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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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6/17/2018

article Feds may change approach to oil and gas permits to protect Native American cultural sites in Wyoming
(Wyoming) -- When Matt Avery rides his horse along his cattle ranch in northern Wyoming, he mulls over the past. To the north, he can see the rocky forehead of Devils...
article EPA lays out next steps to clean up southwest Colorado mines
(Colorado) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday laid out the next steps it will take to clean up wastewater flowing from dozens of old mines in...

6/15/2018

article New mining protocol would give First Nations clear right to say no: Manitoba government
(Manitoba) -- First Nations should be consulted from the first stages of a mining project, says a new report submitted to the Manitoba government. The report makes...
article Tlicho 'extremely disappointed' with N.W.T. government court action on NICO mining project
(North Canada) -- The Tlicho government said it was blindsided by the territorial government's decision to turn to the courts to end a negotiation between the Tlicho...

6/14/2018

article Final permit issued for Upper Peninsula mine
(Michigan) -- Michigan regulators have issued the final permit needed for a proposed open-pit mine in the Upper Peninsula near the Wisconsin line.“I am very...

6/12/2018

article Ponca tribes reclaim ancestral land along Trail of Tears in Nebraska
(Nebraska) -- They stuck their hands into the ground, poking small holes into the fine sand and filling each hole with a single seed. They did this in the Sandhills of...

6/10/2018

article As Trans Mountain changes hands, Coldwater couple not sure who will clean up lingering oil spill
(British Columbia) -- It's been four years since Janice Antoine and Percy Joe first learned about an oil spill on their land, after a so-called anomaly was...
article LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Moral component vitally relevant in pipeline issue
(Minnesota) -- Power, faith and love in community. I experienced all that and more on Monday, June 4 in St. Paul. A group of faith leaders delivered an interfaith letter...

6/9/2018

article As Trans Mountain changes hands, Coldwater couple not sure who will clean up lingering oil spill
(British Columbia) -- It's been four years since Janice Antoine and Percy Joe first learned about an oil spill on their land, after a so-called anomaly was...
article Concerns raised over Canada's plans to buy pipeline serving March Point refineries
(Washington) -- Environmental and indigenous groups said Thursday they are worried Canada may soon own the Puget Sound Pipeline that delivers crude oil to refineries in...

6/8/2018

article Washington State environmental, Indigenous groups say Trans Mountain not just a Canadian issue
(British Columbia) -- A group of U.S. environmentalist and Indigenous voices met with the consul general of Canada in Seattle on Thursday to register their opposition to...

6/7/2018

article First Nations lose bid to reopen Trans Mountain appeal court file
(British Columbia) -- The Federal Court of Appeal has rejected a bid by First Nations opponents of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to reopen the evidence file in...
article Are the Feds Cherry-Picking Data to Force Pipelines Through Vulnerable Communities?
(North Carolina) -- The government's energy regulator is facing allegations of cherry-picking data to approve pipeline projects that would disproportionately harm...
article Owners of Lac Des Iles mine say they have initial agreement with nearby First Nation
(Ontario) -- Operations at the Lac Des Iles mine north of Thunder Bay are reportedly back to normal, after the company that owns the mine says a dispute between it and a...

6/6/2018

article Oil vs wild rice: Enbridge, opponents gear up final U.S. pipeline push
(Minnesota) -- Canada’s Enbridge Inc (ENB.TO) faces an indefinite delay to its biggest-ever capital project if a U.S. state regulator denies its preferred pipeline route...
article Tribe 'disappointed' DEQ allowing gold mine near burial grounds
(Michigan) -- Tribal officials are "disappointed" Michigan regulators gave final approval to a proposed open pit mine they argue endangers burial grounds, wetlands and...

6/5/2018

article PM meets with Indigenous pipeline committee near Chilliwack
(British Columbia) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged right off the bat that he understands that not everyone was “unanimous” in support of the...
article Protesters greet PM at meeting with Trans Mountain pipeline's Indigenous-led oversight committee
(British Columbia) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was greeted by dozens of protesters as he arrived at the Cheam Multiplex in the B.C. Fraser Valley for a meeting...
article Trudeau meets Trans Mountain with Indigenous leaders in B.C.
(British Columbia) -- The federal government must offer more than Kinder Morgan did and tread carefully with First Nations when building the Trans Mountain pipeline...
article Trudeau talks Trans Mountain pipeline with Indigenous leaders in B.C.
(British Columbia) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau linked Indigenous reconciliation and the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline today as he met with a group in...
article Beaver Lake Cree Nation's legal action to stop oilsands is a move to real reconciliation
(Alberta) -- If you held the winning card in a life or death game — would you play it if you knew it also came with a price that would leave you, your family and...
article Native Sun News Today: Tribe seek no-drill zone on ancestral territory
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal leaders joined senators here on May 22, to celebrate the introduction of federal legislation for a no-drill zone protecting Chaco Culture...

