British Columbia

Shannon Lough

Prince Rupert, B.C. posted Feb 16, 2017

The provincial government views the multiple benefits agreements for Metlakatla and Lax Kw’alaams as a win for both the LNG industry and First Nations reconciliation.

In conversation with John Rustad, the minister of Aboriginal relations and reconciliation, on Feb. 16, the day following the landmark deal, he explained that even if the Pacific NorthWest LNG project doesn’t follow through with a final investment decision (FID) some land will still be transferred to First Nations.



challenging BC Liberal Government's approval of Kinder Morgan Expansion

PIPE UP and Democracy Watch launched a lawsuit on January 31 challenging the BC government's approval of Kinder Morgan, based on the conflict of interest inherent in the BC LIberal Party accepting more than $550,000 from Kinder Morgan and assorted shippers and then approving the project. 

West Coast Environmental Law

Feb 11, 2017 - Last week, the BC NDP released its “Clean Growth Climate Action Plan.” Unfortunately for both the NDP and public debate on climate policy, much of the media coverage focused less on the plan, and more on a leak of the plan by the BC Liberals.  

Judith Lavoie

A bizarre twist in a decade-long battle over a proposed mine on Tsilhqot’in Nation traditional territory could see the B.C.government issue extensive exploration permits for the mine this month even though the project has twice been turned down by the federal government.

Marc Lee

Not long ago, BC received huge annual royalty revenues from its growing natural gas sector. The revenues were often billed as paying for essential public services like health care and education, and were appealing politically as they meant governments did not have to raise taxes to do so.

Carol Linnitt
Image: B.C. NDP leader John Horgan speaks to the press in Vancovuer in 2014. Photo: BCNDP via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

[Editor: Not sure this plan is 'awesome'!  Maybe competition with the Green Party and public concern is spurring the NDP on to give more attention to climate change.  And the BC Liberals seem to have little interest in dealing with climate change.  The NDP have said 'no' to the Kinder Morgan Expansion but what steps will they take to stop it?  And will they commit to stopping Site C?  How will they deal with LNG projects and with a timely just transition from fossil fuel jobs?

Arie Ross

As Trump takes the wheel, U.S. thermal coal is looking for a way off the continent

The denial of a key permit by the State of Washington has left the largest proposed coal facility on the West Coast of North America high and dry. The proponents of the export terminal in Longview, Washington failed to obtain an aquatic lands sublease permit, dealing a major blow to an industry already struggling to transport U.S. thermal coal to markets in Asia.

Vaughan Palmer

Several of the New Democratic Party’s political anxieties were placed on the public record Thursday, thanks to a leaked copy of the planning document for Opposition leader John Horgan’s promise to increase the carbon tax starting in 2020.

The “not for circulation draft” of the NDP communications plan was obtained by the B.C. Liberals and released to the news media 90 minutes before the Opposition party’s own news conference on the subject.


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