Posts tagged enbridge
Pipeline politics, risk management, and why humpback whales are still threatened

In a new letter published in the journal Science, my co-author Juan Jose Alava and I question the downlisting of humpback whales on Canada’s Species-At-Risk Act from ‘Threatened’ to a ‘Species of Special Concern’. The decision to downlist humpbacks occurred immediately prior to the federal government’s approval of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project. The National Energy Board’s decision contained 209 provisions for Enbridge, including conditions related to marine mammals.

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Defending Our Coast: A message from the front lines.

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I am almost hesitant to confess such a thing, but prior to this week, I had never been directly involved with (or even observed) a major environmental movement, despite the fact that I study environmental management.  This past Monday, however, I boarded a ferry to Victoria, and stood on the lawn of BC Parliament during “Defend Our Coast”, the most recent movement to stop the construction of oil pipelines (read: Enbridge) and the international export of extracted bitumen from the British Columbia coast. 

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