6/4/2018

article MORON ALERT: Trans Mountain not a First Nations issue, Paul Martin says
(Canada) -- Former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin says he doesn’t believe Indigenous opposition is the main issue confronting the Trans Mountain pipeline...
article Rally held in Nova Scotia against Trans Mountain pipeline deal
(Nova Scotia) -- Outside the Halifax office of Liberal MP Andy Fillmore, a demonstration of about 80 people opposing the Trans-Mountain pipeline project began Monday...
article Will First Nations in B.C. benefit or suffer from the Trans Mountain buyout? Depends on who you ask
(British Columbia) -- With Ottawa's decision this week to swoop in and rescue the stalled Trans Mountain pipeline expansion by buying the pipeline, many wonder what...
article BLOG: Trump's BLM Ready to Sacrifice Ancient Rock Art for Gas Drilling
(USA) -- While the Ancestral Puebloan people of the Southwest were building citadels like Chaco Canyon, the Fremont people were carving mysterious petroglyphs depicting...
article New Jersey is leading the resistance to offshore drilling
(New Jersey) -- The Trump administration’s bid to expand offshore drilling sounds like a sweet deal when the oil and gas industry sells it: more jobs, increased...

6/3/2018

article Accent: A slow road to the Ring
(North Canada) -- Let’s be brutally honest and frank. Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne and her mines minister, Michael Gravelle, have utterly failed in moving the...
article Will B.C.'s First Nations benefit or suffer from the Trans Mountain buyout? Depends on who you ask
(British Columbia) -- With Ottawa's decision this week to swoop in and rescue the stalled Trans Mountain pipeline expansion by buying the pipeline, many wonder what...

6/2/2018

article Buying a pipeline: inside the talks that got to 'yes' on Trans Mountain
(British Columbia) -- On May 9, one day after meeting with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau sat with three key federal staffers...
article Agency promises progress on Native American, oil and gas conflict
(Wyoming) -- Oil and gas development in the Powder River Basin has sparked a clash between private property owners and Native American tribes, but state lawmakers say a...
article Baffinland will pay the way for workers commuting across the region
(Nunavut) -- Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. is now paying the transportation costs for workers travelling to its Mary River mine site from all 13 communities in the...
article Religious leaders oppose proposed Minnesota oil pipeline
(Minnesota) -- Hundreds of religious leaders are opposing a proposed oil pipeline that would run across northern Minnesota. Faith leaders say Enbridge Energy's...

6/1/2018

article On Trans Mountain, Trudeau chose the least awful of his political options
(British Columbia) -- It could be worse for Justin Trudeau. He could be not buying a pipeline. The collapse of the Trans Mountain pipeline project — which we...
article First application to drill in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge doesn’t consider wildlife impacts
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department’s Fish and Wildlife Service issued a scathing response to the first permit application to begin seismic testing in the...

5/31/2018

article Buying and expanding Trans-Mountain pipeline not a violation of Indigenous rights, says minister
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa's decision to buy the Trans-Mountain pipeline and push its expansion project forward does not violate its commitment to upholding Indigenous rights or...
article Kinder Morgan Woes – Trudeau: First Nations have no veto power; Tribal opponents declare war
(Ottawa) -- Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced Tuesday that the federal government will purchase the Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline — a...
article Trans Mountain pipeline: Did the Crown act 'honourably' toward First Nations?
(British Columbia) -- No matter who owns the Trans Mountain pipeline, the answer to the $7.6 billion question of the project's future likely lies within the bulging...
article Snotty Nose Rez Kids Fight the Trans Mountain Pipeline with "The Warriors"
(British Columbia) -- Yesterday, the Canadian federal government under Justin Trudeau voted to purchase a new addition to the Trans Mountain oil pipeline from Kinder...
article The Kinder Morgan bailout is a declaration of war by Canada against Indigenous peoples
(British Columbia) -- A declaration of war has been issued against Indigenous peoples in Canada by the federal government. By bailing out Kinder Morgan’s...

5/30/2018

article How Kinder Morgan won a billion-dollar bailout on Canada pipeline
(Ottawa) -- U.S. energy firm Kinder Morgan’s C$4.5 billion sale of an oil pipeline to Canada’s government marked an extraordinary escape from months of...
article ‘If we have to… we’re going to kick them in the teeth’ Treaty Alliance not impressed with Trans Mountain purchase
(Quebec) -- The spokesperson for the 150 member Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion says his group will do everything in its power to stop the Trans Mountain...
article Alberta approves two more oilsands tailings ponds that don’t follow provincial rules
(Alberta) -- On Tuesday, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the federal government will buy the existing Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and pay for the...

5/29/2018

article B.C. premier, Indigenous groups respond to Trans Mountain purchase
(British Columbia) -- The federal government's decision to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline project doesn’t change B.C.'s commitment to protecting its coast...
article Liberals to buy Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5B to ensure expansion is built
(Ontario) -- The Liberal government will buy the Trans Mountain pipeline and related infrastructure for $4.5 billion, and could spend billions more to build the...
article Several B.C. First Nations eyeing stake in Trans Mountain pipeline project, says Cheam chief
(British Columbia) -- Several First Nations in British Columbia are seriously considering buying a stake in the Trans Mountain pipeline and its expansion now that Ottawa...
article Inslee calls Canada pipeline ‘profoundly damaging,’ fears for orcas in surprise deal
(Washington) -- An unprecedented deal between the Canadian federal government and Houston-based Kinder Morgan to expand the Trans Mountain Pipeline poses grave risks for...

5/28/2018

article After all the talk, deadline date for Trans Mountain nears without clear picture of the future
(Ottawa) -- Decision day is looming for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, one of the most polarizing energy projects in years, but there's no clear sign of an...

5/25/2018

article B.C. Supreme Court rejects Squamish Nation pipeline challenge
(British Columbia) -- The Squamish Nation has lost a legal bid in B.C. Supreme Court to scrap the provincial government’s approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans...

