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9/23/2017

article Valdez terminal oil spill bigger than initially thought as cleanup continues
(Alaska) -- An Alyeska crude oil spill in the Port of Valdez is bigger than first estimated, the company said Saturday as cleanup continued. As of midday Friday, crews...

9/21/2017

article Mining leaves legacy of contamination on reservations
(Utah) -- Mining companies have extracted materials such as gold, uranium and coal on Native American lands for centuries. The contamination left behind, such as excess...

9/20/2017

article First Nations and Ontario's Ring of Fire
(Ontario) -- The Ontario government decision announced on August 21, 2017 to fund a road to Ring of Fire mining claims over the objections of most of the Matawa First...
article POTASH: Encanto secures $100 million injection
(British Columbia) -- Encanto Potash Corp. of Vancouver has secured a commitment for $100 million of funding over the next three years from GEM Investments American and...

9/16/2017

article WINONA LADUKE: Native view: Water protectors have little choice but civil disobedience
(Minnesota) -- Why do water protectors face arrest and imprisonment? Portrayed as reckless, many water protectors feel their actions are necessary and call on a long...

9/13/2017

article Native Youth “Paddle to Protect” Minnesota’s Water from Another Enbridge Pipeline
(Minnesota) -- On Aug. 12, a group of six indigenous teenagers and four adults from different tribes in Canada and the United States met at the headwaters of the...

9/12/2017

article 'We could all be dying': Grassy Narrows, Ont., youth suffer mercury poisoning consequences
(Ontario) -- After Chayna Loon's cousin died, it seemed like things couldn't get worse. And then they did. Chayna — who prefers to be called, Shy —...
article Children of the poisoned river
(Ontario) -- Azraya Ackabee-Kokopenace wanted help. That’s all anyone knows for sure. The girl with the bright smile had just turned 14 when she left her family in...

9/11/2017

article Cheney bill seeks to put oil and gas development in state hands
(Washington D.C.) -- Rep. Liz Cheney is co-sponsoring a bill that would hand more control of oil and gas development on federal lands to the states, stoking fears from...
article Enbridge's new pipeline across northern Minnesota not needed, state says
(Minnesota) -- Enbridge's proposed new crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota isn't needed, and moreover the aging line it's supposed to replace should...

9/10/2017

article Interior Department tries to streamline lengthy environmental review process
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of the Interior is attempting to reform the lengthy environmental review process, an initiative that could benefit Indian Country.
article Wisconsin residents push back against mine looming just over state line
(Wisconsin) -- As Wisconsin lawmakers consider a bill aimed at attracting mining jobs, state residents are standing up against an open pit mine proposed for a site in...

9/9/2017

article TransCanada seeking suspension of application for Energy East pipeline
(Alberta) -- TransCanada Corporation announced Friday it is seeking a 30-day suspension of its application for Energy East Pipeline and Eastern Mainline Project to...

9/5/2017

article Committee formed to advise Interior Secretary on royalty policy
(Washington D.C.) -- Thirty-eight primary and alternate members have been appointed to the U.S. Department of Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee that advices...
article Dallas investment bank makes push for Native American energy clients
(Texas) -- Blackhill will be working with TFA Capital Partners, which is based in California. The partnership comes as debate has started up over whether oil-rich Native...

9/4/2017

article "Water Protectors" protest Line 5 over Labor Day weekend
(Michigan) -- Chants of "Mni wiconi" (meaning "water is life" in Anishinaabemowin) punctuated the annual Mackinac Bridge Walk on Labor Day, where...

9/3/2017

article Menominee Tribe Seeks Stricter Federal Oversight in Michigan Mine Fight
(Michigan) -- In its continued fight against a mine near sacred waters, the Menominee Indians of Wisconsin want stronger federal regulations to apply as officials weigh...

8/30/2017

article Federal officials consider visual impact of oil and gas development near Native American sites
(Wyoming) -- Speckled across the Wyoming landscape, from public lands to private ranches, are historic Native American sites. They may be tepee rings, graves or marks...

8/29/2017

article North Dakota tribe levies higher tax on oil drillers
(North Dakota) -- An American Indian tribe whose land accounts for about one-fifth of North Dakota's oil production has raised the tax rate for companies drilling on...

8/28/2017

article US interior secretary urges mining ban near Yellowstone
(Montana) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to speed up a proposal to block new gold mining claims on forested public lands in Montana near Yellowstone...

8/27/2017

article Exxon Misled the Public on Climate Change, Study Says
(Texas) -- As Exxon Mobil responded to news reports in 2015 that said that the company had spread doubt about the risks of climate change despite its own extensive...

8/26/2017

article Lawmakers say BLM inhibiting oil and gas development to protect view from Native American sites
(Wyoming) -- State lawmakers say a new interpretation of federal rules is inhibiting oil and gas development near Native American sites on private land. At issue is...

8/25/2017

article Navajo Mine officials, employees welcome new locomotives
(New Mexico) -- With its bell ringing, one of the new locomotives for the Navajo Mine exited a maintenance building today and was greeted by a crowd of people snapping...

8/22/2017

article Lawsuit over well location mixes state, federal, tribal interests
(North Dakota) -- The case against Slawson’s Torpedo Federal project touches on several jurisdictions, and will put to test boundaries that have not yet been tried.

