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Is China using a Native American front to build a state-owned oil refinery?

An oil company with deep ties to Chinese state-owned enterprises is attempting to quietly set up a refinery near a historical site in western North Dakota, raising red flags with locals about more than the possibility of water contamination.

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12/14/2018

article A submerged oil pipeline triggers a winter of frigid protest
(Michigan) -- By midafternoon the snow had picked up — tiny, innocuous flecks becoming heavy, wet drops — but no one at Camp Anishinaabek seemed to notice....

12/13/2018

article The Conversation: Wet'suwet'en First Nation defends territory from pipeline
(British Columbia) -- Ground zero in the global battle against climate chaos this week is in Wet'suwet'en territory, northern British Columbia. As pipeline...

12/12/2018

article Congress Passes Bill Promoting Energy Development on Tribal Lands
(Washington D.C.) -- An updated version of a bill that promotes energy development in Indian Country is heading to President Trump’s desk. KNAU’s Ryan...

12/11/2018

article Pro-pipeline First Nations spar with environmental activists over 'devastating' tanker ban bill
(British Columbia) -- First Nations chiefs and leaders who say they represent over 200 Indigenous communities in B.C. and Alberta are fighting back against the federal...

12/10/2018

article Canada as Ugly Neighbor: Mines in BC Would Devastate Alaskan Tribes
(Alaska) -- Mining operations in Canada are threatening to destroy the way of life of Southeast Alaskan Tribes who were never consulted about the mines by the...
article CHIEF FOX: Alberta First Nations ‘unanimously’ support Bill C-69? Hardly
(Alberta) -- I have spent more than 45 years advocating for my people, working to battle on-reserve poverty and focusing on generating resource revenues to provide the...

12/9/2018

article Invenergy’s impacts on Native American archeological sites heard by EFSB
(Rhode Island) -- Christopher Donta, a Senior Principal Investigator of Gray and Pape Inc was cross-examined regarding Gray & Pape’s analysis and studies...

12/8/2018

article Judge nixes mining company challenge to ‘bad actor’ label
(Montana) -- A Montana judge has dismissed a lawsuit from an Idaho mining company that’s fighting to overturn its designation by Montana regulators as an industry...

12/7/2018

article B.C. First Nation eyes renegotiating benefit deal on Trans Mountain pipeline project
(British Columbia) -- A British Columbia First Nation is looking to renegotiate its Trans Mountain expansion benefit agreements signed before Ottawa bought the pipeline...

12/6/2018

article Alaska Native tribes allege human rights violation over Canadian mine pollution
(Alaska) -- Fifteen Southeast Alaska sovereign tribal nations petitioned an international commission for human rights to take action against Canada regarding violations...
article Alaska Native tribes seek help from human rights commission
(Alaska) -- Fifteen tribal nations in southeast Alaska have petitioned an international commission for human rights for help in influencing the Canadian government to...
article Tribe celebrates removal of nuclear waste
(Oklahoma) -- A semitrailer quietly left the former Sequoyah Fuels Corporation site near Gore last week, hauling away the last of 511 loads of nuclear waste that has...
article CBC calls for clean up of illegal Keller dumpsite
(Washington) -- Keller - The scene is disgusting. There is human excrement. There is garbage, including needles. There are books. There is household waste, such as the...
article Ban on TV betting ads during other live sports can be boost to racing
(UK) -- It is not often that bookmakers give in to pressure from anti-gambling groups without being forced to, so Thursday’s news that the biggest names in online...

12/5/2018

article Human rights complaint filed over transboundary mining in British Columbia
(Alaska) -- Canadian mines upstream from Southeast Alaska violate the human rights of tribal members. That’s the thrust of a 215-page petition filed Wednesday by a...
article Is China using a Native American front to build a state-owned oil refinery?
(North Dakota) -- An oil company with deep ties to Chinese state-owned enterprises is attempting to quietly set up a refinery near a historical site in western North...

12/3/2018

article Tribal Leaders: U.S.-Canada Oil Pipeline Hurts Orcas, Fishing Trade, Culture
(Washington) -- Native American leaders banded together to testify against the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline project, testifying that expanding it would disrupt...

12/1/2018

article Squamish First Nation negotiates $225M in benefits from Woodfibre LNG plant
(British Columbia) -- The Squamish First Nation has approved a benefits agreement with Woodfibre LNG that could see the First Nation receiving over $225 million in cash...

11/30/2018

article Squamish First Nation negotiates $225M in benefits from Woodfibre LNG plant
(British Columbia) -- The Squamish First Nation has approved a benefits agreement with Woodfibre LNG that could see the First Nation receiving over $225 million in cash...
article Tribe deserves kudos for keeping pressure on Sequoyah Fuels
(Oklahoma) -- There's no doubt about it: If the Cherokee Nation hadn't kept pushing for results, the radioactive material might still be languishing in Gore,...
article Washington tribes oppose Canadian pipeline and more oil tankers in Salish Sea
(Washington) -- Tribal leaders and members from Washington state crossed the Salish Sea to oppose a pipeline that could bring more oil tankers to waters on both sides of...
article Washington tribes say pipeline will harm orcas, way of life
(Washington) -- Several U.S. tribal leaders told Canadian energy regulators Wednesday that increased tanker traffic from a proposed pipeline expansion project would harm...

11/28/2018

article Washington tribes say pipeline will harm orcas, way of life
(Washington) -- Several U.S. tribal leaders told Canadian energy regulators Wednesday that increased tanker traffic from a proposed pipeline expansion project would harm...

