Fisheries

16/01/23
Author: 
Natasha Bulowski
Construction at the Clore crossing Coastal GasLink construction site in B.C. on Jan. 10, 2023. Photo courtesy of David Suzuki Foundation

Jan. 13, 2023

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is investigating a complaint that Coastal GasLink failed to prevent sediment stirred up by pipeline construction activities from flowing downstream at a construction site on the Lho Kwa (Clore River) in B.C.

Sediment pollution poses a serious risk to salmon and steelhead eggs, effectively smothering them. Clore River is a large tributary of the Skeena River, which is an important habitat for both salmon and steelhead trout.

24/12/22
Author: 
Gidimt'en Access
Tsel Kiy Kwa

Dec. 23,  2022

TAKE ACTION NOW

Tsel Kiy Kwa

On December 8th we got reports that there was blasting happening less than 1km from Gidimt’en Checkpoint, one of our homesites on the yintah at 44km.

13/12/22
Author: 
Natasha Bulowski
Steller sea lions, such as the one pictured here eating a salmon, often frequent the Howe Sound and would interrupt construction of the Woodfibre LNG project unless changes are made to the project conditions, the company says. Photo via Shutterstock.

Dec. 13, 2022

The company says the animals’ ‘ubiquitous presence’ will cause ‘regular and prolonged full project shutdowns.’

Construction on the Woodfibre LNG project in Squamish is set to take off in 2023, but the “curious and gregarious” nature of sea lions could make the construction “neither technically nor economically feasible.”

04/11/22
Author: 
Matt Simmons
The Coastal GasLink pipeline crosses more than 700 watercourses on its 670-kilometre-route. The crossing of Ts'elkay Kwe (Lamprey Creek) involves blasting to clear a path and excavating a trench directly through the water. Photo: Gidimt'en Checkpoint

Nov. 2, 2022

Questions and concerns about salmon, steelhead and the health of the river remain unaddressed as TC Energy continues construction of its gas pipeline

At first, she didn’t know what was going on and her demands for answers just garnered the same response, she said: you’re in contempt of the injunction and subject to arrest. The standoff — in wet, cold conditions — went on for hours, according to Morris. At one point, she was walking towards her car when she said she felt something under her feet.

04/11/22
Author: 
Rochelle Baker
It's not clear what conservation measures are being proposed for the marine protected area network planned for Canada's West Coast, says Kate MacMillan of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s B.C. chapter. Photo courtesy CPAWS BC

". . . the lack of information on specific protection measures for the BC Northern Shelf MPA Network means the blueprint to preserve sensitive ocean ecosystems risks becoming a string of “paper parks” — legally designated areas that don’t actually have effective conservation or stewardship measures."

Nov. 4, 2022

27/10/22
Author: 
Amanda Follett Hosgood
The Anzac River used to run clear, according to an environmental group. But this 2020 photo shows sedimentation following logging in the area. The group fears work on the Coastal GasLink pipeline could make things worse. Photo from Conservation North.

Oct. 27, 2022

Confusion Swirls Around CGL’s Environmental Risks

BC ordered Coastal GasLink to ‘cease’ variations from approved work plans. The company insists it hasn’t broken any rules.

Coastal GasLink maintains it’s not in violation of a compliance agreement it signed with the province aimed at reducing watershed damage along its pipeline route.

But the B.C. government ordered it to “cease” activities that violate the agreement on Oct. 14.

25/10/22
Author: 
Sonia Furstenau
Coastal GasLink is preparing to drill a path for its pipeline under Wedzin Kwa, or the Morice River. Photo via Gidimt’en Checkpoint Twitter.

Oct. 25, 2022

Given the company’s environmental record, the government should stop work on the pipeline rather than subsiziding it.

As Coastal GasLink drills under the Wedzin Kwa (Morice River), I have been reflecting on my visit to Wet’suwet’en territory this summer. My colleague, Green MLA Adam Olsen, and I had the great honour of being invited to the territory as guests and witnesses.

06/10/22
Author: 
Holly Dressel
globe and seaweed

Oct 6 2022

In seaweed, climate capitalists see green

A boom in seaweed farming is being sold globally as a climate solution, but some Indigenous nations and local harvesters are sounding an alarm

In the inlets between Vancouver Island and the archipelago of the Georgia Strait, floats one of the largest seaweed farms in North America. 

26/09/22
Author: 
Donald Gutstein
David Eby will get a second chance to fix BC’s broken lobbying registry requirements if he becomes leader. Photo via BC government.

Sept. 20, 2022

As the likely new premier, David Eby will have a golden opportunity to curb the influence of insiders. Here’s why he probably won’t.

When David Eby takes over as the leader of the BC NDP and becomes premier later this year, as he almost certainly will, one item he likely won’t be revisiting is lobbyist registration.

He should.

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