British Columbia

07/08/14
Author: 
Brad Hornick

Mark Jaccard yesterday said he is "horribly let down" by Prime Minister Stephen Harper's failure to "competently" enact emissions regulations in 2007 which would have kept his Kyoto Protocol promises on track to 2020. Harper himself, Jaccard says, formally withdrew from the Kyoto processes while charging the previous Liberal government with "incompetence" in neglecting to set in motion adequate policies to reach Kyoto goals.

 

10/08/14
Author: 
Brad Hornick

Twelve hours into a motorcycle ride from Vancouver to the Unist'ot'en camp, and after short dips in a couple of the hundreds of small lakes in 40 degree weather, the glow of the northern British Columbia evening sky turns thick and otherworldly with smoke from nearby forest fires. Seeking a place to sleep, I skip the first small town whose cheap motels were filled with some of the hundreds of firefighters and evacuees from local oil and gas camps. The fires rage as a result of pine-beetle ravaged forests and a hot, dry B.C.

06/08/14
Author: 
Tsilhqot’in National Government

Williams Lake, BC (August 6, 2014):  The Tsilhqot’in Nation is overwhelmed and disappointed by the Mount Polley Mine (owned by Imperial Metals) environmental disaster. The tailings pond that has been breached is the same model that Taseko Mines Limited (TML) has indicated repeatedly that they would use for the New Prosperity project. Of which, TML vice-president, Brian Battison and B.C. Energy and Mines Minister, Bill Bennett, held up as exemplary. This is proof of the faults and extreme risks within this model of tailings storage facility.

06/08/14
Author: 
CSC

Read this July 25 story from the Vancouver Sun, which undermines the BC Liberal government’s promises of jobs for British Columbians from their proposed LNG industry.

05/08/14
Author: 
Nick Eagland

A complete water ban has been issued for the Interior community of Likely after a mining accident spilled waste materials into a nearby lake Monday morning.

The Cariboo Regional District enacted the ban following a breach in the earth-filled dam surrounding Mount Polley Mine’s tailings pond.

Debris and effluent flowed into Quesnel Lake from the tailings pond, where waste from the mine’s chemical and mechanical operations was being stored.

02/08/14
Author: 
Mike Adams

(What will mass migration from California do to climate change mean for British Columbia?) A shocking 58 percent of the state of California is now in a state of "exceptional drought," according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. (1)

"The drought's incredible three-year duration has nearly depleted both the state's topsoil moisture and subsoil moisture reserves, according to Brad Rippey of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who wrote the Drought Monitor report," reports the Washington Post. (2)

02/08/14
Author: 
Jenny Uechi

The future of a major LNG project in Kitimat has been thrown into uncertainty, after one of its main backers has decided to walk out. Houston-based Apache Corporation says it will leave Kitimat LNG, which was a joint project with Chevron. 

01/08/14
Author: 
Jenny Uechi

The chief of the Lower Nicola Indian Band south of Kamloops, B.C., whose territory is crucial to the $5.4-billion Kinder Morgan expansion project, wrote a strongly worded letter to the Prime Minister today about his "serious reservations" about the project.  

31/07/14
Author: 
John Crawford

A large US energy company has bailed out of a proposed LNG project in Kitimat.

Apache Corporation, based in Houston, Texas,  says it's leaving the project -- which was a joint development with Chevron -- even though more work has been done on this proposal than on any other natural gas export facility planned for the West Coast.

Site clearing is already underway on Haisla land at Bish Cove.   It was to be supplied by the proposed Pacific Trails Pipeline.

31/07/14
Author: 
Keith Baldrey
Christy Clark

Not a week goes by, it seems, that Premier Christy Clark doesn't talk, yet again, about the vast riches that lay in B.C.'s path if only a liquefied natural gas industry gets off the ground in this province.

It's a theme that began before the last election, and one that helped carry her to a surprising victory with the voters. People seem to at least want to believe the fairy talelike talk about billions of dollars coming our way to help eliminate the provincial debt and even the sales tax.

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