11/26/2018

article Cheyenne River citizens plead against water permit for Pe’ Sla gold prospecting
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota state officials announced on Nov. 13 that they will take testimony from four Cheyenne River Sioux tribal members who want to nix a permit...
article B.C. chief tells pipeline hearings his people are responsible for their land
(British Columbia) -- Protection of salmon, animals and the land in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia is an eternal responsibility of First Nations and the expansion...

11/24/2018

article LETTER: Zinke protects Badge Two-Medicine
(Montana) -- The Badger Two-Medicine on the Rocky Mountain Front is a sacred area for the Blackfeet tribe and one of Montana’s most spectacular landscapes This...

11/23/2018

article Ontario playing favourites with First Nations on Ring of Fire, say chiefs
(Ontario) -- Shortly before the 2018 Ontario election, Bob Rae sent a memo warning the nine Matawa First Nations chiefs to resolve internal differences or face the...

11/20/2018

article Trans Mountain pipeline hearings with Indigenous groups start in Calgary
(Calgary) -- A rooftop smudging ceremony where herbs were burned and prayers said served as a proxy for swearing in as the oral traditional evidence gathering part of a...

11/15/2018

article Blackfeet Tribe welcomes Zinke’s continued support for Badger-Two Medicine protection
(Montana) -- Leaders of the Blackfeet Nation are welcoming Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s statement of continued support for protection of the Badger-Two Medicine...

11/14/2018

article Senator hopes to balance drilling, burial ground concerns
(Wyoming) -- A state senator from a fossil fuel-rich county in eastern Wyoming is introducing a draft of a bill this week he hopes will help balance drilling interests...
article Blackfeet Tribe welcomes Zinke’s continued support for Badger-Two Medicine protection
(Montana) -- Leaders of the Blackfeet Nation are welcoming Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s statement of continued support for protection of the Badger-Two Medicine...
article Montana view: Kudos to Zinke for standing up for Badger-Two Medicine
(Montana) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke certainly has a full plate these days. Facing a number of transparency lawsuits and ethics investigations, one of which was...
article Zinke must keep fighting for Badger-Two Medicine
(Montana) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke certainly has a full plate these days. Facing a number of transparency lawsuits and ethics investigations, one of which was...
article British Columbia steps in over Tulsequah Chief Mine cleanup
(Alaska) -- British Columbia is exploring ways to clean up a long-defunct metals mine about 40 miles northeast of Juneau. The Tulsequah Chief Mine has been polluting the...
article Final ‘Nations’ talk to focus on water
(Wyoming) -- Water rights in the Bighorn Basin have long been a contentious issue for the many stakeholders. Nobody is more acutely aware of that than the Eastern...

11/13/2018

article Trump administration sides with tribes in drilling dispute
(Montana) -- The Trump administration plans to appeal a federal court ruling that would allow oil and gas drilling on land considered sacred to Native American tribes in...
article Make Colonizers Afraid Again
(Arizona) -- Klee Benally twisted his coffee mug in his hand, recounting a trip he took last year to Canyon Mine, a uranium operation six miles south of Grand Canyon...
article Tribal Chairman Plan Curbs Flaring, Promotes Agriculture
(North Dakota) -- New Town, ND - Drive around the New Town area, and you can see flames in all directions. They're fires that are burning off natural gas at oil...

11/12/2018

article Deadline Looms in Badger-Two Medicine Decision
(Montana) -- Members of the Blackfeet Nation and conservationists are keeping careful watch on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke as a critical deadline approaches for the...
article Legislators to pitch compromise on archaeological burial sites
(Wyoming) -- A state senator from a fossil fuel-rich county in eastern Wyoming is introducing a draft of a bill this week he hopes will help balance drilling interests...
article The EPA Can’t Wait to Reopen the Mine That Poisoned North Idaho
(Idaho) -- For a century, the mines of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains in North Idaho produced much of the heavy metals that made the U.S. a global superpower....

11/9/2018

article Lack of consultation on Ring of Fire development frustrates First Nation communities
(Ontario) -- The lack of an all-inclusive provincial strategy to advance development in the Ring of Fire is frustrating two remote First Nation communities in the area...

11/7/2018

article First Nations in oilsands region support bill to overhaul energy project approvals
(Alberta) -- A coalition of First Nations in the Fort McMurray region say they're in support of the federal government's overhaul of energy project reviews,...
article Hydrology argued at Crow Butte hearings
(Montana) -- Water quality and contamination were the central focus of hearings on a proposed plan by Crow Butte Mine to expand its uranium mining operations to the...

11/5/2018

article Tribe challenges Army Corps of Engineers' 'sham' findings on Dakota Access pipeline
(North Dakota) -- The Standing Rock Sioux tribe is challenging new government conclusions that the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline poses no significant...
article Sheridan, Wyola middle-school students share cultures
(Wyoming) -- About 40 miles separate Sheridan Junior High School and the Wyola School in southern Montana. Despite the proximity of the education institutions, students...

11/3/2018

article Fort Berthold reservation landowners to sue oil company
(North Dakota) -- A group of landowners from the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation is accusing a crude oil company of trespassing in a lawsuit that seeks compensation for...

11/2/2018

article Lac du Flambeau Tribe issues resolution opposing Oneida County mining ahead of Tuesday's referendum
(Wisconsin) -- The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa wants voters in Oneida County to think about three things before they cast their ballots on Tuesday:...
article In Northern Michigan, tribes protesting Line 5 hunker down for winter
(Michigan) -- Amos Cloud used to operate heavy construction equipment for a living — working on crews that laid utility pipes underground. Now his focus is getting...

