Friends of Wild Salmon Resources

KEEPING OUR COAST CLEAN: FAQ’s about an oil tanker ban on BC’s Pacific North Coast

(January 2016)

In November 2015, Prime Minister Trudeau publicly gave Ministers in his Cabinet a mandate to formalize an oil tanker moratorium on the north coast of British Columbia. West Coast Environmental Law has been an outspoken advocate for a legislated oil tanker prohibition on the Pacific north coast for many years, and we have been getting a lot of questions about this issue and its possible implications. This backgrounder addresses many of the frequently asked questions.

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A Hand to Stand

(January 2014)

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Natural Connections is proud to present A Hand To Stand, a short documentary on seven Indigenous students in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest building their own wooden Stand Up Paddleboards, using traditional knowledge in a modern day world. In a nation where the odds are stacked against Aboriginals finishing school and breaking out of the poverty trap; these kids face progression, persistence, and perseverance. The Bella Bella Community School shows you have got to be bold enough to begin and strong enough to succeed.

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EMBROILED: Volume 1 - Salmon, Tankers and the Enbridge Northern Gateway Proposal

(December 2013)


This report by the Raincoast Conservation Foundation says the consequences to salmon from Northern Gateway’s proposed oil tankers and Kitimat oil terminal are not worth taking. The report, Embroiled: Salmon, Tankers and the Enbridge Northern Gateway Proposal, explores the connections between the oil industry’s proposed activities and how those activities can adversely affect salmon.

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Robyn Allan - Pipelines And Oil Tankers: Economic Cost And Environmental Risk

(December 2013)

This video presentation addresses the impact of the Federal government’s energy policy. It exposes how a handful of multinational corporations and state-owned national oil companies from foreign countries plan to exploit our energy resources. It reveals how heavy oil pipeline projects—along with the tanker traffic they trigger—promise economic, social, cultural and environmental harm.

Length: 22 minutes

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Case Closed: Enbridge failed to prove Northern Gateway pipelines in the national interest

(December 2013)

 

This report compiles evidence highlighting Enbridge’s failure to prove benefits and address adverse environmental effects. Gaps in Enbridge evidence highlighted in the report include outlining an oil spill response plan, defining the pipeline’s proposed route, providing adequate baseline studies, assessing impacts to aboriginal culture and a comprehensive study of the unstable coastal terrain the pipeline would cross. As well, the process did not address climate change or environmental impacts in the tar sands , despite accepting economic evidence based on tar sands expansion.

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Casting a Voice

(November 2013)


This film examines the value of the Skeena River and its fish, and the steadily growing risks it faces to development and energy transportation proposals. The energy industry is vital to Canada's economic strength, and the Northern Gateway Pipeline project would use parts of theSkeena as a corridor to reach new global markets.

Length: 35 minutes

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Reflections: art for an oil free coast

(May 2013)


Over Fifty Artists…including some of Canada’s most celebrated and many who are First Nations – are using their language of paintbrushes and carving tools to portray our fragile coast. The exhibitions were opportunities to see the incredible works of art that have been donated by the artists to Raincoast in a effort to stop Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project and its oil tanker proposal.  Most of the has been sold by auction with 100% of the proceeds going to our oil-free coast campaign.

Length: 22 minutes

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STAND

(April 2013)


STAND is a surf & SUP film about a threatened coast. Showcasing the west coast of BC and what's at stake with the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline - tanker route. Taking place in Haida Gwaii, Great Bear Rainforest, Bella Bella and Vancouver Island; STAND takes the viewers on a journey through the coast showcasing the rich First Nations culture and the incredible terrestrial and oceanic environments of the coast.

Length: full length feature film

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Thief Behind the Mask

(April 2013)


CR Avery takes a poetic look at the masterminds of climate crimes; five minutes that could change everything. With riveting spoken word and striking images, CR Avery connects the dots between pipelines, oil tankers and climate change. He is unsparing in speaking truth to power about the companies leading us down the path toward climate catastrophe and the movement building against them.

Length: 5 minutes

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Salmon Confidential Part 2

(March 2013)


Industry and government deny the piscine reovirus (PRV) is anything to be concerned about, even though this newly introduced, highly infectious virus from Norway has infected over 90% of the salmon farms in BC and is rapidly spreading to BC’s wild salmon. In this video Twyla hops a plane to Norway to find out what scientists there have to say about PRV and it’s effects on salmon.

