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BLM Moves to Nearly Repeal Obama-Era Venting/Flaring Rule for Public, Tribal Lands

The U.S. Department of Interior's (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to replace the Obama-era Waste Prevention Rule, which governs flaring and venting of associated natural gas on public and tribal lands, with requirements similar to those that were in force prior to the rule’s adoption in 2016.

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2/23/2018

article Dems say Interior changes a gift to industry
(Washington D.C.) -- House Democrats say U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s revised plan to overhaul his department’s sprawling bureaucracy has the same...
article Trump administration ordered to enforce limits on methane gas emissions
(Washington D.C.) -- A San Francisco federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to enforce limits on emissions of climate-changing methane gas from wells on...
article Minnesota regulators turn down tribal request that could delay Enbridge pipeline project
(Minnesota) -- Minnesota utility regulators Thursday rejected a request by the state's Ojibwe bands to require a comprehensive tribal cultural analysis for Enbridge...
article Tribal members move to block Black Hills gold exploration
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota tribes have expressed displeasure over a mining permit issued for near Rochford, and now three members of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe...

2/21/2018

article Seattle takes stand against Tacoma LNG plant
(Washington) -- For more than a year, Tacoma has served as the front line for protests against a $300 million liquified natural gas facility. Puget Sound Energy is...
article Wyoming Now Third State to Propose ALEC Bill Cracking Down on Pipeline Protests
(Wyoming) -- On the heels of Iowa and Ohio, Wyoming has become the third state to introduce a bill criminalizing the type of activities undertaken by past oil and gas...

2/20/2018

article Industry backs bill criminalizing infrastructure ‘interference’
(Wyoming) -- Industry supporters turned out en masse at a legislative committee meeting Friday to support a bill that will impose severe penalties on protesters and...
article DOE to fund energy infrastructure deployment on tribal lands
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $11.5 million in new funding to deploy energy infrastructure on tribal lands. Bioenergy projects...
article OP/ED: The national ripple effect of a western pipeline fight
(British Columbia) -- The pipeline battle between British Columbia and Alberta cannot be confined to western Canada. There are national ramifications to this unseemly...

2/19/2018

article Agnico Eagle's open-pit offshoot from Nunavut gold mine gets federal ministerial approval
(North Canada) -- The federal minister for Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs has signed off on a new mining project near Baker Lake, Nunavut. Agnico Eagle's...
article Red Cloud’s Revolution: Oglalla Sioux freeing themselves from fossil fuel
(South Dakota) -- It’s high summer in South Dakota, and a cruel sun beats down with an endless floodtide of photons that burns skin through t-shirts and tinted car...

2/16/2018

article Aboriginal mining strategy getting underway
(Ontario) -- Funding is in place and a coordinator is being hired for the Aboriginal Mining Strategy for North-East Ontario, bringing the launch of the initiative closer...

2/15/2018

article Utes Can't Force Judge's Recusal In Dispute With Ex-Worker
(Colorado) -- The Ute Indian Tribe on Tuesday lost its bid to force the recusal of a federal judge from a suit that is part of a sprawling contract dispute involving a...

2/14/2018

article Mining project near sacred Lakota site raises concerns from public
(South Dakota) -- A controversial meeting hosted by the Pennington County Board of Commissioners brought about concerns of Native American land rights and the question...
article Norway's oil fund should divest from gambling stocks, opposition says
(Worldwide) -- Norway's$1 trillion sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, should be forced to sell its stakes in companies involved in the gambling industry...

2/13/2018

article BLM Moves to Nearly Repeal Obama-Era Venting/Flaring Rule for Public, Tribal Lands
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Interior's (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to replace the Obama-era Waste Prevention Rule, which...

2/12/2018

article Native group opposes whaling area inclusion in offshore leases
(Alaska) -- Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat, the Native group organized to provide a unified representation and leadership of Arctic Native interests to state and federal...
article SD Tribe Blasts NRC's Take On Standing To Dispute Mine [sub req]
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe pushed back Thursday in the D.C. Circuit against a letter by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, claiming a recent circuit...

2/10/2018

article Alaska Native corporation acquires oil field automation firm
(Alaska) -- Alaska Native regional corporation Koniag Inc. acquired oil field automation services firm Glacier Services Inc. Glacier Services is the largest Alaska-owned...

2/9/2018

article Yurok Tribe heads to Sacramento to oppose offshore oil drilling plan
(California) -- Members of the Yurok Tribe headed to Sacramento Thursday to voice their opposition to President Donald Trump's offshore drilling development plans.
article Hopis, Navajos say they’ll suffer if coal-fired plant closes
(Arizona) -- Hopis and Navajos who work at a coal mine near the Arizona-Utah border said Feb. 6 their family lives and earning power will suffer greatly if the power...
article Native group opposes whaling area inclusion in offshore leases
(Alaska) -- Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat, the Native group organized to provide a unified representation and leadership of Arctic Native interests to state and federal...

2/8/2018

article How Peru excludes indigenous voices in its quest to develop the Amazon
(Peru) -- The Peruvian government has a clear development agenda for its Amazon rainforest regions. Oil extraction is already happening on a large scale. That will be...
article Hydroelectric Projects Are Displacing Indigenous Groups in the Amazon
(Brazil) -- In 2011, Norte Energia began constructing the Belo Monte Dam on Brazil’s Xingu River, and when the group finishes in 2019, it will own the fourth...