11/1/2018

article Official Says LDF Tribe Opposes Any Mining Activity In Oneida Co.
(Wisconsin) -- Leading up to an advisory vote next Tuesday in Oneida county, we've been hearing from people who either favor or oppose the possibility of mining in...

10/31/2018

article Tribal members speak against mining
(South Dakota) -- Public input on Crow Butte Uranium Mine’s proposed Marsland Expansion weighed decidedly against allowing additional mining from those present at...

10/29/2018

article Grassy Narrows hopes to break ground on mercury treatment centre in spring, 2019
(Ontario) -- Officials in Grassy Narrows First Nation say they hope to break ground on a specialized treatment centre for people suffering from the effects of mercury...

10/26/2018

article Fort Berthold landowners filing suit against pipeline
(North Dakota) -- A group of plaintiffs from the Fort Berthold Reservation are seeking damages in a federal lawsuit against the company behind the Tesoro pipeline,...
article James Smith Cree Nation vows to stop proposed mine unless more benefits provided
(Saskatchewan) -- Leaders from the James Smith Cree Nation say they plan to stop a proposed diamond mine near Prince Albert, Sask., unless the mining company provides...
article Court revives claim involving uranium mine near Grand Canyon
(Arizona) -- A federal appeals court has revived a challenge to a company's right to mine uranium near the Grand Canyon. An Obama-era decision prohibits new mining...

10/25/2018

article Proposed diamond mine near Prince Albert gets environmental assessment approval
(Saskatchewan) -- A controversial diamond mine in the Fort à la Corne forest near Prince Albert has passed an environmental assessment. The Star-Orion Diamond Project...
article First Nations 'deeply frustrated' after B.C. Supreme Court dismisses Site C injunction
(British Columbia) -- The West Moberly First Nations have lost a bid for an injunction order against B.C. Hydro's Site C dam project, meaning construction can...

10/24/2018

article Water ceremony kicks off protest against shale gas and petrochemical industries
(Pennsylvania) -- Environmental activists and Native American leaders from across the nation marched through Downtown Pittsburgh Wednesday morning to highlight threats...

10/23/2018

article Fracking conference and opposing tribal rally highlight competing visions for Western Pennsylvania’s future
(Pennsylvania) -- As acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler and natural gas industry representatives descend on Pittsburgh for the annual Shale Insight Convention this...

10/22/2018

article Protestors Call Out Hypocrisy At Equator Principles Meeting
(Brazil) -- In October, 2018, major global banks met to revise the Equator Principles, which are industry-led due diligence standards to prevent banks from endorsing...

10/21/2018

article The water around a Utah uranium mine is growing more polluted. What does it mean for the nearby town?
(Utah) -- There once was a time when the children of White Mesa played outdoors without their parents fearing for their health. But for as long as Yolanda Badback can...

10/20/2018

article Montana voters to decide whether to impose stricter mining standards
(Montana) -- One of the most contentious ballot issues facing Montana voters this fall is whether to deny permits to mines that require perpetual treatment of water....
article Tribal leaders, members protest all oil, gas drilling
(New Mexico) -- You could hear a pin drop as Samuel Sage, representative of the Navajo Counselor Chapter, laid out his harsh experience with current oil and gas...

10/16/2018

article Army Corps revives review of Washington coal-export project
(Washington) -- The Army Corps of Engineers has revived an environmental review of a controversial coal-export project in Washington a year after state environmental...

10/13/2018

article Why 'fed up' MP Romeo Saganash dropped the F-bomb in the House of Commons
(Canada) -- Last month veteran NDP MP Romeo Saganash stood up during question period and used unparliamentary language to slam the Liberal government for its handling of...
article 'Is this gonna blow up?' Fear, questions from B.C. First Nation after pipeline explosion
(British Columbia) -- Members of the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation near Prince George in central B.C. say they're worried after homes were rocked by a pipeline...

10/12/2018

article Anti-Terrorism Laws Increasingly Used to Target Indigenous Activists
(USA) -- The images flew around the world. The teepees. The tear gas. The Indigenous water protectors’ camps. The boots advancing in unison as security forces...
article Trump administration bans new mining on land near Yellowstone
(Montana) -- Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke approved a ban on new mining on federal land near Yellowstone National Park in his home state of Montana.

10/9/2018

article Scholar calls for end to ‘colonialist’ system in tribal energy industries
(Indian Country) -- As they attempt to shape their own futures around energy resources on reservation lands, Native peoples continue to be exploited by “colonial...

10/8/2018

article JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, & Crédit Agricole Warned Not to Finance Tar Sands Pipeline Companies
(New York) -- Today, on Indigenous People’s Day, Honor The Earth, Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club, 350 Seattle, Friends of the Earth France, and others...
article ‘We were here first’: Tribes say Line 5 pipeline tunnel ignores treaty rights
(Michigan) -- Michigan officials have spent the past year pursuing a plan to tunnel an oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac while ignoring the 182-year-old...
article Goldboro LNG Clears Big Tribal Obstacle
(Nova Scotia) -- An aboriginal affairs obstacle has been cleared from the Goldboro LNG plan to launch natural gas exports from Canada’s Atlantic coast.

10/6/2018

article Fighting for their people: Meet Saskatchewan's Indigenous warriors
(Saskatchewan) -- A soldier’s helmet, a gas mask and a knife feature prominently on a shelf. There are stacks of gun magazines and books for everything a soldier...

