Judge Approves GVRD Sewage Fight

Media Release: October 23, 2006 NORTH VANCOUVER, BC – A Provincial Court Judge ruled today that a private prosecution against the Greater Vancouver Regional District and the Province of BC can go ahead. The judge approved charges brought forward by environmental investigator Douglas Chapman, represented by Sierra Legal. In doing so, the Judge agreed there is some evidence the GVRD…

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Backgrounder: Gvrd Sewage Treatment – Key Facts

December 14, 2006 The Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) operates five wastewater treatment plants in the Greater Vancouver area: Annacis Island, Iona, Lions Gate, Lulu Island and North West Langley. The sewage treatment plants at Annacis, Lulu and North West Langley provide full secondary treatment.   However, the effluent discharged from the Iona and Lions Gate sewage plants receives only…

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Another charge laid against BC and Greater Vancouver

Media Release: December 14, 2006 Groups seek sewage plant upgrades for Iona in Richmond VANCOUVER, BC – Today environmentalists laid a charge against both the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) and Province of British Columbia over toxic sewage discharged by the Iona sewage treatment plant in Richmond, BC. Environmental investigator Douglas Chapman laid the charge before a Justice of the…

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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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