Category Archives: Oil & Gas

Unis’tot’en: Meet the land defenders on their land

Unistoten 6th annual camp logoby Victoria Forest Action Network

Don’t miss out! Sign up now to be part of the Caravan to the Summer Action Camp in Unis’tot’en territory, Northern BC July 6 to 14. This indigenous blockade is part of a growing alliance of people against pipelines. Volunteers are needed now and all year round!

Summer weather brings mosquitoes and pipeline crews to the north. The crews are trying to enter Unis’tot’en territory by helicopter and through back roads, but they can’t escape the eyes of the camp guardians. Read the rest of this entry

TransCanada Trespasses in Unist’ot’en territory – June 2015 update

Published to Youtube on Jun 22, 2015 by Thehhammer

Throughout May and June, TransCanada has made repeated attempts to survey for their CoastalGaslink pipeline by trespassing in Unist’ot’en territory. A new checkpoint has gone up on the Chisolm Forest Service Road, while supporters at the main camp encountered a helicopter that landed without the clan’s consent and kept it grounded until the hereditary chiefs could be reached. The clan continues to make sure that no pipelines will be built on their unceded territores.

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Fort McKay profits from Tar Sands even as land is destroyed

Band office at Fort McKay. photo: APTN

Band office at Fort McKay. photo: APTN

Benefits of oil boom for northern First Nation outweigh the losses caused by industrial development, for now

by Brandi Morin, APTN National News, June 23, 2015

The main road running through Fort McKay looks like it was newly paved and painted.

It is bright and green here, looking fresh and on the brink of summer.

The river flows gently alongside the community as the day comes alive with the sounds of power tools, trucks and other machinery echoing against the backdrops of its forested setting. Read the rest of this entry

Shell’s B.C. LNG project gets environmental OK under expedited process

A liquefied natural gas tanker arrives at Sodegaura city in Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo. There were conditions placed on marine routes and speeds after an environmental assessment of the LNG Canada project. (STR/AFP/Getty )

A liquefied natural gas tanker arrives at Sodegaura city in Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo. There were conditions placed on marine routes and speeds after an environmental assessment of the LNG Canada project. (STR/AFP/Getty )

1st project to be approved under combined provincial and federal process

CBC News, June 18, 2015

Royal Dutch Shell’s proposed liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, B.C., has received conditional environmental approvals from both the province and the federal government under an expedited environmental review process.

Under the new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act passed in 2012, British Columbia performs the environmental review process and that assessment is used by the federal government when it gives its approval. Read the rest of this entry

Unis’tot’en Summer Caravan: Urgent callout from No Pipelines crew‏

Members of Unis'tot'en camp, November 2012.

Members of Unis’tot’en camp, November 2012.

The Caravan to Unis’tot’en Camp starts in just over four weeks. Our goal is to send 30 keen volunteers plus food and supplies for 150 people to support the No Pipelines blockade in Northern BC. The indigenous camp stands in the path of three pipelines, including Enbridge Northern Gateway.

Please consider joining the volunteer crew or sponsoring these hard-working young people this summer!

The big Caravan to Unis’to’ten Camp and the No Pipelines action training is coming up July 6-14. We expect the Warriors Alliance and the Secwepemc Women Warriors will be presenting again, along with other grassroots activists. Read the rest of this entry

Lax Kw’alaams First Nation opposes Eagle Spirit Energy pipeline

The Eagle Spirit Energy company meet with representatives of 30 First Nations over the weekend. (Photo by Eagle Spirit Energy)

The Eagle Spirit Energy company meet with representatives of 30 First Nations over the weekend. (Photo by Eagle Spirit Energy)

Company claims its pipeline has support from 200 representatives of 30 First Nations

CBC News, June 4, 2015

A First Nation in B.C. is contradicting recent claims from Eagle Spirit Energy about its support for a pipeline that would transport crude oil through its territory from Alberta to B.C.’s northwest coast.

Eagle Spirit Energy met with dozens of First Nations communities last weekend. On Tuesday, it announced that 200 representatives from 30 First Nations, including the Lax Kw’alaams, spoke out in support of the company’s proposed pipeline project.

But Lax Kw’alaams Mayor Garry Reece says that’s not entirely correct. Read the rest of this entry

TransCanada reaches deals with three more B.C. First Nations for pipeline

Map of the proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project.

Map of the proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project.

Latest agreements are with the Doig River First Nation, Halfway River First Nation and Yekooche First Nation.

CBC News/The Canadian Press, June 1, 2015

TransCanada Corp. says it has reached project agreements with three more First Nations in northern British Columbia to build a pipeline across the province to a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal on the coast.

Specifics of the agreements weren’t announced, but TransCanada said they provide for annual legacy payments over the commercial life of the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline plus benefits upon signing and at other milestones. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. First Nations Chief creates alliance for LNG supporters amid backlash

Nunavut: Seismic testing off Clyde River cancelled for 2015

Aerial view of Clyde River, Nunavut.

Aerial view of Clyde River, Nunavut.

Consortium of energy companies made announcement to community this week

CBC News, May 27, 2015

Clyde River, Nunavut, is declaring victory after an energy company cancelled this summer’s plans for offshore seismic testing.

“I’m very happy about it,” said Jerry Natanine, mayor of the hamlet on Baffin Island’s east coast that strongly opposed the seismic plans.

“I’m reassured by the fact the company is willing to do what it did and go with our request.” Read the rest of this entry

Alberta forest fire forces evacuation of oilsands facilities

Cenovus Energy's Foster Creek plant in northeast Alberta. (Canadian Press/Cenovus )

Cenovus Energy’s Foster Creek plant in northeast Alberta. (Canadian Press/Cenovus )

Cenovus and CNRL shut down operations as precautionary move

CBC News, May 23, 2015

Cenovus Energy and Canadian Natural Resources Limited have evacuated their facilities within the Cold Lake Air Weapons range, close to Alberta’s eastern border, due to an out-of-control forest fire in the area.

“Yesterday, CNRL evacuated their plant facilities in the Primrose area and then, last night at 11 o’clock, we advised Cenovus in Foster Creek that it would be a good precautionary move to evacuate their personnel as well,” said  Leslie Lozinski, spokeswoman for the province’s environmental and resource ministry. Read the rest of this entry

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