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.


Nanaimo community forum: Tankers, toxics and climate change

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm

You’re invited to a community forum to learn more about two burning issues facing Nanaimo.

Become a Climate Leader!

Become a Climate Leader! Together, we’ll plan creative climate events to inspire community conversation and grassroots campaigns on coal, pipelines, and LNG across the Lower Mainland and beyond.  

Who gets to participate in Kinder Morgan hearings?

On Wed. April 2nd, the National Energy Board (NEB) announced the list of participants who were approved to participate in the upcoming review hearings for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline – and nearly half of the applicants were denied their preferred method of participation.

Climate Leaders Meeting

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Become a Climate Leader! Together, we’ll plan creative climate events to inspire community conversation and grassroots campaigns on coal, pipelines, and LNG across the Lower Mainland and beyond.  

Video: The Thin Green Line

The Thin Green Line is a new short video from the Sightline Institute in Seattle showing how fossil fuel export projects on both sides of the border threaten to unleash the carbon equivalent of roughly five Keystone XL Pipelines.

The impact of fossil fuel exports on the Salish Sea

With or without a spill, increased shipping activity can take a serious toll on marine ecosystems, wildlife and communities along the coast.

Become a Climate Leader!

Become a #ClimateLeader! Together, we’ll plan creative climate events to inspire community conversation and grassroots campaigns on coal, pipelines, and LNG across the Lower Mainland and beyond.  

Join us at the first Climate Leaders meeting:

Wednesday, March 26 @ 6 pm

New Report: Save the Salish Sea

Want to learn more about the Salish Sea, and find out what you can do to help stop fossil fuel projects that are putting this unique marine region at risk?

This new report from the Wilderness Committee introduces readers to the beauty of the Salish Sea, taking a look at its incredible wildlife, its First Nations heritage, and the consequences of proposed infrastructure projects like the Kinder Morgan pipeline and new coal terminals.

Mike Farnworth’s Kinder Morgan proposal gets cold reception

Monday, March 3, 2014 (All day)
Globe and Mail
B.C. NDP leadership candidate Mike Farnworth’s proposal to backtrack on his party’s opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion is drawing a cold reception from environmentalists – and some members of his caucus.

Liquefied Fracked Gas: coming soon to the Salish Sea?

BC is betting its economic future on liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Your chance to participate in the NEB Kinder Morgan hearings

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.

We are all 'directly affected' by the Kinder Morgan pipeline

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.

Tell BC to stand up against U.S. thermal coal


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.

Kinder Morgan Pipeline Review Registration Drop-in Workshop

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Join staff from the Wilderness Committee and Sierra Club BC for a workshop on registering to participate in the National Energy Board review for the Kinder Morgan tar

Time to have your say on the Kinder Morgan pipeline

The National Energy Board (NEB) has now opened up applications for the public to participate in hearings on Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline. They haven’t made it very easy for people to get involved, but we are here to help you through the process so that you can have your say.

Coming soon: Your chance to take part in the Kinder Morgan hearings

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.

We've got work to do, Salish Sea savers!

It's been a scary week for the Salish Sea. 

Monday, Kinder Morgan formally filed their application to the National Energy Board to triple the capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Tuesday, Port Metro Vancouver closed public comments on the environmental assessment of a new coal terminal in Surrey. (Incidentally, on the same day, a 3-week public comment period opened on the type of environmental assessment that should be required for a new LNG project that would ship 40 LNG tankers through Howe Sound each year). Thursday, the Joint Review Panel approved the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.

Make your voice heard at the upcoming Kinder Morgan hearings


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

Details about how to register to participate are available on the NEB website here.

Kinder Morgan files pipeline application despite widespread community opposition

Monday, December 16, 2013 (All day)

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 unprepared for oil spill in Strait of Juan de Fuca

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 (All day)
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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.