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The Trump Administration Is Targeting Pipeline Protesters With a Proposed Crackdown

The Trump administration targeted pipeline protesters with a new proposal on Monday, June 3. According to Politico, the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) released a proposed addition to existing law that threatens fines and up to 20 years in prison for some protests of pipelines; the proposal seeks to add to the law "vandalism, tampering with, or impeding, disrupting or inhibiting the operation of" existing pipelines or projects "under construction."

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11/12/2019

article Hoping to avoid ‘riot boosting’ repeat, tribal leaders ask Noem to loop them in on bills
(South Dakota) -- Some legislators want Gov. Kristi Noem to more thoroughly vet any legislation related to South Dakota's crime laws to avoid a trip to court over...

11/9/2019

article Tribe members: Ancient bison kill site desecrated by mining
(Montana) -- When a coal company contractor working under federal oversight used a backhoe to dig up one of the largest known Native American bison killing grounds and...

11/7/2019

article School Board Challenger Urges APS To Divest From Oil And Gas
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico politicians paid lip service this election cycle to a landmark education ruling about inequities in public schools. But no one was drawing a...

11/4/2019

article EPA to scale back federal rules restricting waste from coal-fired power plants
(Washington D.C.) -- The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday plans to relax rules that govern how power plants store waste from burning coal and release water...

11/1/2019

article Pipeline company CEO says Alberta premier supports an Indigenous rights challenge to Ottawa's regulatory laws
(Alberta) -- Alberta could play a role in planned Indigenous rights-based court actions against Ottawa's environmental review and tanker ban laws, according to the...

10/31/2019

article Pipeline company CEO says Alberta premier supports an Indigenous rights challenge to Ottawa's regulatory laws
(Alberta) -- Alberta could play a role in planned Indigenous rights-based court actions against Ottawa's environmental review and tanker ban laws, according to the...

10/30/2019

article House Passes Bill to Protect Land Around Grand Canyon From Mining
(Washington D.C.) -- The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed two bills to protect a combined 1.3 million acres of land in Arizona and New Mexico from new mining...

10/28/2019

article Spring Creek Mine re-opens, challenges remain
(Montana) -- The Spring Creek coal mine in southeastern Montana will re-open after a two-day cease in operations, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality...

10/25/2019

article South Dakota Settles “Riot Boosting” Suit by Agreeing to Nonenforcement
(South Dakota) -- The state of South Dakota has settled a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of Native American and environmental...
article This Alaska mine could generate $1 billion a year. Is it worth the risk to salmon?
(Alaska) -- A brown bear loped across rolling green tundra as Charles Weimer set down a light, single-engine helicopter on a remote hilltop. Spooked, the big grizzly...

10/24/2019

article Lawsuit settlement: state officials agree not to enforce pipeline protest, riot laws
(South Dakota) -- Gov. Kristi Noem and Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg have agreed not to enforce two anti-riot laws and parts of new laws aimed at protests against the...
article South Dakota drops pipeline protest laws after lawsuit
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota has agreed to stop enforcing laws seen as curtailing protests over the construction of oil pipelines after a lawsuit claimed it violated...
article UTBB director testifies on Pebble permitting process before Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- During the hearing in Washington, D.C., supporters and opponents of the proposed mine testified before the House Subcomittee on Water Resources and...

10/23/2019

article House panel OKs update to mining law; critics say it will kill industry
(Washington D.C.) -- A House committee gave preliminary approval Wednesday to an overhaul of a 147-year-old federal mining law that supporters called “antiquated,...
article Tribe, environmental groups ask Appeals Court to reverse copper mine permits
(Minnesota) -- The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and a herd of environmental groups squared off against PolyMet Mining and state regulators in the Minnesota...
article Cleveland Play House’s ‘Pipeline’ connects emotionally, civically
(Ohio) -- With poor, young African-American, Native American, and Latinx students being suspended and expelled from school more frequently than their middle-class white...

10/22/2019

article Supporters of pipeline trespassing bill say it protects lawful protest, despite concerns by environmental groups
(Wisconsin) -- Lawmakers behind bipartisan legislation designed to protect critical infrastructure and utility workers say the bill also guards the right to protest,...
article Southwest tribes oppose spent nuclear fuel storage plans
(New Mexico) -- Native American leaders from New Mexico are opposing plans that call for storing in the desert Southwest tons of spent nuclear fuel from power plants...

10/21/2019

article Southwest Tribes Oppose Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Plans
(New Mexico) -- Native American leaders from New Mexico are opposing plans that call for storing in the desert Southwest tons of spent nuclear fuel from power plants...

10/16/2019

article Trump to pick former Alaska oil industry attorney for federal judgeship
(Alaska) -- President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he intends to pick Joshua Kindred, a former oil industry attorney, as a new U.S. District Court judge for...
article Court Blocks Trump’s Plan to Ease Bird Protections on Oil Lands
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the Trump administration’s plan to ease protections for an iconic bird that makes its home on millions of...

10/12/2019

article ID mining company wants lawsuit over cyanide cleanup put on hold
(Idaho) -- A Canadian-based gold mining company in Idaho asked a judge to put a hold on a lawsuit brought by the Nez Perce Tribe after the company allowed deadly...
article US official: Research finds uranium in Navajo women, babies
(New Mexico) -- About a quarter of Navajo women and some infants who were part of a federally funded study on uranium exposure had high levels of the radioactive metal...
article The Strange, Uncertain Fate of One of the World’s Most Valuable Salmon Habitats
(Alaska) -- Anna Hoover and I ease up and down in limestone-colored water on a warm, windless afternoon in early July, our backs to the mouth of the Egegik River. She...

