Category Archives: Oil & Gas

Video: Beneath the Canopy: Achuar Fight Against Big Oil and Climate Change

by Fusion, posted to Youtube on Aug 26, 2015

The Achuar of the Peruvian Amazon fight back against big oil and climate change.

RCMP probe of attempted firebombing attack on Unist’ot’en camp hits dead-end

Attempting bombing of Unist'ot'en checkpoint signs, October 2013.

Attempting bombing of Unist’ot’en checkpoint signs, October 2013.

by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, September 2, 2015
British Columbia RCMP investigators have come up empty after investigating a failed firebombing of the Unist’ot’en camp’s checkpoint.

A crude explosive device was detonated in October 2013 next to a sign leading the Unist’ot’en camp’s checkpoint on a forest service road leading to the routes of two natural gas pipelines in the province’s interior. The device was constructed with plastic bottles tied together with surveyor tape. Gasoline was used as the accelerant to set off a blast that failed to register any serious damage. Read the rest of this entry

Peru: Indigenous Seize 11 Oil Wells Demanding Spill Clean Up

The Achuar indigenous people are fed up with the pollution left behind by foreign oil companies. Photo: Reuters

The Achuar indigenous people are fed up with the pollution left behind by foreign oil companies. Photo: Reuters

by Telesurv.TV, sept 2, 2015

The Achuar communities say foreign oil companies pollute their lands and their clean water. They demand compensation and clean up of oil spills.

Peruvian indigenous protesters seized oil wells in an Amazonian oil block Tuesday to press the government to respond to demands for compensation due to the pollution caused by the petroleum operations.

The protesters from the Achuar indigenous communities said they also plan to halt output in a nearby concession. Read the rest of this entry

Rising tensions in Bolivia over oil and gas exploitation on indigenous lands

Police repression of the blockade in Takovo Mora. (Photo: OIEDC)

Police repression of the blockade in Takovo Mora. (Photo: OIEDC)

by Fionuala Cregan, Intercontinental Cry, August 31, 2015

On August 19, members of the People’s Guarani Assembly of Takova Mora blocked a main highway in the Chaco region of Bolivia demanding their right to free, prior and informed consent regarding oil extraction on their communal lands. The Government responded by sending in 300 police who broke up the demonstration by force. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Lax Kw’alaams Group Occupy Lelu Island to Save Flora Banks

By skeenawild, posted to Youtube on Aug 26, 2015

Sm’oogyet Yahan (Don Wesley Sr.) from Lax Kw’alaams has announced that a group of people have occupied Lelu Island to stop Petronas from developing LNG facilities on their land.

For more details please visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Pacific-NorthWest-LNGPetronas-on-Lelu-Island/949045868451061?fref=ts

Everything We Know About the Possible RCMP Raid on the Unist’ot’en Camp

Unistoten bridge reinforcing 3By Julie Chadwick, Vice.com, September 1, 2015

Tension remains high in Northwestern BC as representatives from the Unist’ot’en clan and their legal representatives held a meeting with the RCMP regarding the fate of their settlement camp on Tuesday afternoon.

A non-violent occupation of unceded Unist’ot’en traditional territory since 2010, the camp was originally established to stand in the intended path of the Pacific Trail natural gas pipeline. It has since expanded to include structures built directly in the path of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and the TransCanada Coastal Gaslink pipeline, encompassed within a sweeping declaration that all pipelines are banned from their territories. A checkpoint ensures that no one enters or leaves the territory without their direct consent.

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Wet’suwet’en chiefs distance First Nation from Unist’ot’en camp, urge cooperation with pipeline companies

Alberta has lost 35,000 oilpatch jobs, petroleum producers say

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers president Tim McMillan says the oil patch has lost 35,000 jobs this year. (CBC)

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers president Tim McMillan says the oil patch has lost 35,000 jobs this year. (CBC)

With cuts more likely to come in the fall.

By Tracy Johnson, CBC News, Aug 31, 2015

Less than a year ago, Alberta was still complaining of a labour shortage.  Schools couldn’t find bus drivers, job vacancy rates were the highest in the country.

It’s no secret that the situation has changed.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says that 35,000 oilpatch jobs have been cut this year, 25,000 from the oil services sector and 10,000 from exploration and production. CAPP pulled the number together by canvassing its members, reviewing Statistics Canada numbers and working with the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. RCMP claims it has “no intention” of moving against Unist’ot’en camp

“It’s definitely going down” says Grand Chief Stewart Phillip on Unist’ot’en Camp raid

Unist'tot'en camp members stop surveyors, November 2012.

Unist’tot’en camp members stop surveyors, November 2012.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs says RCMP officers have booked up hotel rooms in Burns Lake and Smithers, a firm indication of plans to invade the Unist’ot’en Camp in northwestern B.C.

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