Blog Post: Stephen Harper’s handling of B.C. mirrors the conditions that created the Reform movement two decades ago. As the next federal election draws closer, conditions below the surface should remind political observers of another seismic event a generation ago. The central question for British Columbians, as it was for Albertans in the 1980s and ’90s, is this: Who gets to decide what’s in our best interest — Ottawa or the people who live here?
Blog Post: Here’s a little recap of last week’s news related to the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Suffice it to say that last week’s developments made the tar sands expansion that Keystone advocates have treated as a foregone conclusion seem more uncertain than ever.
Blog Post: In this issue of The Dirt, First Nations across B.C. are challenging the Northern Gateway pipeline decision in court, while 18 B.C. doctors speak out against the health risks associated with the controversial project. And for inspiration, a small town in Maine has succeeded in blocking an Exxon tar-sands pipeline. “The message to the tar sands industry is: ‘Don’t be counting your chickens yet.’,” said Dylan Voorhees, clean energy director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine. "There is a pattern of communities saying ‘no’ to the threat of tar-sands oil.”
Blog Post: Have you ever wanted to help save the planet but didn't know where to start? Have you ever wished you had a few more skills in your toolbox or knew a few more like minded folks? The Tar Sands Action Camp may just be your answer.
Blog Post: After months of study and too much time listening to the oil industry, President Obama proposed weak new standards for oil trains. How weak? Well, they give the oil industry a license to continue threatening the safety of millions of Americans with hazardous, flammable oil trains. What are the problems with these new rules? Here we go in 10 easy steps.
Blog Post: There is good news for Canada's democracy and environment. It comes in the form of federal government approval of Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline, designed to carry tar sands bitumen 1,200 kilometres across wilderness areas of Alberta and British Columbia to Kitimat. So how is this good news? Because pretty much everyone now agrees the approval is hardly worth the paper it is written on.
Blog Post: The people of South Portland, Maine, made historic news last night. The City Council passed an ordinance that prevents the Portland Pipe Line Corporation or others from building the large, polluting smokestacks necessary to load any form of tar sands crude oil onto tankers in its beautiful coastal port. NWF asked the Natural Resources Council of Maine's Clean Energy Director, Dylan Voorhees, what this vote means.
Blog Post: In an historic vote, the South Portland City Council tonight voted 6-1 to pass the Clear Skies Ordinance to protect the city from a tar sands crude oil terminal. “We may be a small city, but, boy, we’ve done a big thing tonight! The Clear Skies Ordinance protects our air, our coast, and our community,” said Mary-Jane Ferrier, spokesperson for Protect South Portland. “We are absolutely thrilled, relieved, and exhausted. Of course, we know it may not be over yet, and we’re committed to defend this victory from oil industry attacks.”