2/7/2018

article Alberta to boycott BC wines over pipeline dispute
(British Columbia) -- The clash concerns the building of an oil pipeline from Alberta to the Pacific Coast in BC known as the Kinder Morgan Trans Pipeline Expansion...
article Albertans are B.C.’s 3rd biggest tourism spenders. Could trade war put that at risk?
(British Columbia) -- B.C.’s tourism industry is keeping an eye on the province’s pipeline dispute with Alberta, as it escalates into what appears to be full...

2/6/2018

article Indigenous investors required in second round of Alberta renewable power auction
(Edmonton) -- Indigenous leaders say they are eager to invest after Alberta unveiled a plan Feb. 5 that demands bidders in one of its next two rounds of renewable power...
article Indigenous leaders welcome chance to invest in Alberta renewable power auction
(Edmonton) -- Indigenous leaders say they are eager to invest after Alberta unveiled a plan on Monday that demands bidders in one of its next two rounds of renewable...
article Researchers measure mixed metals mining contamination on Native Americans
(New Mexico) -- Researchers hope to measure the effects of mixed metals and uranium waste exposure on Native American populations living in close proximity to abandoned...

2/5/2018

article Gov. Inslee, tribal groups object to offshore drilling plans
(Washington) -- Gov. Jay Inslee will join tribal groups and coastal businesses to object to plans for oil drilling offshore of Washington state. The action Monday...
article Company pays fine for polluting water on North Dakota reservation
(North Dakota) -- An energy company paid a $49,000 fine to the federal government for contaminating water on the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, The Bismarck Tribune...
article YES! Magazine: Fossil fuel bans gain momentum across the country
(Oregon) -- On a clear July morning three years ago, dozens of environmental activists pushed their kayaks into the Willamette River in Portland while others rappelled...

2/4/2018

article How forces combined again in Washington state to reject yet another oil terminal
(Washington) -- Live from a mountain viewpoint named Paradise, the television screen showed Washington Gov. Jay Inslee chatting outdoors last summer with Scott Cohn of...
article Northwest tribes ask Gov. to halt Tacoma plant construction
(Washington) -- The Puyallup Tribe and leaders from 14 other Northwest Tribes have called on Gov. Jay Inslee to stop the construction of Puget Sound Energy's...

2/1/2018

article Native Sun News Today: Tribal activists battle Trump over fracking
(California) -- A coalition of tribal and environmental groups sued on January 24 to block the federal Bureau of Land Management’s repeal of a 2015 rule designed to...

1/28/2018

article Longtime Burnaby resident says Trans Mountain pipeline expansion ‘ridiculous’
(British Columbia) -- A small group of concerned citizens opposing Kinder Morgan’s expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline gathered outside a Burnaby hotel as the...

1/27/2018

article Citing risks to fisheries, EPA retains proposed development limits on Pebble mine
(Alaska) -- In a surprise move that buoyed hopes of groups trying to stop the Pebble gold and copper prospect in western Alaska, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt said...
article First Nation wants gold exploration permit quashed in case that could have impact on Ring of Fire
(Ontario) -- No one kept a record of what was said during the meeting between mining company Landore Resources Canada and the Ontario ministry in January 2016, but at...

1/26/2018

article In reversal, EPA deals setback to controversial gold mining proposal in Alaska
(Alaska) -- Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced late Friday that he will not scrap the agency’s 2014 determination that a large-...

1/25/2018

article Senator Lisa Murkowski asks Interior chief to shield parts of Alaska from offshore drilling
(Alaska) -- Alaska’s Republican senator said on Thursday she will ask Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to remove certain sensitive offshore areas of Alaska from his...

1/24/2018

article Backers of proposed B.C. pipeline launch GoFundMe campaign to sue Ottawa over oil tanker ban
(British Columbia) -- First Nations leaders behind the proposed $16-billion Eagle Spirit pipeline project from Alberta to the British Columbia coast launched a GoFundMe...
article California Sues Feds to Re-Tighten Fracking Rules
(California) -- California will fight to reinstate environmental protections recently nixed by the Trump administration at the behest of the oil industry, according to a...

1/23/2018

article 'Paternalistic' First Nations plan flagged in Trudeau minister's Kinder Morgan memos
(Canada) -- The Trudeau government approved the Kinder Morgan oil pipeline expansion project after being told in a series of memos that First Nations believed its "...
article New Mexico Oil And Gas Lease Sale Spurs Numerous Protests
(New Mexico) -- Dozens of protests have been filed by tribal officials, environmentalists and others as federal land managers consider leasing parcels in northwestern...
article Reconciliation in mining: It's all about relationships, says Chief Robert Joseph
(Canada) -- If mining companies in Canada want to do their part in reconciling with Indigenous people, they need to focus on relationships, said Chief Dr. Robert Joseph...

1/22/2018

article Puget Sound home to new Liquefied Natural Gas plant
(Washington) -- Tacoma’s Puget Sound will be the new home of a Liquefied Natural Gas plant — projected to be fully functional by the end of 2019. Puget Sound...

1/20/2018

article TMAC enters final review process for two new Nunavut gold mines
(Nunavut) -- TMAC Resources Inc. said Thursday that it has passed another milestone on the company’s journey towards expanding its Hope Bay mining operations in...

1/18/2018

article 'Insanity' to allow nuclear waste storage near Ottawa River, Indigenous groups say
(Ontario) -- Indigenous groups say a plan to store nuclear waste near the Ottawa River in eastern Ontario is "insanity" and want the federal government to...
article OP/ED: Methane waste may be invisible, but it’s widespread impacts are not
(Washington D.C.) -- This week should have brought long-overdue updates to rules preventing methane waste and limiting wasteful flaring of natural gas on public and...