10/9/2019

article Uranium Poisoning Navajo Women and Babies Decades After Mining Ended
(New Mexico) -- A study by the University of New Mexico found that hundreds of Navajo women presented alarming levels of uranium in their systems — even decades...
article Tribes, environmental groups sue to stop mine in Alaskan salmon spawning areas
(Alaska) -- Five native, business and environmental organizations sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday over a proposed controversial Alaska gold and...
article A year after Prince George pipeline blast, B.C. First Nation wants answers
(British Columbia) -- A year after a natural gas pipeline exploded near Prince George, B.C., the people who felt their homes shake are still waiting for answers about...
article Pipelines leak saltwater on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in 2 recent spills
(Montana) -- Two significant pipeline spills occurred recently in Dunn County, leaking saltwater onto portions of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. The bigger of the...

10/8/2019

article Tribal leaders to address hearing on proposed Arizona mine
(Arizona) -- Tribal leaders are preparing comments for Tuesday's public hearing on the possible impacts of an underground copper mine proposed for the mountains east...
article EPA sued after it withdraws proposed restrictions on mine
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency improperly withdrew proposed restrictions on mining activity in Alaska's Bristol Bay region, according to a...

10/7/2019

article Senate Committee on Indian Affairs examines nuclear legacy in Indian Country
(New Mexico) -- The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is learning more about the effects of radiation in Indian Country at a field hearing in New Mexico on Monday. Sen...
article B.C. First Nation hereditary chiefs demand stop-work order against natural gas pipeline
(British Columbia) -- The Office of the Wet’suwet’en is demanding a stop work order be issued to Coastal GasLink (CGL) by Forests minister Doug Donaldson....
article Meet the Money Behind The Climate Denial Movement
(Washington D.C.) -- The overwhelming majority of climate scientists, international governmental bodies, relevant research institutes and scientific societies are in...

10/2/2019

article Montana First Nation hosts job fair to get people into the oil and gas industry
(Alberta) -- The Montana First Nation hosted a job fair for people in the community in the hopes of getting people jobs in various industries. More than a dozen...
article Oil fraud culprit ordered to pay $7.8 million, will spend more than 8 years in prison
(Montana) -- A 63-year-old California man who claimed he had oil leases on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in order to defraud investors of millions was sentenced to...

10/1/2019

article Oil and gas lease in Badger-Two Medicine permanently retired
(Montana) -- In a joint news release issued Tuesday, one of the two remaining companies with gas and oil leases in the Badger-Two Medicine area announced it has reached...

9/30/2019

article Murkowski speaks out on mine permits
(Washington D.C.) -- A celebration of Bristol Bay’s wild salmon in the nation’s capital on Sept. 18 was marked by comments from Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska...

9/27/2019

article Oil Lobbyists Attempt to Influence Pipeline Safety Legislation to Further Criminalize Pipeline Protests
(Washington D.C.) -- The oil and gas industry is seeking to harness must-pass federal safety legislation to enact sweeping provisions that would criminalize activism...
article YK Delta tribal consortium withdraws support for Donlin Gold mine
(Alaska) -- The Association of Village Council Presidents no longer supports the proposed Donlin Gold mine. The decision came after two hours of passionate debate...
article Federal Appeals Court Upholds Approval of Tule Wind, Rejects Arguments That Project Threatens Eagles
(California) -- The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court decision that the federal government did not violate laws protecting eagles in granting...

9/26/2019

article OP/ED: So what does Singh really think about pipelines? It's complicated
(Ottawa) -- The New Democrats sent out a particularly tart news release on Tuesday to mock the Liberal government's climate policies. "You. Bought. A. Pipeline...
article Pit River Tribe proclaims victory in the fight to protect Medicine Lake Highlands
(California) -- The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declared a victorious win for the Pit River Tribe and Indigenous Nations in a decades fought dispute over...
article LETTER: BC Hydro responds to letter questioning reservoir levels
(British Columbia) -- I would like to respond to a recent letter entitled BC Hydro has an obligation to keep the reservoir full (Sept. 19) to explain the challenges we...

9/25/2019

article The $109 Million Lobbying Effort To Run A Pipeline Through National Treasures
(USA) -- A trio of utility giants building a natural gas pipeline that would cut across the Appalachian Trail has spent more than $109 million lobbying federal lawmakers...

9/23/2019

article A groundwater plume
(Nevada) -- At some point in the Middle Jurassic period, about 169 million years ago, magma crept through the Earth and crystallized over what researchers believe was...
article Court decision voids geothermal leases on sacred tribal land in California
(California) -- As reported by Courthouse News Service from the U.S., the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, a federal court, upheld...
article Pollution from Canadian mines found in Kootenai River fish
(Montana) -- Pollution from British Columbia coal mining operations is making its way into Montana and Idaho’s Kootenai River. A U.S. Environmental Protection...

9/19/2019

article Scheer says he'd fast-track pipeline challenges straight to Supreme Court
(British Columbia) -- A Conservative government would overcome legal objections to building new petroleum pipelines by fast-tracking any cases right to the Supreme Court...

9/18/2019

article British Columbia Ordered To Reconsider Pipeline Approvals (sub req)
(British Columbia) -- The British Columbia Court of Appeal on Tuesday ordered the province to reconsider environmental approval for the expansion of the Trans Mountain...

