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B.C. now sole exporter of thermal coal in Pacific Northwest

09.26.17 | Beyond Coal |  Arie Ross

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 Washington state denies key permit for Longview coal project British Columbia now sole exporter of U.S. thermal coal on the west coast of North America Victoria — The Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) denied a necessary water quality permit for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export facility in […]

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The Massey Bridge: A boondoggle bought by big money?

08.02.17 | Ban Big Money, Commentary, Defend Our Farmland |  Arie Ross

Why did the BC Liberals prioritize a project that could harm local communities, the Fraser River and farmland? On the 601 bus to my hometown of Tsawwassen, I watch as bulldozers uproot the evergreens adjacent to the farmland along Highway 99, making way for a costly ten lane bridge built in the interests of industry. […]

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Bonus Bias at the Port of Vancouver

05.17.17 | Actions, Beyond Coal, Commentary |  Arie Ross

Would you trust a judge whose salary is paid by the accused? Our partner groups Voters Taking Action on Climate Change and Communities and Coal are in court this week, arguing bias in the Port of Vancouver’s decision to approve the controversial Fraser Surrey Docks coal project. What does this bias look like, you ask? […]

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Christy Clark’s convenient climate conversion

05.03.17 | Beyond Coal, Election - BC 2017 |  Arie Ross

Liberal leader promises bold action on carbon pricing. Will she follow through? Christy Clark ratchets up her last-minute war on thermal coal, vowing to impose a carbon price at the B.C. border so punitive that shipments from the U.S. and prairie provinces would dry up overnight. In a news release May 2, the BC Liberal […]

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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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