Dogwood News This Week: cold feet

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news and action Friday June 2, 2023 It’s been a darn good week.

On Wednesday, Enbridge announced they’re hitting pause on their plan to build the Westcoast Connector mega-pipeline (WCGT).

The reason for backing off seems pretty clear to us.

Investors are nervous after massive cost overruns on similar projects like Trans Mountain and Coastal GasLink. And public outrage over ongoing damage to salmon streams has made it harder for a mega-project like WCGT to move ahead.

Enbridge’s proposed pipeline would be even bigger than Coastal GasLink. It would require thousands of new fracking wells. Exporting that gas as LNG would... unlock gigatons of dangerous methane and CO2 emissions, amid unprecedented global heating.

The project certificate for WCGT expires next year. Enbridge originally demanded an emergency extension from the B.C. government. A decision to extend from environment minister George Heyman was supposed to come last month.

But then the Environmental Assessment Office kept pushing the decision back. The delay made us wonder what might be happening behind closed doors. Then, at the last minute, Enbridge pulled the plug.

“After significant consideration, WCGT has decided to withdraw the Application,” the company wrote in a letter to Heyman posted yesterday. “We still continue to work with stakeholders and Indigenous groups with respect to the development of the Project.”

Enbridge got cold feet. And credit for that lies partly with you.

5,629 Dogwood supporters sent letters to environment minister George Heyman opposing the permit extension for Enbridge. So did grassroots groups throughout the Skeena watershed, hereditary chiefs of the Gitxsan and Gitanyow nations, and allies across the province.

The public pressure worked. Now Enbridge has to come up with a new strategy.

We’ll keep an eye on the Westcoast Connector project, and continue to monitor the appalling damage inflicted by Coastal GasLink and the Trans Mountain pipeline as they hoover up public money and destroy salmon habitat. But for now, it’s time for the people who stayed strong through this fight to celebrate.
NEWS Stories we’re following Disconnector Enbridge is trying to put a positive spin on it for investors. But they’ve abandoned a crucial permit extension for the Westcoast Connector pipeline. -CFNRFM

Cancellation in slow motion? Canada’s first deepwater offshore oil project is now on hold for up to three years. - The Energy Mix Jailed for standing up B.C. judge Shelley Fitzpatrick convicts more Secwepemc land defenders, dismissing Indigenous laws and cultures in the process. - Indiginews
Another 'public pays later' scheme Trudeau’s Cabinet approved another $3 billion in loan guarantees to banks to keep money flowing to Trans Mountain. - Politico Danielle Smith vs the environment From skipping emissions caps to fighting climate policy, here's a look at what to expect from the Alberta premier when it comes to the environment. You won’t be surprised at all. - The Narwhal
Clean energy rising Economists confirm investors are becoming less interested in new privately owned oil and gas projects. - The Energy Mix From the David Suzuki Foundation: Burning Bridge Debunking LNG as a climate solution.
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