10/5/2018

article Regulator picks 98 interveners for new Trans Mountain pipeline hearing
(Ottawa) -- The National Energy Board says it has granted intervener status to 98 applicants for an upcoming hearing to reconsider approval of the Trans Mountain...
article Company receives water permit for Black Hills gold drilling
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota's Water Management Board has approved a temporary water permit for an exploratory gold drilling project in the Black Hills despite...

10/4/2018

article Mi'kmaq band drops objection to proposed Goldboro LNG plant
(Nova Scotia) -- A Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq band has dropped its objection to the proposed Goldboro liquefied natural gas plant in Guysborough County. The province's...

10/3/2018

article B.C. to intervene in Trans Mountain pipeline review
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. government has filed to register as an intervenor in the National Energy Board's reconsideration of aspects of the Trans Mountain pipeline...
article First Nations express doubts, hopes for Ottawa's new Trans Mountain consultation effort
(Ottawa) -- One of the leading Indigenous opposition voices to the Trans Mountain pipeline says that if the new consultation process announced by Ottawa Wednesday...
article Frank Iacobucci hailed as right pick to rescue 'failed' Trans Mountain process
(Ottawa) -- The federal Liberal government ended up choosing a seasoned judge to lead renewed Indigenous consultations efforts on the Trans Mountain expansion project...

10/2/2018

article ND tribal group joins lawsuit over methane rule saying toxins affect their people
(North Dakota) -- The Fort Berthold Protectors of Water and Earth Rights has joined other environmental groups in challenging the Trump administration's decision to...
article $40B LNG project in northern B.C. gets go-ahead
(British Columbia) -- Construction is going ahead on a massive, $40-billion liquefied natural gas project in northern B.C., hours after five primary investors from five...
article Aspen oilsands project hearing cancelled after First Nation strikes deal with Imperial
(Edmonton) -- The Alberta Energy Regulator says it's no longer considering holding a public hearing for a new oilsands project after an Indigenous community reached...

9/29/2018

article Oil Company Facing Tribal Opposition Proposes More Wells
(North Dakota) -- An oil company facing tribal opposition to drilling wells on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation close to Lake Sakakawea has proposed 23 more wells...

9/26/2018

article Environmental, Tribal Groups ask PUC to Reconsider Line 3
(Minnesota) -- Environmental and tribal groups have asked the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to reconsider its approval of Enbridge Energy’s plans to...

9/25/2018

article Oil company facing tribal opposition proposes more wells
(North Dakota) -- An oil company facing tribal opposition to drilling wells on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation close to Lake Sakakawea has proposed 23 more wells...
article Oil company facing tribal opposition proposes more wells
(North Dakota) -- An oil company facing tribal opposition to drilling wells on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation close to Lake Sakakawea has proposed 23 more wells...
article Standing Rock in Lakeside?
(California) -- Bobby “Walking Stick” Wallace, national chief of the Longest Walk with the Barona Band of Mission Indians, announced few days ago that his...

9/22/2018

article No guarantee all Indigenous concerns about Trans Mountain will be addressed, minister says
(Ottawa) -- The Trudeau government has said more than once it's committed to respecting First Nations' interests in the push to get the Trans Mountain pipeline...

9/21/2018

article Ottawa gives pipeline regulator 22 weeks to review Trans Mountain expansion project
(Ottawa) -- The Liberal government is instructing the federal pipeline regulator to review the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to consider the project's impact on...

9/19/2018

article An Alaska ballot measure could kill Pebble Mine
(Alaska) -- During Alaska’s short summer, community fairs sprout across the state like bright blooms of lupine and fireweed. This year, rival booths appeared...
article Court injunction halts work at Taseko’s New Prosperity
(British Columbia) -- An injunction granted on behalf of the Tsilhqot’in Nation has stopped exploratory work at Taseko Mines’ New Prosperity project in south...

9/18/2018

article Court orders injunction against drilling permit for proposed mine
(British Columbia) -- The latest round in the battle for local gold has been won by the Tsilhqot'in Nation. Mining company Taseko has long been the proponent of the...

9/15/2018

article Federal appeals court upholds judgment against Teck Cominco
(Washington) -- A federal appeals court has upheld an $8.25 million judgment against a Canadian company that for decades dumped toxic smelter waste that flowed down the...

9/13/2018

article Burnaby spends $1.1M from casino funds on legal fight against Trans Mountain
(British Columbia) -- Burnaby's various legal battles against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion have cost $1.1 million, but the city says that expense isn't...
article Fort Belknap backs state in bad actor case over Zortman-Landsky pollution
(Montana) -- Located high in the Little Rocky Mountains south of this reservation in northcentral Montana, views are expansive at the former Zortman-Landusky gold and...

9/11/2018

article EPA mulls adding Hoopa area mine to Superfund list
(California) -- The defunct Cooper Bluff Mine in the Hoopa Valley area could be added to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List, the U.S. Environmental...
article Groups seek notice for mining activity on former monument boundaries
(Utah) -- Fearing mining activity looms inside the former boundaries of two Utah monuments, environmental groups and Native American tribes want a federal judge to...

9/10/2018

article No favorite so far among competing plans for Interior Alaska natural gas
(Alaska) -- Interior Gas Utility leaders were largely measured in responding to a late pitch from Siemens Government Technologies on a new option for getting an...
article People march to Bureau of Land Management office in Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- A group of people have marched in Las Vegas to call on the federal government to not open some public lands to oil and gas leasing. The protesters held a...