8/21/2017

article Coal Mining Health Study Is Halted by Interior Department
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department has ordered a halt to a scientific study begun under President Obama of the public health risks of mountaintop-removal coal...
article Amid Trans Mountain uncertainty, pro-pipeline Indigenous peoples make a pitch for development
(British Columbia) -- Some Indigenous leaders in B.C. scored a major victory recently after they successfully lobbied Premier John Horgan to join a legal fight to stop...

8/20/2017

article In Montana´s Indian country, tribes take opposite sides on coal
(Montana) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Vice President Mike Pence took a horseback tour in May of a Montana coal mine belonging to the Crow Nation. They...

8/19/2017

article BLOG: Minnesota report: Proposed tar sands oil pipeline would harm tribes
(Minnesota) -- On Thursday, state regulators released their final environmental review of a proposed replacement for an aging pipeline owned and operated by the Canadian...
article Tribal liaison leaves pipeline review
(Minnesota) -- The story of how Danielle Oxendine Molliver went from being a tribal liaison for the state of Minnesota to out of a job five months after she started...
article Tribal Liaison to State Calls Pipeline Report a 'Pony Show'
(Minnesota) -- The former go-between used by the state and tribal communities is speaking out about why she elected to resign amid talks about a new oil pipeline....

8/18/2017

article Aquila's final permit for Michigan zinc mine may not come this year
(Kentucky) -- Canada's Aquila Resources may not learn until early 2018 whether it will be issued the fourth and final permit needed for Michigan's first zinc...
article Sapara People of Ecuador Fight Big Oil For Broken Promises
(Ecuador) -- The Sapara people of Ecuador are fighting to keep more oil drilling out of their territory, especially after a recent meeting with the Ecuadorean government...

8/17/2017

article Judge allows temporary drilling at North Dakota well site
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge says drilling can temporarily resume at an oil site near a popular boat ramp at a North Dakota resort.The Three Affiliated Tribes had...
article Judge rules oil drilling can resume at controversial Lake Sakakawea site
(North Dakota) -- Drilling can resume, at least temporarily, at a controversial oil site near Lake Sakakawea, a federal judge in Bismarck ruled this week. Slawson...
article Minnesota releases review on disputed Enbridge oil pipeline
(Minnesota) -- Minnesota regulators on Thursday released the final environmental review of Enbridge Energy's proposal to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline, which...

8/16/2017

article North Dakota officials concerned with rise of gas flaring
(North Dakota) -- Natural gas flaring at the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in western North Dakota has increased for the third consecutive month, raising concerns...
article Gambler First Nation forms unique partnership with oil firm
(Manitoba) -- A small Manitoba First Nation has formed a unique partnership with an oil exploration company that they say could help lift the community out of poverty...

8/15/2017

article Locals and Tribes March Together to Oppose Construction of Natural Gas Plant
(Washington) -- The construction of the Puget Sound Energy facility is already underway in Washington state, and it has locals worried about the health and safety of...
article Federal government halts drilling at North Dakota well site
(North Dakota) -- The federal government has halted the drilling of oil wells near a North Dakota resort boat ramp at the request of the Three Affiliated Tribes.
article EPA and Tribal Officials Tour Tar Creek Superfund Site in NE OK
(Oklahoma) -- As part of the Tribal Lands Forum conference, officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency toured the Tar Creek Superfund site in Northeast...

8/13/2017

article Tribal Liaison in Minnesota Pipeline Review Is Sidelined After Oil Company Complains to Governor
(Minnesota) -- A CONTROVERSIAL PROPOSAL for a tar sands oil pipeline has led indigenous leaders in Minnesota to threaten an uprising similar to the one near Standing...

8/12/2017

article Drilling halted at Van Hook oil well site
(North Dakota) -- Drilling of a series of oil wells near the Van Hook Resort boat ramp has been stayed by the federal government at the request of the Three Affiliated...
article State officials concerned over rise in Fort Berthold flaring
(North Dakota) -- Flaring on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation increased for the third month in a row, raising concern with state officials. "You see a real problem...

8/11/2017

article Menominee Tribe Applauds Menominee County’s Passage of Resolution Opposing the Proposed Back Forty Mine
(Wisconsin) -- The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin applauds the Menominee County, MI Board of Commissioners, for its commitment to protect the Menominee River,...

8/10/2017

article Free speech or trespassing? Judge deciding fate of pipeline protesters at Vikings game
(Minnesota) -- A Hennepin County judge is deciding whether protesters who hung a banner at U.S. Bank Stadium during a Vikings game demanding the sponsor divest itself...

8/9/2017

article Wyoming governor critical of federal changes to sage grouse management
(Wyoming) -- Gov. Matt Mead criticized on Monday a key aspect of the federal government’s new plan for managing the imperiled sage grouse, arguing that it ignores...

8/8/2017

article EPA: No review of mine spill claims after state, tribe sued
(Colorado) -- Days after the Environmental Protection Agency pledged to reconsider damage claims it previously rejected after a mine spill, the agency said Monday it...
article Alaska Tribes Try to Influence Canadian Mining Project Talks
(Alaska) -- A group of 16 southeast Alaska tribes has hired a coordinator to express their concerns about a series of large Canadian mining projects that the tribes fear...

8/7/2017

article Interior Dept. Scraps Obama-Era Rule on Coal Royalties
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department on Monday scrapped an Obama-era rule on coal royalties that mining companies had criticized as burdensome and costly. The...
article Tribes hire coordinator to battle B.C. mines
(Alaska) -- Banding together, 16 Southeast tribes will push for a seat at the table in talks with Canada about mining issues on shared waters.