5/24/2018

article Grassy Narrows mercury victims up to 6 times more likely to have debilitating health problems, report says
(Ontario) -- Residents of a northwestern Ontario First Nation who have been diagnosed with mercury poisoning are up to six times more likely to suffer from a wide range...
article Court throws out Trans Mountain pipeline challenge from City of Vancouver and Squamish Nation
(British Columbia) -- B.C.'s Supreme Court has dismissed legal challenges to Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion project from the City of Vancouver and the...
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 Youth walk out of class to protest Trans Mountain pipeline
(British Columbia) -- Nearly 200 youth from a number of Metro Vancouver municipalities walked out of class Wednesday afternoon to protest the Trans Mountain pipeline...
article City of Vancouver, Squamish Nation, and mayoral aspirant Ian Campbell lose pipeline battle in B.C. Supreme Court
(British Columbia) -- It's not the end of the legal war over Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX) project. But today, three parties involved...

5/23/2018

article First Nation taking government mine accommodation proposal to members
(Saskatchewan) -- A Saskatchewan First Nation is asking its members to weigh in on the provincial government’s plan to minimize the effect on treaty rights of a...

5/22/2018

article Tribes, senators seek permanent buffer around World Heritage Site
(New Mexico) -- A swath of northwestern New Mexico’s oil and gas country would be off-limits to drilling under proposed federal legislation that seeks to make...

5/21/2018

article Protesters march to uranium mill in White Mesa
(Arizona) -- For the third year, Ute Mountain Utes and environmental groups held a rally and march to protest the White Mesa uranium mill south of Blanding, Utah. The 30...

5/19/2018

article Environment, tribal groups rally to fight Line 3 oil pipeline
(Minnesota) -- With just weeks left before Minnesota regulators decide the fate of Enbridge Energy's contentious Line 3 oil pipeline proposal, activists are gearing...
article First Nation, Oil Company Link to Form Largest Boreal Forest
(Alberta) -- Over half of the North American country's landmass comprises boreal forests – a tree-filled wetland, mainly bogs and fens. Canada's Alberta...

5/18/2018

article Western Slope Resources Reporting: Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
(Colorado) -- The gravel road that leads to the Ute Mountain Tribe and Ranch Enterprise winds through 11 miles of desert grass and dry brush. But 20 minutes' drive...

5/17/2018

article Canada and a Texas energy company want a First Nation to pay for their legal fees over stalled pipeline project
(British Columbia) -- Canada and an American energy company want a First Nation in British Columbia to pay for their legal fees following ‘significant’ delay...
article Federal study finds high uranium concentration in some wells
(Washington) -- The federal government says some water wells in northeastern Washington have high uranium concentrations, sometimes as much as 40 times the level...

5/16/2018

article Chief Boucher named Canadian Energy Person of the Year
(Alberta) -- Fort McKay First Nation Chief Jim Boucher has been named Canadian Energy Person of the Year. A press release from the Energy Council of Canada says Chief...

5/15/2018

article Zinke confirmed as N.D. petroleum conference speaker
(North Dakota) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is confirmed to deliver the keynote address next week at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck. Zinke...

5/13/2018

article Canada is divided over expanded oil pipeline from tar sands to Pacific
(British Columbia) -- A pipeline project that would vastly expand Canadian oil exports to Asia is dividing the country, pitting indigenous groups and people who fear...
article Agreement signed for First Nations-led flare gas projects worth estimated $300M
(Saskatchewan) -- SaskPower says it signed a new agreement on Friday that represents a significant opportunity for flare gas power projects led by First Nations...
article Connelly: Greenpeace aims to grow pipeline battle: Northwest vs. Big Oil
(Washington) -- The "kayaktivisits" of 2015 protests against Shell's Arctic drilling will take to the water again next Sunday, May 20, this time to protest...

5/12/2018

article Activists fish ahead of opener in statement on treaty rights, pipeline
(Minnesota) -- The net had only been in Lake Bemidji for a few minutes when the three Minnesota Department of Natural Resources boats began to converge.
article NT Labor votes for ban on fracking
(North Canada) -- Northern Territory Labor members have voted in support of banning fracking in an embarrassing rejection of the Gunner Labor government’s recent lifting...

5/11/2018

article 'Without water, nothing can survive': Coldwater band challenges Trans Mountain pipeline route
(British Columbia) -- The Coldwater Indian Band is asking the National Energy Board to reject the proposed route of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, arguing it...

5/10/2018

article B.C. First Nation leader pitches sustainability to Kinder Morgan pipeline investors
(British Columbia) -- Kinder Morgan's shareholders have asked the company for more disclosure on its sustainability after a presentation Wednesday by a First Nations...
article Mounting opposition to proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion
(British Columbia) -- The “threat is way too much” say opponents of the proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. “We’re going to...
article Nestlé and Kinder Morgan come to agreement over Trans Mountain pipeline route
(British Columbia) -- Nestlé Waters Canada, a subsidiary of the world's largest food and beverage company, appeared before the National Energy Board on Wednesday in...
article In B.C. not everyone is applauding the proposed federal ban on tanker traffic off the coast
(British Columbia) -- On Tuesday night, the House of Commons passed Bill C-48 which bans tankers that carry more than 12,500 metric tons of oil from the northern tip of...
article Yukon government, CYFN reach agreement on resource royalty rates
(Yukon) -- The Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN) and the Yukon government say they've resolved a longstanding dispute about resource royalties.