9/9/2018

article Indigenous groups still want to buy stake in Trans Mountain
(Canada) -- Some First Nations and Metis communities are determined to purchase an equity stake in the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion despite a court ruling that...
article Montana attorney general to defend law in dispute over mining proposal near Yellowstone
(Montana) -- The Montana Attorney General's Office says it will defend a state law at the center of a dispute over a mining proposal in the mountains north of...

9/8/2018

article First Nations group proposes oil pipeline that protects indigenous rights
(Canada) -- First Nations have played a central part in Canada's national debate over pipeline projects, leading protests that have seen thousands take to the...

9/6/2018

article Oglala Sioux Tribe continues fight against uranium mining
(Nebraska) -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is warning that it may cancel a public comment session, if people don’t register two weeks in advance to speak here...
article Utah Tribal Group Can't Issue Hunting, Fishing Permits (sub req)
(Utah) -- A Utah federal judge ruled Wednesday that a group claiming Native American ancestry didn’t have the authority to grant hunting and fishing licenses for...

9/5/2018

article Connelly: Trudeau vows to build pipeline,, greens sue to protect Orcas
(Canada) -- Oil tankers and orcas are at the center of major controversy in Canada, which is spilling over into waters of the Salish Sea shared and beloved by residents...
article Opinion: The plight of orcas has everything to do with our water supply
(Washington) -- I have always had a soft spot for predators. Us wildlife biology majors called animals like bears, wolves and orcas “charismatic megafauna.”...
article Idle oil, gas wells threaten Indian tribes while energy companies and regulators do little
(New Mexico) -- Someone from Orlinda Benally’s family has come to the Chuska Mountains to graze their sheep in the shade provided by the aspen and pine trees every...

9/4/2018

article How Indigenous-led environmental assessments could ease resource, pipeline gridlock
(Canada) -- Federal court’s rejection of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion shows a new way of evaluating major industrial projects is not only an essential...
article Indigenous Activists Win “David vs. Goliath” Victory as Court Rejects $4.5B Trans Mountain Pipeline
(British Columbia) -- Canada’s Federal Court of Appeals has rejected the government’s approval to triple the capacity of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain...
article What's 'meaningful consultation?' Squamish Nation, Indigenous lawyer weigh in on Trans Mountain's future
(British Columbia) -- If the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project is to proceed, meaningful consultation with First Nations will need to involve more Indigenous...
article Tribes, environmental groups celebrate halt of Trans Mountain expansion
(Washington) -- A landmark court decision issued last week casts doubt on whether Kinder Morgan’s troubled and controversial Trans Mountain pipeline project can go...

9/1/2018

article With coal mine off table, state yanks water reservation meant to protect salmon in Chuitna River
(Alaska) -- In a years-long fight that pitted a sizable coal prospect against conservationists, the Walker Administration on Tuesday reversed a historic 2015 decision...

8/31/2018

article 'More was required of Canada': Ruling shows where Ottawa fell short with First Nations on Trans Mountain
(Canada) -- As First Nation appellants celebrated their win at the Federal Court of Appeal on Thursday, they also pointed out the specific failures of the federal...
article U.S. Tribes Applaud Court Decision Rejecting Trans Mountain Pipeline
(Washington) -- A landmark court decision issued Thursday casts doubt on whether Kinder Morgan’s troubled and controversial Trans Mountain pipeline project can go...

8/30/2018

article Concern over endangered orcas blows up approval of Trans Mountain pipeline in Canada
(British Columbia) -- Concern for critically endangered southern-resident killer whales has sunk the approval of Canada’s controversial Trans Mountain pipeline...
article Court halts Canadian tar sands pipeline, citing orca impacts
(Washington) -- Canada's federal appeals court has halted construction on a pipeline that would have sent more oil tankers through Washington waters. Tribes and...
article 'We are winning': Several B.C. First Nations celebrate Trans Mountain victory
(British Columbia) -- Several B.C. First Nations are celebrating the Federal Court of Appeal's ruling this morning that quashed the approval of the Trans Mountain...
article B.C.'s First Nations divided on Kinder Morgan ruling
(British Columbia) -- B.C.’s First Nations communities expressed divided opinions Thursday about a federal court ruling that overturned approval of the Trans...
article Alberta pulling out of federal climate change plan until pipeline construction resumes
(Alberta) -- Alberta will pull out of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's national climate change plan until construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion gets...

8/29/2018

article Trans Mountain pipeline could be in peril if appeals court sides with First Nations
(British Columbia) -- A court decision expected Thursday could determine the fate of the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and further define Canada's...

8/28/2018

article B.C. court okays Taseko’s exploratory drilling in Indigenous park for rejected mine project
(British Columbia) -- The Tsilhqot’in Nation is urgently searching for ways to block an exploratory drilling program for the New Prosperity mine, a controversial...

8/27/2018

article Company cleared to start exploratory drilling in B.C. First Nations title area
(British Columbia) -- The mining company holding the rights to one of the world’s biggest untouched gold deposits within Canada’s only legally recognized...
article Tsilhqot’in Nation Stands Strong Despite BC Supreme Court Setback
(British Columbia) -- The Tsilhqot’in Nation is calling on the BC Government to step up in the wake of the B.C. Supreme Court’s ruling denying the Nation...

8/24/2018

article Rally to revive Energy East pipeline meets opposition in Halifax
(Nova Scotia) -- Pro-oilsands activists clashed with opposing groups Friday in Halifax at a rally for the revival of the Energy East pipeline project, which was scrapped...