1/17/2018

article First Nations and LNG
(British Columbia) -- The days when First Nations take a back seat on how their territories are managed are past. In fact it is dismaying to find that some environmental...

1/16/2018

article West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations file court claim to stop Site C
(British Columbia) -- Two First Nations in northeast B.C. have started legal action against the Site C dam, claiming its construction violates Treaty No. 8 signed 1899,...

1/15/2018

article Why Do We Need to Mine Uranium in the Grand Canyon?
(Arizona) -- Havasupai elders taught us that a young woman created all the Grand Canyon’s springs, springs that flow into Havasu Creek to fill our blue-green...

1/14/2018

article EPA settles with company to assess uranium sites on Navajo
(Arizona) -- Federal officials have reached a settlement to have eight abandoned uranium mines assessed on the Navajo Nation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...
article U.S. Supreme Court allows suction mining ban to stand
(California) -- Mining advocates were dealt a blow last week after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a bid to repeal California’s ban on an in-river gold mining...

1/13/2018

article Pipeline protesters shut down Duluth bank by locking themselves to entrances
(Minnesota) -- Protesters shut down the Wells Fargo bank in downtown Duluth on Friday morning when three men in a crowd of about three-dozen protesters locked themselves...

1/12/2018

article Fracking Case Now Moot, Ute Indian Tribe Tells 10th Circ. [sub req]
(Utah) -- The Ute Indian Tribe on Thursday told the Tenth Circuit that an appeal of a lower court order striking down the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's...

1/11/2018

article RCMP arrest two elderly women at Trans Mountain pipeline protest
(British Columbia) -- Witnesses say RCMP used a battering ram to open a trailer door to remove two elderly women inside protesting the Trans Mountain pipeline late...
article N.W.T. First Nation changes stance, now fully supports Enbridge's pipeline repair project
(Northwest Territories) -- The chief of the Liidlii Kue First Nation says he now fully supports Enbridge's Line 21 project to replace a portion of the N.W.T....

1/10/2018

article Land defender and RCMP in standoff over Trans Mountain Pipeline
(British Columbia) -- The trailer is known as Camp Cloud – a makeshift surveillance post set up by land defenders trying to stop the expansion of the Trans...

1/9/2018

article Indigenous women occupy Washington state capitol lawn
(Washington) -- Sitting in a tarpee erected outside the Capitol Building in the US state of Washington, seven Indigenous women and their supporters have vowed to stay...
article Vancouver commissioners deal blow to proposed oil terminal
(Washington) -- Energy producers' plans to ship oil and coal out of Northwest ports have suffered a major setback, the latest in a string of defeats. The lease for a big...

1/8/2018

article Meet the 23-Year-Old Who’s Helping Lead the Indigenous Resistance Against Pipelines
(USA) -- Jackie Fielder quit her full-time job in June 2017. But it wasn’t to travel the world or go back to school, like some other 23-year-olds. Instead, she...
press release U.S. Supreme Court Slams Door on California Suction Dredge Miners
(Washington) -- The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected a request from recreational gold miners to overturn a California Supreme Court decision upholding a statewide...

1/7/2018

article 900-mile natural gas liquids pipeline proposed for Bakken
(North Dakota) -- Oneok recently announced plans for a 900-mile natural gas liquids pipeline that will accommodate increasing North Dakota production and play a role in...
article Environmental groups appeal BLM leasing in Greater Chaco area
(New Mexico) -- Several environmental groups are challenging the Bureau of Land Management over the leasing of additional acreage in the Greater Chaco area for fracking...

1/4/2018

article French Insurance Giant AXA to Halt Insuring, Investing in Tar Sands and Coal
(France) -- In a striking sign of the financial industry’s growing concerns over the climate and business risks of fossil fuels, French insurance giant AXA announced...

1/3/2018

article Company sues Washington state for blocking coal exports to Asia
(Washington) -- A company that plans to build a coal export terminal in the Pacific Northwest to ship western U.S. coal to Asian markets sued the state of Washington on...

1/2/2018

article Trump administration officially scraps Obama-era rules for fracking on federal land
(Washington D.C.) -- On Friday, the Department of the Interior officially repealed rules created by the Obama administration to regulate the use of hydraulic fracturing...

12/29/2017

article Feds jump into transboundary mining dispute
(Alaska) -- The federal government is taking on the transboundary mining issue. The U.S. State Department now acknowledges Alaskans’ concerns about pollution from...

12/28/2017

article US BLM moves to rescind Obama-era fracking rule
(Washington D.C.) -- The US Department of the Interior moved quickly Thursday to rescind an Obama-era rule regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands...

12/26/2017

article Grand Canyon uranium mining ban upheld, court sides with Havasupai
(Arizona) -- A coalition of Havasupai tribal members and environmental groups breathed a brief sigh of relief as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Fransisco,...
article Attorneys slash claims in Colorado mine spill
(Colorado) -- Economic damage from a Colorado mine waste spill caused by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may be far less than originally feared after attorneys...

12/25/2017

article A $400 million barbecue after Mexican protesters dig up pipeline
(Mexico) -- A chunk of Sempra Energy's natural gas pipeline sits in the dirt behind a community center in the village of Loma de Bacum in northwest Mexico. Guadalupe...

12/22/2017

article Native Activists Are Fighting to Keep a Gas Plant Off Their Land in Washington
(Washington) -- Hundreds of Native American leaders and environmental activists and are fighting to keep a Puget Sound Energy natural gas plant off their land in Tacoma...
article BC Supreme Court Sides With Aboriginal People, Overturns Commission’s Pipeline Approval
(British Columbia) -- The British Columbia Supreme Court has made an example of a private Calgary company and a small natural gas pipeline project to teach industry and...

