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EPA reimburses another $90,000 for Gold King Mine spill costs

More than $90,000 in additional reimbursements for costs associated with the Gold King Mine spill in 2015 was awarded to five entities in Colorado and Utah, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday.

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3/22/2017

article Copper mine on sacred Apache land in Arizona complains about delays
(Washington D.C.) -- The Resolution Copper Mine in Arizona would be operating by now in most countries, but is still years away from getting all the permits it needs to...

3/21/2017

article Canyon Mine Faces Accusations of Environmental Racism by Navajos, Sierra Club
(Arizona) -- The controversial Canyon Mine, which is located six miles south of the Grand Canyon, hasn’t even started uranium ore production yet. But its owners...

3/20/2017

article Maine lawmakers to consider latest push to jumpstart mining
(Maine) -- Environmental and fishing groups that have opposed rules to jumpstart mining in the state are now backing efforts to strengthen existing laws and regulation....

3/18/2017

article Natural gas line through Polk County creates little clamor
(Florida) -- Oil and gas pipelines have become magnets for controversy. Nationally, the Keystone XL Pipeline, a crude oil system now under construction in the West, has...
article Bigstone Cree Nation monitor traffic entering community in dispute with oil companies
(Alberta) -- The Bigstone Cree Nation has set a toll station on the highway into community of Wabasca-Desmarais in an effort to control entry. The First Nation is...
article EPA reimburses another $90,000 for Gold King Mine spill costs
(Colorado) -- More than $90,000 in additional reimbursements for costs associated with the Gold King Mine spill in 2015 was awarded to five entities in Colorado and Utah...
article Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in court settlement 'augurs well' for relations with Yukon, says lawyer
(Yukon) -- The Yukon government and the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation have avoided another court case over First Nations rights. The First Nation filed a...

3/17/2017

article Activists make 200-mile walk along route of proposed natural gas pipeline in North Carolina
(North Carolina) -- Legislatures in states with ongoing – or planned – pipeline projects are moving to increase penalties for certain types of protests aimed...

3/16/2017

article Next Steps in the Battle Against the Dakota Access and Keystone Pipelines
(Washington D.C.) -- Last week in Washington, DC, members of American Indian tribes and their supporters demonstrated against the construction of the Dakota Access...
article Bigstone Cree Nation monitor traffic entering community in dispute with oil companies
(Edmonton) -- The Bigstone Cree Nation has set a toll station on the highway into community of Wabasca-Desmarais in an effort to control entry. The First Nation is...

3/15/2017

article Oklahoma Launches Preemptive Strike With Anti-Protest Bills
(Oklahoma) -- Add Oklahoma to the growing list of states where anti-protest bills trying to stifle protests like the ones against the Dakota Access Pipeline have passed.

3/14/2017

article Theatre review: The Pipeline Project asks whose hands are clean?
(British Columbia) -- Artists are citizens, too. If you’re an artist with strong political convictions, you want to use your art to express them. The challenge is...
article After multi-year slump, interest in lands among Yukon oil and gas explorers picks up
(Yukon) -- The Yukon government says interest was higher than anticipated during the last call for oil and gas companies to flag potential locations for future...

3/13/2017

article Pawnees Sue Oklahoma Over Earthquakes
(Oklahoma) -- Native Americans have been in court with fossil fuel companies quite a bit lately. For the past few years, Sioux in the Dakotas have been fighting against...

3/12/2017

article Bill will 'disenfranchise' CQ indigenous people, inquiry hears
(Australia) -- An anti-mining central Queensland indigenous group has slammed a Federal Government move to overturn a recent court decision.

3/9/2017

article 28 people charged after Muskrat Falls protests
(Labrador) -- Twenty-eight people have been charged in connection with last year's protests at the Muskrat Falls site, the RCMP announced on Tuesday afternoon.
article 28 people involved in protests against the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador charged
(Labrador) -- The RCMP in Labrador have charged more than two dozen people in relation to the protest that took place in October 2016 against the Muskrat Falls...

3/8/2017

article Is uranium mining near the Grand Canyon safe? The answer may be in the water
(Arizona) -- Most people pass through here without stopping. They have places to go, a string of national parks on the bucket list — Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion — and...

3/6/2017

article Indigenous people speak out against pollution of tribal lands
(New Mexico) -- “We are here after dog attacks, we’re here after (being attacked) with chemical agents, military combat tactics, grenades, aerial...
article Native American tribes pressure feds on oil, gas drilling
(New Mexico) -- Leaders from the nation’s largest Native American reservation and pueblos throughout New Mexico are putting more pressure on federal land managers...
article TX environmentalists stand by leader once convicted of violent rape
(Texas) -- Environmentalists protesting the Trans-Pecos pipeline in West Texas are standing by their leader who was arrested last week on various charges in California,...

3/5/2017

article Indigenous people speak out against pollution of tribal lands
(Washington D.C.) -- ‘We are not terrorists for wanting to live.’ “We are here after dog attacks, we’re here after (being attacked) with chemical...
article Boom and Bust, Cold Lake First Nation’s delicate relationship with oil
(Alberta) -- The community of Cold Lake in Alberta is slowly getting back to normal after the collapse of oil prices in 2014. What makes the community 278 kilometres...
article Kinder Morgan talks benefits of Trans Mountain pipeline
(Ottawa) -- In November, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline extension. Shortly after, the company started reaching out to...
article People of Frog Lake walk tightrope of making millions from oil and protecting environment
(Alberta) -- Clifton Cross used to volunteer at the Frog Lake First Nation recreational centre. The centre boasts basketball and volleyball courts, a weight room and...
article Pipeline expansion spurs meeting in Bemidji
(Minnesota) -- State Department officials will come to Minnesota on Tuesday to hold the only public meeting on a draft environmental review for the final segment of...
article Inside a Kinder Morgan pipeline deal and the fight that followed in a B.C. First Nation
(British Columbia) -- Kinder Morgan can’t say it didn’t know what it was getting into. It was warned early on about Peters First Nation in British Columbia....

