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Who’s defending Canada’s national interest? First Nations facing down a pipeline

Last Saturday, Indigenous leaders stood arm-in-arm in front of the gates of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline worksite in Burnaby, British Columbia. For weeks before, hundreds of non-native people – environmentalists, federal parliamentarians Elizabeth May and Kennedy Stewart, even an engineer formerly employed by the Texas oil corporation – had marched to the same place. In each case, police approached, read aloud their violation of a no-go zone, and arrested and shackled them.

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4/19/2018

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

4/18/2018

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

4/17/2018

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

4/16/2018

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

4/15/2018

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

4/14/2018

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

4/13/2018

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

4/12/2018

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

4/11/2018

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

4/10/2018

article Line 3 proposal shows willful ignorance of Ojibwe history and rights
(Minnesota) -- In all the coverage of Enbridge Energy’s proposed Line 3 pipeline project, and in the recent and predictable pro-pipeline commentary by an Enbridge...

4/9/2018

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

4/8/2018

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

4/7/2018

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

4/6/2018

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

4/4/2018

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

4/3/2018

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

4/2/2018

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

3/31/2018

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

3/30/2018

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

3/27/2018

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

3/26/2018

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

3/24/2018

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

3/23/2018

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

3/22/2018

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

3/21/2018

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

3/20/2018

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

3/19/2018

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

3/18/2018

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

3/17/2018

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

3/16/2018

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

3/15/2018

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

3/14/2018

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

3/13/2018

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

3/12/2018

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

3/11/2018

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

3/10/2018

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

3/9/2018

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

3/7/2018

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

3/6/2018

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

3/5/2018

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

3/4/2018

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

3/2/2018

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

3/1/2018

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

2/28/2018

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

2/27/2018

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

2/26/2018

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

2/23/2018

article Dems say Interior changes a gift to industry
(Washington D.C.) -- House Democrats say U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s revised plan to overhaul his department’s sprawling bureaucracy has the same...
article Trump administration ordered to enforce limits on methane gas emissions
(Washington D.C.) -- A San Francisco federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to enforce limits on emissions of climate-changing methane gas from wells on...
article Minnesota regulators turn down tribal request that could delay Enbridge pipeline project
(Minnesota) -- Minnesota utility regulators Thursday rejected a request by the state's Ojibwe bands to require a comprehensive tribal cultural analysis for Enbridge...
article Tribal members move to block Black Hills gold exploration
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota tribes have expressed displeasure over a mining permit issued for near Rochford, and now three members of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe...

2/21/2018

article Seattle takes stand against Tacoma LNG plant
(Washington) -- For more than a year, Tacoma has served as the front line for protests against a $300 million liquified natural gas facility. Puget Sound Energy is...
article Wyoming Now Third State to Propose ALEC Bill Cracking Down on Pipeline Protests
(Wyoming) -- On the heels of Iowa and Ohio, Wyoming has become the third state to introduce a bill criminalizing the type of activities undertaken by past oil and gas...

2/20/2018

article Industry backs bill criminalizing infrastructure ‘interference’
(Wyoming) -- Industry supporters turned out en masse at a legislative committee meeting Friday to support a bill that will impose severe penalties on protesters and...
article DOE to fund energy infrastructure deployment on tribal lands
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $11.5 million in new funding to deploy energy infrastructure on tribal lands. Bioenergy projects...
article OP/ED: The national ripple effect of a western pipeline fight
(British Columbia) -- The pipeline battle between British Columbia and Alberta cannot be confined to western Canada. There are national ramifications to this unseemly...

2/19/2018

article Agnico Eagle's open-pit offshoot from Nunavut gold mine gets federal ministerial approval
(North Canada) -- The federal minister for Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs has signed off on a new mining project near Baker Lake, Nunavut. Agnico Eagle's...
article Red Cloud’s Revolution: Oglalla Sioux freeing themselves from fossil fuel
(South Dakota) -- It’s high summer in South Dakota, and a cruel sun beats down with an endless floodtide of photons that burns skin through t-shirts and tinted car...

