Alaska Highway News
Indigenous band agreements in place along the Coastal GasLink Pipeline route. Supplied

SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 08:12 AM

TransCanada says it has signed project agreements with all 20 indigenous communities along its Coastal GasLink pipeline route from Northeast B.C. to Kitimat.

Support for the agreements comes from both traditional and hereditary leaders in the communities, the company said in a news release Thursday.

“This is an important milestone for the Coastal GasLink team,” Rick Gateman, president of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project, said in a statement.

Sharon Kelly
Wells dot the desert atop the Permian Basin in Texas. Credit: © 2016 Laura Evangelisto.

August 15, 2018

Between 2011 and 2016, fracked oil and gas wells in the U.S. pumped out record-breaking amounts of wastewater, which is laced with toxic and radioactive materials, a new Duke University study concludes. The amount of wastewater from fracking rose 1,440 percent during that period.

George Monbiot
 Illustration: Ben Jennings

12 Sep 2018 01:11 AM PDT

The problem is not plastic. It is consumerism.

Published in the Guardian 5th September 2018 (We won’t save the Earth with a better kind of disposable coffee cup)

Wanyee Li

VANCOUVER—Alpine animals are being pushed higher up their mountain habitats at an alarming rate due to global warming, according to a new B.C. study.

The trend puts both plants and animals at greater risk for extinction because there is often less space at high altitudes, which can drastically reduce populations, according to Ben Freeman, lead author of the paper published in Global Ecology and Biogeography.

Ainslie Cruickshank

VANCOUVER—Fisheries and Oceans Canada is in Federal Court this week defending a policy that allows salmon farming companies to transfer juvenile salmon from land-based hatcheries into ocean pens without first testing for piscine reovirus or PRV.

Biologist Alexandra Morton, represented by Ecojustice, and the ‘Namgis First Nation have challenged the federal policy in separate cases that will be heard together. They argue that PVR is a “disease agent” and therefore it should be illegal for salmon carrying the virus to be transferred into the ocean.

Eugene Kung, Staff Lawyer
pipeline victory
September 12, 2018

7:29am, Thursday, August 30th, 2018:
We’re in a boardroom high above downtown Vancouver, not far from Robson Street where I’m told there used to be a great hunting path. I’m on the Federal Court of Appeal’s website, refreshing my web browser obsessively.

Associated Press
Workers prepare an oil containment boom at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif., two days after a ruptured pipeline created the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years. AP

September 8, 2018

LOS ANGELES — A pipeline company was convicted of nine criminal charges Friday for causing the worst California coastal spill in 25 years, a disaster that blackened popular beaches for miles, killed wildlife and hurt tourism and fishing.

A Santa Barbara County jury found Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline guilty of a felony count of failing to properly maintain its pipeline and eight misdemeanor charges, including killing marine mammals and protected sea birds.

First Nations Leaders


Blueberry River First Nations wins important victory in historical claim: Specific Claims Tribunal finds Federal Government responsible for loss of subsurface rights in Reserves

Many of you will have already seen the excellent film The Living Salish Sea. It is a good time to remember it and send it to friends and, especially, uncommitted people, since the potential effect of the proposed pipeline on the inlet/sea is one of the two issues that any future assessment will now have to address.

Witness for the Peace
eagle nest

The Site C Injunction hearing resumed yesterday after a break for the health of Judge Warren Milman.


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