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Rosebud Sioux Tribe Counts First Coup on Megaloads

Keystone XL "megaload" turned back by Rosebud tribal council, April 14, 2014.

Keystone XL “megaload” turned back by Rosebud Sioux tribal council, April 14, 2014.

by Ann-erika White Bird, Lakota Voice, April 14, 2014

Tonight, a small number of Sicangu Lakota Tribal members took a stand against the megaloads rolling through reservation lands.

Lakota Voice arrived, after being passed by one megaload headed north on Highway 83, a common thoroughfare for semi-trucks traveling from Nebraska. Read the rest of this entry

Support “Mocassins on the Ground”: Lakota resistance against Keystone XL pipeline

Keystone XL Lakota support graphicHere’s an excerpt of a recent statement by the Lakota grassroots organization Owe Aku:

“We do not want kxl, we do not want tarsands in our lands, the tarsands must stay in the ground, the extraction and its aftermath is killing humans and all of life up there, and wasting precious water… Please take a moment to help get our words, thoughts, and prayers out to the world, all over Unci Maka, that Lakota People, and many other Red Nations people, we have painted our faces. Our allies up north have painted their faces. For sacred water, for Unci Maka, for our generations.” Read the rest of this entry

Well-entrenched in oil sands, Fort McKay First Nation eyes even deeper ties

Aerial view of part of Alberta Tar Sands operations.

Aerial view of part of Alberta Tar Sands operations.

Yadullah Hussain, Financial Post, March 13, 2014

With annual revenues of about $700-million and as many as nine joint ventures focused on oil sands services, Fort McKay First Nation resembles more a sprawling Fort McMurray, Alta. business group than an aboriginal band. But the 700-member group is well-entrenched in the oil sands and considers the surrounding industry as its primary customer. The group is even looking to develop oil sands on its territory. Read the rest of this entry

Two giant oil pipelines proposed to speed “doubling” of tar sands

Tar Sands factory complex in northern Alberta.

Tar Sands factory complex in northern Alberta.

Two major oil pipelines — the most expensive in Canada — passed key hurdles this week: Energy East and Line 3 Replacement.  Observers say they lead to “massive” environmental and economic consequences.

Mychaylo Prystupa, Vancouver Observer, Mar 6th, 2014

In a dizzying week of oil announcements, two new giant west-to-east pipelines passed key milestones.  If built, the pipelines would rapidly expand Alberta’s oil sands, cause massive environmental impacts, and trigger thousands of new jobs, according to several observers. Read the rest of this entry

Kinder Morgan slammed for ‘accidentally’ omitting oil pipeline maps in federal application

KM Trans Mountain pipeline warningParliament asked to require Texas company to “re-start” its application after it neglected to upload oil pipeline maps to NEB website for people to see

Mychaylo Prystupa, Vancouver Observer, Feb 25th, 2014

Kinder Morgan was harshly criticized in the House of Commons Tuesday for not filing a complete application with maps for its Edmonton-to-Burnaby oil pipeline — a project that may disturb dozens of homes through several B.C. cities, depending on the path. Read the rest of this entry

Cracked earth oil spills in Alberta causing environmental concerns

Aerial view of oil spill near Cold Lake, Alberta.

Aerial view of oil spill near Cold Lake, Alberta.

By Rob Smith, APTN Investigates, Feb 14, 2014

At this time, five oil spills are ongoing at the Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) Primrose facility located near Cold Lake, Alberta.

To date, 1.5 million liters of bitumen has been mopped up from the surface. A small lake has been partially drained and it’s been reported that 200 animals, birds, amphibians, and mammals have perished. Read the rest of this entry

Oilsands benefit First Nations

Some of the "scant evidence" of the environmental impacts of the Tar Sands referred to by Quesnel, trucks the size of houses haul earth from the Tar Sands.

Some of the “scant evidence” of the environmental impacts of the Tar Sands referred to by Quesnel; trucks the size of houses haul earth from the Tar Sands.

Protestors show ignorance of reality of oilsands development

By Joseph Quesnel, Winnipeg Sun, January 31, 2014

Aboriginal peoples benefit from oilsands development.  That was the one reality missed by protesters at a recent lecture at the University of Winnipeg involving Phil Fontaine. Read the rest of this entry

Ethical Oil’s #IndianIgnorant tweet slammed as racist

Attempt to critique Neil Young’s “Honour the Treaties” Tour backfiring, says Aboriginal group.Ethical Oil tweet

Mychaylo Prystupa, Vancouver Observer, Jan 24th, 2014

The controversial, pro-oil group Ethical Oil is in PR damage control mode after publishing a social media message that many Aboriginal people saw as racist. Read the rest of this entry

Tar Sands facing aboriginal “legal onslaught” in 2014

Tar Sands factories in northern Alberta.

Tar Sands factories in northern Alberta.

First Nations plans challenges of new rules for regulatory approvals of energy projects

CBC News/The Canadian Press, Jan 02, 2014

Simmering disputes over the oilsands between Alberta aboriginals and the provincial and federal governments will break into the open in 2014 as virtually every one of the many recent changes in oversight of the controversial industry comes under legal and political attack. Read the rest of this entry

Researchers Find 7,300-mile Ring of Mercury Around Tar Sands in Canada

by Peter Moskowitz, Al Jazeera America, Dec 29, 2013

Tar Sands in northern Alberta.

Tar Sands in northern Alberta.

Scientists have found a nearly 7,500-square-mile ring of land and water contaminated by mercury surrounding the tar sands in Alberta, where energy companies are producing and shipping oil throughout Canada and the U.S. Read the rest of this entry

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