The Salish Sea is one of the world’s most spectacularly beautiful and ecologically rich bodies of water, stretching from the north end of the Strait of Georgia, past Vancouver and Victoria, to Puget Sound in Washington state.
But right now, plans to build a new tar sands pipeline to the coast and increase coal shipments from our ports risk turning the Salish Sea into a superhighway for fossil fuel exports.
If these projects go ahead, BC will go from being a green leader to a global climate change export hub. And the magnificent Salish Sea would be under the constant threat of a catastrophic oil spill that would devastate the marine environment, coastal communities and BC’s entire economy for decades to come.
We can’t let that happen. To safeguard our coast and our climate, join us in saying ‘No’ to fossil fuel export projects and ‘Yes’ to a clean energy future.
Applications for the public to participate in hearings over the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project were accepted by Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) until February 12th, 2014.
Huffington Post BC
By Eoin Madden
The story of why we all have a stake in Kinder Morgan's proposal to build a mega-pipeline through our communities begins in 2011, with strategy documents exchanged between federal agencies, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and other oil lobbyists. It listed those considered friends and foes of their campaign to prevent oil from the tar sands from being labelled and taxed as more environmentally destructive than other types of oil.
Port Metro Vancouver is currently considering a proposal from Fraser Surrey Docks (FSD) to ship up to 8 million tonnes of U.S. thermal coal from BC's southern shores. The shipments would travel through BC communities, down the Fraser River and through the Salish Sea to a facility on Texada Island, where the coal would be loaded onto bigger ships.
Next week, the National Energy Board (NEB) will start taking applications for public participation in its review of Kinder Morgan’s proposal to expand the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
When the NEB publishes the application form (we expect on January 15th), you’ll have a short window of time (likely 30 days) to get your application in to the NEB. If you don’t apply during that window, you won’t be able to officially comment on the project when the hearings roll around a few months later.
It's been a scary week for the Salish Sea.
Kinder Morgan has now submitted its formal application to the National Energy Board (NEB), the federal pipeline regulator, for its Trans Mountain pipeline proposal.
Now that it's official, the proposal will be headed for a review process that will involve public hearings. But unfortunately, public involvement will be limited and some major impacts associated with the pipeline expansion – such as climate change – won’t be considered in the review.
VANCOUVER/VICTORIA – The Wilderness Committee is reiterating its concerns over Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline, after an announcement today that the company has filed its formal application with the National Energy Board (NEB).
The proposed pipeline from Edmonton, Alberta to Burnaby, BC has been met with increasing opposition from First Nations, environmentalists and community leaders along the route, whose concerns range from the threat of an oil spill to the impact of tar sands exports on global climate change.
Canada is not ready to respond to an oil tanker spill — large or small — in the Strait of Juan de Fuca or inland waters shared by Washington’s San Juan Islands and British Columbia’s Gulf Islands, according to a panel appointed by pro-oil Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
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News Release - November 6, 2013
Community gets together to weigh its options on pipelines
VANCOUVER – Langley area landowners and the Wilderness Committee are participating in an upcoming community discussion for those affected by Kinder Morgan’s proposal to build a new bitumen pipeline through Langley. All community members eager to discuss the Kinder Morgan proposal are welcome to attend.
News Release - September 13, 2013
VANCOUVER – The Wilderness Committee is cautiously optimistic after receiving the news yesterday that Port Metro Vancouver is requiring Fraser Surrey Docks to prepare a revised project scope and Environmental Impact Assessment for its proposed Coal Transfer Facility.
“Yesterday’s announcement by the Port acknowledges the very real and pressing environmental and health concerns expressed by local residents who don’t want to see this region become the largest exporter of coal in North America,” said Eoin Madden, the Wilderness Committee’s Climate Campaigner.
The Wilderness Committee has produced a series of maps of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline route, as a way to help educate people about the many natural areas, rivers, wildlife habitats, and communities that would be affected in the case of an oil spill.
These new maps were updated in September 2013 to include the most up-to-date route information, as well as highlighting schools, community infrastructure, waterways and endangered wildlife habitats that are crossed by the existing pipeline route.
The Wilderness Committee has launched a new interactive map of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline system, with detailed views of both existing and proposed pipeline routes. Zoom in nice and close on satellite images, so you can see exactly where the proposed pipeline would be in relation to neighbourhoods, schools, parks, rivers, watersheds, highways – even your own home!