When we started this work in 2004, there was no Northern Gateway proposal. By the end of our work, Enbridge‘s Northern Gateway pipeline and oil tanker route was proposed. These documents were all submitted to the hearings, but they also serve a broader coastal research and species conservation purpose.
To understand Raincoast’s objections to the Northern Gateway Project, we have compiled analysis and reviews that we produced either as evidence for the federal hearings (NEB/CEAA), published science papers or in popular reports. Links to these documents are at the bottom of the page.
Raincoast reports identify concerns for Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project, including the deficiencies in Enbridge’s Environmental Assessment (ESA)
- 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)
- Threats to salmon from NGP (PDF)
- Cumulative threats to salmon (PDF)
- RCF risk assessment undertaken on salmon (PDF)
- Embroiled: Salmon, Tankers & Enbridge NGP (PDF)
The Queen Charlotte Basin
Brief overview of Enbridge’s flawed ESA
Brief overviews of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
Oil tanker threats to the Queen Charlotte Basin
A short history of the Northern Gateway project
In 2003 Raincoast began its work to keep 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 intervenors in the federal hearings. Upon project approval by the JRP and federal government, we joined with First Nations to launch legal challenges. See a longer chronology.
What’s at Stake: The cost of oil on British Columbia’s priceless coast
In 2004, Raincoast began 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, along with published scientific papers, detail this information and place it in a broader ecological context.
Embroiled: Salmon, tankers and the Enbridge Northern Gateway Proposal
One 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
When 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.
Reflections: Art for an Oil-Free Coast
A shared venture from Raincoast and Strongheart Productions, Reflections is a 22-minute documentary chronicling our Art for an Oil-Free Coast project. It shares the story of the artists’ expedition into a stunning and remote landscape, weaving together the artists’ work and their response to a people and a region at risk.
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