12/21/2017

article Arctic Refuge Has Lots of Wildlife—Oil, Maybe Not So Much
(Alaska) -- There are few places left on the planet that remain unscathed by the heavy footprint of humanity. The 19.6-million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, in...
article N.M. Dems in Congress push ban on Chaco Canyon drilling
(Washington D.C.) -- Democratic members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation are renewing their pleas for federal land managers to limit oil and natural gas...

12/20/2017

article NW Tribes Face Threats from Expanding Oil and Gas Projects
(Washington) -- This year, Native tribes have been at the forefront of opposition against expanding oil and gas transport in the Northwest. They say the latest threat to...

12/19/2017

article States, Groups Sue Feds in Methane Rule Redux
(California) -- California and a host of environmental groups sued the Trump administration Tuesday, asking a federal judge to again deny the government’s attempt...
article Mexican protesters disable $400-million natural gas pipeline
(Mexico) -- A chunk of Sempra Energy’s natural gas pipeline sits in the dirt behind a community center in the village of Loma de Bacum in northwest Mexico....

12/18/2017

article Puyallup Tribe leads protest against liquefied-natural-gas plant at Tacoma Port
(Washington) -- About 200 opponents sought to shut down access Monday to Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE) construction of a $310 million liquefied-natural-gas (...

12/17/2017

article Young entrepreneur honoured for work on pipelines
(Ontario) -- As a youngster Jordan Jolicoeur would toss aside his BMX bike and drop to lie down with his ear pressed against the damp earth, hoping to hear the sound of...

12/16/2017

article Reality on the ground essentially rules out alternatives to Enbridge's proposed Line 3 replacement route
(Minnesota) -- The alternative routes for Enbridge’s proposed pipeline across northern Minnesota hardly seem like alternatives given the way the regulatory process...
article Bayou Bridge Pipeline protesters gather in prayer ahead of groundbreaking
(Louisiana) -- Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) is getting close to beginning construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. The company received necessary permits this week...

12/12/2017

article Trump’s message for tribes: Let them eat yellowcake
(USA) -- Uranium, it’s now part of Navajo DNA. With over 500 abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation, people living near these mines are exposed daily to...
article Appeals court rejects effort to reopen Grand Canyon-area uranium mining
(Arizona) -- A federal appeals court has rebuffed efforts by mining interests to reopen a huge area around the Grand Canyon to new uranium mining.
article Grand Canyon Uranium Mining Ban Upheld, But Nearby Mine Allowed to Open
(Arizona) -- The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday upheld an Obama administration ban on uranium mining near the Grand Canyon, but in a separate decision cleared uranium mine...
article YES! Magazine: Tribes lead battles against big oil projects in the Pacific Northwest
(Washington) -- “This is more fun than I’ve ever had in my life,” Don Steinke told me when I called him last week. Steinke, a retired science teacher,...
article Native Sun News Today: Tribes promise 'war' over gold mining in sacred Black Hills
(South Dakota) -- Great Plains tribal leaders, at a meeting with U.S. Forest Service personnel here November 21, fired a barrage of constitutional arguments against...

12/11/2017

article Opinion: Halt LNG plant, respect Puyallup tribal concerns
(Washington) -- The Puyallup Tribe of Indians opposes the location of the proposed liquefied natural gas plant on the Tacoma Tideflats. The LNG plant would be sited...

12/10/2017

article Scars of the Past: Cleaning up abandoned mines, and the fight over the funding to do it
(Montana) -- Two creeks meet in a meadow outside of Cooke City. Miller Creek drops in from the northwest, out of a drainage with dozens of abandoned mines, and hits Soda...
article Additional gas plants needed to reduce flaring, keep pace with production
(North Dakota) -- A significant expansion announced last week for a new McKenzie County natural gas processing plant aims to reduce gas flaring in the region. Crestwood...

12/9/2017

article Line 3 will impact Native Americans, review says
(Minnesota) -- An Anishinaabe-centric assessment of the proposed Enbridge Line 3 pipeline replacement found that the project will have a multitude of impacts on...
article Officials have more work ahead on Enbridge pipeline review
(Minnesota) -- Minnesota officials need to do more work on the environmental review of Enbridge Energy's proposed replacement for its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline...
article One of the biggest decisions in B.C. history is about to be made: the fate of the Site C dam
(British Columbia) -- In Fort St. John, one thing can be agreed on: people are tired of the fight over Site C. "The conversation is still very divisive in this...
article Mining permit moves forward, hearing planned
(Michigan) -- Michigan regulators have accepted a wetlands permit application from a Canadian company that wants to build an open pit mine on the Menominee River. The...

12/7/2017

article Democratic leaders, indigenous groups, say “no” to Alaskan drilling
(Alaska) -- Alaskans who rely on its pristine resources for survival don’t want the drilling outlined in the Republican tax bill, members of the indigenous...
article Cabinet proposed Mining Act revisions disputed by NGOs
(Taiwan) -- The Cabinet on Thursday approved a draft amendment to the Mining Act to address the problematic regulatory framework for the mining sector under which...

12/5/2017

article Narragansett Tribe plans to sue FERC over gas pipeline approval in Berkshire County
(Massachusetts) -- A Native American tribe based in Rhode Island plans to sue a federal agency over its approval of a natural gas pipeline that cuts a four-mile swath...

