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Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project

Proposing oil tankers in some of the most pristine and treacherous waters in the world

To understand Raincoast’s objections to the Northern Gateway Project, we have compiled analysis and reviews that Raincoast has produced either as evidence for the federal hearings (NEB/CEAA) or in popular reports. Links to these documents are at the bottom of the page.

A chronology of  the Northern Gateway project

A grizzly holds a salmon in its mouth as it stands in the water.

Since 2004 Raincoast has been focused on keeping the coast of British Columbia oil-free. Raincoast’s Efforts in the Northern Gateway review process included original scientific research, scientific review and a legal role (represented by our lawyers at Ecojustice) as formal intervenors in the federal hearings.

What’s at Stake: The cost of oil on British Columbia’s priceless coast

What's at Stake Report Cover

Raincoast undertook five years of at-sea surveys along the coast of British Columbia to understand what truly is at risk from the Northern Gateway Project. The resultant report, What’s At Stake: The Cost of Oil on British Columbia’s Priceless Coast, details this information and places it in a broader ecological context.

Embroiled: Salmon, tankers and the Enbridge Northern Gateway Proposal

Pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) in the Great Bear RainforestOne of the most iconic species on the BC coast, salmon are at particular risk from oil expansion projects. The Raincoast report, Embroiled: Salmon, Tankers and the Enbridge Northern Gateway Proposal, explores the connections between the oil industry’s proposed activities and how those activities can adversely affect salmon.

Groundswell: A small film about making a big stand

Groundswell poster-webWhen Raincoast’s research vessel, Achiever, set sail with Patagonia and a world-famous team of surfers, we embarked on an adventure that allowed these high profile surfers to experience this amazing coast, its incredible wildlife and understand why tar sands oil tankers should never traverse these waters. Watch the trailer, download or purchase the film.

Reports on concerns for Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project, including the deficiencies in Enbridge’s Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment (ESA)

Marine mammals

Short history of BC whales and sea lion populations (PDF)

Status of whales and dolphins in QCB

Overview of threats to whales from NGP oil tankers (PDF)

 

Salmon 

Threats to salmon from NGP (PDF)

Cumulative threats to salmon (PDF)

RCF risk assessment undertaken on salmon (PDF)

Embroiled: Salmon, Tankers & Enbridge NGP (PDF)

 

Sea otters

NGP project threats to sea otters (PDF)

Cumulative threats to sea otters (PDF)

 

Marine Birds

Threats to marine birds from NGP (PDF)

RCF risk assessment undertaken on marine birds (PDF)

 

The Queen Charlotte Basin

Coastal/Terrestrial Animals (PDF)

Marine Life (PDF)

 

Brief overview of Enbridge’s flawed ESA

Overview of Enbridge’s ESA (PDF)

 

Brief overviews of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill 

Lessons from Alaska (PDF)

 

Oil tanker threats to the Queen Charlotte Basin

Overview of threats from NGP oil tankers (PDF)

Enbridge’s examination of tanker risk (PDF)

 

Conclusions

Conclusions about Northern Gateway (PDF)

 

References

References

Latest News

A humpback jumps into the air in the Pacific ocean.

Supreme Court of Canada asked to weigh-in on future of Environmental Assessment Law

Ecojustice lawyers, acting on behalf of Raincoast, have filed an application to appeal aspects of the Northern Gateway decision to the Supreme Court of Canada…

pipeline

Court Ruling Shuts Door on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline

The court confirmed that the federal government’s consultations with First Nations were insufficient. Ecojustice lawyer Barry Robinson, representing Raincoast and Livings Oceans, said his clients are thrilled that the court has quashed Enbridge’s permits.

Northern Gateway court poster

Raincoast and partners go to court to quash Enbridge pipeline approval

Environmental groups are in court today making the case for why the federal government’s approval of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline should be revoked…

Enbridge Northern Gateway is proposing a pipeline and oil tankers through BC

Supertankers to the coast: Canada approves building controversial pipeline

Joel Connelly / Seattle PI
The Canadian government gave green light to construction of a pipeline that would carry 525,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta’s tar sands…

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300 scientists call on feds to reject Northern Gateway

Two Raincoast scientists were among 300 Canadian university scientists that are calling on the federal government to reject the Northern Gateway proposal…

Enbridge Northern Gateway is proposing a pipeline and oil tankers through BC

NORTHERN GATEWAY: The battle is only begining

Globe and Mail
The Northern Gateway project is unlikely to be built anytime soon. Legal challenges and blockades suggest opposition has just begun…