As Canada signs the Paris agreements tomorrow, the federal government must swiftly move beyond symbolic gestures and high-flown rhetoric into urgent climate action. That action simply cannot be undermined by more pipelines.
Sierra Club BC’s climate and energy campaigner Larissa Stendie reacts to media reports that the federal government intends to approve Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline
On the 27th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill that devastated the community of Cordova, Alaska and left Prince William Sound with an oily legacy that persists to this day, Sierra Club BC and Living Oceans Society say that a legislated oil tanker ban is the only certain way to protect B.C.’s north coast from a similar fate.
The approval of the Woodfibre LNG terminal shows that the new federal government is not taking the climate emergency seriously. Data released from NASA earlier in March shows an alarming acceleration of global temperature increase.
The environmental assessment for Petronas’ Pacific Northwest LNG terminal on Lelu Island was released last month. It found the proposed project would have significant climate impacts and harm to local harbour porpoises, but completely ignored the risks to wild salmon.
Over the next 60 days, the B.C. government is seeking public input into a Climate Leadership Plan.