December 1, 2015

Environment minister Catherine McKenna The Trudeau government could be feeling political pressure on the question of its process for pipeline reviews.

Council of Canadians energy and climate justice campaigner Andrea Harden-Donahue has commented, "The Liberal government promised to reform the broken National Energy Board (NEB) process for reviewing pipelines, including those already under review. The existing reviews for the Energy East and Trans Mountain pipelines have shown a lack of adequate aboriginal consultation, a clear democratic deficit, and a failure to evaluate climate implications."

December 1, 2015
The Mount Polley tailings pond breach in August 2014.
The Mount Polley tailings pond breach in August 2014. Image from Cariboo Regional District's YouTube channel

The British Columbia has approved a permit for the Imperial Metals Corp. Mount Polley copper and gold mine that allows it to discharge 'treated water' from the Springer Pit open pit tailings pond into Hazeltine Creek and Quesnel Lake.

December 1, 2015

Maude Barlow

Keynote speech from the International Conference on Water, Megacities and Global Change, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, December 1, 2015

The challenge is stark. Peri-urban slums ring most of the developing world’s megacities where climate and food refugees are arriving in relentless numbers. Unable to access their traditional sources of water because they have been poisoned, overexploited or priced beyond reach, many must pay exorbitant prices to local water dealers or rely on drinking water contaminated with their own waste.

UN-Habitat reports that by 2030, more than half the populations of large urban centres will be slum dwellers and the US National Academy of Scientists says that by 2050, more than one billion of these urban slum dwellers will only have daily access to enough water to fill a small bathtub.

November 30, 2015

Victoria Chapter

Published in the Georgia Straight, November 27, 2015

As world leaders meet in Paris this weekend, the recent terrorist shootings in the city will still be on the minds of most delegates. Yet it will have to take second place to another kind of crisis: climate change. The impact of extreme weather, droughts, floods, and rising temperatures on our ecosystems, our economies, and our communities must be halted before it gets worse—much worse.

This will require a transition off of fossil fuels and on to cleaner forms of energy, which is 100 percent possible by 2050. One of the most insidious challenges of this transition, however, is the myth that fracking is a “bridge” to a low-carbon future.

November 30, 2015
The Line 3 route in Canada
The Line 3 route in Canada

What is the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline?

Bloomberg has reported, "Enbridge is focusing on expanding 'low-cost, incremental' projects like twinning existing pipelines to provide producers with new transportation capacity as they struggle with low crude prices, [Enbridge chief executive officer Al] Monaco told investors last month. The company’s $7.5-billion Line 3 replacement is the largest project."

Sun Media has noted, "Enbridge has several proposals in the works, including the replacement of most of the Line 3 pipeline between the existing Hardisty Terminal and Gretna, MB, consisting of 1,073 kilometers."