Although the NEB admit the pipeline and associated tanker traffic could devastate orcas, threaten the marine economy with the risk of oil spills and erode Indigenous cultural practices on the coast, they decided the benefits are worth it.
Freda Huson and hereditary chief Smogelgem, the individuals named in the Coastal GasLink injunction case, filed their response in B.C. Supreme Court on Wednesday, opposing the company’s application for an injunction.
As the world’s ecological crisis becomes better understood, the boreal forest is becoming somewhat of a celebrity because of one jaw-dropping stat: the Canadian boreal represents 25 per cent of the planet’s remaining intact forest, leading the world alongside the Amazon.
The project would likely harm endangered southern resident killer whales, increase greenhouse-gas emissions that worsen the impacts of climate warming, and could cause oil spills that would be damaging to the environment, the board found.
Ontario land developers and conservationists struggle to balance economic and social interests with protection of environment and wildlife, but a habitat restoration project in eastern Ontario may point the way to a more productive future.
Olympia oysters, Puget Sound’s only native oysters, were nearly wiped out in the 19th century from overharvesting. Now a network of scientists and advocates is working to restore them to their historical and cultural prominence.
President Trump’s push for a wall on the US-Mexico border has stirred up strong feelings on the immigration issue. But the wall would also have an environmental impact, which many experts say would be quite substantial.