Length: 15 minutes

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Salmon Confidential


(March 2013)

Salmon Confidential is a new film on the government cover up of what is killing BC’s wild salmon.

The film documents Alexandra Morton’s journey as she attempts to overcome government and industry roadblocks thrown in her path and works to bring critical information to the public in time to save BC’s wild salmon. The film provides surprising insight into the inner workings of government agencies, as well as rare footage of the bureaucrats tasked with managing our fish and the safety of our food supply.

Length: 1 hour 9 minutes

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Groundswell

(February 2013)


Groundswell is director Chris Malloy's short film follow-up to 180' SOUTH. Surfers Dan Malloy, Trevor Gordon and Pete Devries set sail on a 68 foot sailboat guided by the Raincoast Conservation Foundation into British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest where a pipeline and oil tanker proposal looms. The team explores waves and a rainforest full of life while learning of the potential irreversible consequences of this project from local First Nations leaders. Groundswell beautifully and profoundly captures the spirit of this wild place and the passion of the Heiltsuk people who are committed to protecting it.

Profits from the sale of this film are being donated to Raincoast Conservation Foundation.

Length: 22 minutes

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Pipelines and Promises

(December 2012)


A summary of missing Enbridge evidence before the JRP hearings
During the JRP hearings, registered First Nations, labour and environmental groups, political representatives, community based groups and individuals have been able to cross-examine Enbridge
on its application and evidence to date. What has been obvious since September is that Enbridge has a frightening number of gaps in its information that won’t be prepared until after approval
is granted. Below is a summary by Forest Ethics which identifies some—but not all—of the gaps that have been revealed over the course of the JRP hearings in Edmonton and Prince George.

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Potential economic impact of a tanker spill on ocean-­based industries in British Columbia

(December 2012)


This study conducted by the UBC Fisheries Centres and funded by the World Wildlife Foundation looks at the potential losses to commercial fisheries, tourism, aquaculture and port activities in the area in the event of a tanker accident.  The study highlights that if a tanker spill occurs, the economic gains from the Enbridge Northern Gateway project to the North Coast region would be wiped out by the costs of the spill.

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Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines: A Dead-End Investment

(October 2012)


This updated investor briefing by Forest Ethics highlights First Nations legal risks, political risks from British Columbia, and reputational risks to the company. This report was prepared in October 2012 as Enbridge investors, analysts and bankers met in Toronto and New York for the company’s Investor Days to encourage them to question the business case for the company continuing to pursue this project.

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This is not an Enbridge Animation

(September 2012)


This clip is a response to oil pipeline giant Enbridge. The animation of the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline in which Enbridge deleted all the islands in the Douglas Channel in British Columbia, Canada.

Length: 1 minute

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Leaders in Local Government Map

(September 2012)

Created by the Dogwood Iniative, this map of B.C identifies local government's that have passed resolutions to oppose the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project.  To stop other tar sands pipelines such as Kinder Morgan, some municipalities have passed resolutions to oppose all crude oil tankers on the B.C. coast.

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Tanker Technology: Limitations of Double Hulls

(September 2012)


Tanker Technology: Limitations of Double Hulls, a report by the Living Oceans Society explains that double-hull tankers are not a panacea for oil spill prevention. They may reduce the severity of an oil spill from a grounding or low energy collision, but they are susceptible to a range of design, construction, operation, and maintenance issues, some which may actually increase the risk of an oil spill. Furthermore, double hulls do not address the role of human factors in tanker casualties which have been attributed to as much as 80 percent of oil discharges.

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Riki Ott - Think Tankers and What Comes Along With Them

(August 2012)


Riki Ott, oil toxicologist, shares her personal story of the Exxon Valdez spill, weaving in the stories of accidental activists from the BP disaster, the Enbridge tar sands spill, and more. Riki shows the devastating costs of our fossil fuel dependency in communities across North America. Her stories tell what ordinary people are doing to create more self-reliant, sustainable, and democratic communities. Riki engages the audience to imagine what it would take to transition off fossil fuels and confront the dangerous expansion of corporate power -- and inspires people to take action.  Riki gave this presentation in communities along the pipeline corridor in August 2012.

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Haida Raid

(June 2012)


The land of Haida Gwaii is threatened by the building of a giant pipeline and the arrival of oil tankers. In this 4.5 minute vidoe, two animated brothers take matters into their own hands to find a solution, and end up getting some supernatural help from Raven.

