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Taseko New Prosperity Mine at Fish Lake rejected again

CBC News, Feb 26, 2014

Ministry concludes project likely to cause significant environmental damage, Taseko will reapply

It's back to the drawing board for round three for Taseko Mines, Ltd.

Environmental groups sue feds over Northern Gateway pipeline

Jenny Uechi, Vancouver Observer, Jan 9 2014

Five environmental groups, including the David Suzuki Foundation and the Wilderness Committee, are taking the federal government to court, claiming it has failed to meet its responsibilities under the Species at Risk Act to protect endangered wildlife threatened by the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.

Pressure for quick LNG approvals may trigger backlash

Mark Hume, The Globe and Mail, Jan. 06 2014

VANCOUVER —Premier Christy Clark has made it clear she wants government to proceed quickly with liquefied natural gas development in British Columbia.

But how fast is too fast?

Province's Clean Energy Act limits B.C. Hydro power options, Site C dam critics told

Dene Moore, Canadian Press, Times Colonist, December 10, 2013

FORT ST. JOHN — British Columbia's groundbreaking Clean Energy Act has limited the options available to the province's Crown utility corporation for expanding the power grid, the chairman of an environmental review panel pointed out as critics demanded answers about the utility's plans to build a third hydroelectric dam on the Peace River.

Public input wanted on NS offshore drilling program

Greg Bennett,, Dec 3 2013

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency wants public input before deciding if a federal environmental assessment is required for a proposed drilling project off the southwestern coast of Nova Scotia.

First Nations declare victory against Taseko's B.C. mine

CBC News, Nov 01, 2013

Proposed New Prosperity mine would have signficant effects on Fish Lake, report concludes

First Nations leaders in B.C. are declaring victory after a new environmental report concluded Taseko's New Prosperity mine proposal poses "significant adverse environmental effects".

Enbridge pipeline opponents say hearings unfair

Mark Hume, Globe and Mail, Apr. 03 2013

VANCOUVER — Federal hearings into the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project are unfair because company witnesses are allowed to huddle before answering questions during cross-examination, says a lawyer for two conservation groups.

Confusion reigns over review of New Prosperity

Dene Moore, The Canadian Press, March 5, 2013

A federal review panel weighing the future of a stalled gold and copper mine in the B.C. Interior is wondering just what, exactly, the panel is supposed to be assessing after federal changes to the environmental assessment process.

Critics launch court action, release e-mail scathing B.C.’s environmental assessment process

Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, August 23, 2012

B.C’s environmental assessment process is so flawed it cannot hope to fill the void created by the federal government walking away from assessments of almost 500 projects, critics charged Wednesday, while launching court action and releasing a scathing internal government email.

Feds drop environmental assessment of 492 projects

Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, August 22, 2012

Critics challenge assertion that changes to Act pose little risk

Stephen Harper's Conservative government has washed its hands of environmental assessments of the nearly 500 projects in B.C. as a result of a revised Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

Northern Gateway pipeline review panel demands consideration of 'Keystone Kops' report on Enbridge

Peter O'Neil, Calgary Herald, August 14, 2012

OTTAWA --- The federal review panel assessing the controversial Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline to B.C. is now demanding that Enbridge table a report from a U.S. regulator who concluded that the company acted like the Keystone Kops in a 2010 Michigan spill and had a corporate "culture of deviance."

Scathing report on Enbridge's Michigan oil spill won't be reviewed by Northern Gateway panel

Peter O'Neil, Calgary Herald, August 14, 2012

Critics outraged at rules that limit use of U.S. report likening Calgary company to Keystone Kops

Death of scientific evidence mourned on Parliament Hill

News, CBC, July 10 2012

By Meagan Fitzpatrick, CBC News, Jul 10, 2012

Scientists, concerned citizens hold mock funeral in Ottawa to protest federal cuts

Hundreds of people held a mock funeral on Parliament Hill to mourn what they call the death of evidence and the muzzling of scientists by the federal government.

Bute Inlet Hydroelectric Project – Environmental Assessment Terminated

News Release, CEAA, June 22 2012

The Minister of the Environment has terminated the environmental assessment of the proposed Bute Inlet Hydroelectric project in south western British Columbia.

Bill C-38: the Environmental Destruction Act

By Elizabeth May, The, May 10, 2012

Packing so many attacks on nature into one bill, Harper bets, will confuse citizens. Here's what's at stake.

Budget Bill Declares War on Environment

West Coast Environmental Law, April 27, 2012

Removal of environmental safeguards serves interests of big oil and silences citizens, say environmental lawyers

Tories unveil revised fisheries law, deny it's a move to boost pipelines

By Peter O'Neil, Vancouver Sun, Postmedia News, April 27, 2012

Critics say protection for fish habitat 'eliminated' in bill to appease businesses

Power project goes ahead despite lack of final OK

Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist, April 25, 2012

A controversial hydroelectric project on northern Vancouver Island is poised to start construction, even though the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has not given an official goahead.

Tories silence critics

By Peter O'Neil, Vancouver Sun, April 19, 2012

Green advocates with no expertise to be shut out

Canada's broken pipeline safety system

Joyce Nelson,, April 20 2012

On January 9, Canada's Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver claimed that "environmental and other radical groups," including "jet-setting celebrities" funded by foreign money, "threaten to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological ends. They seek to exploit any loophole they can find, stacking public hearings with bodies to ensure that delays kill good projects. They use funding from foreign special interest groups to undermine Canada's national economic interest."

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver defends regulatory overhaul

By Rebecca Penty, Calgary Herald, April 19, 2012

Minister pledges accountability in project decisions

Outsiders unwelcome at project reviews, Oliver says

By Peter O'Neil, Edmonton Journal, April 18, 2012

Citizens not ‘directly affected’ shouldn’t take part in environmental hearings

Turning back the clock on environmental checks and balances

Karl Nerenberg,, April 17 2012

What is puzzling about Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver's announcement today of a streamlined environmental review process is the sense of urgency -- almost panic -- to get resources out of the ground and to market, as quickly as possible.

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