In what can be described as a very necessary and stern wake-up call, the federal court has ruled on the side of five environmental organizations that filed suit against the federal government for the neglect of their legal responsibilities under SARA in the face of Northern Gateway pipeline development.Read More
The construction of the Northern Gateway pipeline to transport Alberta oil to the ports of British Columbia’s west coast for distribution to Asian markets is ripe with environmental controversy. While proponents of the project tout the world-class safety measures that will prevent environmental catastrophes, it has not eased the plethora of concerns; one of which is the inevitably of accidents based on past oil and pipeline track record. Other concerns are firmly rooted in the probability that construction and operation of the pipeline will degrade BC’s pristine old growth forests and untouched coasts, and disrupt the lives of humans and already threatened species that inhabit the province. Many residents of Canada believe proactive planning needs to be implemented to prevent permanent damage to the species and ecosystems that inhabit the span between Bruderheim, Alberta to Kitimat, BC. Rightly so, given planning and recovery strategies are legally required on behalf of the federal government through the Species at Risk Act (SARA).Read More
As much as I love them, people with green leanings tend to be a little pessimistic. Obviously there is a lot to be concerned about in a world with changing climate, out-of-control capitalism, and an ozone layer that occasionally resembles a finely crafted Swiss cheese. But if you constantly bury yourself in bad news, you aren’t the most pleasant person to be around. Case in point: the reaction to the province of BC formally coming out against the Northern Gateway Pipeline.Read More
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.
I’ll admit that my first thought when I get into my car and start up the engine is usually where I am going – not how I am actually getting there. I think this is true for most people in North America, no matter how scarce or frequent it is they drive. However, the actual manufacturing of a car, gasoline, and oil required to make a car run relies on a number of resources from the earth. Oil, for instance, is one of the most intensive resources to extract from the earth.
Sometimes, reading blog posts and articles just doesn't cut it. We've heard from many readers that they'd like to see more interactive media on our site, so until we've got the power to make videos of our won, we'd like to show you some cool videos we've found on the net pertaining to the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.
The Fisheries Act has been in place since 1868 and is one of the strongest acts protecting wildlife habitat in Canada. The Harper government is planning to change the act from its current form that bans any “harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat” to a revised version that would ban anything causing "adverse effect" on "fish of economic, cultural or ecological value".
The Keystone XL pipeline has been one of the most hotly debated environmental issues of the last year. The proposed 13 billion dollar pipeline would link the Athabasca Oil Sands in Alberta to numerous locations in the United States, stretching as far as refineries in Texas along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Proponents of the pipeline claim that the environmental impact would be minimal, as the majority of the proposed route would be buried four feet under the ground. However, Environmentalist groups have been up in arms concerning Keystone since its announcement and initial proposal in Canada in 2008. Most recently James Hansen, the head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies was quoted as saying that the overall environmental impact that Keystone and its related operations would have on the planet would be devastating, going so far as to suggest that it would be “game over for the planet.”