12/4/2017

article Coal terminal backers file 2nd suit against Washington state
(Washington) -- The backers of one of the biggest coal terminals in North America have filed a second lawsuit against Washington state over a $680 coal export terminal.
press release Alaska Native and Conservation Groups Sue Bureau of Land Management for Shortsighted Approval of Mineral Exploration
(Alaska) -- An Alaska Native Tribal Government and three conservation groups are suing the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for failing to consider the future...

12/3/2017

article Line 3 will impact Native Americans, review says
(Minnesota) -- An Anishinaabe-centric assessment of the proposed Enbridge Line 3 pipeline replacement found that the project will have a multitude of impacts on...

12/2/2017

article The Treasures of Chaco Canyon Are Threatened by Drilling
(New Mexico) -- In the remote high desert of northwestern New Mexico lie the threatened ruins of Chaco Canyon, arguably the most significant cultural site on public land...

12/1/2017

article Canada court backs need to consult aboriginals on projects
(Yukon) -- Canada's top court on Friday unanimously ruled in favour of aboriginal bands seeking a say in a Yukon territorial government effort to develop coal and...
article Solving gas capture issues at Fort Berthold: Bill would provide tribes with greater autonomy
(North Dakota) -- Federal red tape has been slowing economic development on Fort Berthold and other tribal lands, and it was cited as a contributing factor in North...

11/30/2017

article Hearing set for Saturday on Chippewa bands' Line 3 review
(Minnesota) -- A hearing will be held at Black Bear Casino near Carlton on Saturday for the Anishinaabe-centric Cumulative Impact Assessment that is studying the...
article Downstream First Nations call on Premier Horgan to cancel Site C
(British Columbia) -- A group of 14 First Nations that live downstream from the Site C dam in the Mackenzie River watershed are calling on Premier John Horgan to scrap...
article Indigenous groups in Alberta, N.W.T. say they've borne 'enormous costs' from B.C. dams, call for end to Site C
(British Columbia) -- A coalition of 14 First Nations and Metis communities in Alberta and the Northwest Territories called on B.C. Premier John Horgan to cancel the...

11/29/2017

article Council deals blow to Vancouver oil terminal
(Washington D.C.) -- The controversial Vancouver Energy crude oil terminal suffered another fatal blow this week, after the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation...
article Environmental groups sue to block 'dangerous' copper mine in Arizona
(Arizona) -- Environmental groups sued the Forest Service this week to block what they called the “dangerous” Rosemont copper mine, citing concerns ranging...

11/28/2017

article Washington state panel calls for oil terminal denial
(Washington) -- A Washington state energy panel voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend that Gov. Jay Inslee reject a massive oil-by-rail terminal proposed along the...
article Italian oil company wins permit to drill ‘wildcat’ well in U.S. Arctic Ocean leases
(Alaska) -- Federal regulators on Tuesday gave an Italian oil company the green light to conduct exploration drilling in federal territory of the Arctic Ocean off Alaska...
article In the heart of coal country, EPA gets an earful about Clean Power Plan’s fate
(West Virginia) -- Coal executive Robert Murray ambled through the packed hearing room inside the gold-domed capital complex here, past reporters and photographers, past...
article Grassy Narrows’ leaders want care facility for mercury victims
(Ontario) -- It’s not the first time the First Nation community has made this request. Top officials from both the provincial and federal governments say they are...
article Ottawa working on health facility plans for 2 First Nations suffering from mercury poisoning
(Ontario) -- Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says two Ontario First Nations still suffering from the impacts of mercury poisoning in their territory will get...

11/26/2017

article Tribes target oil, gas development
(New Mexico) -- American Indian activists and tribal leaders from around New Mexico are joining the chorus of environmentalists who have been fighting for years to stop...

11/25/2017

article 'Enough is enough,' when it comes to oilsands emissions, chief responds to Alberta premier's speech
(Ottawa) -- First Nations chiefs opposed to oilsands development are decrying Alberta Premier Rachel Notley's promises to incorporate climate change commitments...

11/23/2017

article Is Grassy Narrows poisoning a crime against humanity?
(Ontario) -- The experience of Grassy Narrows must be understood as part of the legacy of decades of mistreatment of Canada’s Indigenous people by the government...

11/21/2017

article Tribal leaders take aim at oil and gas development
(New Mexico) -- Native American activists and tribal leaders from around New Mexico are joining the chorus of environmentalists who have been fighting for years to stop...
article Flagstaff city council votes 6-1 opposing transport of uranium through city
(Arizona) -- With about 100 people, many of them Native American, packing the council chambers Nov. 7, the Flagstaff City Council passed a symbolic resolution opposing...

11/19/2017

article Owners: Coal-fired power plant losing money, may be closed
(Montana) -- The owners of a coal-fired power plant in southeastern Montana say it continues to lose money and will be shut down early next year if they can't find a...
article Grassy Narrows needs local treatment centre for mercury poisoning, Chief says
(Ontario) -- Chief Simon Fobister doesn't have to imagine the grief and anguish and pain that decades of slow-motion mercury poisoning have wrought on the people of...

11/15/2017

article Alaska Native corporation welcomes action on bill to open lands to development
(Washington D.C.) -- The Republican campaign to authorize energy development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is moving forward in Congress.
article Badlands landowner seeks to protect historic landscape from oil impacts
(North Dakota) -- From a Badlands overlook across from the Elkhorn Ranch, Jay Clemens admires the same view Theodore Roosevelt once had while sitting on his porch.
article For Some Native Americans, Uranium Contamination Feels Like Discrimination
(Arizona) -- Helen Nez had 10 children. Now she only has three. Seven of her children died of a disorder called Navajo neuropathy, which is linked to uranium...