Length: 4 minutes

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White Water Black Gold

(March 2012)


“White Water, Black Gold” is an investigative point-of view documentary that follows David Lavallee on his three-year journey across western Canada in search of answers about the activities of the world’s thirstiest oil industry: the Tarsands.

Length: 1 hour

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Enbridge Pipe Dreams and Nightmares

(March 2012)


The Economic Costs & Benefits of the Proposed Northern Gateway
This study by the Canadian Centre for Polict Alternatives reviews the economic case for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline and casts serious doubt on claims that the pipeline will lead to substantial job creation and other economic benefits.  The study finds that Enbridge’s job creation estimates are based on flawed modeling and questionable assumptions.

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BC’s Huge Gamble

(February 2012)


A 9 minute production by CoASt - Communities Against Super Tankers is an informal group made up of a diverse cross section of islanders on Haida Gwaii who are concerned about the consequences of tanker traffic on the West Coast of BC.

Length: 9 minutes

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An Economic Assessment of Northern Gateway

(January 2012)


Robyn Allan, a former ICBC CEO and former senior economist of the B.C. Central Credit Union outlines in her detailed analyis that Enbridge's proposal fails to identify the impact of building pipelines on the Canadian dollar and overstates the growth of royalties to government treasuries. She concludes that the Northern Gateway project "poses a threat" to Canada's "economic growth and long term development".

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The Pipedreams Project

(December 2011)


Searching for effective ways to get involved in the decision-making process and oppose a $5.5 billion pipeline project that would introduce crude oil tankers to the North Coast of British Columbia, three kayakers embark on an epic 2-month kayak expedition along the length of the BC coast. For more info visit us online at thepipedreamsproject.org

Length: 28 minutes

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Stand up 4 Great Bear

(December 2011)


A film based on Norm Hann's 400km standup paddleboard expedition along the proposed north coast oil tanker route in British Columbia. The goal of the expedition was to bring awareness to the traditional food harvesting areas of the First Nations and the incredible marine ecosystems of the Greatbear Rainforest.

Length: 35 minutes

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Tipping Barrels

(December 2011)


‘Tipping Barrels’ is a unique combination of surfing and environmental journalism that follows surfers Arran and Reid Jackson on a trip into the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, where they learn more about the region and the issues confronting it.

Length: 20 minutes

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Analysis of Skeena River Tributaries Downstream From the Proposed Enbridge Pipeline

(December 2011)


Jack A. Stanford, and Diane C. Whited were contracted by the Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research (Smithers, BC) to use existing databases to produce a series of maps describing the geomorphology of tributaries of the Skeena River, British Columbia that will be crossed by the proposed Enbridge pipeline. The objective was to develop and map metrics that delineate the areas of the Skeena River and its tributaries most vulnerable to potential pipeline spills associated with the proposed Enbridge corridor to Kitimat, BC.

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Pipeline and Tanker Trouble: The Impact to British Columbia’s Communities, Rivers, and Pacific Coast

(November 2011)


Pipeline and Tanker Trouble, a report written by the Natural Resource Defence Council, Pembina Institute and Living Oceans Society, uncovers the dangerous nature of diluted bitumen and details the places at risk of an oil spill.  Diluted bitumen is not the same as conventional oil; it is more likely to cause corrosion in the pipelines through which it flows, as well as in the tankers that carry it through marine ecosystems. Compared with conventional crude, bitumen blends are more acidic, thicker, and more sulphuric.  The inland and marine ecosystems that the pipeline(s) propose to travers are dangerous and provide important habitat to a diverse range of species.

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Big Oil Threatens the Spirit Bear Coast

(October 2011)


Kevin Bacon calls attention to a proposed pipeline and supertanker traffic that would endanger the world's last 400 Spirit Bears in British Columbia in this 1 minute video.
Produced by: Susan Emmet Reid.

Length: 1 minute

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SpOil

(October 2011)


"A powerful award winning documentary on the Great Bear Rainforest." The film shows the splendor of nature and first nation culture with through world renown photographers and beautiful photography. It highlights the what we all want to protect but our addiction to burn more oil is helping to destroy.

Length: 45 minutes

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Uncomfortably Numb

(September 2011)


In the Spring of 2009, friends Chris Rhodes and Michael Reid, decided that they were going to kayak BC’s coast. The trip was motivated by their fear of becoming numb to some of the issues facing the more remote regions of the coast.  The expedition spanned roughly 700 kilometres and took them 40-days to complete.  Along the way they stopped in at various research stations and First Nations communities to learn more about the issues from those that have to cope with them first hand.  They decided to film their journey in hopes that it would connect people to not just the issues, but the places and the people most affected.