2/16/2018

article Aboriginal mining strategy getting underway
(Ontario) -- Funding is in place and a coordinator is being hired for the Aboriginal Mining Strategy for North-East Ontario, bringing the launch of the initiative closer...

2/15/2018

article Utes Can't Force Judge's Recusal In Dispute With Ex-Worker
(Colorado) -- The Ute Indian Tribe on Tuesday lost its bid to force the recusal of a federal judge from a suit that is part of a sprawling contract dispute involving a...

2/14/2018

article Mining project near sacred Lakota site raises concerns from public
(South Dakota) -- A controversial meeting hosted by the Pennington County Board of Commissioners brought about concerns of Native American land rights and the question...
article Norway's oil fund should divest from gambling stocks, opposition says
(Worldwide) -- Norway's$1 trillion sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, should be forced to sell its stakes in companies involved in the gambling industry...

2/13/2018

article BLM Moves to Nearly Repeal Obama-Era Venting/Flaring Rule for Public, Tribal Lands
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Interior's (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to replace the Obama-era Waste Prevention Rule, which...

2/12/2018

article Native group opposes whaling area inclusion in offshore leases
(Alaska) -- Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat, the Native group organized to provide a unified representation and leadership of Arctic Native interests to state and federal...
article SD Tribe Blasts NRC's Take On Standing To Dispute Mine [sub req]
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe pushed back Thursday in the D.C. Circuit against a letter by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, claiming a recent circuit...

2/10/2018

article Alaska Native corporation acquires oil field automation firm
(Alaska) -- Alaska Native regional corporation Koniag Inc. acquired oil field automation services firm Glacier Services Inc. Glacier Services is the largest Alaska-owned...

2/9/2018

article Yurok Tribe heads to Sacramento to oppose offshore oil drilling plan
(California) -- Members of the Yurok Tribe headed to Sacramento Thursday to voice their opposition to President Donald Trump's offshore drilling development plans.
article Hopis, Navajos say they’ll suffer if coal-fired plant closes
(Arizona) -- Hopis and Navajos who work at a coal mine near the Arizona-Utah border said Feb. 6 their family lives and earning power will suffer greatly if the power...
article Native group opposes whaling area inclusion in offshore leases
(Alaska) -- Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat, the Native group organized to provide a unified representation and leadership of Arctic Native interests to state and federal...

2/8/2018

article How Peru excludes indigenous voices in its quest to develop the Amazon
(Peru) -- The Peruvian government has a clear development agenda for its Amazon rainforest regions. Oil extraction is already happening on a large scale. That will be...
article Hydroelectric Projects Are Displacing Indigenous Groups in the Amazon
(Brazil) -- In 2011, Norte Energia began constructing the Belo Monte Dam on Brazil’s Xingu River, and when the group finishes in 2019, it will own the fourth...

2/7/2018

article Alberta to boycott BC wines over pipeline dispute
(British Columbia) -- The clash concerns the building of an oil pipeline from Alberta to the Pacific Coast in BC known as the Kinder Morgan Trans Pipeline Expansion...
article Albertans are B.C.’s 3rd biggest tourism spenders. Could trade war put that at risk?
(British Columbia) -- B.C.’s tourism industry is keeping an eye on the province’s pipeline dispute with Alberta, as it escalates into what appears to be full...

2/6/2018

article Indigenous investors required in second round of Alberta renewable power auction
(Edmonton) -- Indigenous leaders say they are eager to invest after Alberta unveiled a plan Feb. 5 that demands bidders in one of its next two rounds of renewable power...
article Indigenous leaders welcome chance to invest in Alberta renewable power auction
(Edmonton) -- Indigenous leaders say they are eager to invest after Alberta unveiled a plan on Monday that demands bidders in one of its next two rounds of renewable...
article Researchers measure mixed metals mining contamination on Native Americans
(New Mexico) -- Researchers hope to measure the effects of mixed metals and uranium waste exposure on Native American populations living in close proximity to abandoned...

