Category Archives: Oil & Gas

Documents reveal Indian Act chiefs colalboration during 2013 New Brunswick anti-fracking protests

Mi'kmaq face RCMP riot cops on Oct 17, 2013, near Elsipogtog, NB.

Mi’kmaq face RCMP riot cops on Oct 17, 2013, near Elsipogtog, NB.

Internal documents show repeated Warrior Society requests for negotiating assistance denied

by Miles Howe, Halifax Media Coop, July 29, 2015

KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) — An Access to Information request has revealed that during the course of anti-shale gas protests in New Brunswick in 2013, 5th Canadian Division Support Base (CDSB) Gagetown, Eastern Canada’s largest military facility, was contacted on two separate occasions by high ranking members of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society. On each occasion, the Warrior Society – one of the key strategic groups involved in the on-the-ground protests that would ultimately see 100 activists arrested – requested negotiators from the Canadian Armed Forces, citing a breakdown in trust and an increasingly toxic working relationship with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Read the rest of this entry

Chevron officials kicked out of Unist’ot’en

July 25, 2015 via Submedia

Yesterday Chevron, the company behind the Pacific Trails fracking pipeline, attempted to enter our unceded territories. They have no consent from our chiefs and our hereditary governance system, who are standing strong in their stance against all pipelines. Next to the Wedzin Kwah river, which is pure enough to drink from, Chevron presented us with an offering of bottled water and industrial tobacco. Read the rest of this entry

Activists mark oil spill anniversary by spilling “oil” on Kinder Morgan sign

Kinder Morgan sign vandal 1By Jennifer Moreau, Burnaby Now, July 24, 2015

I received an anonymous email about some sign vandalism at Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Marine Terminal in north Burnaby, where tankers fill up with crude.
The July 24, 2007 reference related to the oil pipeline rupture on Burnaby’s Inlet Drive years ago.

Here’s the note that came with the pics:

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RCMP blocked from entering Unist’ot’en Camp

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by Unist’ot’en Camp, July 18, 2015

We have not signed any treaties permitting Canada to police our territories, yet the RCMP has been attempting to exercise illegal authority on our unceded lands. We have informed them of our protocols and Unist’ot’en law for entry.

Unist’ot’en Call for Physical Support and Solidarity

Members of Unis'tot'en camp, November 2012.

Members of Unis’tot’en camp, November 2012.

July 18, 2015
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Thanks to everyone who responded to our Action Camp and Chevron PTP  update. It is becoming clear that the situation here is moving toward an  escalation point.
Today at one o’clock a low flying helicopter flew over the ridge line  and crossed the river a couple kilomoters south of the bridge. It  followed a route that corresponds to the path of the proposed PTP  pipeline, then circled back and flew in a northern direction following  the river toward Houston. They flew low enough to take photos of  activity happening at bridge and our camp. Read the rest of this entry

Nexen pipeline spill likely not the last, First Nations group warns

Oil spill from Nexen Energy pipeline in northern Alberta tar sands, July 16, 2015.

Oil spill from Nexen Energy pipeline in northern Alberta tar sands, July 16, 2015.

Alberta oil pipeline cleanup covers area of 2 CFL football fields

CBC News, July 18, 2015

In the wake of a massive pipeline leak in northern Alberta, a First Nations group in the area is worried more spills will happen unless environmental standards are tightened.

“If we continue to accept that these types of incidents are the status quo of development we are also accepting the illegal abrogation of the rights and title of First Nations,” Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation said Saturday. Read the rest of this entry

Unist’ot’en 6th Annual Action Camp Report and Pacific Trails Pipeline Update

Wet'suwet'en members and supporters of Unistoten camp in front of healing centre, under construction.  July 2015.

Wet’suwet’en members and supporters of Unist’ot’en camp in front of healing centre, under construction. July 2015.

July 15, 2015 – Last week we hosted successfully our 6th annual Action Camp. This year we had participants with wide and diverse backgrounds gathered to learn and conduct workshops on a variety of topics, continue the construction of our Healing Lodge, and strengthen relationships between the closely intersected work we are all engaged in. Read the rest of this entry

Nexen pipeline leak in Alberta spills 5 million litres

Nexen Energy's Long Lake facility at Alberta's tar sands.  Photo: CBC News.

Nexen Energy’s Long Lake facility at Alberta’s tar sands. Photo: CBC News.

Nexen Energy spill south of Fort McMurray covers about 16,000 square metres

CBC News, July 16, 2015

One of the largest leaks in Alberta history has spilled about five million litres of emulsion from a Nexen Energy pipeline at the company’s Long Lake oilsands facility south of Fort McMurray.

The leak was discovered Wednesday afternoon.

Nexen said in a statement its emergency response plan has been activated and personnel were onsite. The leak has been stabilized, the company said.

The spill covered an area of about 16,000 square metres, mostly within the pipeline corridor, the company said. Emulsion is a mixture of bitumen, water and sand. Read the rest of this entry

Assembly of First Nations to host national energy forum in February

Members of the Public Safety Unit guard the site of the Enbridge hearing in Vancouver, Jan 24, 2013.

Members of the Public Safety Unit guard the site of the Enbridge Northern Gateway hearings in Vancouver, BC, Jan 24, 2013.

The future of Canada’s two largest pipeline projects hinges on the cooperation of First Nations throughout the country.

by Christopher Curtis, Montreal Gazette, July 8, 2015

With billions of dollars and swaths of aboriginal territory at stake, the Assembly of First Nations will try to leverage their legal rights and force a negotiation with Canada’s energy producers and the federal government. AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde said Tuesday he plans on hosting a national energy forum in February with the goal of getting big oil, Ottawa and First Nations at the table. Read the rest of this entry

Gitga’at First Nation launches legal challenge of Pacific Northwest LNG

A liquid natural gas tanker in Australia.

A liquid natural gas tanker in Australia.

It is seeking a judicial review of the B.C. government’s handling of consultation for the liquefied natural gas project on Lelu Island, near Prince Rupert in northwest B.C.


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