Length: 20 minutes

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From Tar Sands to Tankers

(September 2011)


This film exposes Enbridge’s plan to build a 1,170 kilometer pipeline from Alberta’s Tar Sands through BC’s treacherously steep mountain ranges threatening more than one thousand rivers and streams. A Marie Strohm production.

Length: 15 minutes

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Hillslope and Fluvial Processes Along the Proposed Pipeline Corridor

(September 2011)


This paper by James W. Schwab P.Geo., Eng.L. provides an overview of the landscape, terrain, hillslope processes and fluvial processes found within the general area of the proposed pipeline corridor across west central B.C. The intent of this paper is to help formulate discussion, encourage more in-depth study, direct more detailed on-the-ground investigation, and stimulate investigation into possible safer alternative routes to the unstable terrain found in west central B.C. This paper does not discuss environmental consequences and risk associated with the proposed pipelines although the environmental consequences of an oil pipeline break do differ considerably from a break sustained by a natural gas pipeline.

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Petropolis

(August 2011)


Shot primarily from a helicopter, filmmaker Peter Mettler's "Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands" offers an unparalleled view of the world's largest industrial, capital and energy project.

Length: 43 minutes

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Your Voice, Our Future

(May 2011)


This film is a Wet’suwt’en perspective on the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway bitumen pipeline proposal. The Wet’suwet’en people stand to suffer direct loss to their way of life if the proposed Enbridge pipeline crosses their traditional territories.

Length: 28 minutes

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Cetaceans of the Great Bear Rainforest

(April 2011)

Watch Pacific Wild's latest release -- a beautiful short animation focusing on the whales of the Great Bear Rainforest. Produced by Picture Cloud film & animation of Victoria B.C. this visually stunning and thought provoking animation explores the dire threats facing whales by acoustic ship pollution. 

The return of Humpback and other species of cetaceans to the waters of the Great Bear Rainforest is a welcome event since the dark days when whale killing ships travelled our waters. But this may be short lived if oil tankers begin moving Alberta tar sands crude through the Great Bears fragile waters.

Length: 6 minutes

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Risking it all – oil on our coast

(March 2011)


Features Enbridge’s plans for pipelines & oil tankers through BC’s magnificent coast. The north and central coast of British Columbia is one of last great wilderness areas that still supports a vibrant & productive ecosystem. Â home to thousands of runs of salmon, steelhead, grizzlies, wolves, orca, rare white bears, dolphins, porpoises and hundreds of other species, the coast is a natural spring of wealth & wonder. The plan to build the Enbridge pipeline, with ensuing tanker traffic, threatens all of this- the coastal ecosystem, the coastal economies and local food security.

Length: 13 minutes

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Tar Sands Pipeline Safety Risks

(February 2011)


Tar Sands Pipeline Safety Risks, a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council and others, shows that by its nature raw tar sands oil or diluted bitumen is more corrosive and more likely to result in pipeline failures. The risks of spills from tar sands pipelines are high and U.S. safety regulations are not enough to protect special places such as the Great Lakes, the Nebraska Sandhills and the Ogallala Aquifer. With the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in the middle of its environmental impact assessment by the U.S. State Department, getting a better understanding of what raw tar sands oil in a pipe means for our environment and safety is more important than ever.

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Tipping Point: The Age of the Oil Sands (CBC)

(January 2011)

Tipping Point: The Age of the Oil Sands is a two-hour visual tour de force, taking viewers inside the David and Goliath struggle playing out within one of the most compelling environmental issues of our time. In an oil-scarce world, we know there are sacrifices to be made in the pursuit of energy. What no one expected was that a tiny Native community downriver from Canada’s oil sands would reach out to the world, and be heard.

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Financial Vulnerability Assessment: Who Would Pay for Tanker Spills Associated with Northern Gateway

(January 2011)


If Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline is approved, Canadian taxpayers could be on the hook for billions of dollars to cover the clean up and compensation costs in the event of a catastrophic oil tanker spill. This report also concludes that, according to Canada’s oil spill regulations, Enbridge is not responsible for any of the costs associated with a spill once the oil is loaded onto tankers.