8/6/2017

article Ex-leader of North Dakota tribe ordered to return nearly $3 million in royalties
(North Dakota) -- A former chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation is giving up nearly $3 million in royalties after being mistakenly overpaid by an energy...
article Under Trump, Coal Mining Gets New Life on U.S. Lands
(Montana) -- The Trump administration is wading into one of the oldest and most contentious debates in the West by encouraging more coal mining on lands owned by the...

8/5/2017

article Stories of Indigenous-led Resistance to Oil and Waste
(USA) -- On this edition of Making Contact, we'll meet people challenging polluters in their own backyard. Not to push hazardous industries into another neighborhood...

8/3/2017

article Estimate for Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline replacement jumps 9 percent
(Minnesota) -- Enbridge says its Line 3 replacement pipeline is getting more expensive in the wake of regulatory delays and changes to the project. The proposed oil...

8/2/2017

article Indian Lawmakers: Enbridge pipeline threatens Ojibwe people in Minnesota
(Minnesota) -- The four Indian women who serve in the Minnesota House of Representatives are taking a stand against the $7.5 billion Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline. State Reps...

8/1/2017

article Province, First Nations collaborate on mineral development protocol
(Manitoba) -- The provincial government announced on Tuesday in Winnipeg that they are designing a mineral development protocol in collaboration with First Nations...
article Pipeline builder buying farm used as protest encampment
(Pennsylvania) -- A company building a $3 billion pipeline to carry natural gas is purchasing a southeastern Pennsylvania farm that has served as a base of operations...

7/31/2017

article Manitoba, First Nations Strike New Deal Over Minerals
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba’s government is developing a new provincial mineral development protocol with First Nation communities. “Working in partnership with...

7/30/2017

article Clyde River, Nunavut victory shows a community can band together and take on corporate Canada
(Nunavut) -- Before heading to the Supreme Court, the battle Clyde River, Nunavut was fighting with corporate Canada was a lonesome one. Neither the QIA or NTI supported...

7/28/2017

article EPA asks oil producers to shut seven wastewater wells along Bird Creek spill area
(Oklahoma) -- The Environmental Protection Agency has found the source of saltwater contamination in Bird Creek and is asking Osage County oil producers to cease...
article Salmon Victory: Lelu Island LNG Project Scrapped
(British Columbia) -- Indigenous groups are celebrating after Petronas, a Malaysian state-owned oil and gas giant, announced this week it would be scrapping its proposed...
article Supreme Court makes it clear. Indigenous peoples can’t veto pipelines: Walkom
(Canada) -- The Supreme Court has confirmed that Indigenous nations do not have the right to veto resource development projects. This is the upshot of two separate...

7/27/2017

article US court asked to hold off on decision over fracking rules
(Denver) -- The Trump administration asked three federal judges from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday to hold off on a decision regarding a major...
article Ute Tribe in Southern Utah Struggles Against America’s Last Uranium Mill
(Utah) -- In the Southeastern corner of Utah, just off highway 191, tucked tightly in the middle of San Juan County, there is a small community of between 250 and 300...
article Inuit leaders applaud landmark Supreme Court ruling
(North Canada) -- "Wow." "Hallelujah." "This is amazing." When word that Clyde River had won a landmark Supreme Court case on Wednesday...

7/26/2017

article MHA Nation shares energy message with Trump administration
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota’s Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation has the ear of the Trump administration, with a second federal official visiting Fort Berthold...
article Supreme Court quashes seismic testing in Nunavut, but gives green light to Enbridge pipeline
(Canada) -- The Supreme Court of Canada has quashed plans for seismic testing in Nunavut, delivering a major victory to Inuit who argued they were inadequately consulted...

7/25/2017

article Opponents Say Pipeline Would Disproportionately Affect Native Tribes
(North Carolina) -- A proposed natural gas pipeline would disproportionately impact Native Americans in North Carolina, according to Ryan Emanuel, an associate professor...
article First Nations community in battle over aging pipeline running through traditional land
(Ontario) -- A small London-area First Nation, it was the last opponent left standing to one of Canada’s most controversial oil pipeline projects. Wednesday, the...
article Supreme Court to issue landmark rulings on Indigenous relationship with energy sector
(Ottawa) -- The Supreme Court will deliver two landmark rulings Wednesday that could lead to fundamental changes for Canada's energy sector and its relationship with...

7/24/2017

article Trans Mountain pipeline gets Indigenous-led oversight committee
(British Columbia) -- Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has a new Indigenous-led oversight committee, backed by the federal government, to monitor...

7/22/2017

article First Nations lawsuit partly blames government inaction for Husky oil spill
(Saskatchewan) -- A First Nation's lawsuit says government inaction is at least partly behind a Husky Energy oil spill that fouled water supplies for tens of...

7/20/2017

article Canadian tribe opposes proposed powerline project in US
(New Hampshire) -- Supporters of a controversial project that would bring Canadian hydro power to markets in southern New England like to talk about how this would use...

7/19/2017

article The next big pipeline protest?
(Wisconsin) -- I was horrified by the images coming out of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in North Dakota this past winter. The attack dogs, the rubber bullets and...
article BLOG: Enbridge 3 Fight Shows Connections Between Indigenous Environmentalism and AIM
(Minnesota) -- At first glance, the Enbridge 3 pipeline seems like a non-threatening project. Rather than building a new pipeline, the project will replace an aging,...

