Category Archives: Oil & Gas

Anti-pipeline Gitxsan angry over province’s deal with unelected band chiefs

Gitxsan blockade Dec 2014

Gitxsan protest against proposed LNG projects, including the Pacific Northwest LNG pipeline.

‘You’ve brought shame to Gitxsan’

By George Baker, Andrew Kurjata, CBC News, October 20, 2016

Members of the Gitxsan First Nation opposed to pipeline development are outraged that nine unelected hereditary chiefs are working on a deal with the province connected to a natural gas pipeline on B.C.’s North Coast. Read the rest of this entry

Update on court cases against #NoDAPL protesters


Water protectors in North Dakota locked themselves to construction equipment in non-violent direct action against the Dakota Access Pipeline Tuesday, Sept 6, 2016.

Updates on court cases against people charged for participating in actions against the Dakota Access Pipeline, with felony charges being dropped against several and a charge of rioting against Democracy Now journalist Amy Goodman being dismissed by a North Dakota court. Read the rest of this entry

Arson suspected in latest Dakota Access pipeline fire

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Arson attack in Iowa in early August, 2016.

Associated Press, October 17, 2016

Authorities suspect arson in the latest burning of heavy equipment being used in the construction of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline in central Iowa.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office says the blaze late Saturday near Reasnor, Iowa, caused about $2 million damage to an excavator and three bulldozers. The equipment is operated by a contractor for Dakota Access, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners.

Opponents have for months been protesting the $3.8 billion, nearly 1,200-mile project pipeline, warning its construction could jeopardize water supply and damage cultural artifacts.

Another suspected arson of construction equipment happened on Aug. 1 at the same site, about 30 miles east of Des Moines.

No arrests have been made in either fire. The Iowa Fire Marshal Division and the FBI are investigating.

North Dakota: Arrests made during Saturday pipeline protests


October 15, 2016. Photo by Mike McCleary, Bismarck Tribune.

MORTON COUNTY — Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline protested at multiple locations near St. Anthony on Saturday morning, causing construction to pause at some work sites before resuming later in the day.

Police arrested 14 people during the demonstrations which involved a series of roadblocks and took police and protesters — by car and foot — through the prairie by rural gravel roads.

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North Dakota: Questions raised as protest policing takes proactive approach

dakota-access-pipeline-tipi-arrest-1by CAROLINE GRUESKIN, Bismarck Tribune, October 15, 2016

As pipeline protests continue, law enforcement has stepped up its message, saying more forcefully that it is going to take a hard line.

This week, officials labeled a 200-plus protest in rural St. Anthony a riot. The week before, they announced a new “proactive” approach to policing the protests with more officers and new roadblocks meant to stop the demonstrations before they happen.

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Video: Prayer Walk Against Dakota Access Pipeline Met with Large Police Presence

by Ancestral Pride, October 15, 2016

BREAKING VIDEO: LIVE FROM THE FRONTLINES! again prayerful people are met with the riot police. a prayer walk to lift the spirits of the locked down ally who is sacrificing their safety for the common good and Sacred Water! more updates to come!!

T’kemlups Indian Band reaches $3-million pipeline deal with Kinder Morgan

Tug sinks near Bella Bella spilling up to 200,000 litres of diesel

tug-spills-fuelby Simon Little, CKNW News, October 13, 2016

An American tug pushing an empty fuel barge has sunk after running aground near Bella Bella.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says the tug Nathan E. Stewart hit ground on Edge Reef near Athlone Island just after 1 am this morning.

Heiltsuk elected Chief Marilyn Slett says the tug sank completely just before 10 am, and that the Nation’s most recent estimate is that it has spilled more than 200,000 litres of fuel.

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N. Dakota Governor pressures Sioux Tribal chairman to Denounce Warriors

BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple responded Wednesday, Oct. 12, to comments made one day earlier by Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II, who denied telling the governor that he has lost control of the camp where thousands of Dakota Access Pipeline opponents are staying in south-central North Dakota.

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Unist’ot’en Call for Winter Camp Prep Volunteers

unistoten-camp-banners Unist’ot’en Camp, October 12, 2016

Dear Supporters,

It was another wonderful pipe-free summer up at the Unist’ot’en yinta.
Work began on the second phase of our Healing Centre and for the first
time ever we were able to host an art camp for indigenous youth.
Connecting our youth to the land is a vital part of our culture, and we
relish these peaceful moments that allow us to build community. Read the rest of this entry