9/17/2019

article Tribe, Enviros Urge 9th Circ. To Undo BLM Mining Permit Win (sub req)
(Alaska) -- An Alaskan Indian village and conservation groups have told the Ninth Circuit that the Bureau of Land Management violated federal environmental laws when it...
article Wisconsin tribe joins groups opposed to Superior gas plant
(Wisconsin) -- An American Indian tribe in northern Wisconsin has joined environmental groups urging state regulators to reject plans to build a $700 million natural gas...
article Dangerous oil and gas industry exemption slipped into highway bill
(Washington D.C.) -- A landmark five-year, $287 billion highway bill moving in the Senate contains a poison pill provision that must be eliminated. The measure —...

9/11/2019

article The Battle for Bad River
(Wisconsin) -- “Water is life” takes on new meaning at the Kakagon-Bad River Sloughs. Here, the water itself feels alive. The 10,000-acre wetland on the...
article La Plata County, tribe sign new agreement on oil, gas issues
(Colorado) -- La Plata County and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe have agreed to new terms about the operation of oil and gas production by the tribe on county-owned lands...

9/10/2019

article Oil Drilling Plan Near Sacred Utah Monument Draws Tribal Opposition
(Utah) -- The U.S. government will allow oil and gas companies to make lease bids Monday on lands considered archaeologically sensitive near a national monument...
article Book review: On the financial power of the Koch dynasty
(Oklahoma) -- Until Donald Trump came along, there was arguably no bigger villain for the American left than Charles Koch. Over half a century, the notoriously secretive...
article Indigenous protests in Peru halt output at Frontera oil block
(Peru) -- Indigenous communities took control of a small airport and an oil pumping station in Peru to demand the government clean up pollution, halting production at an...

9/9/2019

article Oil drilling plan near Utah monument draws tribal opposition
(Utah) -- The U.S. government will allow oil and gas companies to make lease bids Monday on lands considered archaeologically sensitive near a national monument...
article B.C. First Nation granted injunction to stop Taseko exploratory drilling
(British Columbia) -- The Tsilhqot’in Nation’s injunction has been granted to stop Taseko Mines Ltd. from carrying out exploratory drilling near Teztan Biny...
article Oil drilling plan near Utah monument draws tribal opposition
(Utah) -- The U.S. government will allow oil and gas companies to make lease bids Monday on lands considered archaeologically sensitive near a national monument...
article Mexican gas pipelines halted by indigenous opposition
(Mexico) -- While gas has begun flowing through the South Texas-Tuxpan pipeline in the wake of the Mexican government renegotiating seven pipeline contracts, completion...

9/7/2019

article Red Cliff Band Joins Groups Opposed to Superior Gas Plant
(Wisconsin) -- The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has joined environmental groups urging state regulators to reject a plan to build a $700 million natural gas-...

9/6/2019

article Trump Administration Shuts Down Kuskokwim Tribes in Mineral Entry Plan
(Alaska) -- Lower Kuskokwim tribes sent letters to the Trump Administration Bureau of Land Management (BLM) requesting government-to-government consultation over a...
article Wisconsin tribe opposes Superior gas plant, questions environmental review
(Wisconsin) -- A native American tribe in Northern Wisconsin has joined environmental groups urging state regulators to reject plans to build a $700 million natural gas...
article BC Supreme Court grants Tsilhqot’in injunction to stop exploratory drilling by Taseko
(British Columbia) -- The Tsilhqot’in Nation’s injunction has been granted to stop Taseko Mines Ltd. from carrying out exploratory drilling near Teztan Biny...

9/5/2019

article Panel Appears Sympathetic to Tribal Bid to Block Sulfide Mine
(Chicago) -- Seventh Circuit judges pressed the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday to explain how the Menominee Tribe could navigate the complex intersection of...
article Large gold mine in Yukon, northwestern Canada set for first pour
(North Canada) -- After two years of construction, the Victoria Gold Corp. project is on track to become the largest gold mine in Yukon’s history.

9/3/2019

article North Dakota may be hiding an oil spill larger than the Exxon Valdez
(North Dakota) -- Workers cleaning up an oil spill in North Dakota that is officially listed as 10 gallons recovered 240,000 gallons, but the actual number might be...
article Rosemont copper mine suffers another setback in decade of legal battles
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspended a Clean Water Act permit for the proposed Rosemont Mine site in southern Arizona, the latest development...

9/1/2019

article Toxic Alaska mine could ‘destroy the world’s last great sockeye salmon fishery’
(Alaska) -- Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy had nothing but encouragement for a potential investor in a controversial mine. “Alaska’s open for business,”...

8/30/2019

article Proposed EPA Rules Could Limit State And Tribal Power To Block Infrastructure Projects
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is proposing new rules that would limit state and tribal power to block projects that they deem harmful to water quality....

8/29/2019

article Trump administration to relax restrictions on methane, a powerful greenhouse gas
(Washington D.C.) -- The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it plans to loosen federal rules on methane by allowing oil and gas operators to largely...
article North Dakota state methane rules to remain amid proposed federal regulations rollback
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota will continue regulating methane emissions even after the Trump administration announced plans to ease oil and gas rules, a state official...

8/28/2019

article Feds hear uranium dispute in Rapid City
(South Dakota) -- Cultural resource specialist Jerry Spangler’s testimony on Wednesday in Rapid City summarized the problem that has caused the permitting process...
article NRC hearing seeks to answer questions about uranium mining project
(South Dakota) -- Could we see uranium mining in the Southern Hills again? That question could be answered soon. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission started a hearing...
article Regulators hold hearing on disputed uranium mine
(South Dakota) -- A three-day hearing before federal regulators that began Wednesday aims to resolve a long-running dispute over the potential impact of a proposed...
article OP/ED: Indigenous ownership of pipeline on the table in Canada
(Canada) -- Construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has restarted following the reapproval of the project by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s...