7/18/2017

article A tribe that lives in the Grand Canyon faces threat from uranium mining company
(Arizona) -- A tiny community and Native American tribe living inside the Grand Canyon may not survive should a mining company get its way. As The Guardian reported, the...
article Indigenous leaders decry Taseko Mines work permit issued days before BC Liberals left office
(British Columbia) -- Provincial authorities issued a work permit for a controversial mining project near Williams Lake days before the new government was to be sworn...
article Protest camp built on proposed site of Sisson mine project
(New Brunswick) -- Members of Maliseet First Nations have started to build a protest camp at the proposed site of the Sisson mine near Napadogan. Tents, campers, and...

7/17/2017

article In the Grand Canyon, uranium mining threatens a tribe's survival
(Arizona) -- Ed Tilousi knelt down next to the crystal-clear turquoise creek. The only sounds were the gurgling of the current and the sawing of cicadas in a pecan nut...

7/12/2017

article Native American tribe sues fracking companies in Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- When it comes to natural disasters in #oklahoma, the thing to worry about used to be tornadoes. Now it's earthquakes. However, these earthquakes are...

7/11/2017

article Controversial Alaskan gold mine could be revived under Trump’s EPA
(Alaska) -- The Trump administration has taken a key step toward paving the way for a controversial gold, copper and molybdenum mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay...
article EPA moves to cancel proposed restrictions at Pebble prospect
(Alaska) -- As commercial fishermen in Bristol Bay were busy landing salmon, the Trump administration on Tuesday moved to cancel the Environmental Protection Agency'...

7/10/2017

article Banks Have Cut Funding for Fossil Fuels Projects 22 Percent
(Worldwide) -- A new report from a consortium of environmental groups shows that big banks are reducing their investment in fossil fuel projects. While this is welcome...
article Fort Berthold environmental organization files suit over methane rule pause
(North Dakota) -- Members of Fort Berthold Protectors of Water & Earth Rights are challenging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s decision to stay provisions...
article Diné, Pueblo youth unite to protect Chaco Canyon
(Arizona) -- Cheyenne Antonio, from Torreon/Pueblo Pintado, New Mexico, was attending the University of New Mexico when she first met Marissa Naranjo from Santa Clara...
article Agreement between Western Shoshone and Barrick mining benefits both
(Nevada) -- Hostilities have long persisted between Nevada's mining companies and the state's Native American population. That was particularly true in the Elko...
article Erin Brockovich Helps Pawnee Nation Sue Fracking Companies Over Induced Earthquakes
(Oklahoma) -- Environmental activist Erin Brockovich is helping Oklahoma's Pawnee Nation take on several fracking companies in a lawsuit alleging that damages to its...

7/9/2017

article Ramapoughs Taking Peaceful Approach Against Pilgrim Pipeline [video]
(New Jersey) -- The Ramapough Lenape Nation is taking a peaceful approach to stopping the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline. Nation members created the Split Rock Sweetwater...
article OP/ED: Deepwater fight is road to nowhere
(Australia) -- Suni Symons is trying to bring the warring parties together over the Deepwater National Park track future. It is an admirable move by the Baffle Creek...

7/8/2017

article Another Standing Rock? Minnesota oil pipeline fight stokes threats, fears of larger protests
(Minnesota) -- Each day for decades, five pipelines have quietly pumped more than 2 million barrels of Canadian crude oil below northern Minnesota's forests, lakes...
article Maliseet grandmothers set up camp to stop open pit mine project
(New Brunswick) -- Maliseet grandmothers have set up camp on the site of a proposed open pit mine. The Sisson project has received environmental approvals.

7/6/2017

article Native Americans Sue Frackers Over Manmade Earthquakes
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma has become one of the world’s most notorious earthquake hubs. In fact, in 2014 for the first time, the number of magnitude 3 or greater...

7/5/2017

article BLM considers offering Utah’s Recapture Canyon — rich in American Indian artifacts — for oil and gas leasing
(Utah) -- Recapture Canyon is so rich in fragile Native American prehistory that it is closed to motorized use, yet the Bureau of Land Management is now proposing to...
article Minn. oil pipeline fight stokes threats, fears of Standing Rock
(Minnesota) -- Each day for decades, five pipelines have quietly pumped more than 2 million barrels of Canadian crude oil below northern Minnesota's forests, lakes...

7/4/2017

article A gathering of Nations
(Washington D.C.) -- On June 28, Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton met with President Donald Trump, Scott Pruitt of the Environmental Protection Agency, Secretary of...
article Courts, Pipelines and Liabilities: Minnesota may want to take note
(Minnesota) -- For the past two weeks, Minnesotans and tribal members have packed Department of Commerce meetings on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on...
article Tulsequah Chief Mine controversy deepens as it courts new investors
(Alaska) -- Southeast Alaska tribal groups are calling for cleanup of British Columbia’s long-abandoned Tulsequah Chief Mine. The call comes as a Canadian...

7/3/2017

article Oklahoma chiefs meet Trump to talk energy and environment
(Washington D.C.) -- When Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton met President Donald Trump on Wednesday, he came bearing a message: we can take care of the environment...
article Oregon, Washington Threaten To Sue EPA Over Methane Rules
(Washington D.C.) -- Fourteen states — including Oregon and Washington — are threatening to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violating the...

7/2/2017

article Dozens weigh in on Jordan Cove project
(Washington) -- Dozens of supporters and opponents of the Jordan Cove LNG and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline filled the lobby outside the Mt. Thielsen and Mt. Bailey...

