How the killer whale became the Achilles heel of Trans Mountain pipeline approval

In the 200-page decision released by the Federal Court of Appeal Thursday morning, effectively quashing the government’s approvals to build the Trans Mountain expansion project, B.C.’s southern resident killer whales are mentioned no fewer than 57 times.

Exposing the Big Game

Southern resident killer whales are designated under the Species At Risk Act, which means federal prohibitions exist against anything that would harm them or habitat considered critical to their survival.(Valerie Shore/Shorelines Photography)

It’s been a summer of dramatic killer whale news — from a mother holding up her dead calf for 17 days in a gut-wrenching display of grief, to a boatload of scientists shooting a sick whale with a dart full of antibiotics.

Now, B.C.’s ailing southern resident killer whale population is proving itself a wedge in one of the most headline-grabbing issues in the province.

In the 200-page decision released by the Federal Court of Appeal Thursday morning, effectively quashing the government’s approvals to build the Trans Mountain expansion project, B.C.’s southern resident killer whales are mentioned no fewer than 57 times.

The court ruled that the National Energy Board (NEB) review…

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3 thoughts on “How the killer whale became the Achilles heel of Trans Mountain pipeline approval

  1. How about we just dispense with that “Killer Whale” mess and give that distinction to so-called ‘humans’? Just refer to us now as “Killer Humans.” Fixed that. We are killing each other and every other living being on this planet but we want to call a whale, a “killer whale?” Not hardly in book. I am so damn tired of hearing about a pipeline here, a pipeline there, everywhere a pipeline just fucking up the planet’s innocent beings. For the love of !!!!!

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