3/4/2017

article Pawnee Nation Sues Oklahoma Oil Companies in Tribal Court Over Earthquake Damage
(Oklahoma) -- A Native American tribe here has filed a lawsuit in its own tribal court system accusing several oil companies of causing an earthquake that damaged near-...
article Pipeline opponents set up camp to block construction
(Pennsylvania) -- Opponents to the construction of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline through parts of Lebanon and Lancaster counties are camping out, in an effort to block...
article Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay Could Be Back
(Alaska) -- As Scott Pruitt takes the helm of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. House Science, Space, & Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith...

3/3/2017

article #APTNPipelines: Inside a Kinder Morgan pipeline deal and the fight that followed in a B.C. First Nation
(British Columbia) -- Kinder Morgan can’t say it didn’t know what it was getting into. It was warned early on about Peters First Nation in British Columbia.
article New EPA head takes action — delaying a mining clean-up rule
(Washington D.C.) -- In one of his first acts of business, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt directed his new staff to delay a initiative that...
article Oklahoma tribe sues oil companies in tribal court over quake
(Oklahoma) -- An Oklahoma-based Native American tribe filed a lawsuit in its own tribal court system Friday accusing several oil companies of triggering the state's...
article Giant mess: What is going on with the Giant Mine clean up in Yellowknife?
(Northwest Territories) -- When it comes to environmental disasters in the north, it doesn’t get much bigger than the Giant Mine near Yellowknife.
article Looking for consent, the Iroquois are condemning a plan to transport highly radioactive uranium through its territory
(Quebec) -- Grand Chief Joe Norton is keeping a close watch over the St. Lawrence Seaway these days. He’s concerned about a shipment of weapon’s grade...

3/2/2017

article Sudbury debate explores negotiations between Indigenous people, mining companies
(Sudbury) -- Ontario law stipulates that Indigenous communities must be consulted before any work is carried out on traditional lands, but many Indigenous communities...
article How key pipeline protester dodged prison while leading double life
(Texas) -- Pete Hefflin was a leader of the Texas environmental movement. He fought against pipeline companies, decried corporate greed, and helped open the largest...

3/1/2017

article Beyond Standing Rock: The Native American Economic Experience
(North Dakota) -- As the protests at Standing Rock illustrated, the United States has too often hindered Native American advancement when they should have supported it....
article New Documentary Explores Tribal Struggles Over Land And Energy Development
(USA) -- Native American tribes continue to fight the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline -- even as the company that owns it says they expect oil to begin flowing...
article Native American tribes pressure feds on oil, gas drilling
(New Mexico) -- Leaders from the nation's largest Native American reservation and pueblos throughout New Mexico are putting more pressure on federal land managers to...
article Menominee Indian Tribe challenges Back Forty Mine permit
(Michigan) -- The Menominee Indian Tribe filed a petition for a contested case hearing on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's permit issued for the...

2/28/2017

article Fracking and drilling near Chaco Canyon challenged by Begaye, Nez
(New Mexico) -- On Feb. 23, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez joined forces with the All Pueblo Council of Governors against...
article Mercury still leaking into river upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation, suggests report
(Ontario) -- An old chemical plant in Dryden, Ont., is still leaking mercury and contaminating the Wabigoon-English River system near the Grassy Narrows First Nation in...
article House Resouces hears from United Tribes of Bristol Bay about Pebble
(Alaska) -- The United Tribes of Bristol Bay was invited to testify Monday before the Alaska House Resources Committee in Juneau. At issue was United Tribes’...

2/27/2017

article The Next Standing Rock? Man Killed In Police Shootout Fired At Natural Gas Pipeline Under Construction In Florida
(Florida) -- Law enforcement in Florida shot and killed an unidentified suspect who fired a high-powered rifle at a controversial natural gas pipeline and exchanged...

2/26/2017

article Landowners near Eagle Pass coal mine had water shut down from wind-blown dust
(Texas) -- Some residents living near a controversial coal mine outside of Eagle Pass had canal water services shut down for six days after a windy Valentine’s Day...
article Final Group of Indigenous Learners Graduate from Northern College Mining Program
(Ontario) -- Northern College held a graduation ceremony for the final of four groups of Indigenous learners who graduated from the Underground Hard Rock Miner Common...

2/24/2017

article Bill would ban pipelines from crossing underneath rivers, lakes
(Montana) -- Dustin Monroe held up an old Gatorade bottle filled with orange, oil-contaminated water and implored Montana legislators to approve a bill that would ban...
article City of Vancouver to request judicial review of Kinder Morgan expansion
(British Columbia) -- Vancouver city councillors passed a motion Wednesday to request a judicial review of the B.C. Liberal's environmental approval of the...

2/23/2017

article Out west, MAGA means steamrolling local perspective in favor of oil driller greed
(New Mexico) -- In the northwestern corner of New Mexico, inside a makeshift cave deep within a winding canyon, there is a spiral carved into the sandstone.

