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TMX Legal Timeline

Since the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker expansion project (TMX) was first proposed in 2013, there has been a series of legal challenges over government decisions to approve the project.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: April 2020
Pages: 1

Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, is about protecting a remote an ecologically important place from the introduction of a risk that does not currently exist there, namely the introduction of bulk crude oil tanker traffic.

Author: Gavin Smith
Publication Date: April 2019
Pages: 12

West Coast Environmental Law joins 33 environmental, justice and community organizations to urge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister Catherine McKenna to institute a robust approach to climate accountability to ensure we do not miss our targets.

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: December 2018
Pages: 5

As BC prepares its Budget 2019, West Coast Environmental Law is challenging it to begin tracking the costs that climate change is increasingly imposing on the province.

Author: Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: October 2018
Pages: 6

In August 2018, the BC government asked for public feedback on their “Clean Growth” intentions papers, which set out next steps in addressing climate change through “Clean, Efficient Buildings,” “Clean Transportation” and “Clean Growth for Industry.”

Author: Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer
Publication Date: August 2018
Pages: 8

This submission contains West Coast Environmental Law’s comments on the BC government’s 2018 Policy Intentions Paper on spill preparedness and response in BC.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law Association
Publication Date: April 2018
WCEL BC EA Reform Cover January 2018

In the summer of 2017, BC’s new provincial government promised to reform environmental assessment and planning in British Columbia.

Author: Gavin Smith, Anna Johnston, Hannah Askew
Publication Date: January 2018
Pages: 24

In May 2017, Canada's federal government introduced Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act.

Author: Multiple authors
Publication Date: October 2017
Pages: 2

West Coast Environmental Law Association was invited to appear as a witness before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities to provide testimony on Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act.

Author: Gavin Smith
Publication Date: October 2017
Pages: 11

The historic NDP/Green alliance in British Columbia has committed to "Immediately employ every tool available to the new government to stop the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline, the seven-fold increase in tanker traffic on our coast, and the transportation of raw bitumen through our provin

Author: Jessica Clogg, Eugene Kung, Gavin Smith, Andrew Gage
Publication Date: June 2017
Pages: 8

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