by Chris Gareau, Smithers Interior News, Feb 16, 2015
Pre-construction clearing for the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project is expected to start before the leaves start falling this autumn. The LNG pipeline route travels just north of the Hazeltons on its way from northeast B.C. to Lelu Island near Prince Rupert.
Project president Dean Patry told the crowd gathered at the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce Thursday that prime contractors for the TransCanada pipeline will likely be hired in the second quarter of this year. Community outreach for local subcontractors and employees for the pre-construction is set for the third quarter. Read the rest of this entry
by Travis Lupick, The Georgia Straight, Feb 16th, 2015
Audrey Siegl is a member of the Musqueam First Nation and a 2014 COPE candidate for city council who received more than 19,000 votes in last November’s civic election.
In a telephone interview, she told the Straight she plans on filing a complaint and is speaking with lawyers about what additional legal options she might be able to pursue.
by Warrior Publications, Feb 13, 2015
#Shutdown Canada actions have taken place in some 23 cities and towns across the country with the intention of causing economic disruption. The action was called by grassroots Natives and organized primarily through social media to highlight the cases of over 1,100 missing and murdered Indigenous women. Read the rest of this entry
David Hill, The Ecologist, Feb 10, 2015
A month-long blockade of the Rio Tigre deep in the Peruvian Amazon has secured promises of compensation and cleanup for Peru’s Kichwa communities who have suffered 40 years of contaminated waters from oil drilling operations in their remote Amazon region. But until the funds materialize, they are holding firm in their resolve.
Hundreds of of Kichwa indigenous people living along the River Tigre in the remote Peruvian Amazon are demanding over 100 million Peruvian nuevo soles ($32 million / £21 million) from oil company Pluspetrol in the “environmental damages” they have sustained over 40 years of oil drilling. Read the rest of this entry
Kichwa communities bar River Tigre, an Amazon tributary, with cables to stop oil company boats from passing and accuse government of turning a blind eye to contamination from oil operations in the forest
by David Hill, The Guardian, Feb 2, 2015
Hundreds of indigenous people deep in the Peruvian Amazon are blocking a major Amazon tributary following what they say is the government’s failure to address a social and environmental crisis stemming from oil operations.
Kichwa men, women and children from numerous communities have been protesting along the River Tigre for almost a month, barring the river with cables and stopping oil company boats from passing. Read the rest of this entry
Ministry of Environment rejects First Nations request for second look at forest management plan
By Jody Porter, CBC News, Dec 30, 2014
Ontario’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has cleared the way for logging to resume near Grassy Narrows First Nation after rejecting the community’s request for an individual environmental assessment.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry had approved a new forest management plan in 2013 that includes cutting trees on the First Nation’s traditional territory. But the community, already a victim of historic mercury poisoning from a nearby pulp mill, was seeking a more thorough examination of the link between logging and mercury in the environment. Read the rest of this entry
According to updates from the Northern Trappers Alliance, who have braved icy winter conditions to blockade oil and gas territories on their land, the RCMP have issued an injunction and have moved in.
The Dene alliance formed the blockade about a week and a half ago in order to maintain traplines and prevent industry vehicles from passing through. The camp, called Holding the Line, is in a rural area of Saskatchewan, where the First Nations say that the energy industry is attempting to obstruct their lifeways. Read the rest of this entry