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Enbridge Pipeline

Douglas Channel Islands: Enbridge erases, Lori Waters replaces

17 September, 2012

One Sunday morning, Lori Waters received an intriguing link to the “Route Safety” animation videos for the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. As one of many British Columbians opposed to the pipeline and to any lifting of the tanker ban along our coast, she watched Enbridge’s animations with interest.  But as a scientific illustrator and animator, she created a series of illustrations demonstrating why Enbridge's animations were wrong.  And they went viral.  Lori (in a guest post) tells us the story.

Thank you to Lori Waters for the following guest environmental law alert post. 

One Sunday morning, I received an intriguing link to the “Route Safety” animation videos for the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. As one of many British Columbians opposed to the pipeline  and to any lifting of the tanker ban along our coast, I watched Enbridge’s animations with interest.

Save the Fraser Declaration - Alberta and Northwest Territories First Nations join BC First Nations in opposing Enbridge Pipeline and Tankers Proposal

1 February, 2012

On January 30th, media, First Nations groups, activists and one law student intern crowded into a hotel room on the outskirts of Edmonton for a press conference held by the Yinka Dene Alliance. Alberta and Northwest Territories First Nations signed on to the historic “Save the Fraser Declaration” to oppose the export of tar sands oil to tankers on the BC Coast. As a law student intern newly started at West Coast Environmental Law, I was very interested to watch First Nations asserting their decisions under Indigenous law.

Nicole Peterson is a legal intern with West Coast Environmental Law who is participating in the Osgoode Aboriginal Clinical Intensive Program.  She writes:

Why Harper's shot at PNCIMA also hit Enbridge in the foot

15 September, 2011

The Canadian government recently withdrew suddenly and unexpectedly from a funding agreement to create a plan to manage BC’s North Coast, known as the Pacific North Coast Integrated Marine Area Plan (PNCIMA). Prime Minister Harper’s government may have believed that it was helping Enbridge and its Northern Gateway Pipelines by withdrawing from this funding agreement - but the resulting uncertainty, and the appearance that the federal government has acted less than honourably towards the Coastal First Nations, may well cause Enbridge huge legal head-aches in the future. 

Late last week (Thursday, September 8th), the Canadian government, after working for almost a decade to develop a plan to manage BC’s North Coast, known as the Pacific North Coast Integrated Marine Area Plan (PNCIMA), suddenly announced that it is withdrawing from an agreement which would ensure adequate funding to complete the plan by December 2012.  Prime Minister Harper’s government

Beneath Enbridge’s PR Spin

16 December, 2010

On December 2nd 61 First Nations with territory in the Fraser River watershed spoke up against Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline – the Save the Fraser Gathering of Nations Declaration.  The same day the Nations published a full page ad in the Globe and Mail. 

People are speaking up - will the Enbridge review panel listen?

20 September, 2010

We will soon see whether the federal government's officials are really listening to people in BC in their review of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines and tankers project.

Campaigns against tar sands don’t make Northern Gateway viable

13 August, 2010

According to Barbara Yaffe’s most recent column in the Vancouver Sun, “Knocking oilsands bolsters Northern Gateway”, the actions of environmental groups, in exposing the environmental impacts of the Alberta tar sands, are making it more ‘imperative’ that Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project proceed as the U.S. becomes increasingly unwilling to buy tar sands oil.

Coastal First Nation youth speak out on oil tankers

13 August, 2010

The BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the Enbridge Pipeline spill into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan have both brought international attention to the dangers of transporting oil over long distances.  Here in BC that’s meant increased scrutiny of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline and the possibility of oil tankers travelling the province’s treacherous north coast and a sullied reputation for Enbridge. 

The Gathering of Nations in Kitamaat against pipelines and oil tankers

8 June, 2010

KitamaatNo2Enbr.jpgOn May 29th, 2010 the Haisla and Gitga’at First Nations held the Solidarity of Nations Gathering in Kitamaat Village to reaffirm their opposition of the Coastal First Nations to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline.  West Coast Environmental Law was formally invited to witness and to participate in the event in recognition of our work to support Coastal First Nations in their efforts to stop oil tankers in their wa

Keep oil off of BC’s Coast

5 May, 2010

There is nothing but bleak news in the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico currently destroying livelihoods and the environment in Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and possibly beyond.  There are reports circulating that that spill could quickly become much worse – and we must hope that these scenarios do not materialize and that the well is quickly capped.  Our thoughts are with ecosystems, as well as with the communities and livelihoods, that are being devastated.&n

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