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Why the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act is worth celebrating

17 May, 2017

On May 12, 2017, the federal government introduced Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, for first reading in Parliament. You could say that the Act has been almost half a century in the making. So, is it a win? Keeping in mind the old adage, “don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” we say yes, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act is definitely worth supporting, and celebrating.

This law cements the court victory against Enbridge Northern Gateway and the federal government’s reversal of the project approval last year. With that said, Bill C-48 could be strengthened and there are still opportunities to engage with the Bill through the Parliamentary process.

Will the Pacific north coast oil tanker ban hold water? A review of Canada’s proposed new legislation

31 January, 2017

On November 29, 2016, the federal government announced that it will introduce legislation in spring 2017 to entrench an oil tanker ban on the north coast of British Columbia, and it provided preliminary details on the content of the legislation. In our new publication, West Coast addresses the federal government’s proposal for oil tanker ban legislation in more detail and evaluates its strengths and weaknesses.

 

In January 2016, West Coast Environmental Law Association released Keeping Our Coast Clean: Frequently asked questions about

You can play a role in legally protecting the Pacific north coast from oil tankers

8 September, 2016

After decades of work by the West Coast Environmental Law Association and our allies to uphold and legally entrench an oil tanker ban on the north coast of BC, Transport Minister Marc Garneau recently confirmed that the federal government will be formalizing the Pacific north coast oil tanker moratorium within the next few months. Federal legislation will complement an existing tanker ban imposed by Coastal First Nations as a matter of their own jurisdiction and laws.

Make your voice heard for a permanent, comprehensive, legislated oil tanker ban before September 30, 2016.

 

Make your voice heard for a permanent, comprehensive, legislated oil tanker ban before September 30, 2016.

Campaigners to stop Enbridge and super tankers make a pilgrimage to northern coastal ecosystems and communities being put at risk

15 September, 2011

At the end of the summer, West Coast and our allies in the campaign to achieve a legislative tanker ban on BC’s North Coast decided that it would be a great idea to meet to discuss strategy and next steps on the coastal waters of the Great Bear Rainforest.  In this way we could travel the proposed tanker route and see first-hand (some of us for the first time) the communities, coastline and culture that the proposed Enbridge project, and the resulting oil tanker traffic, would put at risk of disaster, and meet people whose livelihoods hang in the balance. So tents and sleeping bags and rubber boots were packed, the services of long johns and rain suits were retained, and off we went – 14 of us – for a 5 day sea journey starting at Kitamaat Village, the home of the Haisla people (near the town of Kitimat), and reaching almost all the way to the open ocean.

At the end of the summer, West Coast and our allies in the campaign to achieve a legislative tanker ban on BC’s North Coast decided that it would be a great idea to meet to discuss strategy and next steps on the coastal waters of the Great Bear Rainforest.  In this way we could travel the proposed tanker route and see first-hand (some of us for the first time) the communities, coastline and culture that the proposed Enbridge project, and the resulting oil tanker traffic, would put at risk of disaster, and meet people

More than 35 years protecting BC’s Coast

8 June, 2011

In celebration of World Oceans Day, we’re trying to raise $5000 to help West Coast protect BC's Coast from the Supertankers associated with the proposed Enbridge Pipeline.  But our efforts to protect BC's Coastline goes way back.  Find out how we've been working to protect our Coast for more than 35 years. 

We can’t eat crude.

Campaign for legislated tanker ban gathers steam in Ottawa

14 December, 2010

Over the past few weeks, the campaign for a legislated tanker ban seems to have taken on a life of its own. Today (December 14, 2010), Vancouver Quadra MP Joyce Murray (Liberal) introduced legislation that, if passed, would ban crude oil tankers from the waters of Hecate Strait, Dixon Entrance, and Queen Charlotte Sound. These are the dangerous and sensitive waters between Haida Gwaii and the mainland, and between the northern tip of Vancouver Island and the marine border with Alaska.

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. 

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