8/27/2019

article Babies Showing High Levels of Uranium Shed New Light on Largest US Uranium Spill
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico experienced the single largest uranium spill in the country, the Churchrock Uranium Spill but few people know this because it goes as unseen...
article Klamath sheriff not monitoring pipeline activists' social media accounts
(Oregon) -- Klamath County Sheriff Chris Kaber says his office is not involved in monitoring social media accounts of anti-Jordan Cove Energy Project activists,...
article “Kochland”: How David Koch Helped Build an Empire to Shape U.S. Politics & Thwart Climate Action
(USA) -- Billionaire conservative donor David Koch died Friday at the age of 79 from prostate cancer. David Koch — who was worth some $42 billion — and his...
article Wyo. Says Calif. Bid To Revive Methane Reg 'Makes No Sense' (sub req)
(Indian Country) -- Wyoming has fought back against California's push to reinstate Obama-era methane emission limits on natural gas production on federal and Native...
article Dunleavy sends letter encouraging potential Pebble investor
(Alaska) -- Officially, Gov. Mike Dunleavy is neutral on the Pebble Mine. But a letter he wrote to a potential investor in the controversial project calls his neutrality...

8/26/2019

article Dunleavy sends letter encouraging potential Pebble investor
(Alaska) -- Officially, Gov. Mike Dunleavy is neutral on the Pebble mine. But a letter he wrote to a potential investor in the controversial project calls his neutrality...
article Energy lobbyists changed politicians’ official letters supporting gas project
(Colorado) -- In late June, Colorado State Sen. Ray Scott and Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese published a guest opinion column in the Boulder Daily Camera...

8/25/2019

article A land and water grab in parched Utah
(Utah) -- A company wants to mine sand in southern Utah about 10 miles from Zion National Park to use for fracking and has signed contracts to buy more than 391 million...

8/23/2019

article Jordan Cove opponents worry about federal surveillance
(Oregon) -- The Douglas County Sheriff's Office isn't involved in monitoring anti-Jordan Cove Energy Project activists' social media accounts, according to...
article David Koch Was the Ultimate Climate Change Denier
(Washington D.C.) -- A few years ago, I was sitting in the book-lined study of an elegant condo with a view of downtown Washington, interviewing a former senior Koch...

8/20/2019

article Oil Lobbyist Touts Success in Effort to Criminalize Pipeline Protests, Leaked Recording Shows
(Washington D.C.) -- The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, a powerful lobbying group that represents major chemical plants and oil refineries, including...

8/15/2019

article Native American tribe claims nuclear waste can’t be stored on its land
(Nevada) -- To the Western Shoshone, most of Nevada isn’t Nevada. At least not in the current sense. More than 150 years after the first treaty between the Western...

8/12/2019

article Native council opposes big Alaska gold project
(Alaska) -- An Alaska Native council has announced its opposition to a proposed gold mine project, a report said. The Quinhagak Native Tribal Council has issued a...
article Quinhagak opposes Donlin Gold mine
(Alaska) -- There haven’t been any public protests against the proposed Donlin Gold mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta since last summer. But one tribe broke the...
article Revealed: FBI and police monitoring Oregon anti-pipeline activists
(Oregon) -- Law enforcement groups, including the FBI, have been monitoring opponents of a natural gas infrastructure project in Oregon and circulated intelligence to an...

8/11/2019

article Native council announces opposition to Alaska gold mine
(Alaska) -- An Alaska Native council has announced its opposition to a proposed gold mine project. KYUK-AM reported Friday that the Quinhagak Native Tribal Council has...
article ‘Gold Over Life, Literally’: How Trump Forced Reversal on Mining Project EPA Scientists Warn Could Destroy Alaskan Salmon Ecosystem
(Alaska) -- “Gold over life, literally.” That was the succinct and critical reaction of Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein to reporting on Friday that...

8/10/2019

article 'Shocking,' 'blockbuster' Rosemont Mine ruling has national implications, experts say
(Arizona) -- For decades, the U.S. Forest Service has said it can’t say “no” to a mine on its land. Now, the recent federal court ruling overturning...
article ‘This is not Canada’: inside the Tsilhqot’in Nation’s battle against Taseko Mines
(British Columbia) -- A proposed copper and gold mine has been rejected twice by the federal government for its impacts on Fish Lake, an area considered sacred by the...
article US Forest Service issues review of underground Arizona mine
(Arizona) -- The U.S. Forest Service on Friday issued a draft environmental review of a proposed underground copper mine in the mountains east of Phoenix, saying it...

8/9/2019

article Trump administration moves to limit state powers to block pipelines, terminals
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration on Friday unveiled a proposal that would curb state powers to block pipelines and other energy projects, part of the Trump...
article EPA dropped salmon protection after Trump met with Alaska governor
(Alaska) -- The Environmental Protection Agency told staff scientists that it was no longer opposing a controversial Alaska mining project that could devastate one of...
article Benefits agreement asks First Nation to discourage members from hindering B.C. pipeline project
(British Columbia) -- Community members and legal experts are concerned about provisions in a signed benefit agreement between a B.C. First Nation and a pipeline company...
article Nez Perce Tribe files suit against Midas Gold over plans for mine
(Idaho) -- The Nez Perce Tribe filed a Clean Water Act lawsuit Friday against a company seeking to restart an idled open-pit mine in a remote area of central Idaho.
article US Forest Service issues review of underground Arizona mine
(Arizona) -- The U.S. Forest Service on Friday issued a draft environmental review of a proposed underground copper mine in the mountains east of Phoenix, saying it...
article Idaho tribe sues mining company over pollution at idle site
(Idaho) -- The Nez Perce Tribe has filed a lawsuit to force a Canadian company to clean up an idle central Idaho mining area — which the company says it plans to...