5/9/2018

article Groups File Petition Against Proposed Injection Well Near El Reno
(Oklahoma) -- The City of El Reno and the Cheyanne Arapaho Tribe are among a number of groups fighting a proposed wastewater injection well. The well would be north of...

5/8/2018

article Oil Tanker Moratorium Act restricting crude oil in northern BC passes third reading in House of Commons
(British Columbia) -- The Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, Bill C-48, has passed its third reading in the House of Commons. If cleared by the Senate the West Coast...
article Uptick in mining bodes well for the Yukon: Conference Board
(Yukon) -- Increased mining development on the horizon has the Conference Board of Canada predicting growth for the Yukon’s economy. The board’s annual...

5/7/2018

article B.C. Indigenous leaders to speak at Kinder Morgan AGM in Houston
(British Columbia) -- Two B.C. Indigenous leaders have announced an "emergency" trip to Houston to "warn" investors at Kinder Morgan's Annual...
article Two B.C. Indigenous leaders plan to speak at Kinder Morgan pipeline AGM
(British Columbia) -- Two Indigenous leaders from British Columbia say they will travel to pipeline builder Kinder Morgan's annual general meeting in Texas this week.
article SAIT program teaches Indigenous people pipeline monitoring skills
(Manitoba) -- Gerald Scott’s perspective has shifted since he spent 10 days on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota which — until early last...

5/5/2018

article Commentary: BLM leasing places Southern Utah’s natural and cultural treasures at risk
(Utah) -- The American West conjures up images of breathtaking, expansive terrain and solitary figures on horseback in the minds of many. In reality, communities...

5/4/2018

article RCMP files say “violent aboriginal extremists” are undermining pipeline plans
(Ottawa) -- While dominant media and political pundits continue to describe the conflict over Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline as a “constitutional...
article Nevada Indian tribe wants BP subsidiary to defend pollution allegations in tribal court
(Nevada) -- A multinational oil company worth more than $150 billion could be forced into a rural Nevada tribal courtroom to defend itself against pollution-related...

5/2/2018

article State panel cancels mine water matter
(South Dakota) -- The state Water Management Board intended Wednesday to choose when and where to hold a hearing on a temporary permit Mineral Mountain Resources wanted...

4/30/2018

article Water delivery suspended in Nevada mine battle
(Nevada) -- It was an uncharacteristically urgent demand at a U.S. Superfund site where the cleanup of an abandoned World War II-era mine has dragged on for two decades...
article BP cut off free bottled water to Nevada tribe next to superfund site amid cleanup fight
(Nevada) -- It was an uncharacteristically urgent demand at a U.S. Superfund site where the cleanup of an abandoned World War II-era mine has dragged on for two decades...

4/28/2018

article OP/ED: Enbridge's $5 Million Lobby
(Minnesota) -- What could you do with $5 million? Well, if you were Enbridge, you could spend $5 million lobbying state officials in 2017 — more than twice the...
article Water delivery suspended in Nevada mine battle
(Nevada) -- It was an uncharacteristically urgent demand at a U.S. Superfund site where the cleanup of an abandoned World War II-era mine has dragged on for two decades...

4/26/2018

article Judge dismisses Chaco-area drilling lawsuit
(New Mexico) -- Environmental activists are regrouping after a federal judge Monday tossed a lawsuit against the federal government regarding drilling permits in the San...

4/25/2018

article First Nation chief takes Sisson mine concerns to UN meetings
(New York) -- A Wolastoq chief says he brought his objections to the proposed Sisson mine in central New Brunswick all the way to New York for a United Nations caucus...
article Federal regulators meet with industry, tribe to discuss flaring challenge
(North Dakota) -- Federal regulators who play key roles in oil and gas development on the Fort Berthold Reservation said Wednesday, April 25, they're working to...
article Fort Berthold reservation oil and gas royalties help insure tribal members
(North Dakota) -- The Chairman of Three Affiliated Tribes Mark Fox says royalties from oil and gas produced on the Fort Berthold reservation is helping insure more of...
article Judge Dismisses Historic Preservation Claim in Drilling Case
(New Mexico) -- A U.S. district judge has dismissed claims by environmentalists who argued that the approval of drilling permits violated historic preservation laws...
article Canada's First Nations join Amazon fight against Chevron
(Ontario) -- An Indigenous group from Ecuador was in the Ontario Court of Appeal last week trying to recover a historic $9.5 billion judgment ($12 billion with interest...

4/24/2018

article Judge says Line 3 should stick to its old route; recommendation allows tribes to stop pipeline
(Minnesota) -- An administrative law judge on Monday recommended the contentious Enbridge Line 3 replacement pipeline should move forward, but not along the route the...
article Leech Lake Band criticizes judge's recommendations on Enbridge's proposed pipeline
(Minnesota) -- The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe on Tuesday slammed a judge's recommendation that Enbridge's proposed new Line 3 oil pipeline should follow the...
article Leech Lake Ojibwe call judge's Line 3 report a 'clear attack on sovereignty'
(Minnesota) -- The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe was strongly critical of an administrative law judge's recommendation to build a controversial pipeline project through...

4/23/2018

article Environmental groups oppose Enbridge ruling
(Minnesota) -- Environmental and tribal groups are criticizing an administrative law judge's recommendation that Minnesota regulators should approve Enbridge Energy...
article Judge: Need for proposed Enbridge pipeline but should not be built on proposed route
(Minnesota) -- In a report that could carry significant weight with state regulators, an administrative law judge said Enbridge has demonstrated a need for its proposed...
article Minnesota judge to rule on Enbridge Energy's Line 3 project
(Minnesota) -- An administrative law judge faced a Monday deadline for recommending whether Minnesota regulators should approve Enbridge Energy's proposal for...