2/22/2017

article US House committee urges EPA to drop opposition to Pebble mine
(Washington D.C.) -- A U.S. House committee on Wednesday urged the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency to reverse the agency's plans to limit development...

2/19/2017

article Enbridge pipeline leaks 200,000 litres of oil condensate in Strathcona County
(Alberta) -- Cleanup efforts are underway after an Enbridge pipeline leaked 200,000 litres of oil condensate at an industrial site in Strathcona County. The Line 2A...

2/17/2017

article Native Sun News Today: Drilling test in treaty territory stirs concern
(South Dakota) -- After tribal authorities and other public meeting-goers roundly questioned proposals for drilling deep boreholes to test nuclear waste disposal...

2/16/2017

article Petronas Canada LNG Plant Buoyed by Incentives to Native Groups
(British Columbia) -- A proposed $27 billion liquefied natural gas project in western Canada got a boost after British Columbia offered at least C$145 million ($111...

2/15/2017

article 35 years later, Carrie Dickerson remembered for strategy that ended Black Fox nuclear plant project
(Oklahoma) -- Camping in the rain on public property, about 500 people spent the night playing folk music, reciting poetry and putting the finishing touches on hand-...
article Derailments 'too frequent, too dangerous' for Mattagami First Nation councillor
(Ontario) -- Jennifer Constant has looked at the rail lines that cross near her northern Ontario community differently ever since a CN train carrying crude oil jumped...
article Pacific NorthWest LNG reaches pacts with two First Nations
(British Columbia) -- Pacific NorthWest LNG has reached impact-benefits agreements with two First Nations, part of a series of announcements designed to spur plans to...

2/13/2017

article How province pressured 6 First Nations to accept Sisson deal
(New Brunswick) -- A Maliseet First Nations chief says the New Brunswick government threatened to cancel lucrative tax deals with her band and other Indigenous...
article Tribal Members Convene in Duluth over Enbridge Energy Pipelines
(Minnesota) -- As oil pipelines become increasingly controversial, Enbridge Energy's projects are coming under scrutiny. Nearly one hundred tribal members from...
article Bill would send oil taxes to Washington tribes
(Washington) -- A bill co-sponsored by Representative Steve Tharinger would add a tax to any oil coming into Washington and invest those funds into tribes....
article Ontario commits to cleanup of mercury contamination near Grassy Narrows First Nation
(Ontario) -- The Ontario government is promising to find and remediate all the mercury contamination that continues to poison people at Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong...

2/12/2017

article Survey praises Canadian Arctic companies for respecting Indigenous rights
(Arctic) -- An international survey on resource development in the Arctic has ranked Canadian companies among the highest in the world for their policies on respecting...

2/11/2017

article 6 Maliseet First Nations agree to Sisson mine deal
(New Brunswick) -- The six Maliseet First Nations in New Brunswick have reached a multimillion-dollar financial deal with the provincial government that clears the way...

2/6/2017

article Native Americans using red tape to block oil and gas projects
(USA) -- When the US oil boom hit North Dakota a decade ago, wells sprang up quickly on the edges of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, an expanse of prairie and...
article Tuahka Indigenous Leader Murdered in the ‘Mining Triangle’
(Nicaragua) -- Mounting regional chaos has claimed the life of another Latin American Indigenous leader in Nicaragua. Well-known Tuahka Indigenous Territorial Government...

2/5/2017

article Coastal Commission to revisit reasoning of its Banning Ranch denial
(California) -- The California Coastal Commission is scheduled to convene Thursday in Newport Beach to review its rejection last year of a proposed mixed-use development...

2/4/2017

article Red tape chokes off drilling on Native American reservations
(North Dakota) -- When the U.S. oil boom hit North Dakota a decade ago, wells sprang up quickly on the edges of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, an expanse of...

2/2/2017

article Native Americans Continue The Fight To Stop The Trans-Pecos Pipeline In West Texas
(Texas) -- The Dakota Access Pipeline protests in North Dakota has served as a blueprint for environmental and pipeline related protests around the country.
article Chip Colwell: Oil pipelines take economic toll on our cultural heritage
(Colorado) -- On his fourth day as U.S. president, Donald Trump penned executive orders to advance construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline Project pipeline and the...
article Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho Rivers United, and U.S.F.S. resolve 9th Circuit appeal of megaloads decision
(Idaho) -- Recently, the Nez Perce Tribe (Tribe), the U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service), and Idaho Rivers United (IRU) announced a settlement agreement to resolve the...
article Hereditary tribal chiefs, matriarchs challenge Pacific NorthWest LNG critic
(British Columbia) -- A group of more than 20 hereditary chiefs and matriarchs in the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation is crying foul over an aboriginal leader whose...
article Chaco Canyon Oil and Gas Leases Spark Protests
(New Mexico) -- Chaco Canyon is an ancient sacred Indian archaeological site in northwestern New Mexico. It is an incredible window into the past. Chaco Culture National...

