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Premier Clark flip flops on U.S. coal exports, hours before election debate

04.26.17 | Beyond Coal, Defend Our Farmland, Election - BC 2017 |  Arie Ross

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Will B.C. communities finally be free of toxic thermal coal trains? BURNABY — After years of pressure from health professionals, climate experts, municipal governments and citizen groups including Dogwood BC, Premier Christy Clark has suddenly moved to ban American thermal coal exports through Lower Mainland ports. “With an election in just two […]

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Why does dirty U.S. coal get a free ride through B.C.?

04.06.17 | Beyond Coal, Defend Our Farmland, Election - BC 2017, Op-Ed, Organizing |  Arie Ross

Americans reject terminals, so Montana’s coal heads to Asia through the Lower Mainland. Posted previously in the Tyee. If you’ve ever been to the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen, you’ve seen them. The big, black piles of coal framed against the mountains as you drive down the causeway. But not all coal is created equal. One […]

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That ship has sailed: federal review of Massey Bridge denied

02.21.17 | Commentary, Defend Our Farmland, Election - BC 2017 |  Arie Ross

Federal intervention on Massey Bridge replacement called for by local electeds denied once again, disappoints locals Maybe this is blatantly obvious given the federal approval of Texas oil giant Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion, but so much for “only communities grant permission”, Prime Minister Trudeau. Regional governments asked the federal government to conduct an Environmental Assessment […]

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Historic coal victory in Washington increases pressure on B.C.

01.18.17 | Beyond Coal, Commentary |  Arie Ross

As Trump takes the wheel, U.S. thermal coal is looking for a way off the continent The denial of a key permit by the State of Washington has left the largest proposed coal facility on the West Coast of North America high and dry. The proponents of the export terminal in Longview, Washington failed to […]

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What do they have that we don’t?

06.22.16 | Beyond Coal, Commentary |  Arie Ross

A thorough environmental assessment process on coal projects, for a start. I took a little trip to Longview, Washington, the proposed location for the Millennium Bulk Terminal (MBT) coal export project, with my friend and colleague Mary. This is us at the public hearing just a few short weeks ago. Coal companies aim to export […]

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BC Liberals take coal cash, too

05.27.16 | Ban Big Money, Beyond Coal, Commentary |  Arie Ross

The dirtiest form of finance and fossil fuels: coal BC Liberals take cash so wealthy stakeholders can secure a private audience with the Premier. Sleazy offshore investments are revealed by the Panama Papers. This is the world – or province – we’re living in. Noting these recent developments, I too (like my colleague Dave) wanted […]

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A New Hope On Oil, LNG Reviews. What About For Coal?

01.29.16 | Beyond Coal, Commentary |  Arie Ross

Climate test, revised process should apply to thermal coal export proposals, too Many in our community are celebrating this week after Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna announced supplementary steps for resource projects currently under federal review. Projects like Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion and the Petronas-led LNG […]

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Liberal MP’s Invite Dogwood to Keep the Conversation Going

12.18.15 | Beyond Coal, Commentary, No Tankers |  Arie Ross

Dogwood organizers in the ridings of North Vancouver and Burnaby North Seymour had an opportunity to experience the Liberal government’s promise of openness and transparency when they met with newly elected MPs Jonathan Wilkinson and Terry Beech last week. It was the first opportunity Dogwood volunteers had had to meet their representatives and talk about […]

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