2/5/2018

article Gov. Inslee, tribal groups object to offshore drilling plans
(Washington) -- Gov. Jay Inslee will join tribal groups and coastal businesses to object to plans for oil drilling offshore of Washington state. The action Monday...
article Company pays fine for polluting water on North Dakota reservation
(North Dakota) -- An energy company paid a $49,000 fine to the federal government for contaminating water on the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, The Bismarck Tribune...
article YES! Magazine: Fossil fuel bans gain momentum across the country
(Oregon) -- On a clear July morning three years ago, dozens of environmental activists pushed their kayaks into the Willamette River in Portland while others rappelled...

2/4/2018

article How forces combined again in Washington state to reject yet another oil terminal
(Washington) -- Live from a mountain viewpoint named Paradise, the television screen showed Washington Gov. Jay Inslee chatting outdoors last summer with Scott Cohn of...
article Northwest tribes ask Gov. to halt Tacoma plant construction
(Washington) -- The Puyallup Tribe and leaders from 14 other Northwest Tribes have called on Gov. Jay Inslee to stop the construction of Puget Sound Energy's...

2/1/2018

article Native Sun News Today: Tribal activists battle Trump over fracking
(California) -- A coalition of tribal and environmental groups sued on January 24 to block the federal Bureau of Land Management’s repeal of a 2015 rule designed to...

1/28/2018

article Longtime Burnaby resident says Trans Mountain pipeline expansion ‘ridiculous’
(British Columbia) -- A small group of concerned citizens opposing Kinder Morgan’s expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline gathered outside a Burnaby hotel as the...

1/27/2018

article Citing risks to fisheries, EPA retains proposed development limits on Pebble mine
(Alaska) -- In a surprise move that buoyed hopes of groups trying to stop the Pebble gold and copper prospect in western Alaska, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt said...
article First Nation wants gold exploration permit quashed in case that could have impact on Ring of Fire
(Ontario) -- No one kept a record of what was said during the meeting between mining company Landore Resources Canada and the Ontario ministry in January 2016, but at...

1/26/2018

article In reversal, EPA deals setback to controversial gold mining proposal in Alaska
(Alaska) -- Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced late Friday that he will not scrap the agency’s 2014 determination that a large-...

1/25/2018

article Senator Lisa Murkowski asks Interior chief to shield parts of Alaska from offshore drilling
(Alaska) -- Alaska’s Republican senator said on Thursday she will ask Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to remove certain sensitive offshore areas of Alaska from his...

1/24/2018

article Backers of proposed B.C. pipeline launch GoFundMe campaign to sue Ottawa over oil tanker ban
(British Columbia) -- First Nations leaders behind the proposed $16-billion Eagle Spirit pipeline project from Alberta to the British Columbia coast launched a GoFundMe...
article California Sues Feds to Re-Tighten Fracking Rules
(California) -- California will fight to reinstate environmental protections recently nixed by the Trump administration at the behest of the oil industry, according to a...

1/23/2018

article 'Paternalistic' First Nations plan flagged in Trudeau minister's Kinder Morgan memos
(Canada) -- The Trudeau government approved the Kinder Morgan oil pipeline expansion project after being told in a series of memos that First Nations believed its "...
article New Mexico Oil And Gas Lease Sale Spurs Numerous Protests
(New Mexico) -- Dozens of protests have been filed by tribal officials, environmentalists and others as federal land managers consider leasing parcels in northwestern...
article Reconciliation in mining: It's all about relationships, says Chief Robert Joseph
(Canada) -- If mining companies in Canada want to do their part in reconciling with Indigenous people, they need to focus on relationships, said Chief Dr. Robert Joseph...

1/22/2018

article Puget Sound home to new Liquefied Natural Gas plant
(Washington) -- Tacoma’s Puget Sound will be the new home of a Liquefied Natural Gas plant — projected to be fully functional by the end of 2019. Puget Sound...

1/20/2018

article TMAC enters final review process for two new Nunavut gold mines
(Nunavut) -- TMAC Resources Inc. said Thursday that it has passed another milestone on the company’s journey towards expanding its Hope Bay mining operations in...

