Posted on December 10, 2014


Dear TransCanada executives, fossil fuel industry, politician and lobbyists, TransCanada’s strategy to foister its Energy East pipeline on the Quebec public has been unmasked, and Quebecers don’t buy the company’s sales pitch. Quebec citizens, not to mention citizens worldwide, have done their homework and based on the science, the facts and the statistics are keenly aware that the risks inherent in this proposed pipeline, a project endorsed by the federal government, are simply too great, and the required social acceptability for this project is not there, and never will be.

Posted on September 29, 2014

Photo: Harvest the Hope

The "Harvest the Hope" concert featuring headliners Willie Nelson and Neil Young took place on Sept. 27, 2014 at the Tanderup farm near Neligh, NE, which lies directly in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline, and also crosses the Ponca Trail of Tears.

Posted on June 17, 2014

By 2012, the U.S. was awash in light sweet crude from (fracked) shale oil deposits in Texas, North Dakota and elsewhere. With Midwest and Gulf Coast refineries configured to take heavy oil, that light crude has been looking for a refining home.

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Posted on May 29, 2014

 British Columbia is a land of extremes, blessed by the clash of successive unstable terrains that have shaped its geography and its flora and fauna.Even the human fauna is shaped by it to extremes of political polarization. British Columbia takes some pride in being home to some of the nation’s wackiest, most extreme and incomprehensible politics. That probably explains a lot about the actual lamentable state of the environment belying BC’s spectacular landscapes.

Posted on March 07, 2014

Washington, DC – On the last day of the public comment period, Keystone XL opponents held a rally in front of the State Department to deliver more than 2 million comments submitted to the State Department to urge Secretary Kerry and President Obama to reject the dirty, dangerous pipeline. The public comment period regarding the national interest of the pipeline began on February 5, after the State Department published the final environmental review.

Posted on March 06, 2014

Line 9B Reversal Brings Tar Sands to New England’s Doorstep; Faces Major Obstacles to Get In  

Today, Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) approved Enbridge’s controversial application to reverse the flow and increase the capacity of Line 9B between southern Ontario and Montreal. Enbridge’s requests are part of an effort to ship tar sands oil to Eastern Canada and the United States. Anti-tar sands groups in Canada and the United States are united in condemning the decision.

Posted on February 14, 2014

Good news for white sturgeon, the pacific humpback whale, the marbled murrelet, the southern mountain woodland caribou and over 200 other critters. In a spectacular victory for environmental groups and the critters, the Federal Court has ruled that the Ministers of Environment and Fisheries broke the law, and were negligent in their lack of enforcement of the Species At Risk Act.

by Eric Swanson, Dogwood Initiative

When it comes to elections, groups can walk three basic paths: do nothing, back a specific candidate or party, or develop a credible non-partisan approach.

In “The Successful and Disastrous Election Politics of the BC Environmental Movement” Bruce Edson implies groups should have endorsed the NDP or at the very least refrained from anything that could cast doubt on them, and then trust if the NDP got elected they’d “do the right thing.”

I suspect we can all think of examples where that approach hasn’t worked out.


by David Ellis, June 28, 2013

It was spring in the British Columbia coast mountains, a glorious time, no mosquitoes yet, here in the high country, 4100 feet up, the sun felt hot, you are closer to it, up here. The last of the snow patches were still hanging on, in the shade of the aromatic balsam firs. I had several times that day pulled balsam needles off as I passed, crushed them, and put them to my nose, the scent, was exhilarating. The roar and murmur of streams and runoff, was everywhere, my boots were soaked from fording three swollen creeks.


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