Research report

Post-Mount Polley: Tailings Dam Safety in British Columbia

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 (All day)
This report assesses the tailings dam designs at four mines in B.C. in light of the recommendations of the Mount Polley Expert Panel to examine whether regulatory agencies are applying best available technology to reduce the risk of catastrophic tailings dam failures, and where they aren’t, if changes could be made to do so.

2011 11 Fracking up our water

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 (All day)

BC’s shale gas production is the natural gas equivalent of Alberta’s tar sands oil.

Closing the Loop: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Through Zero Waste in BC

Thursday, March 28, 2013 (All day)

Zero waste policies can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create green jobs

British Columbians are familiar with the three R’s approach to waste management: reduce, reuse and recycle. But this new study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Wilderness Committee shows that while we have made progress in recycling, we need to focus on reducing and reusing in order to protect our environment and climate.

Financial Liability for Kinder Morgan

Thursday, January 24, 2013 (All day)

This new report, Financial Liability for Kinder Morgan, analyses the insurance available to pay for oil spill response costs and damages caused by a potential marine-based oil spill resulting from the proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline.

The report was co-authored by the Living Oceans Society, Georgia Strait Alliance, West Coast Environmental Law and the Wilderness Committee, and addresses the fact that Kinder Morgan’s new Trans Mountain Pipeline proposal represents an exponential increase in the risk of a major marine-based oil spill affecting the Salish Sea’s most populous region—including the Cities of Vancouver and Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands.

Oil Spills and Vancouver's Stanley Park

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 (All day)

A report on the consequences of oil tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet

Vancouver's Stanley Park is one of the largest, most ecologically diverse urban parks on the planet. A rare gem situated at the heart of one of Canada's major cities, the 1,000-acre park is home to huge trees, wildlife, stunning beaches, and a gorgeous seawall—making it a must-see attraction for every Vancouver visitor. The area has already suffered heavy environmental damage due to increased industrial activity, but an oil spill in the region would absolutely devastate the park and its delicate marine ecosystem.

2011 Meares Island Trail Re-Clearing Project

Monday, August 15, 2011 (All day)
Wilderness Committee

The Export Question: Designing Policy for British Columbia Electricity Trade

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 (All day)
The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

When it brought in its Clean Energy Act in 2010, the Government of British Columbia (BC) included as a provincial energy policy objective the promotion of electricity exports from clean or renewable sources.

The government sees electricity exports as being both a significant means of economic development for BC and an opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in importing jurisdictions. Critics of the revised policy, however, are concerned about the environmental and social impacts of developing new a energy supply for export, and question the economic rationale for a net export policy.

The Last Place on Earth

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 (All day)

British Columbia Needs a Species and Ecosystem Protection Act

Catface mine proposed mine map

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 (All day)

The Wilderness Committee released a comprehensive report on the controversial proposed Catface copper mine in Clayoquot Sound, near the townsite of Tofino. Mine exploration permits could result in drilling activity being approved within months. If the mine is approved by the BC government, the environmental, social, and economic consequences to Clayoquot Sound could be severe.

2009 Annual Report

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 (All day)

Every year about this time, we ask ourselves, “What stories most define the past year of our wilderness and wildlife saving work?

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