7/1/2017

article Done with diesel: First Nation proposes hydro project for clean energy future
(British Columbia) -- When the power goes out, the first thing Heather Campbell does is grab a flashlight and march down the road to her father's bedside to make...

6/30/2017

article Tribes call for clean up of Tulsequah Chief Mine
(Alaska) -- Tribal entities in Southeast Alaska are calling for a halt in acid mine drainage from the abandoned Tulsequah Chief Mine, which has been leaking...

6/28/2017

article Citing Trump’s executive order, BLM considers leasing sage grouse habitat for oil and gas
(Wyoming) -- The federal push to open energy development on public lands resonates in Wyoming, where low prices and production have wreaked havoc on the economy. But...
article Deer numbers drop almost 40 percent as animals avoid oil and gas wells, new study shows
(Wyoming) -- Mule deer don’t like oil and gas wells. A new report — the first of its kind — analyzes 17 years’ worth of data showing that...

6/26/2017

article For A Guy Who Doesn’t ‘Pick Winners,’ Ryan Zinke Sure Loves Fossil Fuels
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has repeatedly stressed that when it comes to powering America, President Donald Trump’s administration doesn...
article Supreme Court dismisses N.M. suit against Colo. over mine spill
(New Mexico) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a lawsuit by New Mexico’s government claiming that Colorado environmental regulators played a direct role...
article Oklahoma tries to crush Native American environmental protesters
(Oklahoma) -- When Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed HB 1124 into law in May, 2017 it was yet another strike against Native Americans and the entire nationwide working...
article Edmonton program to train Indigenous women for work on Trans Mountain pipeline
(Edmonton) -- A dozen Indigenous women from central Alberta are about to begin a course that could land them jobs in the construction of the multi-billion dollar Trans...
article Guidelines developed for drilling near Chaco Canyon
(New Mexico) -- Federal land managers have laid out their plans for weighing the effects of oil and gas development in northwestern New Mexico on everything from...

6/25/2017

article Sisson mine gets federal approval, but environmental transparency questioned
(New Brunswick) -- The $579-million Sisson Mine project near Stanley has received federal approval, and construction will begin next spring, federal cabinet minister...
article Guidelines developed for drilling near Chaco Canyon
(New Mexico) -- Federal land managers have laid out their plans for weighing the effects of oil and gas development in northwestern New Mexico on everything from...

6/24/2017

article Price tag for Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject rises by another billion, CEO says
(Newfoundland) -- Costs for the Muskrat Falls hydro project in Labrador are up another $1 billion, a “boondoggle” the man in charge says is worse than the...

6/23/2017

article OP/ED: In a letter to the feds, Alberta lambastes the report on overhauling National Energy Board
(Alberta) -- The Alberta government has a few issues with a new report that strives to modernize the National Energy Board. Actually, make that problems. Big problems.

6/20/2017

article Yukon First Nations want in on Faro mine clean up
(Yukon) -- It's one of Canada's biggest mine clean-up projects, and some local First Nations people feel they've been left out. "We're tired of...
article Environmental group, tribe challenge sand mine permit
(Wisconsin) -- An environmental group and the Ho-Chunk Nation are challenging a proposed sand plant's wetlands permit. Meteor Timber wants to build a sand drying...
article B.C. hereditary tribal leader aims to fight Pacific NorthWest LNG project
(British Columbia) -- A Federal Court case has cast the spotlight on a hereditary tribal leader’s battle against a liquefied natural gas project in northern...
article Tribes And Greens Oppose America’s Last Uranium Mill
(Utah) -- Utah environmental regulators are taking comments through July on whether the controversial White Mesa uranium mill should be allowed to continue to operate....

6/19/2017

article Interior head says public lands can make U.S. a "dominant" oil power
(Washington D.C.) -- Boosting drilling and mining on America's protected federal lands can help the United States become not just independent, but "dominant...

6/18/2017

article Tanker Market: New Pipeline Could Spell New Trouble for Tanker Owners
(North Dakota) -- The new Dakota Access Pipeline could spell a shift in demand for tankers and ship owners could face new trouble in the North American market, said...

6/17/2017

article Blanding, Ute tribe debate uranium mill
(Utah) -- A lively public hearing regarding a license renewal for the controversial White Mesa uranium mill drew supporters and detractors Thursday on the University of...

6/14/2017

article Pebble and Native corporation team up, frustrating mine opponents
(Alaska) -- The Pebble project developer has teamed up with an Alaska Native corporation from the North Slope, drawing sharp opposition from project opponents in Bristol...
article B.C. hereditary tribal leader aims to fight Pacific NorthWest LNG project
(British Columbia) -- A Federal Court case has cast the spotlight on a hereditary tribal leader’s battle against a liquefied natural gas project in northern...

6/13/2017

article Indian tribes, business leaders make their cases in Enbridge Line 3 debate
(Minnesota) -- Enbridge Energy's plan to replace its "Line 3" pipeline across northern Minnesota is a golden opportunity to get rid of an old, corroded oil...

6/12/2017

article Federal agency deciding whether oil industry owes royalties
(North Dakota) -- A federal agency is deciding whether the oil industry owes royalties for flaring excess natural gas from federal and tribal oil wells. The Bismarck...
article Investigators: EPA had no rules for working at risky mines
(Colorado) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had no rules for working around old mines when the agency inadvertently triggered a massive spill from a Colorado...