11/12/2017

article Ontario knew about mercury contamination near Grassy Narrows in 1990: report
(Thunder Bay) -- A new report shows the Ontario government knew nearly 30 years ago that a mill site upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation was contaminated with...

11/11/2017

article U.S. Justice pledges to prosecute activists who damage pipelines
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday pledged to prosecute protesters who damage oil pipelines and other energy infrastructure, a move that could...

11/10/2017

article Supreme Court to decide whether companies can walk away from abandoned wells in Alberta
(Alberta) -- The Supreme Court of Canada says it will hear an appeal from Alberta’s energy regulator over a ruling that could allow energy companies to walk away...

11/9/2017

article Alaska Sen. Murkowski Introduces Bill to Drill Arctic Wildlife Refuge
(Alaska) -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced legislation Wednesday night that would open a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas...
article New Mexicans Deliver Methane Comments To Local BLM Offices Around State
(New Mexico) -- On Monday, in Carlsbad, Farmington, Las Cruces, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, faith and elected leaders joined parents, grandparents, scientists and other...
article Thousands comment on proposed methane rule suspension
(New Mexico) -- Environmental advocates in New Mexico hand-delivered to five of the state’s Bureau of Land Management field offices this week more than 4,000...

11/8/2017

article Anti-Pipeline Video Game Accused of Encouraging Terrorism
(Michigan) -- The fossil fuel industry keeps looking for roundabout ways to demonize anti-pipeline activists, and now the catch-all scapegoat of “terrorism”...

11/7/2017

article USFS proposes revisions to 20-year uranium mining ban
(Arizona) -- In an announcement Nov. 1, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) took the first step toward eliminating the ban on new uranium mining leases near Grand Canyon...
article Revolt: A Tale Of Two Tribes
(USA) -- Two Native American tribes, one with a burgeoning solar industry and another almost totally reliant on coal, search for their own kind of tribal sovereignty....
article Pebble, opponents continue lining up allies ahead of permitting process
(Alaska) -- Pedro Bay village council signs on with UTBB, and Pebble taps former UAA president Ret. Maj. Gen. Mark Hamilton to head up external affairs. Pebble still...
article As Coal Plant Shutdown Looms, Arizona’s Navajos and Hopis Look For Economic Solutions
(Arizona) -- For 27 years, Erwin Marks helped design military aircraft, missiles, drones and even solid rocket boosters for the space shuttle. The work was a good fit...
article Foes of Obama oil-gas rule ask court to reconsider ruling
(Colorado) -- Opponents of some Obama-era oil and gas regulations say a decision by a federal appeals court in Denver could allow those rules to go into effect...
article Uranium project inches ahead as company eyes satellite mine
(South Dakota) -- The company that wants to mine for uranium in southwestern South Dakota has taken a step ahead in the regulatory approval process and identified a...
article Toenails, saliva and urine could answer questions about Giant Mine's toxic legacy
(North Canada) -- When Johanne Black gazes across Yellowknife's Back Bay all she sees is a monster. "I have always worried living in this community. What are...

11/6/2017

article Trump Reportedly Encouraged Indigenous Leaders to Break the Law and Drill on Reservations
(Washington D.C.) -- “Just do it,” President Trump reportedly told a room full of Native American tribal leaders, whom he hosted at the White House in June....

11/5/2017

article Trump Urged Native Americans to ‘Just Do It’
(Washington D.C.) -- “In late June, President Trump hosted a group of Native American tribal leaders at the White House and urged them to ‘just do it’ and extract...
article Alaska Wants To Drill For More Oil To Cover The Costs of Climate Change
(Alaska) -- In order to fight climate change and help cover the expensive burden, Alaskan lawmakers have come up with a solution: drill more. Republican Senator Lisa...

11/3/2017

article Feds Consider Lifting Ban On Uranium Mining Around Grand Canyon
(Washington) -- The Trump administration may reverse a 20-year moratorium on new uranium mining claims on 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon, a move that...

11/2/2017

article Beautiful photos of isolated tribe in remote Amazon rainforest, with mining companies edging closer
(Brazil) -- The Waiapi, an ancient tribe in a remote part of Brazil's Amazon rainforest, live in fear of invasion by international mining companies. Surrounded by...

11/1/2017

article Grijalva on Grand Canyon uranium mining: 'No boundaries to Trump's spite'
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva dug in Wednesday against an administration proposal to reopen areas around the Grand Canyon to uranium mining: "...
article Pawnee earthquake suit given go-ahead in tribal court
(Oklahoma) -- The Poynter Law Group says its lawsuit against oil companies and its disposal well practices will proceed through the tribal courts. A hearing in Pawnee...

10/30/2017

article Menominee Nation Leader Asks Tribes For Help Fighting Back Forty Mine
(Wisconsin) -- The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin is asking Native American tribes across the United States for help in its fight against a proposed mine near...
article 'We have to be involved': N.W.T. First Nation says Enbridge not properly consulting on pipeline repair
(Northwest Territories) -- The Liidlii Kue First Nation says Enbridge Pipelines Inc. is not taking its duty to consult Indigenous groups seriously as it plans to repair...
article Tribe Hits Back At BP Bid To Get Out Of Tribal Court Suit
(Nevada) -- The Yerington Paiute Tribe, its chair and its tribal court pushed back in Nevada federal court Friday against a bid by two BP units to bar the tribe from...

