Days after BP spilled drilling mud offshore of Nova Scotia (drilling is currently on pause), more than 25 organizations representing hundreds of thousands of Canadians have sent an open letter calling on Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna to halt BP’s offshore drilling near Sable Island National Park Reserve. The letter calls on McKenna to revisit the approval of BP’s application in light of new expert evidence that the project’s risks were not fully assessed.
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There is a lot to say about today's announcement that the Liberal government is ready to buy the Kinder Morgan pipeline and expansion for $4.5 billion.
*The following submission was sent to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development April 5, 2018.*
To: Members of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development
RE: Bill C-69, An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts
Submitted by: Andrea Harden-Donahue, Energy and Climate Justice Campaigner, The Council of Canadians
The Council of Canadians thanks the Standing Committee for inviting written submissions on Bill C-69. However, the timelines for written submissions and to request to present before the committee are too short and we urge you to extend these deadlines.
We are deeply concerned that the Trudeau government introduced a Time Allocation motion that shut down debate after only two days.
Kinder Morgan is suspending all “non-essential activities” on their controversial tar sands pipeline project. The Texas-based corporation has issued an ultimatum – with a May 31 deadline – to reach agreements with all stakeholders.
Your voice is urgently needed. The Council of Canadians has just learned that Big Oil giant BP is in the process of moving a massive oil rig to offshore Nova Scotia where it has received approval from the Canadian government to begin drilling exploratory wells.
While opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline heats up, including the building of a Watch House, and arrests of over 170 people blocking a gate of the Burnaby tank farm this past week, Environment and Climate Change Minister McKenna is playing a game of political chess.
McKenna is trying to champion a ‘reasonable’ political middle ground between 'protestors' on the one hand and industry on the other, advocating that the environment and economy go hand in hand. This was on full display in her recent interview with the popular CBC radio show, the Sunday Edition.
"The moment to stop the dangerous Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project is upon us."
These are the first words of a call to action this Saturday, March 10th to protect the inlet against the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
The project of Coast Salish members and spiritual leaders, called Kwekwecnewtxw, is billed as a powerful and creative mass mobilization. It will begin with a march from Lake City Way skytrain station to a yet to be announced final location.