4/22/2018

article Three Arizona Tribes Sue to Stop Mining Project
(Arizona) -- For more than a decade, Native American tribes in Arizona have voiced their opposition to a proposed copper mine in the southern part of the state. Now,...

4/21/2018

article WISE: This Is The Frightening Way Fossil Fuels & Violence Against Native Women Are Connected
(USA) -- Studies have shown with alarming consistency that Indigenous women experience significantly higher levels of sexual violence than any other racial minority in...
article Totem pole journey highlights Native Americans' fight against fossil fuel development
(New Jersey) -- A 16-foot colorful totem pole made a visit to the township Saturday at a ceremony where members of the Ramapough Lenape Nation prayed and sang and hoped...

4/19/2018

article B.C. First Nation says passage of Trans Mountain project through reserve not a done deal
(British Columbia) -- One of the B.C. First Nations identified by Kinder Morgan as having granted consent for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to cross through...
article Trudeau government won’t rule out using force to build Kinder Morgan’s pipeline
(British Columbia) -- With Justin Trudeau promising the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will go ahead despite fierce opposition from Indigenous land protectors will he...
article Gwich’in Nation resolves to fight Trump’s rush to drill in the Arctic Refuge
(Alaska) -- The Gwich’in Nation stands united in denouncing Thursday’s advance publication of the Department of the Interior Notice of Intent to initiate the...
article Richards: Covering White Mesa
(Utah) -- The greatest experience I have had at The Daily Utah Chronicle was researching and writing about the White Mesa Uranium Mill in southern Utah.

4/18/2018

article Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh vow to continue pipeline fight
(British Columbia) -- Leaders of local First Nations including the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs have vowed to stop Kinder Morgan’s...
article Canadian Prime Minister Says Ottawa Will Legislate Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion
(British Columbia) -- Five new projects, including Trans Mountain, were proposed during that boom time. Almost 10,000 barrels of oil are released.
article The American Oil Giant Turning Canadians Against Trudeau
(Canada) -- In Canada, we often hear from our neighbours to the south how lucky we are in our leaders. When Trump was declared President, we felt a warm glow of pride at...

4/17/2018

article BLM Defends Inspection Of Tribal-Linked Drilling Wells [sub req]
(Colorado) -- The Bureau of Land Management had authority to inspect oil and gas wells on privately owned lands because of their connection with the Southern Ute Indian...
article Chevron has avoided justice for environmental crimes in Ecuador and the U.S.
(Ontario) -- AlterNetThis Tuesday, April 17, a court in Toronto will hear the latest round of arguments in the epic legal battle between Chevron and the Ecuadorian...

4/16/2018

article These states want to make planning a pipeline protest a crime
(USA) -- As pipeline protests continue to delay and, sometimes, stop energy projects in their tracks, the fossil fuel industry and Republican lawmakers are looking for...
article Indigenous leader vows to continue Kinder Morgan protest despite Trudeau’s promise that pipeline will be built
(British Columbia) -- As provincial and federal governments jostle for jurisdiction over the Kinder Morgan pipeline project, Will George says he will stay at the Watch...
article Who’s defending Canada’s national interest? First Nations facing down a pipeline
(British Columbia) -- Last Saturday, Indigenous leaders stood arm-in-arm in front of the gates of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline worksite in Burnaby, British Columbia....
article Line 5 flow resumes as Enbridge prepares to inspect damaged oil pipeline
(Michigan) -- Enbridge Energy's Line 5 oil and gas pipeline is once again operating after bad weather in the Straits of Mackinac caused a daylong shutdown.
article CBC goes to court to get Chevron to unseal documents in $9.5B US environmental battle
(Ontario) -- CBC News has filed a motion to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to force Chevron Corp. to unseal court records in a decades-long environmental battle...

4/15/2018

article 'We want to be owners': Fort McMurray First Nations and Métis unite on pipelines
(Alberta) -- First Nations and Métis communities in the Fort McMurray region are expressing interest in becoming business partners in the pipeline industry. The...
article Halting pipeline would hurt First Nations, chief says
(British Columbia) -- Cancellation of the Trans Mountain pipeline would cost B.C. First Nations hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits, job training, and employment...

4/14/2018

article IMO agrees to future heavy fuel oil ban for Arctic shipping
(Nunavut) -- Commercial shipping in the Arctic may be on its way to becoming cleaner, following a decision by the International Maritime Organization to ban heavy fuel...
article Martyn Brown: What’s really criminal in Canada’s Kinder Morgan pipeline debacle
(Alberta) -- “Trudeau's Kinder Morgan fiasco is a crime against future generations.” How eloquently those words sum up the appalling failure in...
article Tribes sue feds over Rosemont Mine, citing 'irreversible' damage to sacred sites
(Arizona) -- The proposed Rosemont Mine will “irreparably sever” three Indian tribes’ connection to the Santa Rita Mountains and devastate a rich...