6/11/2017

article 28 major banks warned not to finance Trans Mountain pipeline expansion
(British Columbia) -- This week, over 20 Indigenous and environmental organizations delivered an open letter to 28 major banks, calling on them to back away from funding...
article OP/ED: A slow burn is quickening in B.C.
(British Columbia) -- There is a growing sense of anger and frustration as more people in B.C. realize how their very livelihoods are being treated as pawns in a...

6/10/2017

article Pipeline poker: How the Trans Mountain expansion project could play out in B.C
(British Columbia) -- There has been plenty of rhetoric about the future of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion. The new B.C. NDP-Green alliance...
article Federal agency deciding whether oil industry owes royalties
(North Dakota) -- If the agency determines the companies could have avoided flaring natural gas as they produced oil, royalties could be due to the U.S. government,...
article OP/ED: It’s never too late to stop bad idea of LNG plant
(Washington) -- Having vanquished the methanol refinery just one year ago, Tacoma faces another threat from the fossil fuel industry. Puget Sound Energy has proposed an...

6/6/2017

article Havasupai Leaders Say Grand Canyon Uranium Ban Critical to Tribe’s Future
(Arizona) -- The Mohave County Board of Supervisors is calling for the repeal of a ban on new uranium mining near the Grand Canyon. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan...
article How one small tribe beat coal and built a solar plant
(Nevada) -- Tucked between scattered red desert rocks, the Moapa Band of Paiutes dwells on a little over 70,000 acres in southeastern Nevada. It’s a small tribe...

6/5/2017

article Grand Canyon at risk as Arizona officials ask Trump to end uranium mining ban
(Arizona) -- A coalition of influential officials in Arizona and Utah is urging the Trump administration to consider rolling back Obama-era environmental protections...
article 'A scary thing': Sask. First Nation concerned over Husky oil spill impact
(Saskatoon) -- Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby Cameron believes the amount of oil spilled into the North Saskatchewan River last summer is far...
article 'State-of-the-art' caribou protection plans draw broad support for Sabina gold mine
(North Canada) -- An unprecedented second set of final hearings into a proposed gold mine in Nunavut's Kitikmeot region ended with broad consensus that the Back...

6/3/2017

article B.C. grand chief responds to Alberta premier on Trans Mountain, warning it 'will never see the light of day'
(Alberta) -- The president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs is challenging Alberta Premier Rachel Notley on the building of the Kinder Morgan Trans...
article Indigenous people 'losing their voice in the oilsands,' says stakeholder group
(Alberta) -- Hours after the provincial government announced it was giving Indigenous Albertans a bigger advisory role in environmental policy, a group representing...
article Minnesota To Open 22 Meetings On Enbridge Oil Pipeline
(Minnesota) -- Minnesota regulators are getting ready to open a series of 22 public meetings on an oil pipeline project that opponents have dubbed the next Dakota Access...

5/31/2017

article EPA delays controversial rule on methane emissions
(Washington D.C.) -- The Environmental Protection Agency stalled parts of a rule on methane emissions from oil and gas development Wednesday, the latest move from the...

5/29/2017

article EPA's Pruitt: Agency is 'doing what it's supposed to do' at Osage pollution site
(Oklahoma) -- Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt rolled onto the prairie Friday to assure Osage County residents that his agency is on the job....

5/28/2017

article Hundreds rally in Burnaby to oppose Trans Mountain pipeline expansion
(British Columbia) -- Hundreds of people gathered outside of Kinder Morgan's Westridge Terminal in Burnaby at the conclusion of a 75-kilometre protest march Sunday.

5/25/2017

article Secretary Zinke plans to work with tribes on drilling push in Alaska
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is reviving controversial plans to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to energy development. The fiscal...
article Protesters removed from Imperial Metals' annual conference
(British Columbia) -- One person has been arrested, and three others forcibly removed after entering Imperial Metals' annual conference at the Coquitlam Executive...

5/22/2017

article The Next Standing Rocks: 4,800 Miles of Oil Pipelines Planned Under Trump
(North Dakota) -- U.S. companies are set to carve up Native American and private lands in more than a dozen states in order to sell petroleum and natural gas overseas....
article Alaska Natives Ask Nevadans to Help Protect Their Homeland
(Nevada) -- A group of Alaska Natives are in Nevada this week as part of a tour of the Southwest. They're stoking opposition to a bill that would authorize oil and gas...

5/20/2017

article Letter: Tribes support Heitkamp's decision not to overturn BLM methane rule
(North Dakota) -- Fort Berthold POWER, located on the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara nations, supports Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in her decision to not overturn the BLM methane...
article How Rollbacks at Scott Pruitt’s E.P.A. Are a Boon to Oil and Gas
(Washington D.C.) -- In a gas field here in Wyoming’s struggling energy corridor, nearly 2,000 miles from Washington, the Trump administration’s regulatory...

5/16/2017

article White Mesa Ute lead protest against uranium mill
(Arizona) -- More than 90 people gathered outside the White Mesa Community Center on the morning of May 13 and prepared to march five miles north to the White Mesa Mill...

5/15/2017

article Pence Told Crow Tribe 'War On Coal Is Over' During Absaloka Mine Visit
(Montana) -- A coal mine on the Crow Reservation was the first stop for Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Montana. After Air Force Two landed, Pence climbed...
article Bristol Bay Outraged as Trump EPA Scores Backroom Deal with Pebble Mine
(Alaska) -- Bristol Bay leaders are outraged by the Pebble Limited Partnership and Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) settlement concerning the proposed Clean...
article THEIRS: Tribes use oil money for its members
(South Dakota) -- The Three Affiliated Tribes has been criticized for getting rich on oil and not doing enough for the reservation. However, there are plans on the Fort...

