Citizens shut out of Kinder Morgan hearings: GSA reacts

April 2, 2014 VANCOUVER – Today the National Energy Board (NEB) denied nearly half of those who applied to take part in its upcoming review of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion their preferred method of participation. Of the 2,118 applications received, 452 were ‘downgraded’ by the NEB from intervenor to commenter status, and 468 were denied participation altogether. In addition, 400…

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International Drift Card Study Highlights Cross-Border Oil Spill Risks

March 21, 2014 To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on March 24th,  an international team of conservation groups will launch 650 ‘drift cards’ – biodegradable plywood cards, each with a unique serial number – along the oil tanker route that runs through the Gulf and San Juan islands.  The event, organized by Friends of the…

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Oil from a Kinder Morgan marine spill could foul Vancouver beaches within 24 hours

In response to Kinder Morgan’s application to twin the Trans Mountain pipeline, filed Monday with the National Energy Board, Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) have published initial results from a research project to map the potential spread of an oil spill along the Kinder Morgan tanker route. The study released wooden drift cards representing oil at locations on the…

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Salish Sea at highest risk of an oil spill in Canada

Georgia Strait Alliance responds to the Tanker Safety Expert Panel report December 3, 2013 VANCOUVER – Commenting on the publication today by Transport Canada of the Tanker Safety Expert Panel’s report on Canada’s ship-source oil spill preparedness and response regime, Alexandra Woodsworth, Energy and Shipping Campaigner at Georgia Strait Alliance said: “Today’s report reveals that the Salish Sea is already…

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New Oil Spill Study Highlights Risk of Rising Tanker Traffic in the Salish Sea

October 24, 2013 Vancouver – Today, Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Georgia Strait Alliance launched a new initiative to study the potential spread of an oil spill in the waters around Vancouver, the Gulf and San Juan Islands, and along the Kinder Morgan oil tanker route through the Salish Sea. The environmental groups were joined by high school students from the…

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GSA reacts to revelations that an oil spill could overwhelm BC’s capacity to respond

August 26, 2013 VANCOUVER – Commenting on documents obtained under Freedom of Information laws revealing that BC Ministry of Environment officials have warned that the province lacks the ability to manage oil spills from existing and future oil traffic, Alexandra Woodsworth, Energy and Shipping Campaigner at Georgia Strait Alliance, said: “This is the latest in a long line of warnings…

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Canadian and US environmental groups unite against Salish Sea fossil fuel exports

New joint campaign launches with cross-border town hall meeting 

August 21, 2013 VICTORIA – A coalition of environmental groups will hold simultaneous town hall meetings today on either side of a tar sands and coal shipping route that follows the Canada/US border. The events – near Victoria, BC and on San Juan Island, WA – mark the launch of a new joint campaign by the Wilderness Committee and Georgia…

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TransMountain Pipeline Proposal leaves Taxpayers Liable for 90% of Spill Response Cost

Kinder Morgan proposal increases risk of major oil spill without adequate insurance, report warns January 24, 2013 VANCOUVER:  A report released today by four environmental groups warns that Kinder Morgan’s new Trans Mountain Pipeline proposal represents an exponential increase in the risk of a major marine-based oil spill affecting the Salish Sea’s most populous region, including the Cities of Vancouver…

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