4/13/2018

article Environmentalists 'red-wash' their fight against pipeline, First Nation chief says
(British Columbia) -- Cancellation of the Trans Mountain pipeline would cost B.C. First Nations hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits, job training, and employment...
article Trudeau’s Trans Mountain fight isn’t with B.C., it’s with First Nations
(British Columbia) -- This weekend, instead of flying from Peru to Europe, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is jetting back to Canada to meet with the premiers of Alberta...
article Quebec Innu say Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec living in ‘bygone era’ over mining rights
(Canada) -- Two Innu communities are lashing out at two provincial governments for ignoring their duty to consult over plans to develop a swath of mineral-rich land that...
article Mi'kmaq voice concerns over proposed drilling as BP Canada rig en route to Nova Scotia
(Nova Scotia) -- Activists served lobster rolls in the lobby of the building that's home to British Petroleum (BP) Canada's Halifax headquarters this week, as...

4/12/2018

article DOE investigating incident at the Idaho Site
(Idaho) -- The U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho site Emergency Operations Center has been activated and is gathering information about a reported incident at the...

4/11/2018

article Ryan Zinke assures lawmakers he is scaling back massive offshore drilling plan
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke assured the House Appropriations Committee Wednesday that he plans to scale back his plan to expand offshore leasing...

4/9/2018

article Native Americans Fighting Fossil Fuels
(USA) -- A historic number of Native Americans are running for political office this year in congressional, state legislative and gubernatorial races. Although...
article Iowa’s Anti-Protest Bill Would Make The Boston Tea Partiers Felons
(Iowa) -- In what might be one of the most dramatic crackdowns on non-violent protest in recent years, the Iowa state legislature just passed a bill to make it a felony...
article Water Protectors Prepare For Battle: The Next Big Resistance In South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- It’s raining buckets outside. The back and forth of the windshield wipers and Siri’s monotone guidance accompanies me through the roads...

4/8/2018

article Wyoming judge decides oil and gas firms will not have to comply with controversial emissions rule
(Wyoming) -- Oil and gas firms will not have to comply with a signature environmental rule from the Obama era, a federal judge in Wyoming decided Wednesday. Most have...

4/7/2018

article Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Naomi Klein join Kinder Morgan protests
(British Columbia) -- The leader of the Union of British Columbia Indians Chiefs says he will keep up the pressure against the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline...
article HORGAN TALKS: Premier excited about energy in the Nicola Valley
(British Columbia) -- Premier John Horgan is confident that when it comes to B.C. energy, there’s power when new meets old. B.C. communities such as Merritt have...
article Trudeau says pipeline wouldn't get approval without environmental confidence Noomag
(British Columbia) -- Trans Canada Corp. previous year blamed the demise of the proposed Energy East pipeline project on the government changing the rules for pipeline...

4/6/2018

article Following pressure from Murkowski and others, Pebble comment period extended
(Alaska) -- The federal government will give the public more time to comment on a draft environmental review of the Pebble project in the wake of pressure from Sen. Lisa...
article Black Hills gold mine plan ignites protests
(South Dakota) -- One paved road leads in and out of Rochford, a remote Pennington County town at the center of a heated debate over a proposal to mine for gold in a...

4/4/2018

article WY Judge Pauses Standards to Cut Natural Gas Waste but Ignores Key Considerations
(Wyoming) -- A Wyoming judge today ruled that Bureau of Land Management (BLM) standards to reduce the waste of natural gas on public and tribal lands should be paused...

4/3/2018

article Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe slams 'DAPL-type' project
(South Dakota) -- Concerns about pollution and damage to sacred sites prompted the Oglala Sioux Tribe to demand federal Bureau of Land Management consultation on...

4/2/2018

article Protesters build a longhouse at PSE, ask what it and LNG project have in common
(Washington) -- Protesters of a liquefied natural gas plant being built on Tacoma's Tideflats gathered outside Puget Sound Energy's headquarters in Bellevue on...

3/31/2018

article Longer public comment sought ahead of Pebble project review
(Alaska) -- A state agency and critics of the proposed Pebble Mine want the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide more opportunity for public comment ahead of an...

3/30/2018

article Underground work on track to begin at Nova Scotia natural gas project
(Nova Scotia) -- AltaGas is still on track to start hollowing out underground salt caverns for storing natural gas near Stewiacke, N.S., this year, despite a recent...
article OU Native American students celebrate culture, heritage this month
(Oklahoma) -- For Lance Harden, a Native American student at OU, one of the best parts of the semester just began. On March 30, members of the indigenous community came...

3/27/2018

article Uranium mining near Pine Ridge Reservation halted
(Nebraska) -- Ensnared in legal action with the Oglala Sioux Tribe and its allies over uranium mining and milling on sacred unceded treaty land near the Pine Ridge...
article Quashed deal between MMF and Hydro a legal minefield, says prof
(Manitoba) -- A professor and expert on Indigenous legal rights says a now cancelled agreement between Manitoba Hydro and the Manitoba Métis Federation on future...

3/26/2018

article Beyond the Dakota Access Pipeline: Working effectively with Indian tribes on energy projects
(Indian Country) -- The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is changing how Indian tribes approach infrastructure projects, presenting new risks and opportunities for energy...
article "Unanimous" Senate Vote Supporting Trans Mountain Pipeline Was Held Without Committee on Aboriginal Peoples Present
(Ottawa) -- Last week, the CBC and a number of energy industry publications reported on an unanimous vote by the Canadian Senate to express their support for the Kinder...
article Chumash Nonprofit Urges State: Kill Natural-Gas Power Plant in Santa Paula
(California) -- Lawyers for a Chumash nonprofit want to make sure the proposed Mission Rock gas-fired power plant is dead - and not just put on hold, as the company...