2/1/2017

article Three Life-or-Death Reasons Why Climate, Food, and Native American Activists Need to Keep Working Together
(USA) -- On Tuesday, January 24, Donald Trump signed presidential memorandums to revive the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines—two major...
article Tribes Promise Encampment For Diamond Pipeline
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal representatives and environmentalists are promising an encampment similar to the ongoing protest against the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota...
article Water Protectors Fight Trans-Pecos Pipeline in West Texas
(Texas) -- In recent weeks, a small but steady stream of water protectors have begun to travel to western Texas to join escalating efforts to stop Energy Transfer...
article Winona LaDuke: Tribes emboldened by resistance at Standing Rock
(Minnesota) -- Tribal nations across Turtle Island have been emboldened by the resistance movement at Standing Rock, and are taking unprecedented actions to protect our...
article Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs granted leave to seek judicial review of Line 3 pipeline approval
(Manitoba) -- The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs were granted leave Tuesday to apply for a judicial review of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline approval. The pipeline...
article First Nations given role on Pacific NorthWest LNG environment committee
(Ottawa) -- The federal government is announcing two B.C. First Nations have agreed to be members of a new environmental monitoring committee for the proposed $11.4-...

1/31/2017

article Lax Kw’alaams Band signs environmental agreement with province and feds on Pacific NorthWest LNG
(Ontario) -- The federal and provincial governments have signed an historic agreement with the Lax Kw’alaams Band regarding the environmental impact of the...
article Oklahoma Natives to fight pipeline that will cross Trail of Tears sacred burial grounds
(Oklahoma) -- People gathered at the Oklahoma State Capitol announcing they will fight the Diamond Pipeline that will run from Cushing through Arkansas to Memphis,...

1/30/2017

article Activists threaten to block Oklahoma pipeline construction
(Oklahoma) -- Native American and environmental activists have vowed to block a planned crude oil pipeline, hinting at a standoff in Oklahoma reminiscent to the...
article Oklahomans join protest against pipeline that will cross Trail of Tears
(Oklahoma) -- People gathered at the Oklahoma State Capitol announcing they will fight the Diamond Pipeline that will run from Cushing through Arkansas to Memphis,...
article Native American Tribes Criticize State Taxation Of Reservation Energy Projects
(Washington D.C.) -- As some Native American tribes renew their push for more control over the natural resources on their lands, they will also urge Congress and...
article 'This fight means my kids will have drinking water': 16yo arrested protesting pipeline in Texas
(Texas) -- Destiny Willcuts, a Lakota Sioux youth of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, was placed in custody at a youth detention center after chaining herself to a bulldozer in...
article Nova Scotia judge sides with Mi'kmaq band on gas-storage project appeal
(Nova Scotia) -- A Mi’kmaq band has won a victory in its battle against an energy company’s plan to store natural gas in underground caverns in central Nova...

1/29/2017

article Drilling rights near Chaco Canyon sell for $3M
(New Mexico) -- The Bureau of Land Management has auctioned oil and gas drilling rights in northwest New Mexico despite protest from Native Americans and...
article Gloomy potash outlook not shared by Muskowekwan chief
(Saskatchewan) -- The wave of bad news swamping the potash industry isn't dampening the enthusiasm of the Muskowekwan First Nation chief. The Saskatchewan First...

1/27/2017

article Native American tribes decry state taxation of reservation energy projects
(USA) -- As some Native American tribes renew their push for more control over the natural resources on their lands, they will also urge Congress and President Donald...
article Red tape chokes off drilling on Native American reservations
(USA) -- When the U.S. oil boom hit North Dakota a decade ago, wells sprang up quickly on the edges of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, an expanse of prairie and...
article Native American sacred sites not valued over infrastructure
(Iowa) -- Within just a few days, President Donald Trump has signed several executive actions in hopes of advancing progress in completing the Keystone XL and Dakota...
article Yankton Sioux Tribe Seeks Pipeline Contacts
(South Dakota) -- The Yankton Sioux Tribe (YST) is calling on President Donald Trump to make public all of his communications regarding two controversial pipelines which...

1/26/2017

article Keystone, Dakota Access Lines Face Hurdles Despite Trump Support
(USA) -- President Donald Trump may have revived prospects for the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, but the path to their completion still...

1/25/2017

article Tribes push back as President Donald Trump revives unwanted pipelines
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal leaders across the nation are standing united as they push back against unwanted infrastructure projects on their homelands. The battle is...
article Former First Nations chief stakes legal claim on mining minister’s property
(British Columbia) -- A former First Nations chief who has battled the B.C. government over its mining policies says she has legally staked a claim on the private...
article Judge orders removal of blockade against northern Alberta pipeline construction
(Alberta) -- A Fort McMurray judge has issued an order that authorizes the RCMP to remove a blockade set up to protest construction of a natural-gas pipeline. Court of...
article Yukon gov't, First Nations agree to 'one government' approach to mining
(Vancouver) -- The Yukon government and 11 of the territory's First Nations are vowing to work together on a "one government approach" to Yukon's...

1/24/2017

article 200,000 litres of oil spills onto First Nations agricultural land near Stoughton
(Saskatchewan) -- About 200,000 litres of oil spilled near Stoughton, Sask., last week. The pipeline breach occurred on First Nations land about 140 kilometres southeast...
article Ocean Man oil spill odour detected a week ago, chief says
(Saskatchewan) -- The chief of the Ocean Man First Nation, Connie Big Eagle, says an oil spill on the band's land had to have occurred earlier than Friday, when the...
article Pipeline historian unsurprised by Sask. oil spill
(Saskatchewan) -- A pipeline historian says oil spills such as the one that occurred on the Ocean Man First Nation, Sask., last week are not uncommon or surprising.
article Métis protest construction of northern Alberta TransCanada gas pipeline
(Alberta) -- Pipeline protesters outside Fort McMurray are attempting to block construction of a natural gas pipeline because the Métis community says they weren't...

