Category Archives: Oil & Gas

Northern Gateway pipeline approval overturned

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Protest in Comox, BC, against Enbridge pipeline, 2012.

Federal Court of Appeal finds Canada failed to consult with First Nations on pipeline project

By Jason Proctor, CBC News, June 30, 2016

The Federal Court of Appeal has overturned approval of Enbridge’s controversial Northern Gateway project after finding Ottawa failed to properly consult the First Nations affected by the pipeline.

“We find that Canada offered only a brief, hurried and inadequate opportunity … to exchange and discuss information and to dialogue,” the ruling says.

“It would have taken Canada little time and little organizational effort to engage in meaningful dialogue on these and other subjects of prime importance to Aboriginal peoples. But this did not happen.” Read the rest of this entry

Altas documents industrialization of Northern B.C. First Nations’ territory

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The Blueberry River First Nations released these maps in 2015 which compare industrial activity today to 50 years ago. (Blueberry River First Nations)

Blueberry River First Nations say logging, oil and gas and pollution destroying traditional territory

By Liam Britten, CBC News, June 29, 2016

A new report from the Blueberry River First Nations in northeastern B.C. says industrial activity is destroying their traditional territory.

The report, entitled Atlas of cumulative landscape disturbance in the traditional territory of Blueberry River First Nations, found 84 percent of the First Nations’ traditional territory is within 500 metres of an “industrial disturbance” such as an oil or gas well, roadways, forestry cut blocks, agriculture or seismic lines. Read the rest of this entry

Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs’ Statement Against TransCanada

Published to Youtube on Jun 16, 2016

On June 13, 2016 the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs interrupted  the “Wet’suwet’en Matrilineal Coalition” meeting with Transcanada  on Laksilyu territory.

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Video: A LAST STAND FOR LELU – PART 1: They Will Come

Two hundred Indigenous U’wa occupy gas plant in Colombia

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An U’wa Indigenous Guard defending his ancestral territory. Photo: Charlie Satow/Intercontinental Cry

by Charlie Satow, Intercontinental Cry, June 14, 2016

Two hundred Indigenous U’wa men, women, and children have occupied Colombian state oil company Ecopetrol’s Gibraltar I gas plant south of the Colombia-Venezuela border in Norte de Santander department, to demand that the government honour an agreement dating back to May 1, 2014.

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After wildfires, Fort McMurray hit with wasp swarms and floooding

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Flooding in Fort McMurray. A local state of emergency and a boil water order have been declared in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, including the city of Fort McMurray. (Twitter, @MAviation) | Twitter, MAviation

Fort McMurray, still recovering from wildfire, dealing with flooding

Province of Alberta warns residents of falling trees due to heavy rain

By Mack Lamoureux, Wallis Snowdon, CBC News, June 9, 2016

A downpour flooded streets in several neighbourhoods across Fort McMurray, the northern Alberta community where residents have only recently begun returning to their homes weeks after being forced out by wildfire.  Read the rest of this entry

Haisla Nation in tough waiting game as LNG delayed

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Haisla chief councillor Ellis Ross with a view in the background of his community and Douglas Channel in the fall of 2014. At the time, community members had jobs to pick from as preliminary work for potential LNG projects was underway and Rio Tinto was in the midst of a major upgrade project on its aluminum smelter in Kitimat. Now, Haisla members are leaving town to look for work as LNG projects are in limbo and the aluminum plant project is complete. Gordon Hoekstra / Vancouver Sun

by Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, May 27, 2016

The Haisla Nation, which supports two of the leading proposed major LNG projects in B.C., is in a tough waiting game as the projects remain in limbo.

Activity on both the $25-billion to $40-billion Shell-led LNG Canada project and the $12-billion Chevron-led Kitimat LNG project proposed for the Kitimat area in northwest B.C., where the Haisla claim traditional territory, have slowed to a crawl. Read the rest of this entry

New Brunswick extends fracking ban indefinitely

Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Begins Despite Standing Rock Sioux Objections

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Lakota rally against Dakota Access pipeline, April 2016.

Chelsey Luger, Indian Country Today, May 23, 2016

In the midst of an ongoing effort by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other entities to prevent construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the company Dakota Access LLC has begun construction of the 1,150-mile project, which will carry crude oil from western North Dakota to Illinois.

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First Nations say they have the power to stop Trans Mountain expansion

kinder-morganFirst Nations say the courts, not the NEB or cabinet, will decide on the controversial pipeline

By Tracy Johnson, CBC News, May 20, 2016

The Stó:lō collective of First Nations in British Columbia is very familiar with the transport of oil. The existing Trans Mountain pipeline has crossed through their land for more than 50 years. CN Rail also carries oil by rail directly across Stó:lō territory to the B.C. coast.

So, the collective of eleven First Nations in B.C.’s Fraser Valley came to consultations with Kinder Morgan for the expansion of Trans Mountain with an open mind.

“We have taken time to speak to Kinder Morgan,” said Ernie Crey, the chief of the Cheam First Nation, a member of the collective. Read the rest of this entry

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