Research & Reports

Humpback whales feed in the Great Bear Sea, photo by Ian McAllister

Whale Wave

Research & ReportsMar 15, 2017

With respect to the Gitga'at Nation and their colleagues and partners who for many years have worked with dedication to better understand the world of whales in the Great Bear Sea this latest study shines a bright light on one of Canada's greatest ... Read More


Research & ReportsJan 13, 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.Read More

Ben Parfitt and David Hughes: Where will all the water come from for LNG?

Research & ReportsFeb 24, 2014

One glaring problem with the provincial government’s strategy to turn B.C. into a LNG-exporting juggernaut is that it scuttles any chance B.C. has to be a climate-change leader. But equally problematic is how our government’s economically dubious ... Read More

Carbon footprint of B.C. LNG boom could rival Alberta’s oilsands

Research & ReportsJan 13, 2014

This month, provincial MLAs are preparing for the upcoming legislative session, in which they will debate rules for carbon pollution and taxes for liquefied natural gas (LNG) development. The connection between LNG development and carbon pollution ... Read More

Land Based Spill Preparedness and Response in British Columbia

Page 5 "Response is currently focused on higher risk environmental emergencies, limiting support for B.C.’s prevention and preparedness activities (such as training and reviews of operations). Additional challenges include timely response to remote ... Read More

BC's Land Oil Spill Response Isn't Remotely 'World-Leading'

[Editor's note: In July 2012, the B.C. government announced five conditions which must be met before it would consider the approval of heavy oil pipeline projects in the province. For The Tyee, independent economist Robyn Allan has so far looked at ... Read More

New study on Economic Impacts of an oil spill on the B.C. coast

A major tanker spill off the coast of northern British Columbia could wipe out any potential economic gains from the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline project, according to new research from the University of British Columbia. UBC researchers ... Read More

The animation that enbridge did not want you to see

Research & ReportsJun 26, 2012

Enbridge Inc. recently hired the public relations firm Hill and Knowlton to sell oil tankers in the Great Bear Rainforest to the B.C. public. However, the recent ad campaign that has been bombarding British Columbians has seriously faltered after ... Read More