Protecting the waters of Burrard Inlet

This week, Tsleil-Waututh Nation participated in a multi-agency full-scale oil spill response drill at Westridge Marine Terminal, the terminus of the Trans-Mountain pipeline project. Participants included the Canadian Coast Guard, Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC), the Province of British Columbia Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and Trans Mountain. The drill included practice deployment of containment equipment and booms in and around docks and shoreline,

Canada will lose an estimated $11.9 billion dollars on the Trans Mountain pipeline project

Today, Dr. Thomas Gunton and his team of researchers at SFU released a damning report that estimates Canada will lose $11.9 Billion Dollars on the Trans Mountain Expansion project (TMX). This report re-confirms what Tsleil-Waututh Nation has been saying for years: TMX’s economics are bad, and are getting worse. The SFU report succinctly outlines how the economic analysis of the project was flawed to begin with,

Trans Mountain is a risky undertaking for insurance companies, and they know it

Trans Mountain has applied to the Canadian Energy Regulator (CER) requesting they keep the names of their insurers secret, arguing that public pressure makes it more expensive and harder to insure the project. Tsleil-Waututh submitted a letter of comment to the CER opposing Trans Mountain’s request, which would remove one layer of transparency from a company with a culture of secrecy.

Remembering the March 10th, 2018 Burnaby Mountain Rally

“Today we remember three years ago, when thousands of people gathered together with the same purpose in mind: to express their opposition to the Trans Mountain Pipeline. We walked to Burnaby Mountain, the location of the terminus of the pipeline, towards the Watch House. While the Watch House was not a project of TWN, we support the rights of those opposed to the project to voice their opposition.

New Research on Waves in Burrard Inlet

For years, Tsleil-Waututh Elders and Nation members have observed erosion on the shores of Burrard Inlet coinciding with increased marine traffic. This erosion affects the Tsleil-Waututh community in innumerable ways as it compromises important cultural places, damages archaeological sites, and degrades key shorelines and beaches. This week, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN) is applauding the publication of new research reporting the relative contributions of vessel-generated wakes and wind waves to the overall wave energy in Burrard Inlet,

TWN says Yes to renewable energy

Yesterday, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN) officially unveiled a major new solar power installation. The 350 solar panels will supply power to the TWN Administration building, saving an estimated $29,000 in energy costs each year, and making it the largest ground-mount solar power project in Metro Vancouver. This is the second solar power project in the Tsleil-Waututh community,

Annual Energy Futures Report Released Today

(Image Credit: CER 2020)

The black trend line shows what happens to crude oil supply if no climate action is taken. The pink dotted trend line shows crude supply available if modest climate actions are taken. The pink trend line indicates that if the pipelines are built, there will be significantly more pipeline capacity than there is crude oil available for export.

Media Release and Legal Backgrounder: First Nations “extremely disappointed” by Supreme Court of Canada’s refusal to hear TMX appeal, but vow to keep fighting

July 2, 2020 – Vancouver (Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territory)

– The Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Coldwater Indian Band have been denied leave to appeal by the Supreme Court of Canada. These three First Nations have fought and challenged the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) Project twice at the Federal Court of Appeal.

Media Release: Stop TMX: Devastating Trans Mountain Pipeline Spill Reinforces Urgency to Halt Further Expansion

(Sema:th Territory/ Abbotsford– June 14, 2020) Indigenous leaders are demanding answers and raising alarm following another Trans Mountain pipeline spill, which took place early yesterday morning in Abbotsford.
The spill occurred at the Sumas Station which pumps up to the tank farm on Sumas Mountain and where the line intersects south to Washington.

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