Squamish votes 5-2 to Sue Big Oil

October 28, 2023
Malika Bindra

Thank you to everyone that came out to encourage council to sign on to Sue Big Oil! Photo: Tracey Saxby

We have some exciting news to share with you!

They said yes!

Squamish Council, sitting as the Committee of the Whole, voted 5-2 to join Sue Big Oil—a class-action lawsuit against global fossil fuel companies to recover a fair share of climate costs.

This makes Squamish the third local government in British Columbia to sign on to the lawsuit, building momentum for the Sue Big Oil campaign by our friends at West Coast Environmental Law.

The lawsuit would seek to recover a share of the millions of dollars that the District of Squamish must spend on dikes, wildfire prevention, water management, and other climate-related costs, rather than passing those costs entirely on to residents.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the District of Squamish for its climate leadership and determination to recover the significant costs of climate pollution caused by the fossil fuel industry.

Read the Vancouver Sun and Squamish Chief articles.

Then take a moment to send a thank you letter to Mayor and Council.


Why this matters

For decades, oil and gas corporations have known that burning fossil fuels would cause the heat waves, wildfires, drought, and flooding that we’re now experiencing in BC.

These multinational companies spent millions to deceive, deny, and distract us to prevent action on climate change, while they raked in billions in profit.

How do we pay for a safer and healthier future for all British Columbians? We must force oil and gas corporations to pay their fair share for the harm they are causing.

That’s why we called on the District of Squamish to join with other local governments to file a class action lawsuit to recover a fair share of our climate costs.

Fiscal responsibility in action

It is already costing Squamish millions of dollars to pay for dike upgrades and wildfire preparedness, among other climate-related expenses.

Allocating $1 per person (~$25,000 in total) to join other local governments in a class-action lawsuit is the fiscally responsible choice to ensure that companies like Shell, Chevron, and ExxonMobil are held accountable for their fair share of these climate costs, not municipal taxpayers.

Joining forces for justice

Squamish now stands alongside the Townships of Gibsons and View Royal, collectively committed to bringing a class action lawsuit against global fossil fuel companies. The Sue Big Oil campaign continues to gain momentum, with volunteer action teams across the province urging their local governments to join this critical legal action.

This is a bold step towards holding big oil and gas accountable.


Today we celebrate a big win. Please take a moment to send an email to mayor and council and thank them for their climate leadership!


Malika Bindra

Community Organizer
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