Community groups unite to fight Texada gas project

December 17, 2007 Nanaimo, BC – Fifteen community groups from around the Strait of Georgia have banded together to fight a proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project on Texada Island.  The Westpac LNG Corporation wants to build an LNG plant facility, a gas-fired generation station, as well as a high voltage power transmission power line on the island, all of…

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Backgrounder: Threats from Tankers in BC’s Inside Passage

June 26, 2006The moratorium on offshore oil and gas and tanker traffic has been protecting British Columbia’s northern coast since 1972.Natural Resources Canada most recently confirmed the moratorium in 2003 when it tasked the Royal Society of Canada to conduct a public review of the BC Offshore Oil and Gas Moratorium, stating: “In 1972, the Government of Canada imposed a…

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Media Backgrounder: Seismic Blasting Threatens Marine Life

Batholiths Project December 14, 2006The project:A team of academics, mostly Americans, want to study how the earth’s crust was formed. They want to use a large airgun array (36 guns with a total volume of 6,600 in3) in the narrow fjords, inlets and coastal waters of the central coast of B.C. The ship will tow the array at 4-5 knots…

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Royal Society Fails BC Environment

MEDIA RELEASEFebruary 17, 2004 VANCOUVER, BC – Greenpeace, the Living Oceans Society and the Georgia Strait Alliance joined forces to reject the recommendations of the Royal Society of Canada. The report suggested that there were no scientific gaps that should hold up the lifting of the moratorium on offshore energy exploration."This report fails to protect the ecosystem of the Queen…

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Lights finally go out on GSX Pipeline

Media Release: December 20, 2004 Victoria, BC – BC Hydro & Williams Gas Pipeline announced earlier today that their GSX pipeline project is finally well and truly dead. The need for natural gas on Vancouver Island was overestimated and less expensive and less damaging alternatives are available. The same economic and environmental arguments should now help cancel the proposed Duke…

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BACKGROUNDER: Seismic Testing

About Seismic TestingSeismic testing uses intense noise levels of approximately 230 decibels to locate deposits of oil and gas beneath the sea floor. Whales have been shown to avoid seismic noise at received levels of around 130 dB in water.During seismic testing, air guns are fired at 11-second intervals, 24 hours per day, creating a din that can cause physiological…

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Canadian Government Deaf to Seismic Science

Media Release: April 18, 2005 VICTORIA, BC – The federal government’s draft regulations for seismic testing fall short of addressing negative impacts on the marine environment, according to Oil Free Coast, a national coalition of scientists, environmental groups and fisheries organizations. Fisheries and Oceans Canada released its draft Statement of Canadian Practice on the Mitigation of Seismic Noise February 19.Seismic…

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Federal government decision threatens Canada’s marine life

Media Release: November 17, 2005 VANCOUVER, BC – Environmental groups from coast to coast condemned the federal government today for eliminating regulations it had recently put in place to protect Canada’s marine life. Federal Environment Minister Stéphane Dion has announced that the first exploratory drilling in an offshore area will no longer require a comprehensive study under the Canadian Environmental…

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Backgrounder: Three in four British Columbians support ban on crude oil tanker traffic

Mustel Provincial Omnibus poll501 respondentsSurvey Conducted: January 10-16, 2006Methodology: Random sample of 501 BC adults, 18 years of age and overMargin of Error: +/- 4.4% at the 95% confidence level Since 1972 the Canadian federal government has banned oil tankers from transporting crude oil through BC’s inside passage to protect the coast from oil spills. Now Ottawa is considering allowing…

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Three in four British Columbians support a ban on crude oil tanker traffic in BC’s inside coastal waters

Media Release: January 19, 2006 Political Parties asked to clarify for voters their positions on offshore oil and gas issues Vancouver-According to a new Mustel Group poll of 501 British Columbians, commissioned by the Dogwood Initiative and other not-for-profit groups, three out of four (75%) of British Columbians are opposed to oil tankers transporting crude oil through BC’s inside coastal…

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