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Fossil Fuels

The science tells us that 80 per cent of the world’s fossil fuel reserves have to stay in the ground if we are to have any chance to keep global warming under 2⁰C. The exploitation of the tar sands is causing environmental destruction on a mindboggling scale, both where it is dug out of the ground in Alberta and in the form of greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to the acceleration of climate change. Read more about our campaign for climate action in B.C.

Liquefied fracked gas is becoming an increasing problem across British Columbia as our federal and provincial governments try to force through projects that will destroy salmon runs, pollute our climate, and ignore First Nations opposition. There are currently 20 proposed liquefied fracked gas projects proposed for the province.

Here in B.C., our communities, wild spaces and coast are also threatened by Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain project. This project would make it impossible for B.C. to meet its current legislated emissions targets, much less the more aggressive targets needed to make a meaningful difference in the fight against climate change.

We recognize that all of these threats are intertwined, and so we must take action on each of them in a coordinated way that honours Indigenous rights and title. In May 2016, Tsartlip First Nation partnered with us for the WSANEC Salish Sea Gathering. Powerful speakers including Grand Chief Stewart Phillip addressed many of these interconnected threats facing our lands and waters in B.C. We are grateful to ShawTV for bringing highlights of the day together in this short documentary.

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Kinder Morgan

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The proposed pipeline would bring another 400 tankers a year, putting salmon rivers and the B.C. coast at much greater risk of catastrophic oil spills.

The Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project would release even more carbon dioxide than Northern Gateway—significantly more than 100 million tonnes annually.

We need to look at the big picture. We should be shifting investment toward energy efficiency and renewable energy, not building new infrastructure to expand the exploitation of the world’s dirtiest oil – Alberta’s tar sands.

Stopping the Kinder Morgan expansion is crucial to shifting Canada’s energy sector away from dependence on fossil fuels and toward economic alternatives that protect communities and slow global warming.

In May 2016, the National Energy Board approved Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline and tankers project. The review was a severely flawed process that denied many people a chance to speak up. Prime Minister Trudeau heard our calls for an improved review, and promised B.C. a chance for meaningful public participation. Summer meetings were announced with very little notice and a hastily-organized review was conducted by a three-member federal Ministerial Panel. The panel’s report raised a series of crucial questions for the federal cabinet.

In November 2016, the federal government approved the pipeline, making B.C.—and especially the south coast—a sacrifice zone. In January, the province of B.C. gave its approval. This failure of Premier Christy Clark to stand up for B.C.’s interests was a sell-out and a betrayal. Despite what the Premier says, the 5 conditions for approval have not been met and can never be met.

Sierra Club BC will continue to push for the federal government to make the right decision—for whales, for salmon, for our economy and for our climate. That’s why we’ve relaunched the Pull Together campaign, which was successful in stopping the Enbridge pipeline. In partnership with RAVEN Trust and the Force of Nature Alliance, we’re supporting the Tsleil-Waututh and Coldwater Nations who are in court to overturn the federal approval. By helping to raise funds for First Nations’ legal challenges to Kinder Morgan, we will ensure this pipeline is never built.

Liquefied Fracked Gas

Scientific evidence shows clearly that building liquefied fracked gas plants—what the industry brands as “natural” gas—will spread a destructive web of pipelines, plants, fracking sites, compressor stations, and work camps across British Columbia.

One of the twenty proposed fracked gas plants in B.C.—the Petronas fracked gas plant proposed for Lelu Island—would threaten to wipe out Canada’s second largest salmon run, would be disastrous for our climate, and would trample over First Nations opposition. This plant alone would be responsible for an astonishing 265 million tonnes per year making it impossible for B.C. to meet its current (inadequate) emissions targets.

The declining value of LNG in global markets now undermines any business case for LNG in B.C., and many proposals are being shelved. British Columbia should be putting its resources toward renewable energy and transitioning to a post-carbon economy.

In Spring 2016, more than 11,000 Sierra Club BC supporters sent letters to the federal government Petronas’ fracked gas proposal. In September, the federal government approved the plant, betraying B.C.’s wild salmon and all Canadians who voted for real action on climate change.

This decision is not the end of the story. Petronas says it will review the project to see if it’s financially viable before deciding whether or not to proceed. And First Nations are considering legal challenges.

Sierra Club BC will continue to highlight the dangers posed by Petronas, its incompatibility with decreasing global demand for fossil fuels, and the benefits of the alternatives. We’ll also continue to push for both the federal and provincial governments to include a rigorous climate test in all future environmental assessments, so this kind of climate-killing approval can never happen in the future. In the process, we will help build the case for Petronas to walk away.

Climate Action in B.C.

Our climate is in crisis. Yet federal and provincial environmental assessments ignore the full climate impacts of the projects they review. That’s unacceptable.

That’s why Sierra Club BC is calling for a climate test to be built in environmental assessments, both federally and provincially.

A “climate test” will test proposed energy projects against their impact on our climate. This will involve consideration of the proposals’ emissions, from extraction to transportation to eventual consumption, and whether there are more climate-friendly alternatives. If a proposal doesn’t meet the test, it doesn’t go ahead.

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Recent Updates

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When We Are Bold: Women Who Turn our Upsidedown World Right

Join four bold, persistent women who are fighting for the land at Standing Rock, to stop the Site C dam and to keep our waters free from oil tankers for an evening of storytelling, inspiration and conversation. March 13 in Victoria.
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Pull Together 2.0: The People vs. Kinder Morgan

First Nations can stop Kinder Morgan in the courts. Let’s not stand by and watch them go it alone. That’s why we’re relaunching Pull Together. We’re supporting the Tsleil-Waututh and Coldwater Nations who are in court to overturn the federal approval. There are lots of ways you can help.
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Pay up, Chevron: BC cities, towns challenged to hold fossil fuel industry accountable for climate impacts

More than 50 community groups from across BC have signed onto an open letter arguing that fossil fuel companies owe BC communities for their fair share of the impacts of climate change. The letter was delivered to all 190 municipalities and regional districts in BC, asking them to demand accountability from the fossil fuel industry, up to and including considering lawsuits against Chevron and other big fossil fuel companies.