Our campaign to protect the Skeena River estuary in Northern B.C. has seen success! 

In autumn 2017 a massive pesticide application along the 150 km CN Skeena rail corridor resulted in numerous and extensive apparent violations threatening key habitat for spawning salmon. TBuck launched a campaign in response to ensure the law was appropriately enforced following CN’s dangerous pesticide application.
We are pleased that following a long thorough investigation  CN Rail was fined $100,000 for failing to get authorization to spray in May 2021, and on September 25, 2021 CN pled guilty to violating the Fisheries Act in Prince Rupert court, and was fined $2.5 million

TBuck would like to extend a big thank you to West Coast Environmental Law, and the UVIC Environmental Law Centre. Support from these organizations has been instrumental in our campaign.

Work that went into this campaign: 

  • In 2017 we informed the public and shared expert field assessment and scientific analysis with federal and provincial investigators towards enforcement of existing legislation. Three of these reports are:  Glyphosate CN - Northern View, Glyphosate fate and toxicity to salmon (Skeena) - Dr. Kennedy 2018 and Field Assessment - A. Coosemans.
  • We commented on CN's 2018 draft Pest Management Plan (PMP). 

What we want to do next: 

We are working with West Coast Environmental Law towards legislative reform to reintroduce access to a provincial environmental appeals board when industrial PMPs do not adequately incorporate expert recommendations for habitat protection.

Luanne Roth leads this project. Please contact her for more information.