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Tar Sands, Tankers, & Pipelines

Will the Pacific North Coast Oil Tanker Ban Hold Water? A Review of Canada’s Proposed New Legislation

Subject(s): 
Oil tankers, Pacific coast
Author(s): 
Gavin Smith
Summary: 

In January 2016, West Coast Environmental Law Association released Keeping Our Coast Clean: Frequently Asked Questions About an Oil Tanker Ban on BC’s Pacific North Coast, in response to the Prime Minister’s direction to formalize an oil tanker ban on the north coast of British Columbia. Since that time, West Coast lawyers have participated in Transport Canada roundtables, made written and oral submissions, and met with Ministers and federal officials to advocate for strong oil tanker ban legislation, in collaboration with allies from First Nations, labour organizations, northern community groups and environmental organizations.

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 Will the Pacific North Coast Oil Tanker Ban Hold Water? A Review of Canada’s Proposed New Legislation, West Coast evaluates the available details on the federal government’s proposal for oil tanker ban legislation.

Publication Date: 
January 2017
Year: 
2017
Pages: 
14
Date Catalogued: 
Monday, January 30, 2017

West Coast Environmental Law Association Submission to Transport Canada Regarding Formalization of the Pacific North Coast Oil Tanker Moratorium

Subject(s): 
Oil tankers, Pacific coast
Author(s): 
Gavin Smith
Summary: 

Following commitments by Canada's federal government to formalize a moratorium on oil tankers along the Pacific north coast, Transport Canada initiated a public engagement process to invite Canadians to share their views about how best to protect the coastline and marine environment.

This submission from West Coast Environmental Law Association responds to questions posed by Transport Canada in its public engagement for the formalization of the oil tanker ban. The submission also refers to the recommendations included in an earlier West Coast publication entitled Keeping our Coast Clean: Frequently asked questions about an oil tanker ban on BC's Pacific North Coast.

 

Publication Date: 
September 2016
Year: 
2016
Pages: 
11
Date Catalogued: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

West Coast submission to NEB regarding Enbridge Northern Gateway extension request

Subject(s): 
Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Extension Request
Author(s): 
Gavin Smith
Summary: 

With the federal approval for the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipelines and tankers project set to expire at the end of 2016, the company requested a three-year extension on its certificate from the National Energy Board (NEB) and federal Cabinet.

Granting an extension to Northern Gateway would be inconsistent with the federal government’s commitment to “formalize a moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic on British Columbia’s North Coast,” as stated in the 2015 mandate letter for Canada’s Minister of Transport.

The NEB accepted public comments regarding Enbridge’s extension request, to inform its decision and the final decision from the Cabinet. West Coast made a submission to the NEB on this matter.

 

Publication Date: 
June 2016
Year: 
2016
Pages: 
7
Date Catalogued: 
Monday, June 27, 2016

Oil spills in BC: Will we be ready? A public guide to speaking up about BC's proposed spill response rules

Author(s): 
Gavin Smith, Alexandra Woodsworth, Karen Wristen
Summary: 

The BC government is changing the way it plans for and responds to spills of hazardous substances in the province. In May 2016, a new law was passed, amending the Environmental Management Act that governs spill planning and response. The Ministry of Environment is consulting stakeholders and the public until June 30, 2016 on the regulations that will implement the proposed new framework.

This overview of the proposed new BC spill response framework is designed to help members of the public understand, assess and engage in developing the new framework. It includes information about what is changing, the key shortcomings of the proposed framework, how it relates to the BC Government’s positioning around oil pipelines and tankers, and how to get involved.

This backgrounder was co-produced by West Coast Environmental Law, Georgia Strait Alliance and Living Oceans Society.

Publication Date: 
June 2016
Year: 
2016
Pages: 
20
City: 
Vancouver
Date Catalogued: 
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Northern Gateway Asks to Extend the Expiring Federal Approval for its Oil Pipeline and Tanker Project: A Backgrounder for Engaging in the Public Comment Period

Subject(s): 
Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Extension Request
Author(s): 
Gavin Smith, Georgia Lloyd-Smith
Summary: 

The federal approval of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipelines and tankers proposal is on track to expire at the end of 2016. To keep its project alive, Northern Gateway has requested a 3-year extension. First Nations, municipalities, organizations and citizens have until June 27, 2016 to comment on Northern Gateway’s extension request and influence the fate of this controversial pipeline and tanker project.

This backgrounder provides helpful information about Northern Gateway's extension request and explains how groups and individuals can engage in the public comment period.

