GVRD sewage treatment upgrades demanded

Media Release: July 27, 2006 Environmental groups say that Lions Gate, Iona are polluters VANCOUVER, BC – Environmental organizations are demanding immediate action from the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) and the Greater Vancouver Sewage & Drainage District towards implementing secondary sewage treatment at Lions Gate and Iona sewage treatment plants. In a letter sent today to the GVRD Board,…

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Process for Private Prosecution – Backgrounder

August 2, 2006 Under the Criminal Code and Canadian common law, every person has the right to initiate a private prosecution against an alleged offender. A private prosecution occurs when an individual, or a group of individuals, gathers evidence of a wrongdoing, lays charges against the alleged offender, and then has those charges approved by a Provincial Court Judge.  A…

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Charge laid against BC and Greater Vancouver

Media Release: August 2, 2006 Investigation reveals toxic sewage, groups demand sewage plant upgrades VANCOUVER, BC – Environmental groups and commercial fishermen today launched a private prosecution against both the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) and the Province of British Columbia over toxic pollution from the Lions Gate sewage treatment plant in West Vancouver. Doug Chapman, an investigator working with…

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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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