1/18/2018

article 'Insanity' to allow nuclear waste storage near Ottawa River, Indigenous groups say
(Ontario) -- Indigenous groups say a plan to store nuclear waste near the Ottawa River in eastern Ontario is "insanity" and want the federal government to...
article OP/ED: Methane waste may be invisible, but it’s widespread impacts are not
(Washington D.C.) -- This week should have brought long-overdue updates to rules preventing methane waste and limiting wasteful flaring of natural gas on public and...

1/17/2018

article First Nations and LNG
(British Columbia) -- The days when First Nations take a back seat on how their territories are managed are past. In fact it is dismaying to find that some environmental...

1/16/2018

article West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations file court claim to stop Site C
(British Columbia) -- Two First Nations in northeast B.C. have started legal action against the Site C dam, claiming its construction violates Treaty No. 8 signed 1899,...

1/15/2018

article Why Do We Need to Mine Uranium in the Grand Canyon?
(Arizona) -- Havasupai elders taught us that a young woman created all the Grand Canyon’s springs, springs that flow into Havasu Creek to fill our blue-green...

1/14/2018

article EPA settles with company to assess uranium sites on Navajo
(Arizona) -- Federal officials have reached a settlement to have eight abandoned uranium mines assessed on the Navajo Nation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...
article U.S. Supreme Court allows suction mining ban to stand
(California) -- Mining advocates were dealt a blow last week after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a bid to repeal California’s ban on an in-river gold mining...

1/13/2018

article Pipeline protesters shut down Duluth bank by locking themselves to entrances
(Minnesota) -- Protesters shut down the Wells Fargo bank in downtown Duluth on Friday morning when three men in a crowd of about three-dozen protesters locked themselves...

1/12/2018

article Fracking Case Now Moot, Ute Indian Tribe Tells 10th Circ. [sub req]
(Utah) -- The Ute Indian Tribe on Thursday told the Tenth Circuit that an appeal of a lower court order striking down the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's...

1/11/2018

article RCMP arrest two elderly women at Trans Mountain pipeline protest
(British Columbia) -- Witnesses say RCMP used a battering ram to open a trailer door to remove two elderly women inside protesting the Trans Mountain pipeline late...
article N.W.T. First Nation changes stance, now fully supports Enbridge's pipeline repair project
(Northwest Territories) -- The chief of the Liidlii Kue First Nation says he now fully supports Enbridge's Line 21 project to replace a portion of the N.W.T....

1/10/2018

article Land defender and RCMP in standoff over Trans Mountain Pipeline
(British Columbia) -- The trailer is known as Camp Cloud – a makeshift surveillance post set up by land defenders trying to stop the expansion of the Trans...

1/9/2018

article Indigenous women occupy Washington state capitol lawn
(Washington) -- Sitting in a tarpee erected outside the Capitol Building in the US state of Washington, seven Indigenous women and their supporters have vowed to stay...
article Vancouver commissioners deal blow to proposed oil terminal
(Washington) -- Energy producers' plans to ship oil and coal out of Northwest ports have suffered a major setback, the latest in a string of defeats. The lease for a big...

1/8/2018

article Meet the 23-Year-Old Who’s Helping Lead the Indigenous Resistance Against Pipelines
(USA) -- Jackie Fielder quit her full-time job in June 2017. But it wasn’t to travel the world or go back to school, like some other 23-year-olds. Instead, she...
press release U.S. Supreme Court Slams Door on California Suction Dredge Miners
(Washington) -- The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected a request from recreational gold miners to overturn a California Supreme Court decision upholding a statewide...

1/7/2018

article 900-mile natural gas liquids pipeline proposed for Bakken
(North Dakota) -- Oneok recently announced plans for a 900-mile natural gas liquids pipeline that will accommodate increasing North Dakota production and play a role in...
article Environmental groups appeal BLM leasing in Greater Chaco area
(New Mexico) -- Several environmental groups are challenging the Bureau of Land Management over the leasing of additional acreage in the Greater Chaco area for fracking...

1/4/2018

article French Insurance Giant AXA to Halt Insuring, Investing in Tar Sands and Coal
(France) -- In a striking sign of the financial industry’s growing concerns over the climate and business risks of fossil fuels, French insurance giant AXA announced...

