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Addressing cumulative effects in BC's north

30 May, 2016

Today, in conjunction with the Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research (NWI), West Coast Environmental Law is releasing our report Regional Strategic Environmental Assessment for Northern British Columbia: The Case and Opportunity.  The report offers an intimate glimpse into the hearts and minds of northern residents as they face a multitude of proposals for industrial development in their communities, including liquefied natural gas (LNG), forestry, mining, oil and gas, and hydroelectric projects.

Today, in conjunction with the Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research (NWI), West Coast Environmental Law is releasing our report Regional Strategic Environmental Assessment for Northern British Columbia: The Case and Opportunity. The report offers an intimate glimpse into the hearts and minds of northern residents as they face a multitude of proposals for

Northern British Columbians share concerns over rampant resource development

Monday, May 30, 2016

New report highlights need for strategic regional environmental assessment (EA) as federal government prepares to overhaul EA processes in Canada

VANCOUVER, BC – A new report released today by West Coast Environmental Law and the Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research underscores the urgent need to consider cumulative impacts of resource development in northern BC, as residents face a growing barrage of mining, forestry, oil and gas, and other industrial proposals.

Working towards a next-generation environmental assessment law for Canada

20 May, 2016

On May 1-3, West Coast Environmental Law hosted a Federal Environmental Assessment Reform Summit in Ottawa. Over 30 lawyers, academics and practitioners, representing universities, Indigenous and environmental groups and industry attended the Summit. They gathered to discuss, crystallize their thinking, weigh options and seek to find common ground on solutions to key issues in federal EA. Staff Counsel Anna Johnson shares her reflections on the Summit and Canada’s once-in-decades opportunity to enact a visionary new next-generation environmental assessment law for nature and democracy.

Rarely does environmental assessment get to be sexy.  While environmental assessment (EA) processes and decisions have been increasingly subject to lawsuits, criticism and protests, the target of dissent is usually either the project (say, Kinder Morgan’s controversial proposed oil sands pipeline) or the r

Canada’s leading thinkers converge to find solutions on environmental assessment

Monday, May 2, 2016

Ottawa, ON – Experts from across the country are gathering this week in Ottawa for a highly anticipated “meeting of the minds” to help shape the future of environmental assessment (EA) in Canada.

Emission Omission: Canadian government plans to assess only some pipeline greenhouse gases

12 April, 2016

The Canadian government wants to know what you think about its plans to consider “upstream” greenhouse gas emissions associated with “major oil and gas projects.” But whatever you do, don’t look downstream – there’s no dirty fossil fuel pollution to see there, upstream is much prettier to look at. Since 89% of emissions for a project may be from so-called “downstream” emissions (in the case of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline, for example), that’s a major emission omission.

To the Canadian government: Consider all greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas projects

Getting to yes: A process for building Canada’s visionary new environmental assessment act

22 March, 2016

Last November, in a federally-unprecedented move, Prime Minister Trudeau made public his mandate letters to Canada’s new Cabinet. Among the important directives contained in those letters, there was one that created a particular stir among many environmental groups, academics and communities.


An independent, public review is needed to build trustworthy environmental review processes. Photo by Kerri Coles.

West Coast signs an open letter about the NEB process

Monday, November 16, 2015

West Coast, along with dozens of environmental organizations across the country, releases an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change about the NEB process. Read the letter here.

Time travel with the National Energy Board – Where 15 months can feel like years

29 September, 2015

On September 24, 2015 the National Energy Board (NEB) did something remarkable. They stopped time. More precisely, they traveled back in time, to September 18, 2015, stopped time, then traveled back to the future, to January 8, 2016 to start it again. In the words of the Time Lord, Dr. Who, time is indeed “wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff?”

On September 24, 2015 the National Energy Board (NEB) did something remarkable. They stopped time. More precisely, they traveled back in time, to September 18, 2015, stopped time, then traveled back to the future, to January 8, 2016 to start it again. In the words of the Time Lord, Dr. Who, time is indeed “wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff?”

Want to help protect our environment? Have your say on how you can have a say

21 May, 2015

Meaningful public participation is a backbone of environmental assessment. But the BC environmental assessment backbone is broken. Now is your chance to help fix it.

Until May 26th at 9:00 am PDT, you can provide feedback to the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) on its public participation processes by posting comments to the EAO’s consultation webpages. Read on to learn how to submit comments and some of the ways public participation in BC can be strengthened.

 

Meaningful public participation is a backbone of environmental assessment. Without it, project reviews can become a closed-door rubber stamp, vulnerable to manipulation by proponents, governments, or any stakeholder with an agenda and a seat at the table.

The BC environmental assessment backbone is broken. And yet we rely on environmental assessment to ensure that large projects don’t harm our lands, our waters and our communities. 

A Green Budget for a Prosperous Canada

1 April, 2015

Were you excited to read our take on the supposed visionary green budget proposed by the federal government earlier today? Or did you catch on right away that anything received on April 1st should likely be taken with a grain of salt? It would certainly be a major about-face if the Canadian Government passed a bill restoring our environmental safety net. But there is no reason why it shouldn’t. Join us in urging the federal government to restore strong environmental legal protection for Canadians, democracy and the environment.

Were you excited to read our take on the supposed visionary green budget proposed by the federal government earlier today?

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