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Update from Unist’ot’en Camp

Unistoten helicopter May 2017

by Unist’ot’en Camp, May 24, 2017

And so it begins! the skies are busy above camp today. The Construction Crew who are working on the Healing Center are constantly being interrupted by chopper activity flying overhead. Read the rest of this entry

Keystone XL pipeline faces opposition from ‘historic union’ of Canada, U.S. Indigenous tribes

Keystones XL pipeline protest AIM Colorado youth

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

Blackfoot Confederacy and Great Sioux Nation leaders signing declaration against pipeline Wednesday in Calgary

By Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press, May 16, 2017

Tribes representing tens of thousands of Indigenous people in the U.S. and Canada will sign a declaration against the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Leaders of the Blackfoot Confederacy in Canada and the Great Sioux Nation and Ponca tribe in the U.S. plan to sign their declaration at a ceremony Wednesday at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary — the city where pipeline developer TransCanada Corp. is based. Read the rest of this entry

Trump approves Keystone XL but investors remain skeptical pipeline will be built

TransCanada seeks to start building B.C. gas pipeline without LNG project’s OK

TransCanada logo building

TransCanada’s headquarters in Calgary, Alberta.

Global News, March 20, 2017

TransCanada Corp. is seeking regulatory approval to begin construction of a pipeline that would help feed a proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal on B.C.’s north coast even though a final decision has not yet been made whether to build the terminal. Read the rest of this entry

S. Dakota Governor wants new powers to prepare for Keystone XL protests

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Police arrest a protester against the Dakota Access Pipeline near Cannonball, North Dakota, December 2016.

Feb 26, 2017

As the protest camp along the route of the Dakota Access pipeline emptied out last week in North Dakota, legislators in South Dakota began considering a potential state law aimed at punishing possible protesters over another oil pipeline.

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Judge orders removal of blockade against northern Alberta pipeline construction

TransCanada logo building

TransCanada’s headquarters in Calgary, Alberta.

‘Strict adherence to the construction schedule is essential,’ says TransCanada Corp.

By David Thurton, CBC News Jan 25, 2017

A Fort McMurray judge has issued an order that authorizes the RCMP to remove a blockade set up to protest construction of a natural-gas pipeline.

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Keith Yamauchi issued the order for demonstrators with the Chard Métis Society to dismantle their protest camp by 4 p.m. Wednesday.

For the past week, as many as 15 protesters have been gathering outside the pipeline’s construction site. Read the rest of this entry

Trump gives OK to Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines

Energy east pipeline workersFormer president Barack Obama killed the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in late 2015

CBC News,  Jan 24, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump has signed executive orders to move forward on construction of two controversial oil pipelines that impact Canada, giving his OK to the Keystone XL and Dakota Access projects. Read the rest of this entry

‘I’m standing my ground’: Métis president vows to continue pipeline protest in northern Alberta

A handful of protestors have vowed to continue to block access roads to prevent crews from entering the construction site of a TransCanada natural gas pipeline near Chard in northern Alberta, a protest that has now stretched into its fifth day.

President of the Chard Métis Society, Raoul Montgrand, said despite undertaking consultations with First Nations in the region, the company had not allayed his fears of the pipeline’s route or its impact on his community’s “traditional way of life.”

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What’s next for Pacific NorthWest LNG project? 4 questions answered

Lelu Island Wetsuweten boat

Hereditary chiefs show their opposition to the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG facility at Lelu Island, Tsimshian territory.

Project faces market pressures in addition to environmental conditions

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, September 29, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet colleagues signed off on one of the largest energy infrastructure projects in this country’s history this week, but now attention turns to whether shovels will ever actually hit the ground to build the Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal. Read the rest of this entry

Trudeau’s pipeline remark puts focus on Pacific Northwest LNG project

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A liquid natural gas tanker in Australia.

$7B TransCanada pipeline would move natural gas to B.C. coast for export to Asia

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, September 24, 2016

“The Great Bear rainforest is no place for a crude oil pipeline and I haven’t changed my opinion on that.”

That was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s specific response to a question this week about the proposed Enbridge-backed Northern Gateway pipeline through B.C.’s north.

In opposition, his comments about pipelines moving through this part of the province were less precise. Trudeau did not include the words “crude oil” in earlier declarations, as he did twice on Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry