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BREAKING: Keystone Pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota

A total of 210,000 gallons (5,000 barrels) of oil leaked Thursday from the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota, the pipeline’s operator, TransCanada, said. Crews shut down the pipeline Thursday morning and officials are investigating the cause of the leak. 

Gee, who could have foreseen this happening? Oh. Wait. EVERYONE. EVERYONE KNEW THIS WAS GOING TO FUCKING HAPPEN. 


Local law enforcement officers have arrested some people who chose not to evacuate federal land near part of the Dakota Access Pipeline north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Most protesters had left earlier. At dusk, police moved back, and said they would not enter the camp at that time.

The governor of North Dakota had set Wednesday as the

evacuation deadline

for the largest protest camp, which is on a flat area north of the Cannonball River. He cited flooding concerns.

Protesters supporting members of the Standing Rock Sioux, many of whom believe the pipeline’s route under a section of the Missouri River known as Lake Oahe will endanger drinking water, have been living on the land for six months or more. They have erected shelters and organized supply systems for food and water, even as winter brought freezing temperatures and feet of snow.

As the 3 p.m. ET deadline approached, some demonstrators prayed while others took down some shelters and set fire to things they were not carrying out. Rain falling on law enforcement and demonstrators turned to fat snowflakes.

“It looks like a trash pile. But it’s getting picked up and every spot is starting to look better and better as we work together,” Dotty Agard of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe told Amy Sisk of Inside Energy while sorting through abandoned goods.

“One man used a four-wheeler to help get a car out of the deep mud, and another person rode a snowmobile through the dirt,” The New York Times reported from the area. “Some semipermanent structures had been burned, apparently an effort to demolish them ahead of the deadline. A fire burned, black smoke rising in the cold air, while some people roamed the area.”

Protesters Leave Dakota Access Pipeline Area; Some Stay And Are Arrested

Photos: Angus Mordant for NPR

theatramentous  asked:

How can Trudeau approve a pipeline that goes through unceded First Nations territory? Aren't First Nation's supposed to approve of it as well? Isn't that like, illegal?

It is supposed to be illegal, because Trudeau said he support the UN Declaration of Rights of Indigenous People.

It says this:

Article 32

1. Indigenous  peoples  have  the  right  to  determine  and  develop priorities and strategies for the development or use of their lands or territories and other resources.

2. States shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free and informed consent prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands or territories and other resources, particularly in connection with the development, utilization or exploitation of mineral, water or other resources.

But Trudeau has said that he does not believe that this is a veto, and said his government does not need consent in order to built pipelines on indigenous territory:

Trudeau breaking UNDRIP promise brings warning of twenty Standing Rocks

Trudeau says First Nations ‘don’t have a veto’ over energy projects

There’s also the Tsilhqot'in land ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada which states:

In its decision, Canada’s top court agreed that a semi-nomadic tribe can claim land title even if it uses it only some of the time, and set out a three-point test to determine land titles, considering:

  • Occupation.
  • Continuity of habitation on the land.
  • Exclusivity in area.

The court also established what title means, including the right to the benefits associated with the land and the right to use it, enjoy it and profit from it.

However, the court declared that title is not absolute, meaning economic development can still proceed on land where title is established as long as one of two conditions is met:

  • Economic development on land where title is established has the consent of the First Nation.
  • Failing that, the government must make the case that development is pressing and substantial, and meet its fiduciary duty to the aboriginal group.

Looking back on the year, it’s hard to know what to feel. Powerful momentum. Staggering losses. Twelve months later we are collectively in a place that we’ve never been before. Exciting and scary as hell. There is no way to know what to expect.

One thing is certain. We aren’t finished yet.

Photos by Robyn Beck, Chip Somodevilla, Kristian Buus, Marlin Olynyk, Hubert Libiszewski, Kena Betancur, Sandy Huffaker and Spencer Platt.

New SOLDER problems. Headcanon

Please imagine for a second all our favorite SOLDIER’s (with the exception of Sephiroth because he probably grew up with Mako treatments and had to adjust quickly to the learning curve) having SO MANY issues after first receiving the enhancements.

Granted I saw somewhere in a fic a headcanon that Shinra alots a week of leave for new SOLDIER as an adjustment period for their new strength and heightened senses, which I rather enjoyed.

But here’s the thing we all gotta admit. A week may help, but staying cooped up in your Appartment until you’re sure you won’t accidentally break things when picking them up may help a little, but you aren’t gonna have full control over your new body in a way.

Imagine new SOLDIER quickly learning why they built the 3rd class training room ceilings so high, and why there are some rather conspicuously large dents in the metal siding of the rooms at ground level.

Imagine your favorite soldier trying to retune their motor skills and utterly failing for the first few weeks. Like they are trying to do box/hurtle jumps or something simple and entirely overshoot how high they’re trying to jump and end up dozens of feet higher than intended, and land flat on their face or their sorry ass.

Imagine your favorite soldier unintentionally moving around at obnoxiously ridiculous speeds and not realizing it until someone mentions it.
Also imagine your favorite soldier not being adjusted to running at those newly achievable speeds and totally eating it after they trip over their own feet, not used to the sort of momentum they’re generating. (Remember those dents in the walls?)

The instructors for incoming 3rds are fairly split with options of this time. All are sympathetic to varying degrees though since everyone had to go through it, but some are more annoyed with the happenings, and some find it to be the funniest thing in the world.
Some say certain instructors often place bets on how many accidents related to new enhancements happen, or how many ridiculously absurd accidents happen. Like someone accidentally jumping up to the ceiling and getting stuck among the exposed pipelines, or breaking a wall.

The Dakota Access Pipe Line passed. For those who don’t know, DAPL is an oil carrying pipeline that will cross through the Missouri river in North Dakota, on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. That river is the lifeblood of my tribe. When that pipeline breaks, its going to kill our wildlife along the river, contaminate our drinking water, and god knows what else further along. The Missouri is a large tributary to the Mississippi river, so anything that hits it here, will probably hit there too.

For the people who say “well they said it will be safe” I call bullshit. It will be monitored by a team on the other side of the country, and the pipelines that are above ground leak without people being able to find the cause or locations. That pipe line will break.

Dakota Access Pipe Line passed. But I refuse to stop trying to prevent it. If you are willing and able to help, please visit rezpectourwater.com and sign the petition, tell others about whats happening, write to your governments, every little bit helps. Please. Help me keep my home clean.

I was arrested on Oct. 10, on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a holiday where America is meant to celebrate the indigenous people of North America.

I was in North Dakota, standing in solidarity, side-by-side with a group of over 200 water protectors, people who are fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

People who carry a rainbow of colors on their skin. People who gathered together because they realize that if we don’t begin taking genuine steps to protect our precious resources—our soil, our water, our essential elements—we will not have a healthy or thriving planet to pass on to future generations.

I was in North Dakota, standing side by side with Native Americans.

You know, those who were here before us.

Well, guess what, America? They’re still here.

And they are still fighting the good fight. A fight that serves each and every one of us.

They are still putting their lives on the line to protect the roots that feed our existence.

And, guess what else, dear America? They are still being ignored.
We are still throwing them in jail.
We are still silencing their dedication to protect us from the planetary consequences that will catastrophically bleed from our ignorance.

We wear their heritage, their sacred totems, as decoration and in fashion trends, failing to honor their culture. Headdresses, feathers, arrows. Moccasins, sage, beadwork. You know what I’m talking about, Coachella. Walking around the flea market this weekend, I can’t even tell you how many native references I saw being used in a way that feeds our western narrative.

We buy plastic teepees from Toys-R-Us and set them up in our living rooms for children to play in.

We grow up romanticizing native culture, native art, native history… without knowing native reality.
Somehow, we’ve allowed 200-plus years to go by without questioning the western truth we have been told to believe about Native Americans.

And now, in 2016, in the day and age of exciting technology, which empowers revolution and curiosity, we are still blindly (or maybe not) allowing 200 years of unjust history to continue.

We are allowing Native American voices to be swallowed by the white noise of distraction.

Doesn’t this sadden you, America?

When we talk about marginalized communities in our country, we do not (on a mainstream level) include Native Americans.

When we talk about sex trafficking in our country, we do not (on a mainstream level) include Native Americans.

And when we talk about governmental integrity, we do not (on a mainstream level) include Native Americans.

Treaties are broken. Land is stolen. Dams are built. Reservations are flooded. People are displaced.

Yet we fail to notice. We fail to acknowledge. We fail to act.

So much so that it took me, a white non-native woman being arrested on Oct 10th in North Dakota, on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, to bring this cause to many people’s attention. And to the forefront of news publications around the world.

The day I was detained, 26 others had to dress in orange as well, as they were booked into the Morton County jail. Did you hear about them?

Twenty-six men and women who put their livelihoods on the line, to protect their children, your children and my future children.

Twenty-six men and women who realize that millions of people depend on the Missouri River for drinking water.


And, you guessed it, you may be one of them. Did that catch your attention?

When the Dakota Access Pipeline breaks (and we know that too many pipelines do), millions of people will have crude-oil-contaminated water. I know it is easy to be apathetic or detached from the reality that fossil fuel contamination could actually affect you and the ones you love… But hear me loud and clear: If you are a human who requires water to survive, then this issue directly involves you. Don’t let the automatic sink faucets in your homes fool you—that water comes from somewhere, and the second its source is contaminated, so is your bathtub, and your sink, and your drinking liquid. We must not take for granted the severity of this truth.

Listen up, America:

The reason we were freezing our a—es off on Oct. 10 in peaceful protest was because the night before (mind you, right after the presidential debate and on the eve of Indigenous Peoples’ Day—coincidence?) the U.S. Court of Appeals denied an injunction to halt construction of the pipeline. As in: They began building once again.

Whatever your cause is. Whatever your passion is. Whatever you care about most… none of your efforts or hard-earned opinions will matter when the planet and the people you’re fighting for have nothing left to show for it.

The Dakota Access Pipeline, my friends, is not another time to ignore, mistreat and turn a blind eye to Native Americans. But it is time to guarantee the safety of Manhattan—despite the soon-to-be-fueled gas pipeline called AIM. (For all of you in the tri-state area, this is being built under a failing nuclear plant. Fukushima only happened five years ago. This plant is just about as far from Manhattan as the U.S. government told Americans to keep away from Fukushima to protect them from a worst-case scenario. Look it up and do something about it.) We have the technology for renewable energy, and it’s up to us to begin utilizing.

I appreciate all of you out there who supported me while I was arrested. I am humbled and grateful for your love, your prayers and your hashtags.

And what could it look like if we learned from this instance, where it took myself getting detained to raise awareness about Native Americans? What if we used it as a catalyst for a full societal shift in the way we start thinking and treating and learning from indigenous peoples? So that in the future, it doesn’t require a non-native celebrity to bring attention to the cause.

What if we took the hashtag #FreeShailene and made it #ProtectCleanWater, or #HonorNativeTreaties, or #IStandWithStandingRock?

What if we don’t let this stop trending on social media, at our dinner tables, in the streets? What if we wake up to the possibilities of noticing, of choosing and of acting on our awareness?

What if we take the time to understand the dynamics of what is at risk here?

Will you choose money, or will you choose children? Will you choose ignorance, or will you choose love? Will you choose blindness, or will you choose freedom?

I am not scared. I am not afraid. I am grateful, and I am amazed to be standing by the sides of so many peaceful warriors. Standing Rock “protests” are rooted in ceremony and in prayer. I’ve been there. And all these narratives about riots? Just watch my Facebook livestream and decide for yourself who looks more dangerous: police in riot gear with batons, or native grandmothers and children smudging sage and singing songs.

Thank you, to all the tribes who have gathered. To all the nations standing as one. To all the people who know that if not we, then who? And if not now, then when?

Simply feeding off the hype of a celebrity’s arrest ain’t going to save the world. But, standing together will. Please stand in solidarity with the Sioux people of Standing Rock Reservation to ensure that we still have rivers to swim in, springs to drink from and lakes to float on. Will you join us?

Mni wiconi. Water is life.

—  Shailene Woodley: The Truth About My Arrest

anonymous asked:

Do you ever feel like the industry is too secretive about what goes on during a game's development?

Secretive to whom? 

If you mean within the development team, there’s usually very little information hiding within the team itself. We generally know what people are working on and we can ask if we don’t. Most of the time it’s a question of what you need to know to do your job, and the rest of the information is there if you want to learn it. 

If you mean between developers, there are plenty of places where developers can share ideas and such. The IGDA chapters have meetings and conferences, and the Game Developer’s Conference (GDC) has grown from a single annual event to events in Europe, China, and other places. Obviously, we don’t share proprietary information since we are still working on competing products, but there’s definitely a push to share expertise among developers. Heck, most developers I know are willing to share principles and concepts of what they know if you ask.

But what you probably meant is that developers are secretive about what’s happening with a specific game’s development while it’s going on. There’s a couple of really important reasons why we aren’t more transparent with what’s going on during development.

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I am so fucking upset, so fucking pissed about the #nodapl situation. I’ve been following this shit for about a year now and thing is is that I’m a welder. I know that the pipeline definitely WILL break. It doesn’t matter how well made it is, it doesn’t matter if they fucking patrol that shit, it doesn’t fucking matter. It’s gonna bust and it’s going to be fucking horrendous when it does


Raging Grannies at the Stop Dakota Access Pipeline demonstration in San Francisco August 24. Hats, scarves, and berets kept us warm in the chilly city! We stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux who have stopped construction of a dangerous oil pipeline that runs very close to their tribal lands. 

The tribe is suing federal regulators for approving permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline that will move oil from North Dakota to Illinois.
Standing Rock members say the pipeline’s route under the Missouri River could threaten its water supplies if the pipeline leaks or breaks. The chairman of the tribe said the Corps of Engineers failed to do proper consultation with his tribe before granting federal approvals for the pipeline.

i know change.org petitions have become somewhat of an internet meme bc of their lack of effectiveness and silly petitions (i.e ban justin bieber from america or whatever) BUT this petition needs almost 50k signatures to reach the goal of 300,000 and at this point any visibility is good visibility, let’s get people talking, let’s stand for already underserved native americans living on reservations by at least keeping their water clean, the majority of americans who don’t have access to clean water live on reservations bc when cities and towns were being set up across the country with “water rights” and plumbing, the people on some reservations across certain states weren’t actually allowed to vote until 1948 so water was never actually planned in native american communities and it persists in various states across this country to this day 

the dakota acess pipeline would transport 570,000 barrels of crude oil PER DAY across FOUR states, oil companies keep saying it’s perfectly safe but in less than 2 years there were 300 oil pipeline breaks in the state of north dakota alone. it’s not safe. it’s not fair. sign the petition and then unsubscribe to the emails if they annoy you so much. 

indigenous people fought and died for every inch of occupied land every single person in north america is living on right now, it’s only right that we finally do right by the people living on reservations who are systematically underserved and oppressed by a government literally founded on destroying them. 


Tariq lives on a Native American Reservation in North Dakota, directly in the path where a 1,172-mile pipeline for crude oil has been proposed. From 2012 to 2013, there were nearly 300 oil pipeline breaks in the state of North Dakota alone. Imagine how Tariq’s community would be impacted if the pipeline leak was into her Reservation’s drinking water?

Rather than wait around to see what might happen, Tariq is racing 2,000 miles to DC to deliver a petition to prevent this pipeline from being built. Read more about Tariq’s mission here, and while you’re at it, show your support by signing her petition