Show your LOVE for BC’s coast. Keep it oil-free.

Notes from the Field - A conservation update from the Great Bear Rainforest

On Valentines Day, show your LOVE for BC’s coast.  

Keep it oil-free.

Proposals to transit tar sands crude through the BC coast raise serious concerns at local, regional and global scales. Whether from Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project or Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, both propose to transform our coastal waters into an energy corridor for the shipment of the world’s dirtiest and costliest oil.

Locally, oil tankers threaten regions that host rare, endangered, vulnerable, and ecologically valuable species and ecosystems. Globally, these routes provide outlets for the export of tar sands oil, exacerbating their staggering impact in Alberta and accelerating Canada’s contribution to atmospheric carbon.

Raincoast is addressing this issue through several fronts.  We have made lengthy submissions to the National Energy Board as formal interveners in the Northern Gateway federal review, we are producing a film with Patagonia that explores the threats to the Great Bear Rainforest from the potential imposition of oil tankers, we have two books in the pipeline, and a series of reports and scientific papers being published on ecological and economic values at risk and we continue to speak out publicly about these issues.

Recently, Raincoast reviewed Enbridge’s Environmental Impact Assessment. In a nutshell, the EIA is a critically flawed document that contains faulty models, cursory assessments, ommisions, oversights, superficial analysis and misrepresentations of studies and facts, all of which undermine its credibility as a basis for decision-making.

Loaded dice and slick assessments: 

Join Raincoast and Captain Brian Falconer for a discussion of this Environmental Impact Assessment.  Hear a professional mariner with over 30 years experience on the BC coast review the Northern Gateway tanker proposal.

Feb 29 and March 1 See the sidebar for details

Your financial support remains vital in allowing us to continue this work on behalf of wild salmon, bears, wolves, whales and other wildlife who call this coast home.

For the coast,

The Raincoast team

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 LOADED DICE AND SLICK ASSESSMENTSRaincoast is hosting public presentationson the Northern Gateway Project. Hear a professional mariner with over 30 years experience discuss Enbridge’s submission to the NEB and Raincoast’s response.Venue: Hemp & Co. stores in Victoria and Sidney.February 29 6 PM  Hemp & Co  1102 Government St VictoriaMarch 1 7 PM Hemp & Co.   2348 Beacon Ave, Sidney BCAdditional presentations on Saltspring, Pender and Gabriola to be announced.
 VICTORY FOR WHALES  !Last week, the Court of Appeal upheld the ruling that food supply for killer whales and other aspects of critical habitat must be protected.  Read more
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Raincoast’s in-house scientists, collaborating graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professors make us unique among conservation groups. We work with First Nations, academic institutions, government, and other NGOs to build support and inform decisions that protect aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, and the wildlife that depend on them. We conduct ethically applied, process-oriented, and hypothesis-driven research that has immediate and relevant utility for conservation deliberations and the collective body of scientific knowledge.

We investigate to understand coastal species and processes. We inform by bringing science to decision-makers and communities. We inspire action to protect wildlife and wildlife habitats.

Coastal wolf with a salmon in its month.
Photo by Dene Rossouw.