Colwood takes hard stance against big oil

City to send climate accountability letters to 20 fossil fuel companies

The City of Colwood has added its voice to the growing chorus of municipalities demanding accountability from fossil fuel companies.

Council voted unanimously at its council meeting earlier this week to send a Climate Accountability letter to 20 of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies such as Exxon, Chevron and Shell, seeking fair compensation for climate costs associated with preparing for wildfires, droughts and other climate change impacts.

“It does sound like something that would make a lot of sense,” said Coun. Cynthia Day during the meeting. “One of the most powerful arguments is it will create some awarenesss in the industry that they will be required to pay, at least some of the share, and would create an incentive to do something differently.”

Coun. Jason Nault was in support of the letter, but cautioned that added expenses to companies are often passed down to consumers, who may end up paying more for their products.

RELATED: Highlands targets big name oil companies

Colwood joins the municipalities of Victoria, Saanich and the Highlands that have agreed to send similar letters.

“The world’s fossil fuel companies are increasingly hearing from B.C. communities that their business model doesn’t reflect the true costs of their products,” said Andrew Gage, head of West Coast’s Climate Law in our Hands initiative in a release.

“Colwood, like Victoria, Saanich and Highlands, is looking to Chevron, Exxon and Shell to pay their fair share of the rising costs of climate change.”

kendra.wong@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Greater Victoria’s living wage now costs $20.50 an hour

Cost of living increase drives region’s living wage up 49 cents, leaving you able to afford only one latte per year

Saanich man arrested in cross-border drug smuggling operation

William Milton Barnes of Greater Victoria faces multiple charges following six-month investigation

Victoria Shamrocks acquire NLL and MSL all-star

Rob Hellyer brings offensive power to the Shamrocks

Two Oak Bay officers recognized at 10th anniversary of anti-impaired driving program

Alexa’s Team has grown from 26 members in 2008 to the current 2,400

West Shore resident receives B.C. Community Achievement Award

Kevin Albers fell into building affordable housing and hasn’t looked back

Parents call for change to health laws after Oak Bay teen’s death

Accidental overdose has Elliot Eurchuk’s parents seeking change to B.C Infants Act

Former Social Credit MLA dies at 88

Lyall Hanson was mayor of Vernon in 1981 and moved to provincial politics from 1986-96

Police searching for escaped prisoner in B.C.

Ralph Whitfield Morris, 83, is serving a life sentence for second-degree murder

B.C. set to introduce pot laws, but years of fine tuning likely: minister

Legislation regulating recreational marijuana is expected to be introduced Thursday

Arrests made after truck crashes into unmarked police cars in Nanaimo

Two men facing numerous charges after allegedly fleeing scene on the mid-island

Canadian driver uses lawn chair as driver’s seat, gets caught

Ontario police detachment caught the male driver during a traffic stop

B.C. moves to restrict pill presses in opioid battle

Minister Mike Farnworth says federal law doesn’t go far enough

VIDEO: Vets, volunteers set up vaccination station for sick bunnies

Volunteers, vets try to stop spread of lethal virus

If you see a dog in a hot car, don’t break in: SPCA

People are being discouraged from smashing windows to free animals. The SPCA has tips on what else you can do.

Most Read