Georgia Strait Alliance shocked as Feds bailout Kinder Morgan’s Texan investors

In response to today’s announcement by federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau that the government will spend $4.5 billion to purchase the existing assets of Kinder Morgan Canada and another unknown billions of dollars to construct the pipeline, the Executive Director of Georgia Strait Alliance Christianne Wilhelmson said: “This is an unprecedented decision and the worst possible outcome imaginable. Investors in…

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Province proposes restrictions on increased bitumen transport

Georgia Strait Alliance commends measures as needed protection for coastal communities and local waters

Today, the Province announced five possible new regulations aimed at protecting our region from the threats of transporting bitumen and heavy oil. Included is the intention, that while a Science Panel conducts research into the unique properties and behaviour of bitumen, that the Province will restrict increases in the transport of this substance. In response, Christianne Wilhelmson, Executive Director of…

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Province of BC announces strong first steps to fight Kinder Morgan

Georgia Strait Alliance lauds efforts to stop 700% increase in tanker traffic

On Thursday, August 10th, the Province of British Columbia made an announcement of their first steps to defend BC’s interests against the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion proposal. Christianne Wilhelmson, Executive Director of Georgia Strait Alliance, made the following statement in response: “The Province’s announcement on Kinder Morgan is a strong commitment to First Nations consultation and reconciliation, to BC’s coastal…

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Citizens set to pack Kinder Morgan public meetings to show lack of social license in BC

Groups expect huge pent up citizen demand to be heard on the unacceptable risks of the project the NEB has so far refused to hear.

The Kinder Morgan pipeline review panel announced today their community meetings schedule to hear from communities impacted by the potential pipeline and tanker expansion project. Community groups, First Nations, and environmental groups expect the meetings will be highly attended by supporters whose voices have been shut out of previous processes. “We’re seeing a massive amount of energy from our community…

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GSA welcomes new provincial spill response legislation

Today, the provincial government introduced amendments to the Environmental Management Act intended to strengthen spill preparedness and response in BC. In response, Christianne Wilhelmson, Executive Director of Georgia Strait Alliance, made the following statement: Given the well-known spill response challenges we currently face in BC for all types of hazardous materials being shipped through our communities, this legislation is an encouraging…

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GSA responds to Province’s announcement on Kinder Morgan

Province confirms that Kinder Morgan’s pipeline project has not met five conditions

The Province of BC cannot support Kinder Morgan’s application for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion based on the evidence the company has filed to date with the National Energy Board (NEB), the Ministry of Environment said this morning. “During the course of the NEB review, the company [Kinder Morgan] has not provided enough information around its proposed spill prevention and…

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New poll shows majority of British Columbians want Kinder Morgan review halted

Sixty-eight per cent of British Columbians favour halting the National Energy Board’s review of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline proposal to allow the federal government to complete a promised overhaul of Canada’s environmental assessment process, according to a poll released today by Justason Market Intelligence. There is agreement in all parts of the province that the Kinder Morgan review should…

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100 groups call on Trudeau to stop pipeline reviews before Paris climate talks

Fixing the process isn't enough

A broad cross-section of 100 environmental, business and community interests, including many participants in the current National Energy Board (NEB) reviews, are asking Prime Minister Trudeau, before heading to Paris, to keep his promise and stop the costly, broken pipeline reviews, including Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain and TransCanada’s Energy East proposals. “Stopping the pipeline reviews is one of Prime Minister…

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GSA reacts to fuel oil spill in English Bay

VANCOUVER – Emergency crews are responding this morning to a spill of toxic heavy bunker fuel in Burrard Inlet, and reports are coming in of an oily sheen washing ashore on the beach in English Bay. Reacting to the accident, Georgia Strait Alliance’s Executive Director, Christianne Wilhelmson, said: “With a toxic substance like heavy bunker fuel, even a relatively small…

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Cross-Border Rally to Unite North Americans Demanding Climate Action

VANCOUVER/SEATTLE – This Saturday, environmentalists, First Nations representatives and community members from British Columbia and Washington will come together at the Peace Arch border crossing on unceded Coast Salish territory, to take part in a groundbreaking international rally to demand climate action from leaders on both sides of the Canada/US border. What: As world leaders gather for the UN Climate…

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