8/23/2018

article Tribe sues government over oil wells near Lake Sakakawea
(North Dakota) -- The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation is suing the U.S. Department of Interior in an attempt to block North Dakota oil wells that the tribe believes...
article Utah Asking To Move Lake Powell Pipeline Ahead
(Utah) -- Utah wants the federal government to resume the process of permitting a pipeline from Lake Powell to St. George. Utah water officials in January asked for a...

8/22/2018

article Harsh new anti-protest laws restrict freedom of speech, advocates say
(USA) -- A new oil pipeline was looming in Oklahoma, and Ashley McCray wanted to be part of the resistance. She and other activists set up camp near McCurtain, one of...
article MHA Nation continues legal fight over oil wells near Lake Sakakawea
(North Dakota) -- The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Interior as the tribe continues to challenge oil wells that...

8/21/2018

article Pipestone National Monument anniversary
(Minnesota) -- In celebration of Pipestone National Monument’s 81st birthday, the Monument is hosting an open house at the visitor center on Saturday, Aug. 25 from...

8/20/2018

article Water Protectors Take Action to Keep Pipeline Out of Black and Indigenous Communities
(Louisiana) -- Chants of “St. James needs an evacuation route!” came from the dozen-plus activists gathered at Louisiana Radio Network on July 18. The...
article 2 tribal energy projects in Dakotas getting federal money
(North Dakota) -- Two tribal energy infrastructure projects in the Dakotas are among 15 nationwide sharing in nearly $9 million in federal Energy Department funding. The...

8/18/2018

article Atlantic Coast Pipeline foes file their broadest legal challenge yet
(Virginia) -- Citizen groups filed another lawsuit against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Thursday, this time taking direct aim at the federal certificate that undergirds...

8/17/2018

article Metis Nation approves Trans Mountain expansion
(British Columbia) -- The Metis Nation of Alberta has endorsed expanding the Trans Mountain crude oil pipeline to British Columbia, Kallanish Energy reports. The action...

8/16/2018

article ‘It’s A Nightmare’: American Indians Blast Western States For Waging A War On Coal
(Washington D.C.) -- Coastal states are using environmental regulations to destroy American Indians’ ability to produce coal, gas, and forms of energy required to...

8/15/2018

article Proposed gold mine acquires 2 permits from federal agencies
(Alaska) -- A massive gold mine proposed in western Alaska has cleared a regulatory hurdle, acquiring permits from federal agencies. The Donlin Gold Mine received...

8/14/2018

article Water Protectors Take Action to Keep Pipeline Out of Black and Indigenous Communities
(Louisiana) -- Chants of “St. James needs an evacuation route!” came from the dozen-plus activists gathered at Louisiana Radio Network on July 18. The...
press release Major Gold Mine Decision Ignores Local Voices of Yukon – Kuskokwim Tribes and Residents
(Alaska) -- Yukon and Kuskokwim region leaders are outraged by today’s release on a Record of Decision on the Donlin Gold Mine by the Army Corps of Engineers, BLM...

8/13/2018

article Pipeline protesters at Camp Cloud prepare for anticipated police intervention
(British Columbia) -- Pipeline protesters who were ordered to take down their camp outside a Kinder Morgan terminal in Burnaby, B.C., are instead preparing to tie...
article Court, regulators clash over uranium project in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- Federal regulators recently abandoned a proposed survey of Native American cultural resources at a planned uranium mine site in the southwest part...

8/11/2018

article Salting the earth: North Dakota farmers struggle with a toxic byproduct of the oil boom
(North Dakota) -- Daryl Peterson's farm has been in his family for as long as he's been alive. His father passed down the 2,500-acre spread, just a few miles...
article Navajo farmers, ranchers sue EPA and contractors for Gold King Mine spill
(New Mexico) -- Approximately 300 members of the Navajo Nation who farm, ranch or reside along the San Juan River are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and...

8/9/2018

article Examined: Indigenous Resistance To Major Oil Pipelines
(North Dakota) -- Two years ago, major media outlets started to pay attention to a group of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members demonstrating along the Cannonball River...

8/8/2018

article Tsilhqot’in call on NDP to pull last-gasp mine permit issued by BC Liberals
(British Columbia) -- In the dying days of the former BC Liberal government, a poison pill was left for the incoming New Democrats in the shape of an exploration permit...

8/7/2018

article Trudeau met by more anti-pipeline protesters on his B.C. long weekend tour
(British Columbia) -- Drum beats and chanting followed Justin Trudeau to Delta, B.C., on Sunday, as anti-pipeline protesters attempted to disrupt the prime minister'...

8/6/2018

article Comment Writing Workshop to be held at Klamath Tribal Office
(Oregon) -- In a email sent to Klamath Falls News, the Klamath Tribes announced that Rogue Climate will be at Tribal Headquarters to hold a writing workshop as well as a...

8/5/2018

article Court, regulators clash over tribal survey for uranium project
(South Dakota) -- Federal regulators abandoned a proposed survey of Native American cultural resources at a planned uranium mine site in southwest South Dakota recently...
article Eek Passes Anti-Donlin Resolution
(Alaska) -- Another tribe in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta does not support the proposed Donlin mine. Eek’s Tribal Council passed its anti-Donlin resolution on July 18...
article 3 years after Gold King Mine spill, victims awaiting payment
(Colorado) -- Three years after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency triggered a massive mine spill that polluted rivers in three states, the federal government...

