Category Archives: Oil & Gas

US Extends Ban on Dakota Pipeline Protests, but Support Grows

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Dakota Access Pipeline protesters along the Cannonball River in North Dakota. (No Dakota Access in Treaty Territory – Camp of the Sacred Stones / Facebook)

TelesurTV, August 23, 2016

Almost 90 tribes have expressed solidarity with the protests against a controversial pipeline that crosses through Indigenous land.

A federal judge extended a temporary restraining order for another two weeks on “unlawful protest” against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a move that comes as activists say their peaceful actions are attracting broader support.

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Judge to Rule on Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Bid to Stop Oil Pipeline by Sept. 9

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Lakota warrior stands in front of bulldozer during blockade of construction work on Dakota Access Pipeline.

By James MacPherson and David Pitt, Associated Press, Aug 24, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. —A ruling in the request by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stop a four-state oil pipeline under construction near their reservation will come by Sept. 9, a federal judge said Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry

Occupying the Prairie: Tensions Rise as Tribes Move to Block a Pipeline

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Riders from the Standing Rock, Rosebud, and Lower Brule Lakota reservations came together on horseback to push back a police line that had formed between a group of protesters and the entrance to the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site. Daniella Zalcman.

By Jack Healy, New York Times, August 23, 2016

NEAR CANNON BALL, N.D. — Horseback riders, their faces streaked in yellow and black paint, led the procession out of their tepee-dotted camp. Two hundred people followed, making their daily walk a mile up a rural highway to a patch of prairie grass and excavated dirt that has become a new kind of battlefield, between a pipeline and American Indians who say it will threaten water supplies and sacred lands. Read the rest of this entry

Gov Orders Police To Cut Water Supply To Native Americans As Pipeline Protesters Skyrocket In Number

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Thousands join protest camp as supporters are holding a rally in Washington D.C. on Wednesday outside of Army Corps hearing.

Growing in number and spirit, the Standing Rock Sioux protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline is swiftly gaining strength ahead of a federal hearing on the controversial project. Support has spread across the country, and thousands have descended on the peaceful “prayer camps” in recent days, prompting state officials on Monday to remove the demonstrators’ drinking water supply.

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Native American Pipeline Protest Halts Construction in N. Dakota

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art by Chameleon Horse art & design.

Construction halted after more than 1,000 people swarm to protest the Dakota Access pipeline they believe threatens the Missouri River.

by Phil McKenna, Inside Climate News, August 19, 2016

A groundswell of Native American activists has temporarily shut down construction on a major new oil pipeline with an ongoing protest that has drawn around 1,200 people to Cannon Ball, N.D.

Construction workers walked away from their bulldozers Monday after protesters surrounded the equipment and called for an end to construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. A group of protesters on horseback also staged a mock charge toward a line of law enforcement officials guarding the site, and the county sheriff alleged others have fired guns and set off pipe bombs. Read the rest of this entry

Haida strip two hereditary chiefs of titles for supporting Enbridge

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Darin Swanson, head chief of the Yahgulaanaas/Janaas clan at the ceremony where two hereditary chiefs were stripped of their titles. Ernest Swanson, his nephew is to the left holding a staff. Mary Helmer / For PNG

by Jeff Lee, Vancouver Sun, August 17, 2016

The extraordinary decision by a Haida clan to strip two of its hereditary chiefs of their titles for secretly supporting the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline is being closely watched by First Nations across Canada.

The rebuke, delivered last week in an elaborate ceremony witnessed by more than 500 people, came as the Haida Nation rejected what they say is a growing trend by companies to enlist the support of hereditary chiefs as a way of claiming broad First Nations support. Read the rest of this entry

North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux aren’t backing down to oil pipeline developers

Dakota Access pipeline protests 2by Sarah Aziza, Waging Nonviolence, August 12, 2016

On Thursday, nonviolent protesters outside North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux reservation entered their second day of confrontation with private security and local law enforcement. Armed with drums, tribal flags, and cell phones, demonstrators moved to block the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a $3.7 billion dollar crude-oil conduit slated to cut just 1,000 feet from the perimeter of native land. Confrontations began on Wednesday, August 10, when construction crews and private security hired by Energy Transfer Partners, the Texas-based developers overseeing the pipeline, arrived to break ground. Arrests were made beginning Thursday, as 14 protesters were charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing, while dozens more remained defiantly on site.

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5 arrested as protests escalate over Dakota Access Pipeline construction along Missouri River

Dakota Access pipeline protest 1by Andy Abeyta, Cedar Rapids Gazette, August 11, 2016

Five people were arrested during protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline south of Mandan this morning.

Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said the protesters were not staying within bounds set by law enforcement and getting in the way of surveyors working on the pipeline.

Kirchmeier said two of the five were arrested for trespassing on private property. Read the rest of this entry

Petronas considering Pacific NorthWest LNG delay: Wall Street Journal

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Warriors disrupt survey work by Petronas subcontractors near Lelu Island.

by Matt Preprost, Alaska Highway News, August 2, 2016

A report from the Wall Street Journal Tuesday morning suggests Petronas could delay a final investment decision on Pacific NorthWest LNG.

Citing two unnamed sources “familiar with the matter,” the Journal says a glut of gas on the world market, coupled with low oil and gas prices has “rendered the project unattractive at the moment.”

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Muskoday First Nation declares emergency over water supply

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The Muskoday First Nation has been relying on water trucked into the community to replenish its supplies after the normal source of treated water from Prince Albert, Sask., was closed due to an oil spill. (Muskoday First Nation/Facebook)

Water supply was halted on weekend after oil spill into North Saskatchewan River

CBC News July 27, 2016

After four days of being shut off from its normal supply of water due to an oil spill into the North Saskatchewan River, the Muskoday First Nation has declared a state of emergency.

The move was announced Wednesday afternoon when officials said the “discontinued supply of water” required “prompt action.”

About 800 band members live on the reserve, which is about 15 kilometres south of Prince Albert, Sask. The community is one of several in the area which is connected to a rural water utility that is normally supplied from Prince Albert’s water treatment plant.

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