Ground zero

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When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan got together Tuesday morning in a hotel conference room in Vancouver to applaud an investors' decision to build a huge fracked gas export plant on B.C.'s coast, they were 1,300 kilometres from ground zero for B.C.'s natural gas industry.

There, in a remote pocket of northeastern B.C., the land has become a jigsaw puzzle of human-created disturbance with more than 110,000 linear kilometres of roads, pipelines and transmission and seismic lines.

Call it death by a thousand cuts, or call it cumulative impacts. Call it whatever you like: it's what the Blueberry River First Nation has been dealing with for decades. And it's why Blueberry River took the province to court.

We sent journalist Christopher Pollon and photographer Garth Lenz to document the impacts Blueberry River has been experiencing and we bring you that feature this week.

Keep reading for much more coverage of the big LNG announcement and more.

Emma Gilchrist
Editor-in-Chief, The Narwhal

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By Sarah Cox

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How international gold mining companies are getting their way in Nova Scotia

By Joan Baxter

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How this man’s legal challenge could stall LNG Canada

By Judith Lavoie

Michael Sawyer has faced threats to his safety and property for arguing that the Coastal GasLink Project, a 675-kilometre pipeline running from Dawson Creek to Kitimat, should have faced a federal review by the National Energy Board instead of relying on provincial approval. Read more.

Why Californians are worried about the Trans Mountain pipeline

By James Wilt

A new line of opposition to Trans Mountain is now being drawn on sandy beaches some 1,300 kilometres to the south — in the Bay Area of California.

There, residents are increasingly concerned that the expansion of Trans Mountain may result in a major uptick in tankers carrying Alberta oilsands crude to the region’s five refineries. Read r33 Copyright © 2018 The Narwhal, All rights reserved.
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