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Hocus Pocus: How Trans Mountain’s accounting magic creates the illusion of commercial viability

Our work to oppose the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX) is grounded in upholding Indigenous rights, fighting climate change, and preventing the devastating local impacts of an oil spill. Since 2014, we have also focused on analyzing and critiquing the economic arguments presented by Trans Mountain’s owners, Kinder Morgan and the Canadian government, because they are supposed to justify the harms.  

New Report Projects Federal Government Will Forgive $17 Billion of Trans Mountain’s Debt to Canadians

Vancouver, BC, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territories – West Coast Environmental Law released a new report today that shows how Ottawa’s lack of transparency, unusual corporate structure, and accounting wizardry is creating the illusion that Trans Mountain is commercially viable.

Trans Mountain: Compromised viability to cost taxpayers more than $17 billion

In February 2022, the federal government announced that the cost of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project (TMX) had soared to $21,400,000,000, and Canadians were told “the government will spend no additional public money on the project” and “the project remains commercially viable.” New analysis by economist Robyn Allan disproves both claims and shows how the federal government is hiding Trans Mountain’s compromised viability.

Help secure a strong, ambitious oil and gas emissions cap

In July, Canada released a discussion paper outlining options and considerations for establishing a cap on oil and gas sector emissions, as part of its strategy for reaching its 2030 reductions target and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. The discussion paper follows an announcement by Prime Minister Trudeau at the 26th United Nations climate summit in 2021 that Canada would impose a hard cap on greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas sector.

Flood Recovery, Resilience and Reconciliation in the Lower Fraser: Build Back Better, Together Forum - July 14 2022 Forum

In the wake of the November 2021 flooding, communities (both local governments and First Nations) have been under pressure to develop recovery plans with varying levels of capacity and resources and with little to no opportunity for collaboration.

Say it loud and proud on social media: British Columbians support a lawsuit against Big Oil

Vancouver’s ‘Sue Big Oil’ decision last month generated some loud controversy. The motion was passed in a 6-5 decision, with councillors agreeing to allocate $1 per resident towards a future class action lawsuit by local governments against major fossil fuel companies for the costs of climate change.

Poll: Strong majority of British Columbians support local governments suing Big Oil, feel they have been impacted by climate change

VANCOUVER/Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh Territories – A new poll released today by the Sue Big Oil campaign finds that 69% of British Columbians support their local government working with other local governments to sue the world’s most polluting oil companies for a share of the costs of climate change. Less than 20% opposed taking this action.