Slaying the Dragon

As noted in the Seattle Times and reported in the Vancouver Sun,

The British Columbia provincial government is taking legal and administrative action to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.  At issue is inadequate consultation by developer Kinder Morgan with First Nations. In Washington, the Tulalip Tribes, Suquamish tribe, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and Lummi Nation have joined to fight the project.

Pursuit of Greed

As Alexandra Morton reports at Common Ground, the Virology Journal in July published a scientific paper on the highly contagious European salmon virus now present in British Columbia. Closely matching the same virus in diseased Atlantic farmed salmon in Norway, the conclusion is that the Norwegian salmon aquaculture company Marine Harvest — which operates salmon farms in British Columbia — is responsible for introducing the deadly virus into wild Pacific salmon populations. Once home to robust wild salmon runs, the Fraser River abundance has plummeted. Given the virus severely damages salmon hearts, rendering them unable to swim up rivers to spawn, the once famous Fraser sockeye salmon migration route might soon be another natural resource wasted in the pursuit of greed.