Today, after Premier Christy Clark announced the approval of the controversial Site C dam, the Council of Canadians expressed its indignation over the B.C. government’s environmental short-sightedness. Site C Dam is not clean, not green, not economical and not in the public interest.
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On August 4th, the massive tailings dam at the Imperial Metals Mount Polley gold and copper mine burst. The dam breach unleashed around 25 million cubic meters of toxic heavy metals and chemical laden tailings water and sludge (enough water and material to fill nearly 9,800 Olympic-sized swimming pools) into Polley Lake, down Hazeltine Creek, into Quesnel Lake and onto the Quesnel River which directly connects to the Fraser River Watershed. Volumes of water, tailings and other debris released into the environment by the August 4 breach of Imperial Metals’ tailings pond at Mount Polley Mine were at least 70% higher than the initial estimates released to the
The fight against fracking, fracked gas pipelines and LNG terminals is heating up in BC. Resistance is on the rise - communities across BC are mobilizing to take a stand against a fractured future and oppose Premier Clark’s dangerous and dirty LNG pipedreams.
Liquefied natural gas, also known as LNG, is anything but natural. It is fracked gas that has to be turned into liquid by super cooling the gas to -163C so it can be exported via some of the largest tankers in the world. There are upwards of 6 northern and 6 southern corridor pipelines proposed to connect the fracked gas fields of the northeast to the proposed LNG export terminals and tankers on the west coast. At some point in the future, these fracked gas pipelines could be converted to carry oil. Click here to view map of the many proposed pipelines and LNG terminals.
Eric Doherty is a chapter activist for the Council of Canadians Vancouver-Burnaby chapter. Along with other citizens and Forest Ethics Advocacy, he is taking the National Energy Board to court over being denied his right to speak out against the Kinder Morgan tar sands Pipeline expansion.
2014 brought months of protests and direct action against the Kinder Morgan Transmountain pipeline when the company decided to attempt to do borehole test drilling on Burnaby Mountain. Well its a new year, and with it comes yey another people vs the pipeline confrontation for Kinder Morgan!
For the last 3 days, concerned community members have been protesting Kinder Morgan contractors who are attempting yet again to do borehole pipeline-test drilling for their dirty tar sands pipeline - this time in the Coquitlam and New Westminster area. The protestors were successful in blocking traffic and also turning away a water truck needed for the drilling, and have been directly confronting the Kinder Morgan contractors and keeping watch on the site - a fenced area near the south ramp of teh Brunette Highway Interchange. The site where the test drilling is taking place is a few dozen meters from the Coho Salmon bearing Brunette River.
The Council of Canadians BC-Yukon Stands in Solidarity with BC Teachers!
The Council of Canadians BC-Yukon supports BC teachers who are standing up to the Christy Clark government to protect quality education for students and fair working conditions for teachers.
The BCTF says they have 3 key goals in this round of negotiation: a fair wage increase, smaller classes sizes, and more support for students with special needs. The Council of Canadians calls on the BC government to listen to BC teachers who know what’s best for children. And we want what is best for our teachers. An investment in teachers is an investment in the future.
The Tsleil-Waututh Nation has launched a legal challenge of the National Energy Board’s (NEB) review of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project. Council of Canadians BC-Yukon Organizers Leila Darwish and Brigette DePape were present at the press conference called by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation this morning to announce the launching of their legal challenge against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion.
This is the first legal challenge by a First Nation against the new Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker proposal, and it opens the project to significant delay and uncertainty.
The BC provincial government has introduced Bill 18, The New Water Sustainability Act, to replace the current 105-year-old Water Act. According to the BC government, the new act promises to regulate groundwater, to manage water use during droughts, and to measure large-scale water use.