5/14/2017

article ND Tribes Say Keeping Methane-Waste Rule a Win; ND Senators Split
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota tribes say the U.S. Senate's decision not to overturn a rule requiring energy developers to limit methane gas leaks and flaring on...

5/13/2017

article Trump Order Could Open Up Area Larger Than Yellowstone to Drilling
(Utah) -- More than 2.7 million acres of iconic US landscape could be at risk from fossil fuel exploration following Donald Trump's decision to review protections on...
article Enbridge commits to greater disclosure on Indigenous and environmental issues
(Alberta) -- Enbridge said it will increase disclosure on how it factors in Indigenous and environmental issues when making acquisitions, despite shareholders voting...

5/12/2017

article Crow Tribe welcomes Vice President Pence to coal mine on homelands
(Montana) -- The Crow Tribe is welcoming a high-profile visitor to its homelands in Montana. Vice President Mike Pence will visit the Absaloka Mine in Hardin on Friday...
article How Trump’s monuments review could impact climate
(USA) -- President Trump has directed the Interior Department to “review” all large national monuments created since 1996 to recommend ways for Congress to...
article Tribal views seen as influencing close vote on Obama-era energy rule
(Washington D.C.) -- Republicans have been dealt a setback in their efforts to roll back protections for the environment and the views of tribes in North Dakota are seen...
article ETP Spills Two Million Gallons of Drilling Material in Ohio
(Ohio) -- Ohioans are experiencing a little taste of Standing Rock, right at home. Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the Texas company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline (...
article Trump’s EPA stabs Alaskans in the back with mining reversal
(Alaska) -- Plans to mine alongside Alaska’s pristine Bristol Bay, where half the world’s salmon are fished, had appeared dead in the water in recent years.

5/11/2017

article Tribes turn oil money into a better life
(North Dakota) -- The Three Affiliated Tribes has been criticized for getting rich on oil and not doing enough for the reservation. However, there are plans on the Fort...
article Heitkamp influenced by tribe’s position as Senate fails to repeal federal methane rule
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., voted Wednesday, May 10, against repealing a federal rule related to methane emissions, a regulation supported by...
article Heitkamp votes down repeal of federal flaring rule
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., citing concerns over waste and tribal sovereignty, cast what many considered a surprise deciding vote against repealing...
article Pipeline Expansion in Northeast Threatens Tribe's Ceremonial Land
(Rhode Island) -- The Narragansett Indian Tribe is accusing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) of violating federal law in approving expansion to an already...
article Wynne pushes Ring of Fire chiefs for decision on regional road
(Canada) -- Premier Kathleen Wynne is warning fly-in First Nations in Northern Ontario they must quickly agree on the construction of a road into their region –...
article Pebble opponents call on EPA to deny developer a deal
(Alaska) -- Fearful that the Environmental Protection Agency will make a deal with the Pebble mine developer and back down from efforts to protect Bristol Bay, business...
article "Water protesters" set up camp in Glacier County
(Montana) -- A group of self-proclaimed "water protesters" have set up camp in Glacier County. The Blackfeet Tribal Business Council issued a press release on...
article Vice President Mike Pence To Visit Coal Mine On The Crow Reservation
(Montana) -- Vice President Mike Pence and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke are scheduled to visit a coal mine on the Crow Reservation Friday. The Trump Administration has...

5/10/2017

article Methane Rule Under Fire at Interior After Surviving Senate
(Washington D.C.) -- Regulations on the venting and flaring of natural gas survived a Senate attempt to nix them but may not be so lucky with an Interior Department...
article Senate Can’t Pass Methane Rollback So Interior Decides To Do It Anyway
(Washington) -- Hours after Senate Republicans’ failed attempt to overturn an Obama-era rule regulating methane emissions, the Trump administration announced it...

5/9/2017

article U.S. lawmakers seek looser energy development rules for tribal lands
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill to ease restrictions on energy development on U.S. tribal lands has a good chance of passing the Republican-controlled Congress this year,...
article Rhode Island tribe opposing Massachusetts pipeline claims FERC dropped ball on ceremonial stone landscapes
(Massachusetts) -- A Rhode Island Indian tribe opposing a Massachusetts pipeline claims the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission violated federal law last month when it...

5/8/2017

article Tribal Groups Press U.S. Senate to Keep BLM Methane Waste Rule
(Arizona) -- A vote on whether to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's Methane Waste Rule could come in the U.S. Senate in the next few days, and tribal leaders...
article Native Sun News Today: Indigenous leader battles mine operation in Guatemala
(California) -- An open-pit nickel mining operation that turned Guatemala’s largest lake into its most polluted met its match when Q’eqchi indigenous leader...

5/7/2017

article Claims, counterclaims fly before uranium mining hearings
(South Dakota) -- Opponents of a proposed uranium mine near Edgemont claimed prior to this week’s public hearings on the project that waste fluid from other mines...

5/5/2017

article Kalama Plant protest hits the port
(Washington) -- A mixture of locals, regional activists, anglers, tribal members and leaders converged on the Port of Kalama Saturday to show their opposition to a...
article Peru’s first autonomous Indigenous government wins major victory taking on oil companies
(Peru) -- It has been less than two years since Peru’s Indigenous Wampis community declared itself a self-governing community. The Wampis Statute is built strictly...