1/23/2017

article Feds Order Inspection Of Disputed Alaska Mining Permits
(Alaska) -- The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement on Wednesday ordered an inspection of state permits belonging to a company for a planned coal strip...

1/22/2017

article Sask. First Nation potash project signs major deal with India
(Saskatchewan) -- A major potash deal could mean big business for a Saskatchewan First Nation. Encanto Potash has signed an agreement with National Federation of Farmers...

1/20/2017

article B.C. First Nation council set to debate LNG dock location
(British Columbia) -- A contentious liquefied natural gas project will be under scrutiny when the elected band council of the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation asks its...
article Bad River Band Adds Voice To Concerns About Aging Line 5 Pipeline
(Wisconsin) -- Five pipelines carry fossil fuels across the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians reservation in Ashland and Iron counties. While...
article Trudeau's project approvals betray First Nations
(Canada) -- Justin Trudeau promised a new era of nation-to-nation negotiations with First Nations. His mandate letters to each new cabinet minister stressed this point....

1/19/2017

article 'It is our Standing Rock:' First Nations announce legal actions against feds, Kinder Morgan
(British Columbia) -- Three First Nations have announced they're taking legal action challenging the federal government's approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans...
article B.C. First Nations take Ottawa to court over Trans Mountain pipeline approval
(British Columbia) -- Opposition is mounting against the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline as three First Nations launch fresh legal challenges aimed at...

1/18/2017

article Bad River Chippewa Want Enbridge Pipeline Removed
(Wisconsin) -- The Bad River (Mashkiziibi or Medicine River) Band of Lake Superior Chippewa tribe is denying renewal of the Enbridge Line 5 crude oil pipeline easement...
article Court says tribe’s suit against BNSF can proceed
(Washington) -- A federal court ruled last week that BNSF Railway breached its contract with the Swinomish tribe by increasing the number of rail cars crossing over the...

1/17/2017

article Interactively Tracking Stolen Land in the Name of Oil
(Ecuador) -- Kichwa activists in Ecuador have a new tool for showing the oil-related theft of their territory: an interactive digital story map with details of how the...

1/16/2017

article Enlisting Alberta First Nations to bolster pipeline monitoring
(Alberta) -- A new program in the works at Alberta's research and development agency aims to improve pipeline monitoring and spill response by enlisting more...
article Federal government vows action on mercury contamination Grassy Narrows ‘once and for all’
(Ottawa) -- The federal government has promised action that will deal with Grassy Narrows mercury contamination “once and for all.” Working closely with the...
article Inuvik leaders take aim at prime minister over Arctic drilling ban
(North Dakota) -- The Town of Inuvik and Indigenous leaders are set to write letters to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, protesting his decision to ban Arctic drilling for...
article Wisconsin Tribe Votes to Evict Oil Pipeline From Its Reservation
(Wisconsin) -- The Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians in northern Wisconsin voted not to renew an easement for a major oil and gas pipeline...

1/15/2017

article B.C. First Nation expected to launch court challenge of LNG approval
(British Columbia) -- Members of a B.C. First Nation are expected to launch another legal challenge of a massive liquefied natural gas project proposed for the province...
article Enlisting Alberta First Nations to bolster pipeline monitoring
(Alberta) -- A new program in the works at Alberta's research and development agency aims to improve pipeline monitoring and spill response by enlisting more...
article Oil and gas lease sale near Chaco Canyon scheduled
(New Mexico) -- An oil and gas lease sale that would auction off about 840 acres near Chaco Culture National Historical Park will proceed on Jan. 25 after five years of...
article Ontario First Nations take TransCanada to court over pipeline consultation process
(Ontario) -- Two Ontario First Nations are taking the National Energy Board and TransCanada to court over consultation. TransCanada planned a number of maintenance...

1/14/2017

article Tribes to levy more tax on North Dakota reservation
(North Dakota) -- Oil companies will be charged a higher tax rate than the state on the reservation's oil production, the chairman of North Dakota's Three...
article Last Two Oil and Gas Leases for Sacred Badger-Two Medicine Canceled
(Montana) -- Finally, after a 35-year effort by the Blackfeet Nation, the last two oil and gas leases of an original 47 in the sacred Badger–Two Medicine area have...
article Opening Arguments in BLM Frack Rule Appeal Delayed Until March
(Colorado) -- The Obama administration will not have an opportunity to defend an embattled rule governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on public and tribal lands,...
article Federal Government Seeks to Quash Lawsuit Against Mount Polley and B.C. Government Before Evidence Heard
(British Columbia) -- The federal government is seeking to stay a private lawsuit brought against Mount Polley Mining Corporation and the B.C. government in October 2016...
article VIDEO: EPA says it can't pay damages from mine spill
(Colorado) -- The Environmental Protection Agency won't repay claims totaling over $1.2 billion for economic damages from a mine waste spill the agency accidentally...

1/13/2017

article Low price of uranium slows expansion of mine near sacred Mato Tipila
(Wyoming) -- In the wake of dismal 2016 profits from uranium production worldwide, Peninsula Energy Ltd. has decided to shelve Ross uranium mine and mill expansion plans...
article Bad River Tribal Council Member Details Enbridge Decision
(Wisconsin) -- Last week, the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa voted to deny the renewal of an easement of the Enbridge Energy Line 5 on tribal lands near Lake...
article Forest Guardians: Indigenous Continue Fight against Illegal Logging and Mining
(Brazil) -- As seasonal rains provide a respite from forest fires and illegal logging, and Brazil’s Congress takes its annual vacation, the country’s...