Publication Date: 
May 2016
Year: 
2016
Pages: 
3
Date Catalogued: 
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Open letter to federal cabinet on recent push to support tar sands pipelines

Subject(s): 
Tar sands pipelines and climate change
Author(s): 
Open letter
Summary: 

This open letter, endorsed by over 40 Canadian organizations representing hundreds of thousands of people, calls on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Cabinet Ministers to reject the pressure to champion tar sands pipelines.

The open letter challenges key myths being used to support the false argument that more pipelines will fix Alberta's economic woes, and emphasizes the very serious risks presented by the projects and the viable alternatives we have.

Publication Date: 
April 2016
Year: 
2016
Pages: 
3
Date Catalogued: 
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Keeping Our Coast Clean: Frequently asked questions about an oil tanker ban on BC's Pacific North Coast

Subject(s): 
North coast tanker ban
Author(s): 
Gavin Smith, Linda Nowlan and Georgia Lloyd-Smith
Summary: 

In November 2015, Prime Minister Trudeau publicly gave Ministers in his Cabinet a mandate to formalize an oil tanker moratorium on the north coast of British Columbia. West Coast Environmental Law has been an outspoken advocate 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 and its possible implications. This backgrounder addresses many of the frequently asked questions.

Publication Date: 
January 2016
Publisher: 
West Coast Environmental Law
Date Catalogued: 
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau re: Kinder Morgan / Energy East NEB

Subject(s): 
NEB review process
Author(s): 
open letter
Summary: 

An open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change regarding the NEB process.

Publication Date: 
November 2015
Year: 
2015
Pages: 
4
Date Catalogued: 
Friday, November 13, 2015

Open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau re: Commitment to introduce legislated ban on oil tanker traffic on British Columbia’s north coast

Subject(s): 
North coast tanker ban
Author(s): 
open letter
Summary: 

An open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed by

BC-Yukon KAIROS
BC Nature
Dogwood Initiative
Douglas Channel Watch
Eye of the Storm
ForestEthics Advocacy
Fort St. James Sustainability Group
Friends of Morice Bulkley
Friends of Wild Salmon
Greenpeace Canada
Haida Gwaii CoASt
Living Oceans Society
My Sea to Sky
North West Watch
Pacific Wild
Prince George Public Interest Research Group
Prince Rupert Environment Society
RAVEN
Sea to Sands Conservation Alliance
Sierra Club BC
Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition
T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation
The Steelhead Society of British Columbia, Northern Branch
UFAWU - Unifor United Fishermen and Allied Workers' Union
United Church of Canada
Watershed Watch Salmon Society
West Coast Environmental Law Association
Wilderness Tourism Association of BC
Publication Date: 
November 2015
Year: 
2015
Pages: 
1
Date Catalogued: 
Friday, November 13, 2015

Legal Backgrounder – What are the Northern Gateway Court Challenges About?

Subject(s): 
Summary Of The applicants’ written arguments in the legal challenges to the Enbridge Northern Gateway approval
Author(s): 
Gavin Smith, Justine Desmond
Summary: 
The eighteen legal challenges to the federal government’s approval of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipelines and tankers project are scheduled to be heard together in Vancouver this October, setting the stage for a historic legal battle to protect the environment and Aboriginal rights. West Coast Environmental Law staff counsel Gavin Smith and student volunteer Justine Desmond explain the main arguments at play in this storm of court challenges.
 
In June 2014, the federal Cabinet issued an order approving Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipelines and tankers project. Eight First Nations, four environmental organizations and one labour union have launched legal challenges to the federal government’s approval of the Project. They are: Gitga’at First Nation; Gitxaala Nation; Haida Nation; Haisla Nation; Heiltsuk Nation; Kitasoo Xai’Xais Nation; Nadleh Whut’en; Nak’azdli Whut’en; BC Nature; ForestEthics Advocacy Association; Living Oceans Society; Raincoast Conservation Foundation; and Unifor. The legal challenges will be heard at the same time in a hearing before the Federal Court of Appeal in Vancouver, scheduled to take place over six days on October 1-2 and 5-8, 2015.
 
This backgrounder provides a high-level summary of the written arguments of the Applicants that are challenging the federal government’s approval of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipelines and tankers project in the Federal Court of Appeal.
 
The written arguments of the Applicants can be accessed in full here:
 
Publication Date: 
July 2015
Publisher: 
West Coast Environmental Law
Year: 
2015
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