Category Archives: Oil & Gas

Push to Evict Remaining NoDAPL Water Protectors Intensifies

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Oceti Sakowin camp of water protectors opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on February 16, 2017. Photo by Jenni Monet.

Unseasonably high temperatures fuel increased pressure on water protectors to leave flood plain

B.C. government signs LNG benefits agreement with First Nations

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Chief Councillor Harold Leighton (front row, left to right), Minister Rich Coleman and Mayor John Helin, and back row, left to right, Minister John Rustad, Premier Christy Clark, and Pacific NorthWest LNG chief project officer Wan Badrul are shown during the signing of documents on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 in Victoria, B.C. CHAD HIPOLITO / THE CANADIAN PRESS

by Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, Feb 15, 2017

The B.C. Liberal government signed benefits agreements Wednesday worth hundreds of millions of dollars with the Lax Kw’aalams and Metlakatla First Nations in exchange for their support of LNG projects in their traditional territories of the province’s north coast. Read the rest of this entry

Judge rejects Standing Rock request to block Dakota Access pipeline drilling

dapl-signTribes lose challenge to the president’s decision to speed approvals for last stretch of $3.7bn pipeline under Missouri river in North Dakota

by Sam Levin, The Guardian, Feb 13, 2017

A federal judge has rejected a request from indigenous tribes to block drilling of the Dakota Access pipeline, the latest blow to the Standing Rock Sioux after Donald Trump fast-tracked final permits for the last phase of construction.

The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes challenged the president’s decision last week to speed approvals for the last stretch of the $3.7bn pipeline under the Missouri river in North Dakota. But the US district judge James Boasberg sided with the pipeline corporation at a Washington DC hearing on Monday afternoon and ruled to allow continued construction.

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FBI terrorism taskforce investigating Standing Rock activists

fbi-terror-task-forceFBI representatives have contacted several ‘water protectors’, raising alarm that an indigenous-led movement is being construed as domestic terrorism

by Sam Levin, The Guardian, Feb 10, 2017

The FBI is investigating political activists campaigning against the Dakota Access pipeline, diverting agents charged with preventing terrorist attacks to instead focus their attention on indigenous activists and environmentalists.

The Guardian has established that multiple officers within the FBI’s joint terrorism taskforce have attempted to contact at least three people tied to the Standing Rock “water protector” movement in North Dakota.

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Sioux tribes launch legal challenges against completion of Dakota Access pipeline

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The Associated Press, Feb 9, 2017

Two Native groups — the Standing Rock Sioux and the Cheyenne River Sioux — have launched last-minute court challenges in an attempt to block final completion of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota.

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Twenty years after historic Delgamuukw land claims case, pipeline divides Gitxsan Nation

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Gitanmaax is a reserve in northern B.C. where Gitxsan members discovered confidential documents revealing that some hereditary chiefs had given their consent for the PRGT pipeline in exchange for money. Trevor Jang

Revelations that Delgamuukw is among chiefs who accepted money to support LNG development without consulting all members threaten to undermine landmark court victory

Earl Muldon sits at his kitchen table surrounded by family, sipping coffee. His wife Shirley brings over a plate of cream cake topped with huckleberries. They’re hand-picked from the land surrounding his two-storey home in Gitanmaax, a village of about 800 people from the Gitxsan Nation in northwestern British Columbia, near the town of New Hazelton. Read the rest of this entry

U.S. Army to allow completion of Dakota Access oil pipeline

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The U.S. Army has notified Congress on Tuesday that it will allow the $3.8 billion ($5 billion Canadian) Dakota Access pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota, completing the four-state project to move North Dakota oil to Illinois. (Tom Stromme / AP)

Construction could still be delayed because the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which had led opposition to the pipeline, said it would fight the latest development.

To Save the Water, We Must Break the Cycle of Colonial Trauma

dapl-last-child-cops-arrestby Ladonna Bravebull Allard, Sacred Stone Camp, Feb 5, 2017,via Earth First! Journal

The police came to Last Child Camp in broad daylight, with armored vehicles and guns drawn, to rip our people from our land.  Many water protectors were on prayer walks and in ceremony. We watched from the top of the hill at Oceti Oyate Camp as the troops moved in against them. We sent our prayers to those innocent and brave warriors who came to stand with the people of Standing Rock, and to protect the sacred waters of Unci Maka (Mother Earth). Read the rest of this entry

Video: BIA agent caught attacking female water protector with a baton in Standing Rock

Youtube video posted by The Daily Haze, Feb 4, 2017

Will Barton uploaded a video to his Facebook showing a BIA agent caught attacking female water protector with a baton in Standing Rock.

A disturbing video out of Standing Rock shows a female water protector being rushed by a BIA officer and repeatedly hit with his baton. The woman was unarmed and walking away from the officer when he attacked. Read the rest of this entry

U.S. Army Corps Gives Eviction Notice to Dakota Access Protest Camp

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given a evacuation order to those protesting at the Dakota Access Pipeline camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

In a statement Friday evening, the Corps said it would close the Oceti Sakowin Camp, which sits on approximately 50 acres of Corps land, on Feb. 22 due to the “high potential for flooding” in the low-lying area.

The land sits at the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball Rivers, which the Corps says puts it at particular risk of flooding after a winter of record snowfall in the region.

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