BC Says It Cannot Support Kinder Morgan Pipeline

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe province of British Columbia was not able to respond in time to be part of Monday’s broadcast, “Bitumen Sinks & Is Almost Impossible to Clean Up.” However a Ministry of Environment spokesperson emailed and BC says it cannot support Kinder Morgan Pipeline at this time.

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Bitumen Sinks & Is Almost Impossible to Clean Up

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMPrior to his election as Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau promised that the National Energy Board hearings on the proposed Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion would not go forward. We need a new review process, which both focuses on science and seeks social license in the areas where projects like this are being suggested. That changed after his election. The hearings resumed and, sometime before May 20, the National Energy Board is expected to recommend the Trans Mountain project be approved. If the Prime Minister agrees, there will be a seven-fold increase of diluted bitument coming through the most populated area of British Columbia. In anticipation of the proposed pipeline, the province of British Columbia is drawing up legislation for “world-leading provincial spills regime.” This is the backdrop for the ECOreport’s Monday, April 11, program on CKTZ:   Bitumen sinks and is almost impossible to clean up.

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BC Mayors Call For Strong Provincial Climate Action

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMBritish Columbia assumed a climate leadership position when it adopted a carbon tax in 2008, but there has been little climate since 2012 and now the province’s carbon emissions are rising. They  are expected to reach 72 megatonnes (Mt) by 2020. To get back on track for the province’s 2050 target, a group of forward looking BC Mayors call for strong provincial climate action.

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Calling On BC To Protect Endangered Coastal Rainforests

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMA healthy forest, on the west coast of British Columbia, has some trees that are a thousand to two thousand years old. Many different species of plants and flowers are closer to the ground. There is a variety of wildlife, and fish in the streams. This is disappearing from British Columbia and Sierra Club BC is calling on BC to protect endangered coastal rainforests.

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$50 Billion For Electricity BC Does Not Need

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMBritish Columbia’s regulatory accounts have been receiving a lot of attention lately. Business Vancouver compared them to a shell game, in which expenses are deferred to the future so that the government can report “profits.” Vaughn Palmer writes that the province has “cumulative long-term obligations amount to $102 billion, with Hydro accounting for the bulk of them.” The item that really caught my eye was $50 billion for electricity BC does not need.

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