1/12/2017

article How the Spectre of Oil Trains is Deceptively Used to Push Pipelines
(Canada) -- Either support new pipelines or your community will be incinerated by an oil-carrying train. It sounds outrageous, but it’s been a foundational...
article Northern Wisconsin tribe wants Enbridge to remove pipeline from reservation
(Wisconsin) -- A northern Wisconsin tribe wants a Canadian energy firm to remove its pipeline from tribal reservation lands. The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa...
article B.C. premier says five conditions met on Trans Mountain pipeline
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia gave its blessing Wednesday to the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline as Premier Christy Clark announced all five conditions...
article Enbridge May Face Tough Legal Battle to Keep 60-Year-Old Pipeline Running
(Alberta) -- Enbridge Inc may be set for a bruising legal battle in Wisconsin after a Native American tribe voted against renewing land use agreements on a major crude...

1/11/2017

article Tribal officials try to stop Chaco leasing
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Nation officials and residents will travel to Santa Fe next week to meet with the Bureau of Land Management's state director in hopes of...
article An aging pipeline has driven this Native American tribe into an unprecedented move
(Wisconsin) -- A Wisconsin Native American tribe wants a 64-year-old oil pipeline removed from its reservation due to concerns that it poses a grave environmental threat.
article Wisconsin Native Americans vote no to renewing deal with Enbridge’s oil pipeline
(Wisconsin) -- A Native American tribe in Wisconsin has voted against extending the contracts which allow Enbridge Inc. to use their land for a crude oil pipeline. It...
article Two Gitxsan chiefs seek to block Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal construction
(British Columbia) -- Two Gitxsan hereditary chiefs have filed a court challenge in a bid to block Pacific NorthWest LNG’s plans to construct a massive terminal in...
article Don’t be fooled by ‘good-looking Liberals,’ says Jane Fonda of Justin Trudeau
(Alberta) -- The Hollywood icon joined indigenous leaders in raising concerns about the Alberta oilsands and said the prime minister has “betrayed” the...
article Interior cancels oil and gas leases in Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine
(Montana) -- This morning, as John Murray drove north from his home on the Badger-Two Medicine River to his job as the historic preservation officer for the Blackfeet...
article County, tribal leaders worry toxins from Smurfit site could enter Clark Fork River
(Montana) -- Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency were grilled on Tuesday about cleanup and monitoring efforts at the former Smurfit-Stone Mill site west...

1/10/2017

article Tribe threatens to leave oil tax agreement with ND
(North Dakota) -- The leader of the oil-rich Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation threatened to leave the oil tax agreement with North Dakota on Tuesday, Jan. 10, during a...
article Final energy leases canceled on Badger-Two Medicine
(Montana) -- The U.S. government has canceled and refunded payments for the final two energy exploration leases in the Badger-Two Medicine area, considered sacred to the...
article Tribe wants pipeline off its land
(Wisconsin) -- A northern Wisconsin Indian tribe wants pipeline company Enbridge Energy off of its tribal land. The Bad River band of Lake Superior Chippewa has notified...
article B.C. First Nation to launch court challenge against LNG approval
(British Columbia) -- Members of a B.C. First Nation are expected to launch another legal challenge of a massive liquefied natural gas project proposed for the province...
article Two Gitxsan chiefs seek to block Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal construction
(British Columbia) -- Two Gitxsan hereditary chiefs have filed a court challenge in a bid to block Pacific NorthWest LNG’s plans to construct a massive terminal in...
article Jane Fonda in Fort McMurray: 'Listen, I'm not against you,' actress tells resident during parking lot squabble
(Alberta) -- Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda, who once visited Hanoi to protest the Vietnam War, was back in the spotlight Tuesday, only this time the setting was a...

1/9/2017

article Bad River Band wants Enbridge pipeline off reservation
(Wisconsin) -- The Bad River Tribal Council has taken formal action to kick the Enbridge Energy Line 5 pipeline off reservation land.
article Tribe denies easements for Enbridge Line 5
(Wisconsin) -- A Native American tribe in Wisconsin has denied easement renewals for Enbridge's 540,000 b/d Line 5 crude and NGL pipeline, citing concerns about a...
article Native Americans fight Texas pipeline using 'same model as Standing Rock'
(Texas) -- Indigenous activists have set up camps in the Texas desert to fight a pipeline project there, the latest sign that the Standing Rock “water protector...
article EPA: 540 tons of metals entered river in Colo. mine spill
(Colorado) -- Nearly 540 tons of metals — mostly iron and aluminum — contaminated the Animas River over nine hours during a massive wastewater spill from an...

1/8/2017

article Judge says tribal treaties don't apply to crude oil pipelines
(Minnesota) -- An administrative law judge has rejected claims that 19th century treaties give American Indians a say in choosing a route for a new crude oil pipeline...
article Wisconsin tribe wants oil pipeline moved from its reservation
(Wisconsin) -- A Chippewa tribe in Wisconsin is calling for 12 miles of pipeline to be removed from its reservation after 64 years of operation, saying they want to...
article First Nation chiefs take legal action over pipeline replacement
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba’s aboriginal chiefs have thrown a legal obstacle at Ottawa’s energy agenda by challenging the Trudeau government’s approval for...

