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.

The Wilderness Committee has taken a close look at the NDP’s platform. Campaign Director (and Watershed Sentinel columnist) Joe Foy gives us an assessment of what the party says it will do if it wins the provincial election on May 14. Joe Foy is National Campaign Organizer for the Wilderness Committee. He speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams.

Writing for Island Tides, Elizabeth May discusses the issues around all the pipeline proposals, eastern Canada's reliance on foreign oil, and comes to the only sensible solution -- slow down the expansion of the tar sands to a managable and steady 2 million barrels a day, which would cool inflation, and construct the refineries needed so that Alberta is shipping conventional oil and gas to eastern Canada instead of dilbert. May says this would be thinking like a country.

Sounds like a plan to me.

The only quarrel we would find with this post by our  colleague Andrew Gage, staff lawyer at West Coast Environmental Law, is the title -- we'd call the National Energy Board requirement to apply to be allowed to comment on running tar sands dilbit in aging pipelines through Ontario cities downright anti-democratic. Here's the lawyer's comments.

I see they (the pipeline PR guys, er- sorry - experts asked their opinion by the TV anchor) ) are arguing that the pipeline that burst in that Arkansas neighbourhood


Posted on January 04, 2013

by Joyce Nelson

In 2012, the horror stories about fracking just kept rolling in. There are increasing reports of livestock illnesses and deaths on farms near shale oil and natural gas operations in Alberta, Colorado, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and North Dakota.  According to The Nation (Nov. 28, 2012), veterinarians have ruled out other causes of strange illnesses in which (for example) cows lose their tails, then sometimes keel over and die, after fracking is underway.

Of course, the people caring for these farm animals are worried about their own health. A 2012 study from the


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