8/7/2019

article Tribes win ruling against copper mine on ancestral territory
(Arizona) -- A federal judge has halted plans to begin digging an open-pit copper mine this month south of Tucson, citing an “inherently flawed” analysis of...

8/6/2019

article Tsilhqot’in blockade points to failures of justice impeding reconciliation in Canada
(British Columbia) -- The Tsilhqot’in National Government submitted an urgent request to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples...
article Bid challenging expansion for coal mining near Four Corners dismissed
(Arizona) -- A federal appeals court has thrown out a bid by environmental groups to challenge expanded coal mining on the Navajo Reservation that powers the Four...

8/5/2019

article IEEFA U.S.: Peabody abandons longtime Native American workforce before reclamation of Kayenta coal complex in Arizona
(Arizona) -- As Peabody Energy ceases production this month at the Kayenta Mine complex in northern Arizona, the company plans to abandon its long-time workforce even as...
article Tribal-court jurisdiction over flaring royalties goes up in smoke at 8th Circuit
(USA) -- Native Americans who allow oil and gas companies to drill on their reservation allotments cannot bring a potential class action for “flaring”...

8/4/2019

article Federal rule monitoring mineral royalties challenged in Wyoming courts
(Wyoming) -- A rule requiring energy companies to pay full royalties on minerals extracted from public land will come under scrutiny again in Wyoming courts, after...

8/3/2019

article Pipeline construction began without archaeological assessments, Coastal GasLink says
(British Columbia) -- The company behind a natural gas pipeline in northern and central British Columbia says construction began in a number of places before...

8/2/2019

article Judge halts planned open-pit copper mine in mountains south of Tucson
(Arizona) -- A federal judge has halted plans to begin digging an open-pit copper mine this month south of Tucson, citing an “inherently flawed” analysis of...
article Pipeline construction began without archaeological assessments, Coastal GasLink says
(British Columbia) -- The company behind a natural gas pipeline in northern and central British Columbia says construction began in a number of places before...

8/1/2019

article Federal judge halts planned open-pit copper mine in mountains south of Tucson
(Arizona) -- A federal judge has halted plans to begin digging an open-pit copper mine this month south of Tucson, citing an “inherently flawed” analysis of...
article In the 11th Hour Court Halts Copper Mine from Desecrating Native American Tribes’ Ancestral Grounds
(Arizona) -- Last night a judge ruled in favor of three Native American Tribes’ challenge to the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of Hudbay Minerals’...

7/31/2019

article Federal judge throws out approval to start construction on the Rosemont Mine
(Arizona) -- A major development in the Rosemont Mine legal battle. A federal judge threw out the forest service approvals to start construction in the Santa Rita...

7/22/2019

article How an Oil Theft Investigation Laid the Groundwork for the Koch Playbook
(Oklahoma) -- How did the Koch Brothers become the Koch Brothers? The oil-company heirs had long held small-government, anti-regulation beliefs, but weren't always...

7/19/2019

article Two worlds that overlap: Richard Glenn sees ANWR drilling as a boon to Inupiaq communities
(Alaska) -- Richard Glenn is an inconvenient truth for those who want to stop drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In congressional hearings, he presents a...

7/18/2019

article First Nation places ads in Texas newspaper shaming company for tugboat fuel spill
(Texas) -- Residents of Houston, Texas had likely never heard of the Heiltsuk Nation until they read their morning paper Thursday. The First Nation, located on B.C.'s...

7/16/2019

article U.S. company to be sentenced for spilling diesel, oil in B.C. First Nation's fishing territory
(British Columbia) -- A Texas-based company is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to a diesel spill from a tugboat that ran aground and sank in a...

7/12/2019

article Trudeau visits Alberta pipeline site, says national unity not under threat
(Alberta) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is dismissing claims by conservative politicians that national unity is under threat. The Liberal leader says conservative...
article Flawed analysis leads clean-air agency to support climate-harming gas plant
(Washington) -- Environmentalists have soured on natural gas. It used to be viewed as a promising step in the transition from dirtier fuels like coal and oil toward a...

7/10/2019

article Battle Brewing Over Native American Land in Gilroy
(California) -- A battle between progress and preserving Native American history is brewing in the South Bay. Investors hope to build a 320-acre sand and gravel mine on...
article Massive Santa Clara County Sand Mine Project Opposed By Native American Tribe
(California) -- After two years of work, Santa Clara County is nearly finished with the environmental impact report on a proposed 320-acre sand mine near the southern...

7/9/2019

article “This is definitely a local Standing Rock”: Sargent Ranch
(California) -- As shadows of red-tailed hawks dart across rolling hills of green, cougars creep through hidden canyons of this pristine expanse — long revered as...
article Huge Planned Quarry Near Gilroy Upsets Native American Tribe
(California) -- A huge cattle ranch at the border of Santa Clarina and San Benito boundaries wants to build a giant sand and gravel mine, but not everyone wants to see a...
article “This is definitely a local Standing Rock”: Sargent Ranch
(California) -- As shadows of red-tailed hawks dart across rolling hills of green, cougars creep through hidden canyons of this pristine expanse — long revered as...