3/24/2018

article OP/ED: Chaco needs congressional leadership
(New Mexico) -- For centuries, Chaco Canyon was a gathering place where ancestral Puebloan peoples came together to make their world a better place. At the heart of the...

3/23/2018

article EFR tries to downplay Grand Canyon cancer concerns
(Arizona) -- As the Canyon Mine’s operations to extract uranium ore adjacent to Red Butte edged closer to reality last November, Flagstaff’s City Council...

3/22/2018

article An unjustified infringement': First Nation sues Ottawa, British Columbia over oil tanker ban
(British Columbia) -- As protesters in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland go berserk over tankers from the federally approved Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion...
article Tribal concerns delay South Dakota uranium mine project
(South Dakota) -- Concern over whether a South Dakota site has historic, cultural and religious significance to Native Americans has further stalled a company's plan...

3/21/2018

article Proposed uranium mine trips on tribal concerns
(South Dakota) -- A 13-year-old plan to mine for uranium in southwestern South Dakota has hit further snags that could prolong the regulatory consideration of the...
article Tribal concerns delay South Dakota uranium mine project
(South Dakota) -- Concern over whether a South Dakota site has historic, cultural and religious significance to Native Americans has further stalled a company's plan...
article North Carolina tribes fear impact of Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction
(North Carolina) -- American Indian tribes in the path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline are making an eleventh-hour plea to stop construction until regulators can ensure...

3/20/2018

article Zinke says Interior should be a partner with oil companies
(Texas) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says his agency should be a partner with oil and gas companies that seek to drill on public land and that long regulatory...
article EPA raises objections to Upper Peninsula mine proposal
(Michigan) -- Federal officials are raising objections to a proposed open-pit mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants...
article Aquila Resources hits EPA obstacle in permit for Back Forty Mine near Menominee River
(Michigan) -- Federal regulators have forced a temporary pause in consideration of a final permit for a controversial open-pit sulfide mine in the Upper Peninsula.

3/19/2018

article Judge Hears Final Arguments in Badger-Two Medicine Case
(Montana) -- Blackfeet tribal leaders embarked on yet another pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. on March 14 as part of their years-long effort to furnish protections on the...

3/18/2018

article Taking a stand for the land: After Chaco-area oil, gas sale is canceled, conservation fight must go on
(New Mexico) -- The past months have not been kind to Native American nations, tribes and pueblos. We are still reeling from the announcement by the administration that...
article Taking a stand for the land: Tribes must stand together for culturally significant areas
(New Mexico) -- The Rio Grande del Norte National Monument adjoins Taos Pueblo Tribal Lands from the southwest end and expands beyond the Colorado State Border. The Rio...
article Environmentalists Seek to Halt New Mexico Mine's Return
(New Mexico) -- Environmentalists are seeking to keep an idle uranium mine in western New Mexico from becoming active again, saying the designation will allow it to...
article Columbia River Tribes Step Up Battle Against Fossil Fuels
(Washington) -- One foggy morning last May, two grandmothers traveled to the Port of Tacoma at dawn, set up folding chairs, and chained themselves to an auger using PVC...
article Coal Retirements Threaten U.S. Electric Grid Reliability and Resiliency
(New Mexico) -- We’re hearing more and more concerns about the reliability and resiliency of the U.S. electric power system, as recently illustrated by the so-...

3/17/2018

article Lawyer seeking injunction says B.C. protesters bent on stopping Trans Mountain
(British Columbia) -- Social media posts suggest anti- pipeline activists are determined to continue blockades at two terminals in Burnaby, B.C., as they cause more...

3/16/2018

article U.S. appeals court approves ETP's Bayou Bridge pipeline construction
(Louisiana) -- A U.S. appeals court overturned a District Court’s preliminary injunction that prevented construction on part of Energy Transfer Partners LP’s...
article YES! Magazine: Elders and warriors keep close watch on pipeline
(British Columbia) -- At Kwekwecnewtxw, or “a place to watch from,” in Burnaby, B.C., tribal elders are holding ceremonies and keeping watch over the...

3/15/2018

article PUC approves Enbridge Line 3 environmental review
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Public Utilities Commision on Thursday approved the environmental review for the proposed Enbridge Energy Line 3 replacement oil pipeline...

3/14/2018

article Arizona in Brief: Groups seeks review of Grand Canyon-area mining claims ban
(Arizona) -- Mining industry groups are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review an Obama-era ban on new mining claims around the Grand Canyon. The petitions -- filed...

3/13/2018

article Tribes Build a Traditional Watch House to Stop Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion
(British Columbia) -- At Kwekwecnewtxw, or “a place to watch from,” in Burnaby, B.C., tribal elders are holding ceremonies and keeping watch over the...
article Countless archaeological sites at risk in Trump oil and gas auction
(Utah) -- A steep rock ledge, known locally as Ruin Point, stands sentinel over public lands rich with Native American antiquities preserved from the sands of time. More...

3/12/2018

article Supreme Court asked to open public lands near the Grand Canyon to uranium mining
(Washington D.C.) -- Mining groups are pushing the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an Obama-era rule banning uranium mining near Grand Canyon National Park in the latest...
article Disputed Montana oil lease to be heard in D.C. district court
(Montana) -- A disputed oil lease in the Badger-Two Medicine area of Montana will be the focus of a court hearing in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

3/11/2018

article Thousands Protest KM Pipeline in British Columbia
(British Columbia) -- The Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Musqueam built a watch-house for future protests against the potentially harmful pipeline expansion.

