November Advocacy: Pipelines, Hazardous Substances, and Abandoned Vessels
The Islands Trust remains active in voicing concern about the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. On Tuesday, written comments were submitted to the reconsideration hearing being held by the National Energy Board (NEB). This November 20 deadline follows just seven weeks after the NEB’s October 3rd deadline for contributions to help define the terms of reference for the hearing itself, to which the Islands Trust also contributed. The reconsideration hearing was set up in the wake of the Federal Court of Appeal decision that quashed the Order in Council approving the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.
The Island Trust Council has been vocally opposed to the proposed expansion project. This opposition is rooted in concern that an oil spill resulting from the project or an oil tanker collision or malfunction into the Salish Sea could have a devastating impact. As outlined in this week’s submission, the core issues remain the same as the ones the Islands Trust Council expressed in 2011 when it requested that the NEB consider the consequences of marine shipping and also facilitate full and meaningful involvement by coastal communities and First Nations.
On November 5, the Trust Council Chair wrote to a Transport Canada consultation about how Canada prepares for and responds to the release of hazardous and noxious substances from ships into the marine environment. Because of the local elections, which had been only recently completed, the letter references earlier advocacy work.
Also this month, the Honourable Selina Robinson, Minister for Municipal Affairs and Housing, presented the Islands Trust’s 2017-2018 annual report during the November 19th afternoon sitting of the B.C. Legislative Assembly. In her comments, the Minister acknowledged the work of the Islands Trust and the Islands Trust Conservancy in managing development, sustaining communities and protecting ecosystems in this unique and special part of British Columbia. She also referenced the important milestone that the Conservancy has reached in protecting 103 places (totaling 1270 hectares) and highlighted the Trust’s commitment to improving relations with the many First Nations with interests in the lands and waters of the Trust Area to help advance reconciliation.
HOT OFF THE PRESS: The Islands Trust has printed up a new leaflet: Abandoned Boats, Barges, Buoys & Docks in the Islands Trust Area: Frequently Asked Questions. The title pretty much says it all: the leaflet answers the most common questions received by Islands Trust trustees and staff on the topic of this, sadly, too common form of water-based debris. The leaflet is available online and at the front desk of all three of our main offices. If you would like a copy mailed to you, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Islands Trust is currently seeking applications for a Property Management Specialist to work with the Islands Trust Conservancy in Victoria (deadline November 24, so don’t delay) and an Island Planner to work on Gabriola (deadline November 28). Information about both these positions is available on our Employment Opportunities page.
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