Category Archives: Oil & Gas

A Pacific salmon hub is under threat

Lelu Island Wetsuweten boat

Wet’suwet’en leaders showing their solidarity with the Tsimshian at Lelu Island. Photo: Skeena Media.

by Carl Safina, National Georgraphic Ocean views, April 26, 2016

The Skeena River snakes out of fir-lined fjords on the misty northern coast of British Columbia, and washes over a thousand-acre sandbar. Flora Bank is a biological bottleneck over which millions of finger-length young salmon enter the sea each spring. Scientist Allen Gottesfeld calls Flora Bank the “Grand Central Station” for the watershed. All streams in the Skeena system lead here. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Update from Lax U’u’la Defenders

Lelu Island video grab

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BC Chiefs say approving Petronas gas project akin to declaring war

lelu island hereditary chiefs

Indigenous leaders gather on Lelu island where the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation has set up camp to protest the construction of the Petronas LNG terminal. Photograph: SkeenaWatershed Coalition

by Mark Blackburn, APTN National News, April 19, 2016

OTTAWA — The fight over a mega gas pipeline project in British Columbia reached Ottawa Tuesday as chiefs and stakeholders opposed to the proposal shared a stage to get their message out.

“If they approve this project, I think (Prime Minister Justin Trudeau) declared war on the people who are concerned about this system,” said Gerald Amos, chair of the Friends of Wild Salmon on behalf of the chiefs assembled. Read the rest of this entry

Two more First Nations sign agreements over Prince Rupert pipeline

Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project map

Map of the proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project.

Alaska Highway News, April 15, 2016

The Takla Lake First Nation and the McLeod Lake Indian Band have signed project agreements with TransCanada over the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission (PRGT) project, the company announced this week.

Specifics of the agreements weren’t released, but they include employment and contract opportunities, along with initial and annual payments to the two groups over the life of the pipeline.

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Lelu Island hereditary chiefs respond to Prince Rupert Port Authority

lelu island hereditary chiefs

Indigenous leaders gather on Lelu island where the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation has set up camp to protest the construction of the Petronas LNG terminal. Photograph: SkeenaWatershed Coalition

The hereditary chiefs of Lelu Island have responded to a Prince Rupert Port Authority demand they halt construction.

Simoyget Yahaan Donnie Wesley Gwishawaal Ken Lawson responded with an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Read the rest of this entry

Port Authority orders construction on Lelu Island protest camp to stop

Lelu Island cabin tipi

Cabin and tipi constructed on Lelu Island. Photo: Jeff Nicholls, Tsimshian.

by Shannon Lough, The Northern View, April 11, 2016

Protesters encamped on Lelu Island were asked to stop construction activities by the Port of Prince Rupert.

The site is where Pacific NorthWest has proposed a liquefied natural gas export terminal, which is still under review by the federal government. The protesters have occupied an area within the port’s administrative jurisdiction since the fall of 2015.

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Pipeline Fighters Set Up Spirit Camp to Block Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline

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Photo by LaDonna Bravebull Allard, Last REal Indians.

by Matt Remle, Last Real Indians, April 1, 2016

On April 1st, hundreds gathered in Ft. Yates on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation to show opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, also known as the Bakken pipeline.

the Dakota Access Pipeline threatens public health and welfare on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe relies on the waters of the life-giving Missouri River for our continued existence, and the Dakota Access Pipeline poses a serious risk to Mni Sose and to the very survival of our Tribe.” Standing Rock Sioux Tribe resolution opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. Read the rest of this entry

Save Lelu Island & Flora Banks Fund

by Stop Pacific NorthWest LNG/Petronas on Lelu Island, March 29, 2016

Since August 25, 2015, we have been occupying Lax U’u’la :”place where the seals are” (Lelu Island) & Flora Banks, territory of the Gitwilgyots Tribe, House of Gwishawaal, to practice our Aboriginal rights and title. By doing this we legally prevent and slow surveying, work, and construction of the Pacific Northwest LNG/liquified fracked methane project proposed near Port Edward, BC. Read the rest of this entry

Tribal Citizens Rise Up Against Bakken Oil Pipeline

Sioux Spirit Camp

Rosebud Sioux Spirit Camp.

March 29th, 2016

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Tribal Citizens Rise Up Against Bakken Oil Pipeline
Horse Ride and Spiritual Camp To Be Held Along Proposed Route of Dakota Access Pipeline

Cannonball, SD – On April 1st, 2016, tribal citizens of the Standing Rock Lakota Nation and ally Lakota, Nakota, & Dakota citizens, under the group name “Chante tin’sa kinanzi Po” will have a Horse Ride to celebrate the founding of a Spirit Camp that will be erected along the proposed route of the bakken oil pipeline, Dakota Access. This camp will be called Iŋyaŋ Wakȟáŋaǧapi Othí, translated as Sacred Rock, the original name of the Cannonball area. The Spirit Camp is dedicated to stopping and raising awareness of the Dakota Access pipeline,  the dangers associated with pipeline spills and the necessity to protect the water resources of the Missouri river. Read the rest of this entry

B.C.’s Pacific Northwest LNG project faces more delays

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