British Columbia

06/02/14
Author: 
Kevin Washbrook
occupy.com

Declining domestic demand (due to cheaper natural gas and stiffer regulations) and heavy opposition to coal exports on the U.S. West Coast have increased pressure to export American thermal coal through Metro Vancouver ports. Those proposals have faced stiff opposition north of the border too -- but not from some unions. Recently the ILWU, U.S.W, IUOE and the BC Building Trades co-authored an op-ed that was critical of Metro Vancouver community, local government and health authority concerns about potential risks posed by plans to export up to eight million tonnes per year of U.S.

05/02/14
Author: 
Travis Lupick
C350

Last week, students at two of the Lower Mainland’s largest universities took steps to see those institutions divest themselves of financial interests in the fossil-fuel industry. Now, their counterparts at the University of Victoria have followed suit.

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05/02/14
Author: 
Gordon Hoekstra
Northern Gateway

Nearly two thirds of British Columbians are opposed to the $6.5-billion Northern Gateway pipeline and the tankers it will bring to the northern coast, according to a poll commissioned by environmental groups.

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30/01/14
Author: 
Marc Lee

Is British Columbia “doing the world a favour,” as Premier Christy Clark put it, by developing a liquefied natural gas export industry? Or is this just wishful thinking from a government that has abandoned its law on reducing carbon emissions to pursue LNG riches?

30/01/14
Author: 
Liz Logan

Letter to the Vancouver Sun, by Liz Logan, Tribal Chief of Treaty 8 Tribal Association

28/01/14
Author: 
Roger Annis

The company seeking to build the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has had a massive explosion on its decades-old natural gas pipeline in southern Manitoba. The rupture of the TransCanada PipeLines (TCPL) gas line occurred in the middle of the night on Saturday, January 25 near the village of Otterburne. A massive fireball erupted into the night sky and burned for many hours.

28/01/14
Author: 
Mark Hume
Site C dam

The closing remarks to a federal-provincial panel examining BC Hydro’s Site C proposal were made by a grey-haired native leader who said bands in the area are determined not to let the dam get built. Treaty 8 Tribal Chief Liz Logan told the Joint Review Panel, which wrapped up five weeks of public hearings on Friday, that Peace River native communities hope a treaty they signed over 100 years ago to protect their way of life will be honoured and the dam, which would flood more than 5,000 hectares in the valley, will not be allowed.

27/01/14
Author: 
Mathew Robinson and Mike de Souza
Firemen use foam to hose down a railcar as cleanup crews remove one of the toppled rail cars in Lac-Mégantic on Friday July 19, 2013.  Photograph by: Allen McInnis/Montreal Gazette , Postmedia News

Shipments of crude oil by rail are steaming forward in B.C. even as investigators said Thursday the federal government has failed to eliminate "critical weaknesses" in the rail system in the six months since the deadly Lac-Mégantic train disaster. Officials from the Transportation Safety Board delivered this warning as they jointly issued "critical" safety recommendations in partnership with the United States’ National Transportation Safety Board.

26/01/14
Author: 
Derek Corrigan
Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan

The mayor of the Vancouver region municipality of Burnaby speaks out against the environmental review process of the proposed Fraser Surrey Docks coal export terminal.--website editors

23/01/14
Author: 
Mark Hume

The BC government is pressing for a quick go-ahead of the massive, Site C dam on the Peace River in northeast BC. The dam will help power proposed expansions of mining, gas fracking and other extraction and related projects in the BC north. It will flood 3,000 hectares (7,500 acres) of prime agricultural land. The government wants to bypass a review of such a controversial decision. Now the review panel appointed by the government says it will hear concerns about this aspect of the dam proposal.--Website editors

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