Friends of Wild Salmon Campaigns

Rail Risks

The volume of petroleum products and petrochemicals shipped by rail through the Skeena watershed is about to sky rocket. There are several proposals on the books but the largest one is Vopak Pacific Canada which plans to build a bulk storage and tanker loading facility (AKA tank farm) on Ridley Island near Prince Rupert. The proposal would result in the movement of 240 rail cars per day on the CN mainline and 150 tankers on the BC’s north coast and in the Skeena estuary. The proposed liquid petroleum products include diesel, gasoline, methanol, which are both volatile and toxic. What does this mean for the safety of our rivers and our communities? Learn more

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) development

There has been a flurry of Liquefied Natural Gas proposals in northern British Columbia over the past 5 years. Residents have been told about the potential economic benefits, but there are critical questions that need to be addressed regarding the environmental and social impacts of the industry, and concerns about the hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) that would be required to feed these pipelines and terminals. At the height of the LNG "gold rush", there were 18 proposals on the north coast with associated pipelines to bring gas from northeastern BC. Since then, many projects have been cancelled, including Pacific Northwest LNG which threatened critical wild salmon habitat in the Skeena Estuary. Friends of Wild Salmon continues to monitor LNG proposals and to raise our concerns about their community, economic, and environmental impacts for northern BC communities. Learn more

Stopping the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline

The Enbridge Pipelines was proposed to carry oil from the Alberta tar sands to a west coast supertanker port at Kitimat. The route would have crossed 1,000 streams and rivers, including the salmon-bearing Fraser and Skeena. Friends of Wild Salmon worked with its allies to get a full public inquiry for the Enbridge project, and to protect Skeena wild salmon from the grave threat that it posed. Finally, in November 2016, the federal government cancelled the project stating the “The Great Bear Rainforest is no place for a pipeline and the Douglas Channel is no place for oil tanker traffic.” and announced their plans to enact an oil tanker ban on the north coast. Learn more

Sacred Headwaters Campaign

In December 2012, after almost a decade of blockades, national and international pressure, and intense negotiations the Tahltan Nation pushed Shell out. With Shell out a permanent ban on fracking and natural gas extraction was secured. Then in May 2015, the provincial government announced that it would suspend Fortune Minerals' mining project for ten years, buy their mining licenses, and begin the work needed to secure permanent protection for the Sacred Headwaters. Learn more