Our Achievements

#StopWoodfibreLNG

  • Woodfibre LNG initially planned to begin construction in 2015 and be operational by 2017. We have successfully delayed construction by five years so far, and in 2019 shovels are yet to get in the ground.
  • We have delivered the Howe Sound Declaration with over 20,000 signatures to municipal, provincial, and federal politicians to demonstrate there is no social license for Woodfibre LNG.
  • We made Woodfibre LNG a municipal election issue in 2014 and 2018, a federal election issue in 2015 and 2019, and a provincial election issue in 2017.
  • After sharing concerns about the impacts of seawater cooling on herring and other wildlife, Squamish Nation forced Woodfibre LNG to switch to air cooling, improving the project design.
  • We facilitated participation in the Environmental Assessment process and generated more than 1,300 comments, twice.
  • 1,600+ people then boycotted the Environmental Assessment process to draw attention to illegal donations from Woodfibre LNG staff to the BC Liberal government which threaten the integrity of the process.
  • We succeeded in getting Municipal Councils and Regional Districts around Howe Sound to pass resolutions strongly opposing the proposed Woodfibre LNG project.
  • Woodfibre LNG is now proposing a “floatel” for temporary workforce housing, after we built community opposition to the proposed LandSea workcamp at Britannia Beach.
  • We stopped the District of Squamish from signing an agreement for $2 million in taxes from Woodfibre LNG (now valued at $7-9 million annually).

#StopFortisBC

  • We stopped FortisBC from drilling test boreholes in the Squamish estuary in 2015.
  • We forced FortisBC to relocate its proposed compressor station away from the industrial park, in Squamish in 2015.
  • FortisBC is now relocating its compressor station to the Woodfibre site due to concerns we have shared about the close proximity of the current location to schools and neighbourhoods in Squamish.

#StopBurnco

  • After sending over 4,000 letters of opposition to the proposed Burnco gravel mine at McNab Creek, the Sunshine Coast Regional District has denied the permit Burnco needs to process gravel on site, effectively halting the project. We continue to pay close attention.

#ProtectHoweSound

  • Hundreds of people in kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards came together to launch this campaign in 2017 with a heart-shaped flotilla, resulting in a viral video that was featured at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival.
  • In 2019, we created an orca out of people holding umbrellas, which resulted in another viral video that was syndicated by media across British Columbia.

Can you chip in to help power our campaigns?

  • #StopWoodfibreLNG
  • #StopFortisBC
  • #StopBurnco
  • #ProtectHoweSound
  • #ZeroCarbonChallenge (coming soon...)

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  • Oily Bardge
    commented 2019-09-13 14:22:16 -0700
    The breakwater that sunk in Horseshoe Bay in February was partially filled with oil and it’s still sitting on the bottom of the bay. The Sewell’s have been dumping oil in there for decades, going all the way back to their Queen Charlotte fishing lodge when they had a ton of leftover oil that they had to bring down the coast.

    Eric Sewell reported it to Environment Canada and they said to leave it. The barge had been leaking water through cracks for a long time and that’s likely why it went down. EC is apparently concerned that if they try to lift it, it will break apart.

    The barge is now sitting on its side on the bottom of the bay. The hatches are at the bottom so the oil isn’t actively leaking out. Concrete is porous so the oil is likely to slowly leach out into the environment.

    Apparently the breakwater was never insured because it wasn’t insurable.

    To suck it out would cost would apparently cost ~1.4 million
  • heather gee
    commented 2018-03-01 14:31:44 -0800
    Tracey
    I should have copied you on the article at the time – my apologies. I thought you may be interested in a new invention from Alberta where they transport fuel in “puck-like” objects. Should these spill from transport, they float in water and don’t disintegrate. As usual it all takes time, but hopefully, we may see the results.
    With thanks ~ Heather gordon