Living Oceans today released a report that examines the major threats to whale recovery posed by plans to increase in oil tanker traffic on Canada’s Pacific coast. Justified in the Circumstances: Whales or Supertankers? states that in order to protect whales as required by the Species at Risk Act, neither the Northern Gateway nor the Trans-Mountain pipeline and tanker projects can proceed.
Energy and Climate Change
VANCOUVER—Environmental groups have launched a lawsuit to block Cabinet approval of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. The Joint Review Panel’s (JRP) final report, the groups say, is based on insufficient evidence and does not satisfy the environmental assessment process.
First Nations, environmental groups and community groups say the Enbridge pipeline will never be built
Vancouver, B.C.—First Nations, environmentalists and representatives from northern communities held a press conference today in response to the 209 conditions on the Enbridge pipeline announced yesterday by the Joint Review Panel (JRP).
“The JRP’s conditions are so flawed they are to be ridiculed,” said Gerald Amos, Chair of the Wild Salmon Coalition, introducing today’s session. “They do nothing to protect communities, the land, and the ocean from a catastrophic oil spill, and the people of B.C. will not let this pipeline be built.”
CALGARY, ALTA.—The Joint Review Panel’s recommendation to approve the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline is a major setback for science and democracy in Canada, Ecojustice lawyers said today.
“We submitted hundreds of pages of scientific evidence on behalf of our clients that lead to one emphatic conclusion: The Northern Gateway pipeline is an unsafe, unsustainable and unnecessary project, and it does not serve the national interest of this country,” said Ecojustice staff lawyer Barry Robinson.
Federal response system needs upgrading: expert panel
By Peter O'Neil and Gordon Hoekstra
Canada's oil spill response lacks federal leadership and isn't prepared for disasters in high-risk areas including southern B.C., according to a federal panel.
The panel's report, released Tuesday, was based on existing tanker volume, not the increased numbers of tankers involved if the Northern Gateway pipeline is built or the Kinder Morgan pipeline to Burnaby is twinned.
VANCOUVER, B.C.─The Tanker Safety Report, released today, fails to identify some key aspects of the nation’s state of preparedness to deal with the massive increase in supertanker traffic proposed for Canada’s west coast, according to Living Oceans Society’s Executive Director, Karen Wristen.