Sipekne’katik band prepared for long protest at AltaGas site

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Band member Cheryl Maloney says the sit-in won’t end until the work stops and a court appeal of the environmental permits is completed. (Robert Short/CBC)

‘We’ve started to allow big business to dictate how our environment is going to be,’ resident says

By Paul Palmeter, CBC News, September 29, 2016

Indigenous people and other residents near Stewiacke, N.S., aren’t backing down in their opposition to a Calgary company’s plans for a natural gas storage site in the area.

About a dozen people including Sipekne’katik band members began a sit-in Monday in the area where AltaGas plans to store natural gas in three underground salt caverns near the Shubenacadie River. Read the rest of this entry

What’s next for Pacific NorthWest LNG project? 4 questions answered

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Hereditary chiefs show their opposition to the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG facility at Lelu Island, Tsimshian territory.

Project faces market pressures in addition to environmental conditions

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, September 29, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet colleagues signed off on one of the largest energy infrastructure projects in this country’s history this week, but now attention turns to whether shovels will ever actually hit the ground to build the Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal. Read the rest of this entry

Military-Style Raid Ends Native Prayer Against Dakota Pipeline

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Police with shotguns advance as armoured vehicles lurk in background (on left a BearCat and on right an MRAP-Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle), Sept 28, 2016.

Up to 21 people were arrested during a peaceful prayer service.

TeleSurv TV, September 28, 2016

North Dakota police with military-style equipment surrounded Native Americans gathered in prayer against the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline on Wednesday, disrupting their plan to cross sacred and treaty-protected land in protest of a project they fear will destroy their livelihood. Read the rest of this entry

5 arrests made during Dakota Access Pipeline protest near St. Anthony

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Masked warriors departing rally site in North Dakota, Sept 27, 2016.

By Sara Berlinger, KFYR TV,

The Morton County Sheriff’s Department says the obstruction was to help people drive to the protest near a Dakota Access construction site. Read the rest of this entry

Federal government approves $11.4-billion LNG project in B.C.

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Banner on Lelu Island, Tsimshian territory.

Vancouver Sun, September 28, 2016

The federal government has approved an $11.4-billion, liquefied natural-gas mega-project that has been central to Premier Christy Clark’s plans to boost B.C.’s economy — and her hopes of re-election next spring.

Approval was announced late Tuesday after Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc travelled to Richmond after a cabinet meeting earlier in the day. Read the rest of this entry

Mi’kmaq protesters block entrance at proposed Alton gas storage site

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Caravan from Standing Rock Shuts Down Two DAPL Constructions Sties

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Masked warriors on top of destruction machinery at Dakota Access Pipeline construction, North Dakota. Photo: West Coast Women Warriors Media Cooperative.

by West Coast Women Warriors Media Cooperative, September 26, 2016

The latest in a series of escalating actions to stop the continued construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline saw hundreds of Indigenous Land Defenders, Water Protectors and Warriors leave camp on Sunday in a 70 car caravan to conduct ceremony on the still active construction sites. Read the rest of this entry

Trudeau’s pipeline remark puts focus on Pacific Northwest LNG project

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A liquid natural gas tanker in Australia.

$7B TransCanada pipeline would move natural gas to B.C. coast for export to Asia

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, September 24, 2016

“The Great Bear rainforest is no place for a crude oil pipeline and I haven’t changed my opinion on that.”

That was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s specific response to a question this week about the proposed Enbridge-backed Northern Gateway pipeline through B.C.’s north.

In opposition, his comments about pipelines moving through this part of the province were less precise. Trudeau did not include the words “crude oil” in earlier declarations, as he did twice on Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry

Audit identifies $2.1M in ‘unexplained payments’ to Alexander First Nation former chief and staff

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Auditors found past chief Herbert Arcand received $405,119 in unexplained payments, in addition to his salary. (Supplied)

‘It’s a one-sided report to me,’ former chief Herbert Arcand says

By Andrea Huncar, CBC News, September 23, 2016

A “forensic investigation” has identified $2.1 million in “unexplained payments” to a former chief of the Alexander First Nation and seven administrative staff, according to a leaked internal document.

The document says about half of the unexplained amounts, totalling more than $1 million, were paid to former chief Herbert Arcand and current tribal chief administrator Alphonse Arcand. Read the rest of this entry