Over the past couple of days, numerous news sources have erroneously indicated that Nature Canada will be among the list of environmental organizations filing an appeal with the Federal Court of Appeals to block the approval of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline.
For many years, Nature Canada has been a key voice for nature challenging the Northern Gateway pipeline during the Joint Review Panel hearing process in British Columbia. Thanks to our excellent legal representation from the University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre, Nature Canada was highly engaged in the Joint Review Panel hearing process, which ended late last year. As joint intervenors, we raised a host of concerns with the project including its impact on endangered caribou populations and Enbridge’s disquieting minimization of a catastrophic oil spill in a globally important hotspot for marine biodiversity.
On December 19, Nature Canada and BC Nature expressed their profound disappointment at the decision of the Joint Review Panel to recommend the Northern Gateway pipeline project be allowed to proceed.
Nature Canada still believes strongly that the Joint Review Panel erred in their approval of the Northern Gateway Pipeline. However, due to financial constraints and the potential legal liability should the appeal not prove successful, Nature Canada has chosen instead to focus our finite resources on being a voice for nature in the TransMountain pipeline proposal.
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Paul Jorgenson, Senior Communications Manager, Nature Canada 613-562-3447 ext. 248, email@example.com
Monica Tanaka, Communications Coordinator, Nature Canada, 613-562-3447 ext 241, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nature Canada is a national charitable organization that works for a vision of Canada as a place where threatened species are protected, wildlife habitat is preserved, and people embrace a culture of conservation in their everyday lives. We are the Canadian co-partner in BirdLife International, a global partnership of conservation organizations that conserve birds, habitat and global biodiversity.
As the only two environmental non-profit organizations present at the hearings with official intervenor status since the Panel hearings started, Nature Canada and BC Nature are at the forefront of representing the interests of Canadians who love their natural heritage and oppose the Northern Gateway Pipeline project.
BC Nature is a provincial charitable organization whose motto is to "know nature and keep it worth knowing". It aims to provide over 5,000 naturalists and 53 clubs in BC with a unified voice on conservation and environmental issues; and to foster an awareness, appreciation and understanding of the natural environment so that it may be wisely used and maintained for future generations.
The Environmental Law Centre is a non-profit society that, in partnership with the UVic Faculty of Law, established and operates Canada's first public interest environmental law clinic program. Through this program, the ELC provides pro bono legal representation and assistance to conservation and community organizations, and First Nations throughout BC. It also advocates on a wide range of environmental law reform issues.