7/8/2019

article Federal and tribal coalitions challenge Canadian mining
(Alaska) -- The headwaters of the Stikine River begin in northern British Columbia and flow southwest in a long arching comma. The river carves through the landscape,...

7/5/2019

article Taseko Mines pursues court injunction against B.C. First Nation for exploratory drilling
(British Columbia) -- Taseko Mines Ltd. is seeking an injunction after the Tsilhqot’in Nation blocked the company’s contractors from hauling equipment to do...

7/4/2019

article Environmental impact of pipeline project top issue for First Nations bands
(British Columbia) -- First Nations bands and a Métis settlement from as far as northeastern B.C. want a say in a $500-million West Country natural gas pipeline project...
article Woodfibre LNG project near Squamish receives permit to build
(British Columbia) -- A liquefied natural gas project near Squamish, B.C., is one step closer to becoming a reality. The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission approved a...

7/3/2019

article Taseko Mines seeking court injunction after First Nation members block work at Fish Lake
(British Columbia) -- A B.C. mining company is seeking a court injunction after its crew was blocked from beginning work this week on a controversial open-pit mine near...

7/2/2019

article Tsilhqot'in roadblock halts Taseko mine work on land it considers sacred
(British Columbia) -- An Indigenous roadblock has stopped workers and equipment heading to do preliminary work on a proposed copper and gold mine in the Chilcotin, west...
article Tsilhqot’in plan protest in objection to Taseko drilling permit
(British Columbia) -- The Tsilhqot’in Nation is organizing a peaceful action to protest exploratory drilling by Taseko Mines Ltd. west of Williams Lake. The TN...
article Here's why the pristine blue waters of a northern B.C. river are running neon orange
(British Columbia) -- This week, a northern B.C. First Nation will turn the bright blue waters of the Skeena River a neon orange-yellow. The idea is to simulate a...
article OP/ED: Pipeline battles could further hostility between Indigenous Peoples and RCMP
(Ottawa) -- It’s no secret that Canada’s Indigenous Peoples and the RCMP have a fraught relationship. Especially in the West where the Red Coats played a key role in...

7/1/2019

article GAO: Additional Actions Could Improve ONRR's Ability to Assess Its Royalty Collection Efforts
(Washington D.C.) -- About a decade ago, we found that the Department of the Interior may not have been collecting all of the royalties that oil and gas companies owed...

6/30/2019

article A Plan to Mine the Minnesota Wilderness Hit a Dead End. Then Trump Became President.
(Minnesota) -- In the waning months of the Obama administration, a Chilean conglomerate was losing a fight with the United States government over a copper mine that it...
article Ray Scott and Rose Pugliese: Colorado natural gas resources lead to geopolitical and environmental gains
(Colorado) -- The Western States and Tribal Nations initiative to export Piceance Basin and Uinta Basin natural gas to Asian liquefied natural gas markets is gaining...

6/28/2019

article Indian coal tax credit in doubt
(Washington D.C.) -- Without a hitch, for 14 years Congress has reauthorized the tax breaks for Indian coal. Not anymore. House lawmakers voted June 20 to leave the...

6/26/2019

article Alaska Tribes Call for Solidarity to Stop World’s Largest Gold Mine
(Alaska) -- Trump Administration officials have fast-tracked permits for the largest open-pit mine in North America. The proposed Pebble Mine had previously seemed...
press release Western States and Tribal Nation Delegation Appears Before Federal Energy Regulatory Hearing to Support Approval of Jordan Cove Natural Gas Project
(Oregon) -- A delegation of 16 members from the Western States and Tribal Nations and Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), a national advocate for energy consumers, today...
press release Gold Mine With $100 Billion Lode to Get Lifeline From Trump EPA
(Alaska) -- The Trump administration is throwing a lifeline to the massive Pebble Mine planned near Alaska’s Bristol Bay, as regulators move toward undoing Obama-...

6/25/2019

article Public hearing held for Back Forty Mine project
(Michigan) -- Aquila Resources held a public meeting about the Back Forty Mine project at Stephenson High School. A decision was not made Tuesday night however people...
article Tsilhqot’in Nation urges Taseko Mines to stop drilling plans before conflict grows
(British Columbia) -- The Tsilhqot’in Nation is calling for a safe and peaceful resolution to prevent Taseko Mines Ltd. from doing exploratory drilling for its...

6/23/2019

article Exploration under way for southeast Alaska mine project
(Alaska) -- The developer of a proposed mine in southeast Alaska is moving ahead with exploration following a favorable court decision. Constantine Metal Resources took...

6/22/2019

article Lloyd Omdahl: First, land; next, buffalo; now oil
(North Dakota) -- Does the white man have no shame? Our consciences ought to be enraged by the effort the state is making in relation to oil that belongs to the Three...
article Protect our culture and lifestyle
(Alaska) -- The destruction of subsistence food and activity is the destruction an annihilation of a culture and people as will happen with the Pebble Mine and Donlin...

6/21/2019

article Yurok Tribe calling for help to defend Klamath River against proposed gas pipeline
(California) -- The Yurok Tribe is asking for help from tribal members to attend a hearing on a proposed gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas export terminal which...

6/20/2019

article House Votes to Suspend Pebble Mine Funding
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an appropriations package, with an amendment to bar funding for the Pebble Mine permitting process.

6/18/2019

article Massive Gemini Solar Project near Las Vegas faces resistance
(Nevada) -- The construction of a solar plant that would send power to Nevada, Arizona and California is receiving pushback from some environmental groups. The Gemini...