8/3/2018

article Surrounded by oil fields, an Alaska village fears for its health
(Alaska) -- The Arctic landscape is devoid of color during the frozen days of February. There's the white of the tundra, the white of sea ice and often the sky, and...
article 3 years after Colorado mine spill, victims awaiting payment
(Colorado) -- Three years after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency triggered a massive mine spill that polluted rivers in three states, the federal government...

8/2/2018

article Pipeline giant Energy Transfer to simplify structure through merger [sub req]
(Texas) -- Dallas-based pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners will merge with Energy Transfer Equity, the owner of its general partner, in a long-expected move that...
article Professors pen protest letter to PM over Muskrat Falls
(North Canada) -- More than 200 academics from across Canada and the U.S. have added their names to an open letter directed at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, calling for...

8/1/2018

article Blockade halts work at iron ore mine on Labrador-Quebec border
(Canada) -- Workers at Tata Steel Minerals' Schefferville mine, near the Labrador-Quebec border, have been sent home after a blockade was set up by members of a...

7/29/2018

article Family’s fight with driller illustrates legal loophole that exposes Native American, historical sites
(Pennsylvania) -- At the edge of a field in Washington County, a group of archaeology students picked away at a shallow pit on a recent afternoon, searching for...

7/28/2018

article Hoopa Valley Tribe, EPA eye former Trinity River mine for Superfund site
(California) -- A 90-year-old defunct copper mine along the Trinity River that has been draining acidic runoff and heavy metals into the Trinity River is now being eyed...

7/27/2018

article Concerns raised about proposed Eastern Shore gold mine
(Nova Scotia) -- Environmental organizations and Indigenous groups in Nova Scotia are raising concerns about a proposed 280-hectare open-pit gold mine on the Eastern...

7/26/2018

article Canada's purchase of Trans Mountain faces at least 1 more hurdle: Donald Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- The federal government's plan to purchase Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline and related infrastructure still faces a potential spoiler...

7/25/2018

article Youth leaders encourage AFN, candidates to stand against Kinder Morgan pipeline
(British Columbia) -- As chiefs in Vancouver prepare to elect a national chief, the National Youth Council of the Assembly of First Nations is urging the chiefs and the...

7/24/2018

article The Trans Mountain deal unpacked - what you need to know
(Ottawa) -- The federal government is set to become the official owner of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project after failing to secure a new buyer by the July...

7/23/2018

article More Y-K Delta tribes protest Donlin Mine as permitting process progresses
(Alaska) -- As the proposed Donlin gold mine moves through the permitting process, more tribes in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are speaking out against it. Six tribes have...

7/22/2018

article Pipeline protesters defy eviction order, say they’ll meet with officials
(British Columbia) -- Protesters at an anti-pipeline camp in Burnaby, B.C., say they will meet with officials to discuss safety measures, but they will not comply with a...

7/21/2018

article Anti-pipeline campers defiant in face of Burnaby, B.C., eviction notice
(British Columbia) -- Anti-pipeline protesters at a campsite in Burnaby, B.C., are defiant in the face of an eviction order from the city that kicked in at 6 a.m. PT...
article No hydrocarbons found in river after salt water leak, says Husky
(Saskatchewan) -- Two days after Husky Energy detected a leak associated with oil production, it says testing of the nearby Englishman River has not detected...

7/20/2018

article Court cancels mining permit after Ontario failed to adequately consult First Nation community
(Ontario) -- A permit for mineral exploration on the traditional territory of a remote First Nation has been cancelled by judges who say the Ontario government and the...
article Greenpeace activists scale Olympic Stadium Tower against Trans Mountain pipeline
(Quebec) -- "The majority of Indigenous communities along the pipeline route did not give their free, prior and informed consent." Five Greenpeace activists...

7/19/2018

article Chuloonawick, Nunapitchuk Oppose Donlin Mine
(Yukon) -- Two more tribes in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta passed resolutions in the past month against the proposed Donlin gold mine, which would be one of the biggest in...

7/17/2018

article Court cancels mining permit after Ontario failed to adequately consult First Nation community
(Ontario) -- A permit for mineral exploration on the traditional territory of a remote First Nation has been cancelled by judges who say the Ontario government and the...
article First Nations in B.C. contemplating financing, equity model for stake in Trans Mountain oil pipeline
(British Columbia) -- Talks are underway with unnamed major Canadian banks on a potential financing and equity model that could see B.C. First Nations take an ownership...
article The U.S. and Canada Are Preparing for a New Standing Rock Over the Trans Mountain Tar Sands Pipeline
(British Columbia) -- In British Columbia’s southern interior, on unceded land of the Secwepemc Nation, Kanahus Manuel stands alongside a 7-by-12-foot “tiny...
press release Department of Energy Issues $2 Billion Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program Solicitation
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued the first loan guarantee solicitation for the Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program (TELGP) under...
article Energy Department to Offer Loan Aid for Projects on Tribal Land
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Energy Department programs that helped finance the nation’s first new nuclear reactor in 30 years and issued a $465 million loan to...

7/16/2018

article Advocacy groups fly lawmakers over mines
(Nevada) -- To provide a high-level perspective of mining to elected officials, two advocacy groups organized a flyover of three northern Nevada operations. Democratic...