10/29/2017

article National organization calls for protecting Chaco area
(New Mexico) -- Citing the need to preserve cultural properties and sacred sites from oil and gas drilling, the National Congress of American Indians has called for a...

10/28/2017

article Southeast, Southwest tribes join fight against large mines
(Alaska) -- The United Tribes of Bristol Bay announced it has formally partnered with the Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission to fight against proposed...
article Judge sides with developers of Washington coal terminal
(Washington) -- A Washington state judge on Friday handed a victory to the developers of a massive proposed coal-export terminal on the Columbia River, saying the state...
article Kinder Morgan mischief: 5 arrested following protest
(British Columbia) -- Five people were arrested on Saturday following a protest in the waters near Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.'s Westridge Marine terminal in Burnaby B...
article Tiny House Warriors build homes to protest pipeline plans
(British Columbia) -- They call themselves the Tiny House Warriors, and they are using tiny houses to stand up against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline. The...

10/26/2017

article Eco-terrorism? Anti-pipeline video game under fire for putting lives at risk, group says
(Michigan) -- An assistant professor at Michigan State University created a game that allows users to destroy imaginary oil pipelines -- something one energy industry...

10/25/2017

article Tribal group plans benefit concert to appeal FERC pipeline process
(Massachusetts) -- When Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. decided to cut across the southwest corner of Massachusetts to build its Connecticut Expansion pipeline from New York...

10/24/2017

article Ontario 'chose to allow' poisoning of 2 northern First Nations, environmental watchdog says in report
(Ontario) -- A new report by Ontario's environmental watchdog has some strong words for successive provincial governments over the better part of the last half-...
article Klamath Tribes intervenes in LNG pipeline proceedings
(Washington) -- Citing the interests of maintaining ancestral burial grounds, as well as significant environmental concerns, the Klamath Tribes officially intervened in...
article Longview coal-export terminal backer sues Washington state over permit denial
(Washington) -- A company proposing to build a terminal in Washington state to export U.S. coal to Asia sued the state Tuesday, arguing regulators unfairly denied the...

10/23/2017

article 'Our blood is still on the land': Tsimshian raise totem pole declaring victory over B.C. LNG project
(British Columbia) -- Members of the Tsimshian First Nation have raised a new totem pole on Lelu Island in northwest B.C. to assert their stewardship over the land and...
article Alaska tribes unite to oppose mega-mines
(Alaska) -- Tribal groups from opposite ends of the state have formed an alliance to fight mines they say threaten traditional fisheries. Organizations representing...

10/22/2017

article Sask. watershed workshop dives into reconciliation
(Saskatchewan) -- With devastating oil spills making headlines over the past two years — such as the Husky pipeline breach which dumped 225,000 litres onto the...

10/21/2017

article Alaska Tribes Unite to Protect Their Indigenous Ways of Life from Mega Mines
(Alaska) -- The United Tribes of Bristol Bay (UTBB) and Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission (SEITC) announced their intent this week to formalize their...
article VIDEO and story: Totem pole raised on Lelu after LNG project falls
(British Columbia) -- In a stand of defiance against federal authorities, members of the Gitwilgyoots Tribe and supporters raised a totem pole on Lelu Island on Oct. 20...

10/20/2017

article Group of 29 tribes oppose Pebble Mine, B.C.’s ‘transboundary’ projects
(Alaska) -- Southeast and Bristol Bay tribal mining opposition now has a unified front. Two Alaska Native tribal consortiums announced a “historic”...
article National tribal group calls for drilling moratorium
(New Mexico) -- The National Congress of American Indians has waded into the debate over oil and gas development in northwestern New Mexico, calling for a moratorium on...
article As Coal Plant Shutdown Looms, Arizona’s Navajos And Hopis Look For Economic Solutions
(Arizona) -- For 27 years, Erwin Marks helped design military aircraft, missiles, drones and even solid rocket boosters for the space shuttle. The work was a good fit...
article Four Corners’ future topic of economic conference
(Arizona) -- Four Corners Regional Economic Consortium will host the Four Corners Future Forum, a two-day conference that address regional economic challenges, Nov. 1-2...
article Mining industry, supporters rally opposition to Minnesota wild rice water quality rules
(Minnesota) -- One week before public hearings begin on Minnesota’s proposed new rules for protecting wild rice from sulfate pollution, the state’s mining...
article Minnesota wild rice rule irks industry and environmentalists
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency kicks off a week of public hearings across the state Monday on changing a water quality standard that's meant...
article Partnership between oilsands, Indigenous workers leads to solar panels for daycare
(Alberta) -- A non-profit organization led by oilsands workers is partnering with Indigenous communities to train alongside each other in renewable-energy initiatives....

10/18/2017

article Global Warming Aids Gold Miners' Pursuit Of Cold, Hard Cash In Northern Canada
(British Columbia) -- The Mitchell gold deposit in northern British Columbia is the largest ever found in Canada, but "you couldn't see it until the glacier...

10/16/2017

article Indigenous rights "serious obstacle" to Kinder Morgan pipeline, report says
(Alberta) -- The controversial expansion of a pipeline that would carry tar sands crude from Alberta to British Columbia’s coast will be doomed by the rising power...
article Cheney oil and gas bill raises questions about the value of federal rules
(Wyoming) -- Ranchers drilling for oil and gas on their property say they have a problem. When a well on state or private land drills into federally owned oil and gas...
article Yukon chief seeks Trudeau's help to stop U.S. oil drilling in caribou habitat
(Yukon) -- A Yukon First Nation wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to intervene with the White House to stop the latest American push to drill for oil in fragile Arctic...