1/7/2017

article Citing fear of spills, Wisconsin tribe turns on pipeline
(Wisconsin) -- The Bad River tribe in northern Wisconsin has called for a major oil pipeline that crosses its land to be shut down and removed by its owner, Enbridge Inc...
article Sacred Water: Michigan mine gains two state permits; tribe vows to continue fight
(Michigan) -- The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality this week approved a general mining permit and an air use permit for the Back Forty mine in the western...

1/6/2017

article Clean Energy: The Challenge of Achieving a "Just Transition" for Workers
(USA) -- Tackling climate change is good for the economy, good for business and good for people. This is the narrative often pushed out by campaigners, researchers and...
article Wisconsin Tribe Wants Pipeline Moved From Its Reservation
(Wisconsin) -- A Chippewa tribe in Wisconsin is calling for 12 miles of pipeline to be removed from its reservation after 64 years of operation, saying they want to...
article Tanya Tagaq’s ‘Sulfur’ Targets Tar Sands
(Canada) -- It’s a stark, deathly-looking series of images: Angry drills pierce the ground relentlessly; muck flows into and through rivers and streams; poisoned...

1/5/2017

article Michigan Mine Gains Two State Permits, Tribe Vows to Continue Fight
(Michigan) -- The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality this week approved a general mining permit and an air use permit for the Back Forty mine in the western...
article An intersectional rebel south alliance is opposing the Sabal Trail Pipeline
(Florida) -- The sometimes infamous, always interesting, U.S. ‘rebel south’ has embraced a new and worthy cause, and joined the Indigenous activated...
article Bad River Tribal Council rejects Enbridge pipeline easement renewal
(Wisconsin) -- The Bad River Tribal Council Wednesday passed a formal resolution to not renew easement rights-of-way for the Enbridge Energy Line 5 crude oil pipeline...

1/4/2017

article Tribal members learn more about another pipeline project -- this one in northern Minnesota
(Minnesota) -- Concerned tribal members gathered Wednesday to give input on and discuss the proposed replacement of an oil pipeline owned by energy company Enbridge that...
article Native American Tribe Ramps up Pipeline Fight in New Jersey
(New Jersey) -- The Ramapough Lunaape Nation says the proposed pipeline could affect the water supply of around 5 million people in New Jersey. While the protests...

1/3/2017

article Washington state deals blow to proposed Longview coal terminal
(Washington) -- Opponents of a proposed Longview, Wash., coal export terminal are claiming victory after a state agency said it won’t allow the developer to use...
article Washington to reject coal export terminal near Longview
(Washington) -- The state of Washington may have killed a controversial plan to build a coal export terminal on the Columbia River west of Longview. Outgoing Public...
article Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs to challenge Enbridge Line 3 pipeline approval in Federal Court
(Canada) -- The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is challenging the Trudeau government's approval of the Line 3 pipeline. Grand Chief Derek Nepinak has posted on Facebook:
article Pebble, EPA want to freeze lawsuit and push settlement — until well after Trump is in office
(Alaska) -- The developer of the proposed Pebble gold and copper mine and the federal agency seeking to block it are asking a federal judge to halt their court battle...

1/2/2017

article 2017: Pipeline Resistance Gathers Steam From Dakota Access, Keystone Success
(USA) -- When President-elect Donald Trump takes office next month, his pro-drilling, anti-climate action energy policy will buoy the oil industry. But it will also face...
article Native American tribe is fighting against the Pilgrim Pipeline in New Jersey
(New Jersey) -- As oil and gas companies race to plan more pipelines to criss-cross America, conservationists are similarly ramping up their efforts to resist the...

1/1/2017

article Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs to challenge Trudeau in federal court over Line 3 pipeline approval
(Manitoba) -- The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is challenging the Trudeau government's approval of the Line 3 pipeline. Grand Chief Derek Nepinak has posted on...

12/31/2016

article Canada, Arizona Tribes Sue to Save Lands from Energy Projects
(Manitoba) -- Expansions of an oil pipeline and a mining project into tribal lands will threaten important cultural heritage, the tribes said. The Manitoba Chiefs in...

12/30/2016

article Tribal meetings focused on Line 3 announced
(Minnesota) -- The Leech Lake Tribe in coordination with the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe will hold a meeting to gather concerns of tribal members regarding Enbridge...
article Quarry owner critical of bill protecting Native American burial sites
(Wisconsin) -- The owner of a quarry is criticizing a state panel’s recommendations for how to protect possible Native American burial sites. A legislative study...

12/29/2016

article Quarry owner unhappy with tweaks to burial site laws
(Wisconsin) -- A quarry owner locked in a bitter dispute over excavating tribal burial mounds said Thursday he isn't happy with changes a legislative committee wants...
article Michigan mine gains two state permits; tribe vows to continue fight.
(Michigan) -- The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality this week approved a general mining permit and an air use permit for the Back Forty mine in the western...
article Ramapough Lenape chief: We're being targeted
(New Jersey) -- Ramapough Lenape Chief Dwaine Perry claims the tribe is being unfairly targeted after receiving court summonses for allegedly building tepees without...
article Ramapough Lenape Tribe concerned about Mahwah pipeline plan
(New Jersey) -- A New Jersey Native American tribe says that it is ready to fight against a plan that could put a pipeline through its ancestral lands in Bergen County....
article US Indigenous Tribe Braces for New Anti-Pipeline Struggle
(New Jersey) -- Members of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation are invoking the strength of Standing Rock to protect their own communities. The Ramapough Lunaape tribe in New...

