How Gateway’s plans to dredge Douglas Channel show the limitations of the JRP mandate and ruling

(First in series of reports on how the Joint Review Panel report will affect the Kitimat region)   If there is a significant flaw in the Joint Review Panel report on Northern Gateway, it can be found in the panel’s … Continue reading

Pension funds pressure Rio Tinto to dump out of controversial Alaska Pebble Mine

Rio Tinto says “it intends to undertake a strategic review” of its stake in the highly controversial Pebble Mine project near Bristol Bay, Alaska. In a news release, Rio Tinto says it is considering its future holdings in a Vancouver-based … Continue reading

Bitumen excluded from data for federal tanker study, documents reveal

    The possible effects of a bitumen spill on Pacific waters were not considered in the oil response preparedness report released last week by the Harper government, the background data study reveals. The consulting firm that did the study … Continue reading

Commentary: In the tanker study, the District of Kitimat was missing in action

The list of participants in the oil spill preparedness and response study released last week by the federal government shows two glaring no shows, the District of Kitimat and Rio Tinto Alcan. The Haisla Nation and the Gitga’at Nation did … Continue reading

Tanker study shows huge gaps in shipping and hazard data, documents show

The study of tanker shipping and tanker spills by Genivar for Transport Canada has revealed huge gaps in how the world monitors tanker traffic. Genivar says Accident data was acquired from three main sources: the CCG Marine Pollution Incident Reporting … Continue reading

Oil spill dangers can linger for 40 years, report shows

The Genivar report for Transport Canada on oil spills say that some persistent effects can last for more than 40 years, based on a study of a spill in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The report  notes that persistent sub-surface oil is … Continue reading

LNG Canada maps air shed study area

Two of the maps filed by the LNG Canada project with provincial and federal environmental assessment agencies look at the air quality problems from the project, including the controversial prospect of cumulative problems from multiple industrial projects in the Kitimat … Continue reading

BC calls for input on conservation plan for Ashdown Island, one of the “disappeared” on Douglas Channel

BC Parks and the Gitga’at First Nation are calling for public input as they development a management plan for the K’nabiyaaxl/Ashdown Island Conservancy at the mouth of Douglas Channel. BC Parks describes the area as: K’nabiyaaxl/Ashdown Conservancy covers 727 hectares of … Continue reading

Kitimat to issue tsunami hazard and evacuation map

The District of Kitimat plans to issue a tsunami hazard and evacuation map for the town. Fire Chief Trent Bossance and Emergency Coordinator Bob McLeod told a forum on emergency preparedness on November 4 that the map is in the final stages … Continue reading

Clio Bay: Chevron statement

Special report: Clio Bay cleanup: Controversial, complicated and costly Here is the text of a statement Chevron spokesperson Gillian Robinson Riddell sent to Northwest Coast Energy News The Clio Bay Restoration Project proposed by Chevron, is planned to get underway sometime … Continue reading