10/14/2017

article Is it needed? A look at Line 3, the law and the PUC's impending decision
(Minnesota) -- When five people gather next year to determine the destiny of the Enbridge Line 3 replacement pipeline, their task will be to decide, simply, whether or...
article Why One Native Family Is Donating Their Fracking Proceeds to Benefit Indian Country
(Indian Country) -- The environmental damage versus the income producing benefits of locating fossil fuel projects in Indian Country has divided some resource-rich...

10/13/2017

article Imminent Closure of Arizona Plant Portends an ‘Existential’ Moment for Navajo
(Arizona) -- In February, NGS’s controlling shareholder, a public utility called Salt River Project, announced that it would shut down the power plant beginning at the...
article Minnesota Chippewa plan their own environmental survey of Enbridge's Line 3 proposal
(Minnesota) -- Minnesota Chippewa bands will do their own assessment of Enbridge's Line 3 proposal, looking at the "cumulative impact" of the pipeline on American...

10/10/2017

article Why One Native Family Is Donating Their Fracking Proceeds to Benefit Indian Country
(North Dakota) -- The environmental damage versus the income producing benefits of locating fossil fuel projects in Indian Country has divided some resource-rich Native...

10/8/2017

article Anti-pipeline mural highlights potential effects on the environment
(Virginia) -- A local organization is speaking out against the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline through a new mural on the Free Speech Wall in Downtown Charlottesville.

10/7/2017

article International legal battle between Chevron, Indigenous Ecuadorians continues in Ontario court
(Ontario) -- A legal battle between Chevron and Indigenous villagers from Ecuador, spanning several decades and across three countries, is now playing out in Canada as...

10/6/2017

article Company unveils plan for what it calls smaller Alaska mine
(Alaska) -- A company behind a stalled attempt to develop a copper and gold mine near a major salmon fishery in Alaska has unveiled plans for what it says will be a...
article Chiefs express shock, relief to Energy East pipeline halt
(Canada) -- Chiefs in Eastern Canada say they're feeling a mixture of shock and relief after a major pipeline expansion across Canada was halted Thursday. Kanesatake...

10/5/2017

article Musqueam withdraws from appeal case against Trans Mountain expansion approval
(British Columbia) -- The Musqueam First Nation has withdrawn from the Federal Court of Appeal case against the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to...
article TransCanada pulls plug on Energy East pipeline
(Alberta) -- TransCanada says it won't proceed with its Energy East pipeline and Eastern Mainline proposals. Russ Girling, the Calgary-based energy company's...
article Treaty Alliance vows to fight other projects after TransCanada ends Energy East pipeline
(Canada) -- A group of First Nations leaders who formed to fight pipeline projects across Canada says they will continue their push to stop three other pipelines now...
article Brad Wall pits West against Ottawa as Energy East project killed
(Saskatchewan) -- TransCanada is closing the book on its proposed Energy East pipeline, but the political fallout is just beginning, with Conservatives hammering the...
article Peters band sought legal advice to hide bonuses after Kinder Morgan deal
(British Columbia) -- The Peters band council in British Columbia sought legal advice on what to call bonuses and “reasonable” amounts without getting into...

10/4/2017

article Minnesotans Rally to "Hold the Line" Against Enbridge Pipeline Project
(Minnesota) -- Hundreds of residents gathered in front of the Minnesota State Capitol in Saint Paul last week for a rally to "Hold the Line" against a pipeline...
article Cowlitz Tribe applauds blocking of coal terminal permit
(Washington) -- The Cowlitz Tribe is celebrating a victory in its focus on environmental stewardship as the Washington state Department of Ecology denied an application...

10/3/2017

article Brine spill heightens tribe concern about pipeline material
(North Dakota) -- A North Dakota American Indian tribe no longer wants fiberglass-based pipelines on its reservation after recent spills. Last month, a pipeline spilled...
article Tribal issues absent from court's fracking rule decision
(Utah) -- When a federal court issued a long-awaited decision late last month on Obama-era hydraulic fracturing standards, lawyers for the Ute Indian Tribe saw one thing...

10/2/2017

article Pipeline critics say blog post seeks to discredit them with ‘fake news’
(Pennsylvania) -- Opponents of Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 and other pipelines have disavowed an anonymous blog post that linked them to a supposed attack on...

10/1/2017

article Brine spill heightens tribe concern about pipeline material
(North Dakota) -- A North Dakota American Indian tribe no longer wants fiberglass-based pipelines on its reservation after recent spills. Last month, a pipeline spilled...
article Company ordered to pay Idaho tribes for toxic waste storage
(Idaho) -- An agribusiness company that turned phosphate into fertilizer must pay $1.5 million in permit fees annually to eastern Idaho tribes to store millions of tons...

9/30/2017

article Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke suggests solar power may not best use of public land
(Washington D.C.) -- Despite President Donald Trump’s speeches that he happens “to love the coal miners” but that wind power “kills all the birds...
article Recent brine spill highlights concern about pipeline material
(North Dakota) -- A pipeline that recently spilled more than 33,000 gallons of brine in a pasture on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation occurred on a segment of...

9/29/2017

article Tribe relents, pipeline talk will be in open session
(North Carolina) -- The Lumbee Tribal Council appears to have reversed course late Wednesday afternoon regarding a planned closed-door meeting Monday between council...
article Tribes, enviros petition commerce secretary on mines
(Alaska) -- Alaska Native and conservation groups asked the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to investigate six hard-rock mines in British Columbia this week.

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