1/3/2018

article Company sues Washington state for blocking coal exports to Asia
(Washington) -- A company that plans to build a coal export terminal in the Pacific Northwest to ship western U.S. coal to Asian markets sued the state of Washington on...

1/2/2018

article Trump administration officially scraps Obama-era rules for fracking on federal land
(Washington D.C.) -- On Friday, the Department of the Interior officially repealed rules created by the Obama administration to regulate the use of hydraulic fracturing...

12/29/2017

article Feds jump into transboundary mining dispute
(Alaska) -- The federal government is taking on the transboundary mining issue. The U.S. State Department now acknowledges Alaskans’ concerns about pollution from...

12/28/2017

article US BLM moves to rescind Obama-era fracking rule
(Washington D.C.) -- The US Department of the Interior moved quickly Thursday to rescind an Obama-era rule regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands...

12/26/2017

article Grand Canyon uranium mining ban upheld, court sides with Havasupai
(Arizona) -- A coalition of Havasupai tribal members and environmental groups breathed a brief sigh of relief as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Fransisco,...
article Attorneys slash claims in Colorado mine spill
(Colorado) -- Economic damage from a Colorado mine waste spill caused by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may be far less than originally feared after attorneys...

12/25/2017

article A $400 million barbecue after Mexican protesters dig up pipeline
(Mexico) -- A chunk of Sempra Energy's natural gas pipeline sits in the dirt behind a community center in the village of Loma de Bacum in northwest Mexico. Guadalupe...

12/22/2017

article Native Activists Are Fighting to Keep a Gas Plant Off Their Land in Washington
(Washington) -- Hundreds of Native American leaders and environmental activists and are fighting to keep a Puget Sound Energy natural gas plant off their land in Tacoma...
article BC Supreme Court Sides With Aboriginal People, Overturns Commission’s Pipeline Approval
(British Columbia) -- The British Columbia Supreme Court has made an example of a private Calgary company and a small natural gas pipeline project to teach industry and...

12/21/2017

article Arctic Refuge Has Lots of Wildlife—Oil, Maybe Not So Much
(Alaska) -- There are few places left on the planet that remain unscathed by the heavy footprint of humanity. The 19.6-million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, in...
article N.M. Dems in Congress push ban on Chaco Canyon drilling
(Washington D.C.) -- Democratic members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation are renewing their pleas for federal land managers to limit oil and natural gas...

12/20/2017

article NW Tribes Face Threats from Expanding Oil and Gas Projects
(Washington) -- This year, Native tribes have been at the forefront of opposition against expanding oil and gas transport in the Northwest. They say the latest threat to...

12/19/2017

article States, Groups Sue Feds in Methane Rule Redux
(California) -- California and a host of environmental groups sued the Trump administration Tuesday, asking a federal judge to again deny the government’s attempt...
article Mexican protesters disable $400-million natural gas pipeline
(Mexico) -- A chunk of Sempra Energy’s natural gas pipeline sits in the dirt behind a community center in the village of Loma de Bacum in northwest Mexico....

12/18/2017

article Puyallup Tribe leads protest against liquefied-natural-gas plant at Tacoma Port
(Washington) -- About 200 opponents sought to shut down access Monday to Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE) construction of a $310 million liquefied-natural-gas (...

12/17/2017

article Young entrepreneur honoured for work on pipelines
(Ontario) -- As a youngster Jordan Jolicoeur would toss aside his BMX bike and drop to lie down with his ear pressed against the damp earth, hoping to hear the sound of...

12/16/2017

article Reality on the ground essentially rules out alternatives to Enbridge's proposed Line 3 replacement route
(Minnesota) -- The alternative routes for Enbridge’s proposed pipeline across northern Minnesota hardly seem like alternatives given the way the regulatory process...
article Bayou Bridge Pipeline protesters gather in prayer ahead of groundbreaking
(Louisiana) -- Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) is getting close to beginning construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. The company received necessary permits this week...

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...

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