The Times Colonist By Torrance Coste March 12, 2015
Monday, March 2nd was a tense day for those of us monitoring the Raven Coal Mine proposal. After a 30-day screening period, the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) was set to announce whether or not the application to mine close to 30 million tonnes of coal and rock in the Comox Valley would advance to final environmental review.
Then, just hours before the announcement, proponent Compliance Energy abruptly withdrew its application.
BC Stats shows the practice has reached record levels in recent years
For as long as I've been aware of raw log exports I've been unwaveringly against them. The controversial practice of shipping logs overseas without processing them or adding any value has been in place for years. When logs are exported in raw form, they provide the lowest possible value for B.C. communities and starve the mills and the livelihoods that rely on timber.
Over the last few weeks, I've looked into the most recent data and I've been heartbroken to see just how bad things have become.
Times Colonist By Eoin Madden, Torrance Coste and Arnold Bercov December 21, 2014
The Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada and the Wilderness Committee are organizations with deep roots in Canada's forests.
Since its inception more than 50 years ago, the PPWC and its members have relied on abundant and resilient forests for their livelihoods. In turn, since it was founded 34 years ago, the WC has tirelessly advocated for the protection of old-growth forests and other key ecosystems, and for the sustainable management of second-growth forests.
We believe the B.C. government has gradually abandoned the province's forestry heritage in pursuit of an unsustainable pipe dream: liquefied natural gas exports to Asia. The better option — for a resilient economy and for our climate — is to rebuild an innovative, sustainable forestry sector.
Huffington Post BC By Torrance Coste December 5, 2014
If a tar sands tanker hits a rock on the Kinder Morgan shipping route past Vancouver Island, the resulting spill could decimate wild salmon, clams and other food sources that First Nations have relied on for centuries. Chilling stories like this were front and centre at last week's Oral Traditional Evidence hearings in Victoria – part of the National Energy Board (NEB) review of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker proposal.
The Georgia Straight By Eoin Madden November 6, 2014
As you read these words, a diverse and dedicated group of Burnaby citizens are making a stand against the Texan oil giant Kinder Morgan on Burnaby Mountain. After preventing Kinder Morgan from conducting destructive survey work in the Burnaby Mountain conservation area, six of these dedicated souls have been served injunction papers and are facing allegations of trespassing in their own public park.
As the resistance to the proposed Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline takes a more proactive form, the drama on the mountain is taking centre stage. It’s easy to understand why: here you have regular folks putting their careers and reputations on the line to stand up for their public park, and to protect their communities from climate change.
Times Colonist By Torrance Coste September 22, 2014
Have you ever had a friend who just won’t listen when everyone is telling them to get out of an unhealthy relationship? That’s what comes to mind when I think of the B.C. government’s relationship with tree farm licences. No matter how many British Columbians speak out to say they’re a bad idea, every year the provincial government renews its push for more TFLs.
Huffington Post BC By Eoin Madden September 19, 2014
Last month, a permit for a proposed coal terminal on the west coast of Oregon was refused. The Department of State Lands rejected Ambre Energy's proposal, stating that the project was not "in the best interests of the state's water resources." The terminal would have handled eight million tonnes of coal each year from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana, enroute to Asian markets. But Oregon said "No."