Blog Archives

Grand chief of Wolastoq council in New Brunswick says they’ll oppose risky pipeline

by APTN National News, February 5, 2016
FREDERICTON – The chief of the Wolastoq Grand Council in New Brunswick says the proposed Energy East pipeline project poses too great a risk to provincial waterways, and the council will oppose it.
Grand Chief Ron Tremblay says the council has called a news conference for Monday where clanmothers and other members of the council will discuss their responsibility to protect their non-ceded homeland. Read the rest of this entry

Obama would veto Keystone bill, White House says

Members of American Indian Movement (AIM) in Colorado protest Keystone XL pipeline and tar sands.

Members of American Indian Movement (AIM) in Colorado protest Keystone XL pipeline and tar sands.

Republican-controlled U.S. Congress eager to flex muscles on energy file

By Pete Evans, CBC News Jan 6, 2015

The White House says U.S. President Barack Obama would veto any legislation that tries to fast-track the Keystone XL project even as Republican lawmakers tabled a bill that would do just that in Washington today.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said he does not expect Obama would sign any legislation that reaches his desk that would unilaterally approve the project, a 1,900-kilometre pipeline that would bring 800,000 barrels of Canadian crude oil to U.S. refineries every day. Read the rest of this entry

Unist’ot’en evict survey crew from TransCanada

Published on Jul 24, 2014

On July 22, 2014, the Unist’ot’en camp evicted a TransCanada crew working on the Coastal Gaslink pipeline within their territories in northern BC. If caught tresspassing again, TransCanada’s equipment will be confiscated.

Read the rest of this entry

TransCanada looks to ship oil to U.S. by rail amid Keystone XL delays

Train cars carrying crude oil burn after derailing in Lac Megantic, Quebec, July 2013.

Train cars carrying crude oil burn after derailing in Lac Megantic, Quebec, July 2013.

Calgary-based company has waited more than 5 years for the Obama administration to make a decision

CBC News, May 22, 2014

TransCanada is in talks with customers about shipping Canadian crude to the United States by rail as an alternative to its Keystone XL pipeline project that has been mired in political delays, according to company president and CEO Russ Girling.

“We are absolutely considering a rail option,” Girling told Reuters on the sidelines of a conference in New York Wednesday. “Our customers have needed to wait for several years, so we’re in discussions now with them over the rail option.” Read the rest of this entry

Rosebud Sioux Tribe Counts First Coup on Megaloads

Keystone XL "megaload" turned back by Rosebud tribal council, April 14, 2014.

Keystone XL “megaload” turned back by Rosebud Sioux tribal council, April 14, 2014.

by Ann-erika White Bird, Lakota Voice, April 14, 2014

Tonight, a small number of Sicangu Lakota Tribal members took a stand against the megaloads rolling through reservation lands.

Lakota Voice arrived, after being passed by one megaload headed north on Highway 83, a common thoroughfare for semi-trucks traveling from Nebraska. Read the rest of this entry

Support “Mocassins on the Ground”: Lakota resistance against Keystone XL pipeline

Keystone XL Lakota support graphicHere’s an excerpt of a recent statement by the Lakota grassroots organization Owe Aku:

“We do not want kxl, we do not want tarsands in our lands, the tarsands must stay in the ground, the extraction and its aftermath is killing humans and all of life up there, and wasting precious water… Please take a moment to help get our words, thoughts, and prayers out to the world, all over Unci Maka, that Lakota People, and many other Red Nations people, we have painted our faces. Our allies up north have painted their faces. For sacred water, for Unci Maka, for our generations.” Read the rest of this entry

Natural gas pipeline explodes near Otterburne, Man.

Explosion from TransCanada natural gas pipeline in Otterburne, Manitoba, Jan 25, 2014.

Explosion from TransCanada natural gas pipeline in Otterburne, Manitoba, Jan 25, 2014.

Emergency workers, TransCanada investigating cause of pipeline blast

CBC News, Jan 25, 2014

Fire burned for more than 12 hours at a natural gas pipeline after it exploded early Saturday morning near Otterburne, Man., about 50 kilometres south of Winnipeg.

RCMP, responded around 1:05 a.m. to what they’re calling a “loud explosion.”

Witnesses who live close to the scene said it was massive. Paul Rawluk lives nearby and drove to the site. Read the rest of this entry

Burns Lake chief Albert Gerow will leave office at the end of the year

Okays Enbridge, Accepts job at TransCanada Pipelines Ltd

by Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight, Dec 11, 2013

Burns Lake Indian Band chief Albert Gerow has announced his resignation effective  Dec 31, 2013.

Burns Lake Indian Band chief Albert Gerow has announced his resignation effective Dec 31, 2013.

The  Burns Lake District News has reported that the chief of the Burns Lake band, Albert Gerow, has resigned.  Gerow, who is in his second term, will leave office on December 31 because he has accepted a job with TransCanada Pipelines Limited. Read the rest of this entry

Former AFN chief Phil Fontaine hired by TransCanada Pipeline Ltd

SHAWN McCARTHY, The Globe and Mail, Dec 8, 2013

Phil Fontaine, former AFN chief, has also worked for the Royal Bank of Canada, then one of the biggest investors in Tar Sands.

Phil Fontaine, former AFN chief, has also worked for the Royal Bank of Canada, then one of the biggest investors in Tar Sands.

On its 4,000-kilometre path across the country, TransCanada Corp.’s Energy East’s pipeline would traverse the traditional territory of 180 different aboriginal communities, each of whom must be consulted and have their concerns accommodated as part of the company’s effort at winning project approval. Read the rest of this entry