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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

Carrying forward lessons from Northern Gateway

8 December, 2016

Understandably, those opposed to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain project have not been in a mood to celebrate this past week. At the same time as the Prime Minister announced the federal government’s approval of Kinder Morgan (and the Enbridge Line 3 project), he confirmed something that most people already knew to be true: the Enbridge Northern Gateway project is dead. In addition to rejecting Northern Gateway, last week the federal government also provided preliminary details on oil tanker ban legislation that it will introduce in spring 2017.

The fact that First Nations, communities and individual citizens who opposed Northern Gateway were successful in stopping the project, even in the face of a previous federal approval and a determined pipeline company with deep pockets, deserves a moment of reflection.

Staff Counsel Gavin Smith with Geraldine Thomas-Flurer of the Yinka Dene Alliance during Northern Gateway court hearings in October 2015

How my view of the world changed over the course of a fight against a megaproject

The imminent federal decision on Northern Gateway…and the oil tanker ban?

14 November, 2016

As the deadline approaches for a federal decision on the Enbridge Northern Gateway project, West Coast Environmental Law Staff Counsel Gavin Smith reflects on his meetings with Ministers to talk about the Pacific north coast oil tanker ban.

West Coast Environmental Law staff counsel Gavin Smith reflects on his meetings with Ministers to talk about the Pacific north coast oil tanker ban

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.

Legislated Oil Tanker Ban - Your Questions Answered

13 January, 2016

As Shakespeare wrote more than 400 years ago, “Action is eloquence.” And now we see some eloquent action, more than forty years since the first Trudeau government declared a moratorium on oil tanker traffic for British Columbia’s North Coast. We think it’s poetic justice that this year the new Trudeau government has promised to make the protection permanent. WCEL applauds the commitment in the Mandate Letters to the Minister of Transport and the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard which include formalizing the moratorium  as a top priority for both Ministries. We’ve been outspoken advocates for a legislated oil tanker prohibition on the Pacific north coast for many years, and we have been getting a lot of questions about this issue. So we are pleased to release a Backgrounder that addresses many of the frequently asked questions.

As Shakespeare wrote more than 400 years ago, “Action is eloquence.” And now we see some eloquent action, more than forty years since the first Trudeau government declared a moratorium on oil tanker traffic for British Columbia’s North Coast.

Tanker ban runs aground (for now) – but people power will keep oil off our coast

4 May, 2011

One of Stephen Harper's first statements to the press the day after the election was to express his pleasure that opposition policies "on the energy sector" will not go ahead.  This seems to refer to the efforts to enact a legislated tanker ban.  But we must not forget that BC's First Nations have already enacted a ban under their own laws, and that BC's public will continue to oppose tanker traffic on the North Coast.

Fresh out of bed the first morning after the election, Stephen Harper met with the press and said:

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