First Nations leaders in B.C. are declaring victory after a new environmental report concluded Taseko's New Prosperity mine proposal poses "significant adverse environmental effects".
CBC News, Feb 26, 2014
Ministry concludes project likely to cause significant environmental damage, Taseko will reapply
It's back to the drawing board for round three for Taseko Mines, Ltd.
Jenny Uechi, Vancouver Observer, Jan 9 2014
Five environmental groups, including the David Suzuki Foundation and the Wilderness Committee, are taking the federal government to court, claiming it has failed to meet its responsibilities under the Species at Risk Act to protect endangered wildlife threatened by the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.
Mark Hume, The Globe and Mail, Jan. 06 2014
VANCOUVER —Premier Christy Clark has made it clear she wants government to proceed quickly with liquefied natural gas development in British Columbia.
But how fast is too fast?
Dene Moore, Canadian Press, Times Colonist, December 10, 2013
FORT ST. JOHN — British Columbia's groundbreaking Clean Energy Act has limited the options available to the province's Crown utility corporation for expanding the power grid, the chairman of an environmental review panel pointed out as critics demanded answers about the utility's plans to build a third hydroelectric dam on the Peace River.
Greg Bennett, NovaNewsNow.com, Dec 3 2013
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency wants public input before deciding if a federal environmental assessment is required for a proposed drilling project off the southwestern coast of Nova Scotia.
CBC News, Nov 01, 2013
Proposed New Prosperity mine would have signficant effects on Fish Lake, report concludes
Andrew Gage, Westcoast Environmental Law, 14 August, 2013
Mark Hume, Globe and Mail, Apr. 03 2013
VANCOUVER — Federal hearings into the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project are unfair because company witnesses are allowed to huddle before answering questions during cross-examination, says a lawyer for two conservation groups.
News Release, BC Government, March 15, 2013
Dene Moore, The Canadian Press, March 5, 2013
A federal review panel weighing the future of a stalled gold and copper mine in the B.C. Interior is wondering just what, exactly, the panel is supposed to be assessing after federal changes to the environmental assessment process.
Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, August 23, 2012
B.C’s environmental assessment process is so flawed it cannot hope to fill the void created by the federal government walking away from assessments of almost 500 projects, critics charged Wednesday, while launching court action and releasing a scathing internal government email.
Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, August 22, 2012
Critics challenge assertion that changes to Act pose little risk
Stephen Harper's Conservative government has washed its hands of environmental assessments of the nearly 500 projects in B.C. as a result of a revised Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
Peter O'Neil, Calgary Herald, August 14, 2012
OTTAWA --- The federal review panel assessing the controversial Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline to B.C. is now demanding that Enbridge table a report from a U.S. regulator who concluded that the company acted like the Keystone Kops in a 2010 Michigan spill and had a corporate "culture of deviance."
Peter O'Neil, Calgary Herald, August 14, 2012
Critics outraged at rules that limit use of U.S. report likening Calgary company to Keystone Kops
News, CBC, July 10 2012
By Meagan Fitzpatrick, CBC News, Jul 10, 2012
Scientists, concerned citizens hold mock funeral in Ottawa to protest federal cuts
Hundreds of people held a mock funeral on Parliament Hill to mourn what they call the death of evidence and the muzzling of scientists by the federal government.
News Release, CEAA, June 22 2012
The Minister of the Environment has terminated the environmental assessment of the proposed Bute Inlet Hydroelectric project in south western British Columbia.
By Elizabeth May, The Tyee.ca, May 10, 2012
Packing so many attacks on nature into one bill, Harper bets, will confuse citizens. Here's what's at stake.
West Coast Environmental Law, April 27, 2012
Removal of environmental safeguards serves interests of big oil and silences citizens, say environmental lawyers
By Peter O'Neil, Vancouver Sun, Postmedia News, April 27, 2012
Critics say protection for fish habitat 'eliminated' in bill to appease businesses
Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist, April 25, 2012
A controversial hydroelectric project on northern Vancouver Island is poised to start construction, even though the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has not given an official goahead.
By Peter O'Neil, Vancouver Sun, April 19, 2012
Green advocates with no expertise to be shut out
Joyce Nelson, Rabble.ca, April 20 2012
On January 9, Canada's Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver claimed that "environmental and other radical groups," including "jet-setting celebrities" funded by foreign money, "threaten to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological ends. They seek to exploit any loophole they can find, stacking public hearings with bodies to ensure that delays kill good projects. They use funding from foreign special interest groups to undermine Canada's national economic interest."
By Rebecca Penty, Calgary Herald, April 19, 2012
Minister pledges accountability in project decisions
By Peter O'Neil, Edmonton Journal, April 18, 2012
Citizens not ‘directly affected’ shouldn’t take part in environmental hearings
Karl Nerenberg, Rabble.ca, April 17 2012
What is puzzling about Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver's announcement today of a streamlined environmental review process is the sense of urgency -- almost panic -- to get resources out of the ground and to market, as quickly as possible.