Special Report: Fraser River

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Gravel mining of The Fraser River is a window into how British Columbia's government makes decisions about complex environmental issues.  This Special Report investigates money, power, politics, and more.

Sturgeon, sport fishing, B.C. tourism, corruption government process

Sturgeon anglers despair over mining of Fraser River

Power shovels have begun excavating 105,000 cubic metres of gravel in the area known as the "Heart of the Fraser" from a site called Seabird Bar B, located on reserve lands near Agassiz, B.C....
Photo of typical Fraser River gravel mining bar by Andrew S. Wright

Money and influence cast long shadow over province's decisions on Fraser River, records suggest

Scientists say money and connections have too much power in B.C. politics, following the green-lighting of a controversial gravel mining project on the Fraser River expected to have serious impact on...

Province approves controversial Fraser River gravel mining project

Scientist says province reneged on promise to protect one of the world's oldest fish populations.
WesPac, Fraser River, British Columbia

B.C. wants feds to stay out of environmental assessment for Fraser River LNG project

'This is all going to impact one of the world's greatest salmon rivers in probably its most sensitive part,' says MP and fisheries and oceans critic Fin Donnelly.
Fraser River near Chilliwack, near proposed hazardous waste facility

First Nation invokes Tsilhqot'in to stop toxins in Fraser River

The Sto:lo First Nation have joined a fight against the building of a hazardous waste recycling facility on the banks of the Fraser river, by reminding the province that they would be wise to...

Toxic waste facility would be "catastrophe" for Fraser River: Sto:lo advisor

It’s an innocuous bridge, not pretty to look at, but vital: the Vedder Bridge connects the cities of Abbotsford and Chilliwack over the Vedder Canal, which flows into the Fraser River. If a new...
Fraser River, LNG, Liquefied Natural Gas

LNG plant proposal for the Fraser River raises serious questions

WesPac is trying to dodge a fundamental question, says critic: Should an LNG jetty be built on Tilbury Island?