British Columbia

05/03/14
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By Eric Fleg

Former Conservative cabinet minister and present day CIBC banker called in to save tar sands pipeline In what the grand chief of British Columbia is calling a “Hail Mary” on the part of the Harper government, Enbridge and its partners have selected former Conservative cabinet minister Jim Prentice to resuscitate stalled negotiations with First Nations

05/03/14
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Justin Giovannetti

Lawyers working for Kinder Morgan Inc. have sent a letter to the National Energy Board proposing the narrowest interpretation of who can participate in a review of the company’s proposed twinning of the Trans Mountain pipeline.

27/02/14
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Vaughn Palmer

No one following the media coverage prior to the last provincial election could have overlooked the speculative nature of B.C. Liberal promises on liquefied natural gas. “When the gruel is this thin, fantasy looks like a good alternative: Liberals throne speech focused on dreams of riches from unbuilt LNG plants,” read one headline in this newspaper. “Fantasy gas fund built on shifting sands: putting faith in LNG is like counting your chickens before they hatch — or banking on a future that may never arrive,” read another.

28/02/14
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Bob McDonald

A plume of radioactive contamination from the damaged Fukushima Nuclear plant in Japan has reached the coast of North America earlier than expected. But while concerns for the plume are making headlines, a far more serious effect of human activity is already having dire consequences for West Coast fisheries. Last August, about 250 tonnes of contaminated water - that had been sprayed onto the damaged reactors to keep them cool - leaked out of storage tanks into the ocean.

05/03/14
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Roger Annis

The anti-environment offensive by Canada’s fossil fuel industry and its flacks in government is radically shifting the political landscape of the country. Each day, it seems, brings some new announcement and outrage being committed against Earth and the humans. More pipelines to be built, and more leaks and cover-ups of existing oil and tar sands facilities that poison the land and water.

26/02/14
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Wendy Stueck and Justine Hunter

Ottawa has turned down the proposed New Prosperity mine in the B.C. Interior, marking the second time the federal government has rejected the project and rebuffing a last-ditch lobbying effort from B.C. to see it go ahead. In a statement Wednesday, federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq said she had concluded the mine is likely to cause “significant adverse environmental effects that cannot be mitigated” and that the government had determined those effects “are not justified in the circumstances,” thereby ruling out the project.

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25/02/14
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Randy Shore

Ten million scallops that have died in the waters near Qualicum Beach due to rising ocean acidity are the latest victims in a series of marine die-offs that have plagued the West Coast for a decade. Human-caused carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere are being absorbed by the ocean and may have pushed local waters through a “tipping point” of acidity beyond which shellfish cannot survive, according to Chris Harley, a marine ecologist at the University of B.C. Rising ocean acidity is a global phenomenon, made worse by higher natural acidity in local waters, Harley said.

24/02/14
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Ben Parfitt and David Hughes

One glaring problem with the provincial government’s strategy to turn B.C. into a LNG-exporting juggernaut is that it scuttles any chance B.C. has to be a climate-change leader. But equally problematic is how our government’s economically dubious fixation with liquefied natural gas exports jeopardizes our irreplaceable water resources. In Alberta as well as numerous U.S. states where natural gas companies operate, there is a growing public backlash against industry operations.

24/02/14
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Alexandra Morton

In early January, we learned the Harper government quietly invited the Norwegian salmon farming industry to expand in BC. He did this despite specific warnings to the opposite by his own federal Commission.  He did this ignoring his constitutional responsibility to consult with First Nations. See press release by Living Oceans. A few days later on January 28, 2014, Marine Harvest (the biggest of the three Norwegian operators using BC to grow "their" fish) was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. They rang the Opening Bell.

22/02/14
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By Justin Giovannetti

The green-girdered Haisla Bridge has carried Kitimat’s residents to work for 61 years – a rusting but dependable link in a town that statistics once showed had its best days behind it. But with Premier Christy Clark’s trillion-dollar LNG dream aimed at the road to fiscal freedom, towns such as Kitimat are preparing to be transformed almost overnight, and the bridge and other decaying infrastructure like it are posing unavoidable obstacles. Municipalities say the government has done nothing yet to address the problem.

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