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Alton Gas criminalizing grassroots Mi’kmaq water protectors

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February 12 2018

Alton Gas criminalizing grassroots Mi’kmaq water protectors

Efforts to protect treaty rights and water result met with aggression and threats of legal action

Sipekne’katik/Fort Ellis — Alton Gas has posted signs outside the Treaty Camp at the Shubenacadie River naming water protectors on site as trespassers and criminals.

Grassroots Mi’kmaq water protectors have been holding down a protection camp at the Shubenacadie River for nine months to prevent Alton Gas from dumping thousands of tons of salt brine into the sacred river every day. They are outraged by Alton Gas’ bully tactics and intent to resume work on the project without allowing Sipekne’katik to complete its community consultation process. Read the rest of this entry

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Protesters build permanent structure, plan to overwinter at Alton Gas site

alton-gas-protest-strawbale houseSpokesperson for natural gas storage project says house built on company land without permission

By Nina Corfu, CBC News, Dec 19, 2017

With second-floor sleeping bunks, shelves stocked with food and a crackling fire in the woodstove, Dale Andrew Poulette’s newly constructed straw bale home is the perfect place to spend the winter. Read the rest of this entry

Stop Alton Gas

Alton gas groupMi’kmaq and non-Indigenous allies are actively opposing the completion of the Alton Gas project near Stewiacke, Nova Scotia, and we’re calling for your assistance.

Alton Gas proposes to create two salt caverns in the near future in order to store natural gas underground, with the expressed intention to build  up to 15 more . The creation of these caverns would result in huge quantities of highly concentrated salt brine, which the company plans to dump down the Shubenacadie River. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Alton Gas Blockade

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by the Stimulator, Nov 9, 2017

To see video, see below… Read the rest of this entry

Lawyer removed from Alton Gas case after inflammatory arguments

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Sipekne’katik Band councillor Cheryl Maloney, right, questions Alton Gas security about the location of a fence along the Shubenacadie River in October. (FRANCIS CAMPBELL / Local Xpress / File)

Alex Cameron, a lawyer who argued on behalf of the provincial government that the Sipekne’katik Band was a conquered people, has been removed from the Alton Gas case that is before the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia.

by Francis Campbell, Local Xpress, December 8, 2016

The lawyer who disparaged Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaq population in a divisive legal brief presented to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court has been removed from the Alton Gas case.

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