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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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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