3/10/2018

article Arctic Council hones Arctic marine spill emergency response
(North Canada) -- Here’s a bad-case, critical situation that’s easy to imagine: grounded in icy Arctic waters, the tanker Finter loses 3,000 tonnes of dirty heavy fuel...
article Protesters rally for and against Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline plan
(British Columbia) -- Protesters around Vancouver held duelling rallies on Saturday, some welcoming Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project with...
article Thousands march to protest Canada pipeline expansion project
(British Columbia) -- Thousands of demonstrators marched Saturday to speak out against a pipeline expansion project that would nearly triple the flow of oil from Canada...
article U.S. miners seek reversal of uranium mining ban near Grand Canyon
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. mining industry asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to overturn an Obama-era rule that prohibits the mining of uranium on public lands...
article Big firms push to overturn uranium mining ban near Grand Canyon
(Arizona) -- The US mining industry has asked the supreme court to overturn an Obama-era rule prohibiting the mining of uranium on public lands adjacent to the Grand...
article Indigenous, environmental leaders protest Canada pipeline
(Vancouver) -- Indigenous leaders are calling on people to raise their voices Saturday to stop a $5.7 billion pipeline ($7.4 billion Canadian) expansion project that...

3/9/2018

article KLAMATH TRIBE: The Next Standing Rock? A Pipeline Battle Looms in Oregon
(Oregon) -- Each spring and fall in the old days, Chinook salmon swam up the Klamath River, crossing the Cascade Mountains, to Upper Klamath Lake, 4,000 feet above sea...
article Indigenous, environmental leaders protest Canada pipeline
(British Columbia) -- Indigenous leaders are calling on people to raise their voices Saturday to stop a $5.7 billion pipeline ($7.4 billion Canadian) expansion project...

3/7/2018

article Havasupai children plead for an end to uranium mining near their homes
(Arizona) -- The beat of a single drum rang out as Dianna White Dove Uqualla sang a prayer for a group of runners about to climb out of the deep crevasse of the Grand...

3/6/2018

article Indigenous activists try to quell a rising tide of oil and gas exploration in Chaco Canyon
(New Mexico) -- On the warm, pre-monsoon night of July 11, 2016, fire broke out among a cluster of six newly drilled oil wells near the small Navajo community of Nageezi...

3/5/2018

article Zinke suddenly pulls land in home state of Montana from oil and gas lease sale
(Montana) -- The Bureau of Land Management on Monday abruptly removed about 17,300 acres of land in central Montana from an upcoming oil and natural gas lease auction,...
article Atlantic Coast Pipeline Faces Native American Resistance
(North Carolina) -- Two Native American tribes in North Carolina are among the groups seeking to join a court challenge to federal regulators' decision to approve...

3/4/2018

article Seneca Nation Rallies To Defend River From Fracking Wastewater
(Pennsylvania) -- In Coudersport Pennsylvania, over 100 members of the Seneca Nation of Indians appeared at a public meeting to oppose a fracking wastewater treatment...

3/2/2018

article Canada's First Nations seek bigger stakes, profits from oil sector
(Calgary) -- Canada's First Nations are boosting investments and leveraging their clout with regulators to gain stakes in oil and gas projects as they seek greater...
article Atlantic Coast Pipeline faces Native American resistance
(North Carolina) -- Two American Indian tribes in North Carolina are among the groups seeking to join a court challenge to federal regulators' decision to approve...
article US Interior Boss Defers Contested Oil and Gas Lease Sale
(New Mexico) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is deferring an upcoming oil and gas lease sale after hearing concerns from American Indian tribal leaders and others...
article Zinke abruptly postpones lease sale near New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon
(New Mexico) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Friday abruptly postponed an oil and gas lease sale for parcels near Chaco Culture National Historical Park, a sacred...

3/1/2018

article Havasupai children write letters to Trump, asking for end to canyon mining
(Arizona) -- The beat of a single drum rang out as Dianna White Dove Uqualla sang a prayer for a group of runners about to climb out of the deep crevasse of the Grand...
article Inslee, Ferguson, tribes, coastal businesses speak out against Trump’s offshore drilling plan
(Washington) -- Coastal and statewide elected officials, tribal and fishing industry representatives, and conservation advocates spoke in united opposition to a new...
article Kalispel Tribe outlines smelter opposition
(Washington) -- Statement to Pend Oreille County commissioners: Good afternoon. I have come here today to formally share the Tribe’s concerns regarding the HiTest...

2/28/2018

article Human Rights Department questions pipeline proposal
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Department of Human Rights is raising questions about the impacts of the proposed Line 3 oil pipeline through northern Minnesota on the...

2/27/2018

article Former Menominee Tribal Chairman Gary Besaw Emphasizes Need For Natural Resources Protection in State of Tribes Address
(Wisconsin) -- “We hope to use this opportunity to bring our communities and great state closer. We may not think of ourselves as neighbors, brothers, and sisters...
article Navajo, Havasupai resist uranium mining
(Arizona) -- Vice President Jonathan Nez joined Arizona State Rep. Eric Descheenie and six other runners on a run to the village of Supai Feb. 14 to collect handwritten...

2/26/2018

article Prayer and protest against a proposed gold mine near Rochford
(South Dakota) -- A walk organized by Defend the Sacred Black Hills brought people together on Sunday to protest a proposed gold mining operation.

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...

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