7/15/2018

article Canoes, kayaks take to water around Trans Mountain's marine terminal
(British Columbia) -- Canoers and kayakers gathered on Burrard Inlet Saturday morning to participate in an Indigenous-led ceremony aimed at protecting the water...
article Indigenous pipeline protester arrested near Kamloops, B.C., released by RCMP
(British Columbia) -- A woman who was arrested after a Trans Mountain pipeline protest in British Columbia's North Thompson Provincial Park Saturday morning has been...
article Another tribal council opposes Donlin Mine
(Alaska) -- The Tuluksak Native Community Village Council voted 5-0 to oppose the development of the Donlin Gold Mine. Tuluksak says it opposes the mine due to the...

7/13/2018

article Indigenous protest camp aims to stop Enbridge pipeline at Canada-U.S. border
(Manitoba) -- An Indigenous prayer camp has been set up near the Canada-U.S. border along the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline in an effort to stop construction of its...

7/11/2018

article BLM delays opening of Sangre area properties for oil, gas development
(New Mexico) -- Federal Bureau of Land Management officials on Tuesday delayed a push to open 18,316 acres in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near the Great Sand Dunes...
article Secwepmec First Nation 'Tiny House Warriors' occupy North Thompson provincial park
(British Columbia) -- An Indigenous group holding a cultural gathering at a provincial park north of Kamloops has now indicated it is occupying the park indefinitely, in...

7/10/2018

article Rivers of Oil, Episode 5: The decision
(Minnesota) -- Crowds started gathering outside the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission's offices by 5:30 a.m. on June 18. People were portaging canoes through the...

7/9/2018

article Two people from Edmonton charged in Vancouver pipeline protest
(British Columbia) -- A man and a woman from Edmonton have been charged with mischief and jeopardizing the safety of a vessel after participating in a pipeline protest...
article Cree see benefits from Quebec's first diamond mine, built on their territory
(Quebec) -- Quebec's first diamond mine — the $774-million, Stornoway Diamond Corp.'s Renard mine — sits on Cree territory, about 800 kilometres from...

7/1/2018

article A New Film Examines Sexual Violence as a Feature of the Bakken Oil Boom
(North Dakota) -- In the mid-2000s, the area surrounding the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota began to undergo a massive transformation after corporations...

6/29/2018

article Protest shut down Trans-Canada Highway east of Winnipeg
(Winnipeg) -- A group of protesters shut down eastbound traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway by Deacon’s Corner. Global News received a call from a protester...
article Enbridge: On track to put new Line 3 into service next year
(Minnesota) -- Fresh off approval by Minnesota regulators, the parent company of Enbridge Energy says it's on track to finish construction and put its disputed Line...
article TransCanada, Whose Pipeline Just Exploded, Wants Feds' Help to Beat Green Groups
(Washington D.C.) -- Facing mounting protests and lawsuits from environmental groups and property owners, backers of the natural gas pipeline industry are seeking help...

6/28/2018

article Coastal GasLink awards $620 million in contracting opportunities to First Nations
(British Columbia) -- TransCanada has recently announced that its Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project is conditionally awarding $620 million in contract work to northern B....
article Controversial Enbridge Line 3 Oil Pipeline Approved in Minnesota Wild Rice Region
(Minnesota) -- In a unanimous decision, state regulators in Minnesota approved a controversial new pipeline that will increase the flow of tar sands crude oil from...

6/27/2018

article Ben R Lujan : Luján Calls for a House Hearing on the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) called on the House Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing to examine the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA...
article Native Americans Fear Effects Of New Oil Drilling Permit In California Monument
(California) -- The Bureau of Land Management announced in March that oil drilling would resume within the Carrizo Plain National Monument, land that is significant to...

6/26/2018

article Mi'kmaq want answers from BP Canada after drilling mud spill off Nova Scotia coast
(Nova Scotia) -- Mi'kmaq chiefs from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are voicing concerns after a mechanical failure on a BP Canada drilling rig resulted in 136,000...
article Montana seeks judge's order to ban mining company CEO
(Montana) -- Montana environmental regulators asked a judge on Monday to ban the head of a giant mining company from exploring or opening any new mines in the state...

6/24/2018

article Appeal planned in lawsuit over drilling near Chaco historic park
(New Mexico) -- An appeal is likely in the lawsuit brought against the Bureau of Land Management, part of a long-running dispute over management of the land around the...

6/21/2018

article Trudeau’s talk of nationalizing pipeline frustrates some Cheam First Nation members
(Ottawa) -- Earlier this month, Justin Trudeau visited the Cheam First Nation, about 15 kilometres northeast of Chilliwack. The prime minister met with Cheam Chief Ernie...
article New North Dakota Pipeline Permit Rankles Tribes
(North Dakota) -- Native Americans with an oil-rich reservation in North Dakota brought a federal complaint Wednesday to quash drilling permits that pose a threat to...
article Oil industry, N.D. must hit flaring targets
(North Dakota) -- Flaring was expected to increase this summer and that has happened. The North Dakota Industrial Commission has gas capture targets for the industry to...
article OP/ED: Will the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion wipe out B.C.s killer whales? Definitely not
(British Columbia) -- Opponents of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion claim that the increased tanker traffic in the waters frequented by a...

6/20/2018

article Arctic Refuge Public Comment Period Closes with Overwhelming Opposition to Development
(Washington D.C.) -- Tuesday marked the final day of the 60-day scoping period for an Environmental Impact Statement on a proposed lease sale in the Arctic National...

6/19/2018

article Billboards Call Out Interior Secretary on Grand Canyon Uranium Mining
(Arizona) -- Arizona sporting groups are targeting Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke in a publicity campaign to head off a possible rollback of an Obama-era ban on...

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...

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