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Oil in Eden: The Battle to Protect Canada’s Pacific Coast

(December 2010)


It's one of the last bastions of Canadian wilderness: the Great Bear Rainforest, on BC's north and central Pacific coast. Home to humpback whales, wild salmon, wolves, grizzlies, and the legendary spirit bear - this spectacular place is now threatened by a proposal from Enbridge to bring an oil pipeline and supertankers to this fragile and rugged coast.

Length: 16 minutes

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Pipeline to Nowhere?

(December 2010)


While Enbridge has actively promoted the perceived benefits of its proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, some critical questions remain unanswered. This report by the Pembina Institute aims to address these uncertainties and unanswered questions, such as: Is there a demonstrated demand for this pipeline? Is there a need for more export pipeline capacity? And does the Joint Review Panel have enough information to make an informed decision?

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On the Line

(October 2010)


An eco-adventure documentary like no other. Follow Frank Wolf and Todd McGowan on a 2,400 km journey by foot, bike, raft and kayak as they seek to uncover the truth about a proposed 5.5 billion dollar oil pipeline.

Length: 1 hour 8 minutes

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Opening the Door to Oil Sands Expansion

(March 2010)


The proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Project will facilitate the expansion of the Alberta oil sands. If the current business-as-usual management of the the oil sands prevail, the environmental impacts associated with the pipeline will be significant. Opening the Door to Oil Sands Expansion highlights the climate, land, water and air impacts that would occur as a result of this project. It recommends that before further steps are taken to develop the Enbridge oil sands pipeline, the environmental management concerns of the oil sands need to be addressed and a public inquiry that could engage communities in the full range of impacts be concluded.

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NGO letter to National Energy Board

(January 2010)

A January 28 letter by 19 non-government organizations to federal environment minister Jim Prentice and the president of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. "We, the undersigned groups, are writing to express specific concerns regarding the final Terms of Reference for the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project Joint Review Panel released December 4, 2009."

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Oil and Salmon Don’t Mix

(October 2009)


Four major pipeline projects have been proposed for northern British Columbia over the next five years, including the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project. All of the proposed pipelines would cross and at times run parallel to important salmon habitats in the Upper Fraser, Skeena and Kitimat watersheds. This report from the Pembina Institute provides an overview of salmon resources in the affected watersheds and examines how pipeline construction and operation would impact salmon; the likelihood of spills; and the impacts of a spill on salmon. The four page fact sheet, "Oil and Salmon Don't Mix," highlights the importance of salmon in northern British Columbia and gives an overview of the risks posed to salmon by the Enbridge oil sands pipelines.

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Black Wave (Legacy of of Exxon Valdez)

(April 2009)


In the early hours of March 24th 1989 the Exxon Valdez oil supertanker runs aground in Alaska. It discharges millions of gallons of crude oil. The incident becomes the biggest environmental catastrophe in North American history.
For twenty years, Riki Ott and the fishermen of the little town of Cordova, Alaska have waged the longest legal battle in U.S. history against the world’s most powerful oil company – ExxonMobil. They tell us all about the environmental, social and economic consequences of the black wave that changed their lives forever. This is the legacy of the Exxon Valdez.

Length: 99 minutes

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Coalbed Methane and Salmon (Pembina Institute report and fact sheet)

(May 2008)


Coalbed methane (CBM) development has been proposed for Northwest British Columbia's Headwaters region, where three of the province's most important wild salmon rivers, the Skeena, Nass and Stikine, begin. If development proceeds, it would be the first time commercial coalbed methane production has been attempted in salmon-bearing watersheds. This fact sheet summarizes the primary ways CBM extraction could affect salmon and salmon habitat. It also outlines three principles for effective CBM regulations that would address risks to salmon and other concerns.

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Report of the Special Committee on Sustainable Aquaculture

(May 2007)

On November 22, 2005, the Legislative Assembly agreed that a Special Committee on Sustainable Aquaculture be appointed to examine, inquire into and make recommendations with respect to Sustainable Aquaculture in British Columbia and in particular to consider the economic and environmental impacts of the aquaculture industry in BC; sustainable options for aquaculture in BC; the interaction between aquaculture, wild fish and the marine environment; and BC’s regulatory regime compared to other jurisdictions. The link below provides access to the Committee's final report.

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Synovate Aquaculture Poll, March 2007

(March 2007)

In 2007, the Northw est Institute for Bioregional Research, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the social and ecological sustainability in Northwestern BC, commissioned Synovate, a professional market research firm to conduct a follow up survey to determine current awareness levels and opinion toward BC's salmon farming approach.

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