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Interior head says public lands can make U.S. a "dominant" oil power

Boosting drilling and mining on America's protected federal lands can help the United States become not just independent, but "dominant" as a global energy force, according to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, whose agency manages about one-fifth of U.S. territory.

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12/12/2017

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

12/11/2017

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

12/10/2017

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

12/9/2017

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

12/7/2017

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

12/5/2017

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

12/4/2017

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

12/3/2017

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

12/2/2017

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

12/1/2017

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

11/30/2017

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

11/29/2017

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

11/28/2017

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

11/26/2017

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

11/25/2017

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

11/23/2017

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

11/21/2017

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

11/19/2017

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

11/15/2017

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

11/12/2017

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

11/11/2017

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

11/10/2017

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

11/9/2017

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

11/8/2017

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

11/7/2017

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

11/6/2017

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

11/5/2017

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

11/3/2017

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

11/2/2017

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

11/1/2017

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

10/30/2017

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

10/29/2017

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

10/28/2017

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

10/26/2017

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

10/25/2017

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

10/24/2017

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

10/23/2017

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

10/22/2017

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

10/21/2017

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

10/20/2017

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

10/18/2017

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

10/16/2017

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

10/14/2017

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

10/13/2017

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

10/10/2017

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

10/8/2017

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

10/7/2017

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

10/6/2017

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

10/5/2017

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

10/4/2017

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

10/3/2017

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

10/2/2017

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

10/1/2017

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

9/30/2017

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

9/29/2017

article Tribe relents, pipeline talk will be in open session
(North Carolina) -- The Lumbee Tribal Council appears to have reversed course late Wednesday afternoon regarding a planned closed-door meeting Monday between council...
article Tribes, enviros petition commerce secretary on mines
(Alaska) -- Alaska Native and conservation groups asked the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to investigate six hard-rock mines in British Columbia this week.
article Company ordered to pay Idaho tribes for toxic waste storage
(Idaho) -- A federal court has ruled that an agribusiness company that mined phosphate for fertilizer must pay $1.5 million in permit fees annually to eastern Idaho...

9/28/2017

article Court tells Ottawa to reconsider 1952 Trans Mountain deal
(British Columbia) -- The Federal Court of Appeal has set aside a government decision approving the expansion of Kinder Morgan's oil pipeline through the Coldwater...
article Red Pine signs MOU with Michipicoten First Nation
(Ontario) -- Red Pine Exploration of Toronto and the Michipicoten First Nation (MFN) have signed a memorandum of understanding that covers Red Pine’s Wawa advanced...

9/27/2017

article Rejection For Longview Project Spells Doom For Coal Exports Through The Northwest
(Washington) -- The Washington Department of Ecology on Monday denied a permit for a proposal to build North America’s largest coal export terminal in Longview,...
article Alaska Natives, conservation groups want investigation of BC mines
(Alaska) -- A new effort to get the International Joint Commission involved in investigating the potential adverse impact of hard rock mines in British Columbia on...
article Court Holds Project Construction Constitutes “Mining” on Tribal Lands
(Oklahoma) -- Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that excavation work performed by a private company when installing wind turbines...

9/26/2017

article Enbridge protest camp won't budge for St. Louis County
(Minnesota) -- The owner of the land where people identifying themselves as water protectors are camping told the News Tribune he's "not worried" and will...
article Washington state deals blow to plan for coal export terminal
(Washington) -- A company that wants to build and operate a large terminal to export coal from the western U.S. to Asia was denied a key permit by Washington state on...

9/25/2017

article Interior set to move on sage grouse protections, oil and gas sale nets $39 million, DEQ under fire
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department is expected to publish an intent to change mitigation policy for the imperiled sage grouse, stoking further alarm among...

9/24/2017

article New Mexico Democrats push feds to limit drilling near Chaco
(New Mexico) -- Democratic members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are pushing federal officials to uphold an agreement that limits oil and gas leasing on...

9/23/2017

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

9/21/2017

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

9/20/2017

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

9/16/2017

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

9/13/2017

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

9/12/2017

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

9/11/2017

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

9/10/2017

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

9/9/2017

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

9/5/2017

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

9/4/2017

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

9/3/2017

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

8/30/2017

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

8/29/2017

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

8/28/2017

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

8/27/2017

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

8/26/2017

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

8/25/2017

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

8/22/2017

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

8/21/2017

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

8/20/2017

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

8/19/2017

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

8/18/2017

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

8/17/2017

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

8/16/2017

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

8/15/2017

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

8/13/2017

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

8/12/2017

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

8/11/2017

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

8/10/2017

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

8/9/2017

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

8/8/2017

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

8/7/2017

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

8/6/2017

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

8/5/2017

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

8/3/2017

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

8/2/2017

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

8/1/2017

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

7/31/2017

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

7/30/2017

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

7/28/2017

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

7/27/2017

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

7/26/2017

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

7/25/2017

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

7/24/2017

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

7/22/2017

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

7/20/2017

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

7/19/2017

article The next big pipeline protest?
(Wisconsin) -- I was horrified by the images coming out of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in North Dakota this past winter. The attack dogs, the rubber bullets and...

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