done to address safety and the environment on the pre-consruction phase, regulators tell Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion planners. Map courtesy of Kinder Morgan.

Canadian energy regulator said planners haven't done enough yet to address safety and the environment in a pre-construction audit.

Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The parties behind the Trans Mountain oil pipeline to Canada's western coast haven't yet completed what they need to for the environment, a regulator found.

16/09/17
Author: 
The Canadian Press
In the latest setback to B.C.'s liquefied natural gas export industry prospects, the partners developing the Aurora LNG project say they are ending a feasibility study after four years. KOJI SASAHARA / AP

CALGARY — The partners developing the $28-billion Aurora LNG project pulled the plug on the project Thursday after four years of examination, dealing another setback for B.C.’s liquefied natural gas export industry.

Nexen Energy, a Calgary-based subsidiary of Chinese oil giant CNOOC Ltd., said it has decided with Japanese partner INPEX Gas British Columbia Ltd. to stop work on a feasibility study on the proposal.

15/09/17
Author: 
Staff
The District of Saanich has voted to send a letter to greenhouse gas producing fossil fuel companies to hold them accountable for climate change costs. (Martin Meissner/The Associated Press)

Council says taxpayers shouldn't be the only one paying for climate change infrastructure costs

Councillors in the District of Saanich voted unanimously this week to try holding some of the world's largest fossil fuel companies accountable for climate change in their region.

Council pledged to send a letter to 20 large companies involved in extracting fossil fuels, asking them to pay their share of the municipality's climate change costs.

14/09/17
Author: 
Eric Doherty

Last year something shocking happened in Seattle — people voted to paint “Bus Lane” along seven major arterials, onto what was space for parking and driving cars. And there was not much of a fuss.

A decade ago, this would have been seen as a wildly radical move and pundits across the continent would have set their hairpieces on fire. But now, gradually re-allocating road space from general purpose and parking use to exclusive 24/7 public transit lanes is becoming normal in many cities — even in the United States.

12/09/17
Author: 
Peace Valley Environment Association

Take action tomorrow, Wednesday at 12:30 p.m to show the BCUC you care about the Peace River Valley! Join this press conference in person, on-line, by phone or via live stream.

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