12/27/2016

article Mahwah tribe seeks support in protest of future oil pipeline
(New Jersey) -- A Native American tribe based in northern New Jersey is seeking support for the group's protest of a proposed oil pipeline that may potentially run...
article Federal board rules on Crow Butte disputes
(South Dakota) -- The Crow Butte Uranium Mine at Crawford will be allowed to continue its operation according to a partial ruling issued by the Atomic Safety and...
article New Mexico’s DAPL is dead
(New Mexico) -- The Piñon Pipeline, touted as the Southwest’s version of the Dakota Access Pipeline, has perished, even before the real battle over it began. In...
article State extends Pebble permit after flood of comments
(Alaska) -- Following a flood of comments and a report addressing pollution concerns at the proposed Pebble mine, Alaska resource managers have temporarily delayed a...

12/26/2016

article Native American Tribe Fights Pilgrim Pipeline Plan in New Jersey
(New Jersey) -- A potentially huge protest is shaping up against an oil pipeline through New York and New Jersey, just weeks after Native Americans won a victory over a...

12/24/2016

article Trudeau says First Nations ‘don’t have a veto’ over energy projects
(British Columbia) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in British Columbia Tuesday for the first time since approving a new $6.8 billion Trans Mountain oil pipeline from...
article Obama, Trudeau, Invoke Indigenous Rights in Curtailing Arctic Drilling
(USA) -- Environmental advocates are hailing President Barack Obama’s ruling that quashes offshore drilling in parts of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans and...

12/23/2016

article Railroad in fiery derailment agrees to changes
(Montana) -- The nation's largest freight railroad has agreed to more thorough inspections and maintenance improvements after a fiery oil train derailment in Oregon...
article First Nations communities take Canadian government to Supreme Court over fossil fuel projects
(Canada) -- Canadian fossil fuel projects, including recently approved expansions of pipelines in Alberta and British Columbia, are meeting fierce opposition from local...

12/22/2016

article Osage Nation Schedules Oil Meeting
(Oklahoma) -- Osage Principal Chief Standing Bear has sent a request to the Osage Minerals Council, Osage Nation Energy Services, LLC, and the Osage Congress to jointly...
article Southern Utes contest accusations of retaliation against whistleblower
(Colorado) -- The Southern Ute Indian Tribe responded to claims it threatened retaliation against “whistleblowers,” asserting that the federal employees...

12/21/2016

article Obama cites Native subsistence needs in ban on offshore drilling
(Washington D.C.) -- President Barack Obama closed off more than 100 million acres in Alaska to offshore drilling in a bid to protect Native subsistence areas from...
article President Obama Blocks Drilling of Atlantic and Arctic Ocean Areas from Future Oil & Gas Leasing
(Washington D.C.) -- President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, he is he is withdrawing offshore areas in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans from future...

12/20/2016

article Reports of privatizing oil-rich Native lands are overblown, but big changes are still in store under Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- When Oklahoma legislator Markwayne Mullin recently told Reuters, "We should take tribal land away from public treatment," the backlash was...
article Wisconsin Tribe Halts $1.5 Billion Open-Pit Mine
(Wisconsin) -- The drill rigs are gone. A couple of dozen boreholes lie abandoned where mining company Gogebic Taconite had dug core samples for what was to be the...
article Obama blocks drilling in Arctic, Atlantic oceans
(Washington D.C.) -- President Obama on Tuesday formally blocked offshore oil and gas drilling in most of the Arctic Ocean, answering a call from environmentalists who...

12/19/2016

article Massive 2013 oil spill in North Dakota still not cleaned up
(North Dakota) -- Three years and three months later, a massive oil spill in North Dakota still isn't fully cleaned up. The company responsible hasn't even set a...

12/17/2016

article Piñon Pipeline Project DOA: Company Withdraws Application for Right-of-Way to Develop Pipeline
(New Mexico) -- Saddle Butte San Juan, the company seeking to develop the controversial Piñon pipeline, has withdrawn its application to the Bureau of Land Management...
article 'We need to protect' Lake Winnipegosis islands from mining, chief says
(Manitoba) -- A network of islands at the north end of Lake Winnipegosis could be vulnerable to mining if the province doesn't do more to protect the land, a local...

12/16/2016

article Not just Standing Rock: Water sources along pipeline at risk
(Iowa) -- A Native American tribe's fight over its water source has grown into an international cause, with all attention focused on the Dakota Access pipeline's...
article Oklahoma’s Osage Nation wants Oil & Gas Development to Hit the Accelerator—Now
(Oklahoma) -- Osage Nation’s desire to continue its legacy of oil wealth is being stymied by the U.S. government; tribe wants oil companies to explore new plays,...
article Report: Southern Ute tribe threatened oil and gas lease whistleblower
(Colorado) -- An investigation has found the Southern Ute Indian Tribe threatened retaliation on a federal employee who in 2012 tried to raise an alarm the tribe skirted...
article As a First Nations community, we support Trudeau’s pipeline decisions
(British Columbia) -- While many First Nations communities have expressed their strong opposition to the recent federal approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline, the...
article Emergency responders concerned about slow notification of Missoula diesel spill
(Montana) -- Missoula emergency officials aren’t happy with how they learned of a 7,000-gallon diesel fuel spill in the Montana Rail Link train yard. MRL says it...
article Grand Canyon Tribe Fights to Protect Sacred Mountain From Mining
(Arizona) -- The Ninth Circuit heard arguments Thursday that the U.S. Forest Service failed to protect a sacred site for the Havasupai Tribe by allowing the resumption...

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