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In the summer of 2017, BC’s new provincial government promised to reform environmental assessment and planning in British Columbia.
An open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed by
The Pembina Institute and West Coast Environmental Law are pleased that the Ministry of Energy Mines and Petroleum Resources will establish a new regulation regulating the environmental impacts of oil and gas activities in British Columbia.
British Columbia is in the initial phase of coal bed methane (CBM) exploration and production. CBM production requires an operator to dewater coal seam aquifers to release the methane gas for capture.
Bill 36, the Energy and Mines Statutes Amendment Act, has ‘deregulated’ the oil and gas industry and weakened environmental protection measures that are currently in place for the oil and gas industry. For example:
Recently released data shows that, if adopted, the Canadian position on the treatment of forests and soils under the Kyoto Protocol would obliterate the environmental impact of the Kyoto Protocol.
The Canadian position on the treatment of sequestration of carbon by forests and under the Kyoto Protocol is scientifically unsound and could lead to massive increases in atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases.