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It was a rafting crew that noticed salmon eggs in the gravel of the Wedzin Kwa (Morice River) last summer. The nests, or redds, were directly in the path of Coastal GasLink’s pipeline crossing.

How many eggs were there? And how would they be affected by the vibration of a giant drill carving out a truck-sized tunnel under the river bed?

Skeena salmon advocate Shannon McPhail called the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for answers. She waited weeks for a reply. But just hours after McPhail’s inquiry, DFO had the data. 273,000 Coho eggs was the “conservative estimate” based on stream surveys by a pipeline contractor.

DFO hid that information, telling McPhail 19 days later “it would be impossible to confirm” how many eggs were in the gravel. Then the regulator repeated the company’s talking points, saying there was nothing to worry about.

Meanwhile, DFO had abandoned all monitoring on Coastal GasLink – no flights, no site inspections, no independent surveys to verify reports from private consultants. The company was turned loose on salmon rivers while regulators misled the public.

We know all this thanks to freedom-of-information requests published this week by The Narwhal. How much more of the Coastal GasLink story remains buried? And how badly do regulators have to fail, before elected officials will step in?

NEWS Stories we’re following One fish, two fish, red fish, dead fish? Feds fail to disclose Coastal GasLink data on salmon eggs and habitat. - The Narwhal
Trans Mountain's dubious dealings The Crown corporation bought carbon credits from a company that hadn’t started yet and now never will. - National Observer Big Oil gets a failing grade on net-zero promises Pledges made by Canada’s oil and gas sector ring false as the industry continues its push to expand fossil fuel use and oppose climate policy. -National Observer Nearly 70 children believed to have died at Alberni residential school Long known truths held by the Tseshaht First Nation have now been more widely confirmed. -Nanaimo News Now She described her workplace as a 'torture chamber' MLA Melanie Mark resigns from the legislature — the latest in a growing number of Indigenous women trailblazers who've quit politics because of the toxic culture they experienced inside parties and government. -Statement from the Union of BC Indian Chiefs Healing from 'incredible sickness' Cree author Clayton Thomas-Müller talks environmental justice and shares his vision for transforming colonial power structures to find climate solutions. -The Narwhal The thin green line Where disinformation meets greenwashing. -National Observer 'There are no bodies' A B.C. judge’s genocide denial shocks KIRS survivor as land defenders are given jail time for standing up to Trans Mountain. -Indiginews If you like what you're reading but aren't subscribed, sign up now for Dogwood News! Subscribe Events Ways to gather Find out what's new with Frack Free BC, learn about winning a Climate Corps and do some art for the climate! See all events...
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