6/16/2019

article Tester Ramps up Pressure on Interior to Safeguard Badger-Two Medicine
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sen. Jon Tester on Thursday ramped up pressure on Interior Department officials with a resolution to furnish permanent protections on the...
article Udall, Henirich seek hearing on mining act
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are seeking a hearing on the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act. The two Democratic senators made the...

6/15/2019

article Supreme Court rejects Tsilhqot'in appeal in Taseko mine case
(British Columbia) -- The Tsilhqot'in Nation says it will continue to protect what it considers a sacred lake in the central Interior despite a blow from Canada'...

6/14/2019

article Supreme Court rejects Tsilhqot'in appeal in Taseko mine case
(British Columbia) -- The Tsilhqot'in Nation says it will continue to protect what it considers a sacred lake in the central Interior despite a blow from Canada'...

6/13/2019

article 'We're deeply sorry:' Husky fined $3.8M for leak into North Saskatchewan River
(Saskatchewan) -- Husky Energy was fined $3.8 million Wednesday for a pipeline oil leak that fouled a major river, harmed fish and wildlife and tainted the drinking...
press release Canadian Premium Sand Announces Completion of a Positive Preliminary Feasibility Study Technical Report at the Wanipigow Sand Project in Manitoba
(Alberta) -- Canadian Premium Sand Inc. ("CPS" or the "Company")(TSXV:CPS) is pleased to announce the results of an independent Preliminary...

6/12/2019

article Trump administration signals support for uranium mining that could touch Grand Canyon
(Arizona) -- The Trump administration is signaling a renewed push to consider uranium mining near the Grand Canyon, a move that would undoubtedly ignite a political...
article Dakota to Cushing Pipeline Proposed
(Oklahoma) -- Two companies are proposing a $1.6 billion pipeline to move North Dakota crude oil, making it the biggest such project to move oil out of the state since...
article Wyoming joins Utah, Western Colorado and Northern Ute Tribe on Natural Gas Initiative
(Wyoming) -- Continuing work to advance new market access for the West’s natural energy resources, Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) and its government partners...
article Vapour release at Shell
(Ontario) -- There was a hydrocarbon vapour release at Shell’s Corunna site Wednesday morning. In a Facebook post, Aamjiwnaang First Nation Emergency Planning...

6/11/2019

article $1.6B pipeline proposed to move North Dakota crude oil
(North Dakota) -- Two companies are proposing a $1.6 billion pipeline to move North Dakota crude oil, making it the biggest such project in the state since the Dakota...
article Court to mull continuing order against B.C. LNG pipeline opponents
(British Columbia) -- Coastal GasLink and opponents of the company’s natural gas pipeline are set to make arguments in B.C. Supreme Court over whether an interim...
article First Nations have good reason to support pipelines, says Fraser Institute
(Ontario) -- The construction of pipelines in Western Canada stand to benefit small, remote and “fairly poor” First Nation communities in Alberta and British...

6/4/2019

article The Trump Administration Is Targeting Pipeline Protesters With a Proposed Crackdown
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration targeted pipeline protesters with a new proposal on Monday, June 3. According to Politico, the Department of Transportation...
article What Happens When the Feds Can't Be Wrong?
(Washington D.C.) -- When you write the rules, you’re never the bad guy. That’s been the U.S. government’s guiding mantra since its inception when it...
article Tribes back bill to ban new uranium mining around Grand Canyon
(Arizona) -- Fresh off one policy strike against the Trump administration, tribes and Democrats in Congress are looking to score another with a ban on new uranium mining...
article Gordon asks AG for strategy to sue Washington over coal ports
(Wyoming) -- Governor Mark Gordon asked Attorney General Bridget Hill to research how Wyoming could sue Washington over that state’s decision to deny a coal port...

6/3/2019

article Trump administration seeks criminal crackdown on pipeline protests
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is joining calls to treat some pipeline protests as a federal crime, mirroring state legislative efforts that have spread...
article Interior Department’s coal reboot ignores tribes and curtails public input
(Montana) -- Within miles of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe’s reservation in southeastern Montana, coal mines leave claw marks on the landscape and smokestacks rise...
article Interior Department’s coal reboot ignores tribes and curtails public input
(Montana) -- Within miles of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe’s reservation in southeastern Montana, coal mines leave claw marks on the landscape and smokestacks rise...
article Montana Tribe Rips Trump Administration Over Federal Coal Leasing
(Montana) -- Reuters reported that a Montana tribe last week blasted the Trump administration for seeking to overturn an Obama-era moratorium on federal coal leasing...
article North Dakota tribe defends its rights to minerals from state
(North Dakota) -- For nearly two centuries, the federal government has repeatedly assured a Native American tribe in North Dakota that it has rights to a reservation...

6/2/2019

article Wyoming joins Utah, Western Colorado and Northern Ute Tribe on natural gas initiative
(Wyoming) -- Continuing work to advance new market access for the West’s natural energy resources, Consumer Energy Alliance and its government partners across the...

6/1/2019

article Wyoming joins Western coalition to promote development around natural gas
(Wyoming) -- Wyoming is the newest member of a Western energy advocacy group that seeks to promote natural gas production and infrastructure development in the region....
article North Dakota tribe defends its rights to minerals from state
(North Dakota) -- For nearly two centuries, the federal government has repeatedly assured a Native American tribe in North Dakota that it has rights to a reservation...

5/31/2019

article Criminal charges withdrawn against 14 people for 2016 Muskrat Falls occupation
(Labrador) -- Criminal charges have been withdrawn against 14 people who were arrested after a 2016 demonstration at the Muskrat Falls dam project site in Labrador.
article That’s a wrap in Attawapiskat
(Ontario) -- Plant decommissioning has started at the De Beers Group’s Victor open-pit diamond mine complex near Attawapiskat. The international diamond miner...

