Environmental groups continue strong opposition over planned warship sinking

May 15, 2014 Gambier Island, BC – Local and regional groups are once again raising concerns about the cost and environmental impacts of the planned sinking of the decommissioned HMCS Annapolis warship to create an artificial reef. Specifically, they want an independent source to verify the quality of toxic cleanup before there is any further discussion of sinking the Annapolis.…

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New tanker safety measures: no reassurance for coastal communities

Georgia Strait Alliance responds to federal announcement on new tanker safety measures May 13, 2014 VANCOUVER – Today the federal government announced new measures on oil spill prevention, preparedness and response, including making BC’s south coast a priority area for the development of a tailored response plan. Commenting on the announcement, Georgia Strait Alliance’s Executive Director, Christianne Wilhelmson, said: “Although we welcome…

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Shelter Island Marina jumps two full anchor ratings under Georgia Strait Alliance Clean Marine BC Program

Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) is proud to announce that Richmond’s Shelter Island Marina has succeeded in achieving a prestigious 4-Anchor rating under its Clean Marine BC program – a full two anchor accreditation jump since their initial certification. Shelter Island Marina will receive their Clean Marine BC flag at 11:30 am on Saturday May 24th at a special ceremony during the…

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Orca tour: author & conservation expert Erich Hoyt coming to Vancouver

May 7, 2014 VANCOUVER, BC – Noted author and marine conservationist Erich Hoyt is the featured speaker when The Whale Trail’s Orca Tour 2014 comes to Vancouver on May 20, announced the Georgia Strait Alliance today. Erich Hoyt, the author of the books, Orca: The Whale Called Killer and Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises, will speak on…

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Citizens shut out of Kinder Morgan hearings: GSA reacts

April 2, 2014 VANCOUVER – Today the National Energy Board (NEB) denied nearly half of those who applied to take part in its upcoming review of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion their preferred method of participation. Of the 2,118 applications received, 452 were ‘downgraded’ by the NEB from intervenor to commenter status, and 468 were denied participation altogether. In addition, 400…

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International Drift Card Study Highlights Cross-Border Oil Spill Risks

March 21, 2014 To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on March 24th,  an international team of conservation groups will launch 650 ‘drift cards’ – biodegradable plywood cards, each with a unique serial number – along the oil tanker route that runs through the Gulf and San Juan islands.  The event, organized by Friends of the…

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Commitment to Environmental Protection Lacking in BC Budget

Future of BC built on shaky ground of LNG expansion

VICTORIA, BC – The 2014 Budget released by the provincial government today made clear that the future of BC is being bet on LNG expansion with little regard for environmental protection or the long-term climate change impacts that this and other fossil fuel proposals will have on the province. “As the industry and government are attempting to turn the Salish…

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Georgia Strait Alliance awards False Creek Harbour Authority top environmental rating

Today, the Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) presented False Creek Harbour Authority with the highest possible Clean Marine BC eco-rating certification at the 17th annual Harbour Authority Association of BC Conference at River Rock Resort.  This is the first time the coveted 5-anchor rating has been awarded. Clean Marine BC is a voluntary environmental best practices program for marinas, yacht clubs…

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Georgia Strait Alliance Promotes Green Boating

British Columbia boaters not only love the ocean blue, they love to keep it green! That’s why a BC environmental group has been working with boaters for 14 years to help keep local waters clean for generations to come. The Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) will have a booth again at this year’s Vancouver International Boat Show to help recreational boaters…

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