5/4/2017

article Alaska Native group challenges President Trump and Secretary Zinke on Arctic drilling
(Washington D.C.) -- REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands) has joined a lawsuit that seeks to prevent the Trump administration from opening...
article Oil industry launches Indian reservation scholarship program
(North Dakota) -- The North Dakota Petroleum Council has launched a new scholarship for members of the Three Affiliated Tribes who are pursuing energy careers.

5/2/2017

article Wash. Native American Voices 'Ignored' in NW Pipeline Fight
(Washington) -- The mother of all pipelines could be coming to the Northwest, and Native Americans in the region want their voices heard on the proposal. The Houston-...
article Ontario budget leaves mercury expert worried about 'deja vu all over again'
(Ontario) -- A team of scientists set to resume field work on the mercury contamination in Ontario's English-Wabigoon River next week is worried their work may be...

5/1/2017

article Minnesota Republicans attempt to skirt environmental review of new tar sands pipelines
(Minnesota) -- Late last year, Canada’s prime minister, noted internet bae and progressive cabinet-appointer Justin Trudeau, approved two new tar sands oil...

4/29/2017

article Photo Essay: A New Pipeline Encroaches on Florida’s Fragile Everglades
(Florida) -- Construction of a new natural gas project in Florida, the Sabal Trail pipeline, is nearing completion as the Trump administration threatens to eliminate...
article OP/ED: Resource Extraction and American Indians: The Invisible History of America
(Alaska) -- The recent American Indian protests at Standing Rock in North Dakota, protesting environmentally irresponsible and culturally damaging resource extraction,...
article Pipeline Co. Fights Okla. Tribal Landowners' Sanctions Bid (sub req.)
(New York) -- Enable Midstream Partners LP shot back Thursday against a request from a group of tribal landowners that an Oklahoma federal judge force it to respond to...

4/27/2017

article Northwest tribes sue Coast Guard over tanker traffic’s risk to orcas
(Washington) -- Two Northwest Indian tribes are suing the U.S. Coast Guard, claiming the agency has failed to protect endangered orcas from the risk of oil spills...
article Oil tankers threaten endangered orcas, two tribes say in lawsuit
(Washington) -- Already-endangered killer whales in the waters west of Seattle face heightened risk from an increased traffic of tankers that will carry oil from Kinder...

4/26/2017

article Native American tribes claim oil tankers threaten endangered orcas
(Washington) -- Endangered killer whales in the waters west of Seattle face heightened risk from an increased traffic of tankers that will carry oil from Kinder Morgan...
article Tribes Sue Coast Guard Over Tanker Traffic's Risk to Orcas
(Washington) -- The Tulalip and Suquamish tribes are suing the Coast Guard, alleging a failure to protect endangered orcas from the risk of oil spills associated with...

4/23/2017

article Fighting Against Fracking In Colombia
(Colombia) -- Fracking is coming to indigenous Colombian territories and other parts of the country, and activists are trying to halt the process. The controversial...

4/22/2017

article Oil and Gas Giants Flee Canada’s Tar Sands
(Alberta) -- A growing number of American oil and gas giants are divesting themselves of their Canadian tar sands holdings. In the latest move, Chevron is reportedly...
article Yellowknives Dene welcome recommendation that feds apologize for Giant Mine mess
(Northwest Territories) -- The Yellowknives Dene First Nation is welcoming a recommendation from the Giant Mine Oversight Board that the federal government apologize to...

4/21/2017

article Got Treaties? Lummi 1, Coal Terminal 0
(Washington) -- For years, beginning in 2011, environmental groups fought to prevent construction of what would have been the country’s largest coal export...

4/19/2017

article Blackfeet Nation declares Badger-Two Medicine sacred area is off-limits to industrialization
(Montana) -- A Texas billionaire oilman has rejected offers of cash, land, leases and even pre-drilled wells, choosing instead to file suit demanding access to...

4/17/2017

article Texas oilman sues for access to Blackfeet sacred land
(Montana) -- One of three remaining energy development leaseholders in the Badger-Two Medicine area south of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation has sued the federal...

4/16/2017

article BP Struggles to Control Damaged Well in Alaskan Arctic
(Alaska) -- The British oil giant BP worked through the weekend to control a damaged oil well on Alaska’s remote North Slope that had started spewing natural gas...

4/14/2017

article In New Jersey, A New Pipeline Battle Is Brewing
(New Jersey) -- Members of the Ramapough Lenape Nation live just 30 miles outside of New York City, near Mahwah, New Jersey. They’ve grown accustomed to gas...
article The Ramapoughs vs. the World
(New Jersey) -- The phone rang in his study and Dwaine Perry answered with the weary resignation of a man who knew what was coming. The sun was setting on a late March...

4/13/2017

article Noront poised to make First Nation a Ring of Fire shareholder
(Ontario) -- Noront Resources has signed an exploration and project advancement agreement with the Marten Falls First Nation. On April 13, the Ring of Fire developer...

4/12/2017

article Tribal Members in Oklahoma Defeat Natural Gas Pipeline Company
(Oklahoma) -- The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma has ordered a natural gas pipeline operator to cease operations and remove the pipeline...
article The New Deal for Tribes: Resource Extraction & Toxic Waste (Minus the Jobs)
(North Dakota) -- A couple of years ago a tribal leader showed me an abandoned lumber mill near the village of Tyonek, Alaska. The company promised jobs. And, for a time...

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