5/30/2019

article Historic agreement could open up overseas markets for Western states' natural gas
(Utah) -- Signers inked a historic agreement Thursday at the Governor's Energy Summit, potentially opening up natural gas markets for Western states and the Ute...

5/29/2019

article Montana tribe rips Trump administration over federal coal leasing
(Washington D.C.) -- A Montana tribe this week blasted the Trump administration for seeking to overturn an Obama-era moratorium on federal coal leasing without...

5/28/2019

article Coastal First Nations slam senators, say upper house doesn't have 'legitimacy' to kill tanker ban
(British Columbia) -- With some in the Senate angling to the end the federal Liberal government's B.C. oil tanker ban bill, some coastal First Nations are slamming...

5/27/2019

article Critics say state attempts to expand drilling waste that can be released in Cook Inlet
(Alaska) -- Cook Inlet watchdog groups and fishermen are coming out against a new state plan they say will allow oil companies to boost the amount of drilling and...

5/25/2019

article You Could Get Prison Time for Protesting a Pipeline in Texas—Even If It’s on Your Land
(Texas) -- The fight against a Texas pipeline just got a little more challenging. On Monday, the Texas Senate passed legislation that makes interfering with pipelines...

5/23/2019

article New Lawsuit Calls Louisiana's Pipeline Protest Law 'Unconstitutional'
(Louisiana) -- In Louisiana, pipeline opponents are fighting a law they say hinders their ability to practice free speech. A lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court...
article Environmentalists, Tribes Battle Rosemont Mine In Southeastern Arizona
(Arizona) -- A proposed mine in southeastern Arizona is pitting environmentalists and tribes against groups who say this would be a massive economic boon for the state....

5/22/2019

article Indian Country supports reform of mining laws
(Washington D.C.) -- Navajo, Chilkat and Black Hills representatives joined lawmakers here on Capitol Hill on May 9, to announce introduction of the Hardrock Leasing and...

5/19/2019

article Tribes, environmentalists battle copper mine in Arizona
(Arizona) -- Scenic State Highway 83 gently curves through southeastern Arizona’s wine country, past waves of blond grass dotted with orange-tipped ocotillo plants...
article Opposition grows for proposed mining in Skagit River headwaters
(British Columbia) -- A Canadian company has proposed exploratory mining for gold and copper in the headwaters of the Skagit River in British Columbia. Some officials,...
article Protesters march to White Mesa uranium mill
(Utah) -- Fifty anti-nuclear activists including Ute Mountain Ute tribal members showed up Saturday for a 5-mile protest march to the entrance of the White Mesa uranium...

5/18/2019

article Judge dismisses lawsuit brought by fishermen and paid for by Pebble
(Alaska) -- A lawsuit brought by a small group of Bristol Bay commercial fishermen to keep a seafood marketing group from spending money to stop the Pebble copper and...

5/17/2019

article Controversial silica sand operation gets provincial approval
(Manitoba) -- The province has issued an environmental license to allow Canadian Premium Sands to set up a controversial silica sand operation in Hollow Water First...
article Silica sand mine approved for site near Seymourville, Hollow Water First Nation
(Manitoba) -- The Province of Manitoba has approved and issued a licence for a silica sand mine that had divided opinions among those who live near the site. The...

5/16/2019

article After Standing Rock, protesting pipelines can get you a decade in prison and $100K in fines
(USA) -- Cherri Foytlin and her fellow protestors spent much of last summer suspended 35-feet in the air in “sky pods” tied to cypress trees. They were...
article Tribes Seek Injunction against Hudbay Minerals’ Colossal Copper Mine Set to Desecrate Burial Grounds and Sacred Sites
(Arizona) -- Three Native American Tribes have filed a preliminary injunction against Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals to stop its plans to raze lands which...
article Amazon Tribe Wins Lawsuit Against Oil Company, Saving Huge Amount Of Rainforest
(Ecuador) -- An Amazon tribe has won a huge lawsuit against big oil, saving vast acres of precious rainforest by doing so. The Ecuadorian government’s intentions...

5/15/2019

article Environmental and Native American groups appeal against Alaskan mining permit
(Alaska) -- Environmental and Native American groups are continuing their campaign against a proposed multi-deposit mine in the US state of Alaska, appealing a federal...

5/13/2019

article Federal Hearing to Review South Dakota Uranium Mine Dispute
(South Dakota) -- Federal regulatory officials have scheduled a hearing on a South Dakota uranium mine proposal that is intended as a step toward resolving a decade-old...
article Hoopa’s Copper Bluff Mine listed as Superfund site
(California) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officially added the Copper Bluff Mine in Hoopa to the Superfund National Priorities list, one of seven sites...

5/12/2019

article TRIBES: Tribes and First Nations say no to gold mining in Skagit River headwaters
(Washington) -- Since time immemorial our ancestors have stewarded the waters, wildlife and environs of the Skagit River, from its headwaters in British Columbia to its...
article Uranium hearing scheduled in Rapid City
(South Dakota) -- A hearing has been scheduled in Rapid City as part of the long-running regulatory review of a proposed uranium mine near Edgemont. The federal Atomic...

5/11/2019

article First Nation tells court it should have been consulted after artifacts found at pipeline worksite
(British Columbia) -- Members of a Northern B.C. First Nation are arguing in court that they should have been consulted on an archaeological mitigation plan prepared by...

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