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

Dakota Access pipeline protest fistsCounter Currents, August 23, 2016

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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Innu community moves to bolster injunction request against Anticosti drilling

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nnu Chief Jean-Charles Piétacho said Indigenous peoples are “affirming our rights” to be consulted, which he alleges has not happened when it comes to the Anticosti project. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

Request for provisional injunction follows permanent injunction request last Friday

CBC News, July 18, 2016

An Innu community is requesting a provisional injunction against drilling for oil and gas on Anticosti Island while a judge considers its request for a permanent stoppage.

Ekuanitshit Chief Jean-Charles Piétacho requested the provisional and interlocutory injunction Monday at a court in Quebec City.

The move follows a request Piétacho made for a permanent injunction last Friday and would ensure that no drilling can take place while a judge considers that case. Read the rest of this entry

New Brunswick extends fracking ban indefinitely

Two more First Nations sign agreements over Prince Rupert pipeline

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Map of the proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project.

Alaska Highway News, April 15, 2016

The Takla Lake First Nation and the McLeod Lake Indian Band have signed project agreements with TransCanada over the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission (PRGT) project, the company announced this week.

Specifics of the agreements weren’t released, but they include employment and contract opportunities, along with initial and annual payments to the two groups over the life of the pipeline.

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All-Native Basketball champs cry foul over LNG sponsors

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Skidegate Saints’ point guard Desi Collinson plans to press his anti-LNG message off the court at the All Native Basketball Tournament. (Facebook)

Reigning champs fear they could be kicked out of tournament for public anti-LNG stance

By Betsy Trumpener, CBC News, Feb 05, 2016

A champion Haida sports team is crying foul over liquefied natural gas (LNG) sponsorship of the All Native Basketball Tournament. And the Skidegate Saints fear they’ll be turfed from play for pushing their anti-LNG message.

But it’s a risk Saint’s point guard Desi Collinson is willing to take. Read the rest of this entry

Alberta: Fox Creek fracking operation closed indefinitely after earthquake

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Fracking operation in Alberta. Photo: Tim Fraser/Postmedia News

Magnitude 4.8 quake rattles area, but no injuries or damage reported, energy regulator says

CBC News Jan 12, 2016

A hydraulic fracturing operation near Fox Creek, Alta., has been shut down after an earthquake hit the area Tuesday.

The magnitude 4.8 quake was reported at 11:27 a.m., says Alberta Energy Regulator, which ordered the shutdown of the Repsol Oil and Gas site 35 kilometres north of Fox Creek. Read the rest of this entry

Fracking, landslide blamed for contamination of Northern B.C. creek

A landslide in B.C.'s Peace region is fuelling fears and blame around fracking. (Betsy Trumpener/CBC)

A landslide in B.C.’s Peace region is fuelling fears and blame around fracking. (Betsy Trumpener/CBC)

B.C.’s Oil and Gas Commission says ‘no evidence’ that fracking to blame, heavy metals naturally in soil

By Betsy Trumpener, CBC News, Oct 25, 2015

A relentless landslide that’s contaminated a source of drinking water near a community in northeastern B.C. has residents blaming oil and gas exploration’s effects underground for causing the slide that’s contaminating the creek with silt and heavy metals.

Farmers and ranchers near Hudson’s Hope say they’ve lost their sole water source and blame landslides on changes to underground aquifers and land stability because of nearby fracking and the effect of two nearby hydro dams, but officials say there is no proof of this. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. aboriginal leaders decry government relationship in open letter

BC premier Christy Clark speaking at a liquified natural gas promotional event.

BC premier Christy Clark speaking at a liquified natural gas promotional event.

Chiefs of 10 northern B.C. First Nations say province ignoring concerns over Site C and LNG developments

By Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press/CBC News, Sept 8, 2015

People once paddled great distances to set up fishing camps on the land where Liz Logan’s family has lived for generations in northern British Columbia.

Now Tsinhia Lake has yellowed, the fish have died and her family must carry in bottled water to drink.

The damage from oil and gas industries has prompted Logan, chief of the Fort Nelson First Nation, to help form an alliance with other aboriginal leaders against the provincial government.

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Water licence for northeast B.C. fracking operation cancelled

An aerial view of a Nexen well in northeast B.C. A water license for one of its fracking operations near Fort Nelson has been cancelled. Photograph by: Dave Olecko/Vancouver Sun.

An aerial view of a Nexen well in northeast B.C. A water license for one of its fracking operations near Fort Nelson has been cancelled.
Photograph by: Dave Olecko/Vancouver Sun.

Fort Nelson First Nation wins important ruling against Nexen

Fracking-induced earthquakes could leave workers vulnerable, says geophysicist

A fracking drill in BC’s Horn River Basin (Two Island Films).

A fracking drill in BC’s Horn River Basin (Two Island Films).

Seismic scientist David Eaton says Canada’s fracking-induced quakes are the biggest in the world

By Betsy Trumpener, CBC News, Aug 27, 2015
A leading seismic scientist says B.C.’s energy infrastructure and gasfield workers may be vulnerable to earthquakes caused by fracking.

Earthquakes triggered by fracking have been felt in Fort Nelson and Fort St. John, but University of Calgary geophysicist David Eaton says the shaking is strongest in remote areas near fracking sites.

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