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“This is sacred—this Indian land. And it is sacred not just for First Nations, it is sacred for everybody. We are all here, we all share this. We all share in the responsibility.

“Keep using your voices. Keep standing strong.”

Audrey Siegel, Musqueam leader

Hundreds of protestors are gathering to rally against Kinder Morgan’s controversial pipeline survey work on Burnaby Mountain, despite a court injunction and $5.5 million lawsuit. This isn’t just about land exploitation. It’s about intimidation tactics, oil money and undemocratic government. More than anything, it’s about the power of the people to defend our land and our future.

We will not be divided. We will not be defeated.
#BurnabyMountain

Photos by Jackie Dives

BREAKING: Kinder Morgan pulls equipment from Burnaby Mountain

Kinder Morgan has begun dismantling its drilling site on Burnaby Mountain and will not complete the planned testing on a second bore hole, a company spokesperson told CBC News Friday.

Ali Hounsell said that it had taken several days for the company to helicopter in the heavy equipment, and that removal work needed to begin now in order to be off the site by Monday’s deadline.

“We’re disappointed, but we respect the court’s decision so we made plans to remove the equipment from that site as the injunction expires midnight Sunday,” Hounsell said. “We are starting to remove that equipment today by helicopter.”

Though testing of the second bore hole will not be completed, Hounsell said the company is confident it has the information required for submission to the National Energy Board (NEB).

“Ultimately, it is up to the NEB to determine whether we do meet the conditions, but we believe that with the information we have been able to gather that we have enough information to meet those requirements at this point,” Hounsell said.

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When you think about fossil fuel infrastructure in this country, you probably picture Texas oil fields or Louisiana refineries or drilling platforms in the Gulf of Mexico–or increasingly, oil and gas rigs fracking away in shale-rich states like Colorado or Pennsylvania.

You probably don’t picture Minnesota.

And yet, this weekend, there I was in the Twin Cities, joining 5,000 Midwestern pipeline fighters for the Tar Sands Resistance March in St. Paul to stand up against dirty fossil fuels and for a clean energy future. The march, which was led by indigenous women and members of impacted communities, was an amazing show of resistance from a region that is currently under assault from the fossil fuel industry.

Just one day earlier, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission had unanimously approved one of two necessary permits necessary for a Canadian company called Enbridge to build its proposed Sandpiper pipeline, which would transport crude oil from North Dakota to refineries in the Midwest and on the East Coast. Enbridge - the same company whose ruptured tar sands pipeline polluted Michigan’s Kalamazoo River nearly five years ago, causing $1 billion in cleanup costs and destroying local livelihoods - also wants to double the capacity of a pipeline known as Alberta Clipper, which would bring more dirty tar sands oil from Canada. Tar sands oil is one of the world’s dirtiest and most environmentally destructive sources of fuel and brings full scale industrialization to otherwise pristine waterways and landscapes.

Enbridge is a competitor of TransCanada, whose own tar sands pipeline project, Keystone XL, has been delayed due to increased scrutiny over its climate and environmental risks. In an attempt to avoid TransCanada’s travails, Enbridge is reportedly attempting to bypass a required presidential permitting process and sidestep public review in order to expand Alberta Clipper’s transport capacity. Dozens of other projects are also proposed across the Midwestern region.

Saturday’s march demonstrated that youth, indigenous peoples, ranchers, scientists and everyone in between, are standing united to say that we will not allow the fossil fuel industry’s continued assault on communities and our climate. Local fights, whether against toxic pet coke piles in Detroit and Chicago, or for landowner rights in the Great Plains, or for treaty rights on tribal lands, are part of a battle against the deadly life cycle of fossil fuels.

People are beginning to realize that the atrocities that take place in our communities on a seemingly weekly basis, like the pipeline spills that pollute our waterways or the bomb trains that explode near our schools, are manifestations of our painful addiction to fossil fuels.

And perhaps most importantly, as was true of the Tar Sands Resistance March, front line community members who have direct experience and local knowledge are leading this fight. The march was a demonstration of solidarity with those being impacted right now. It gave voice and spirit to their struggle, and served to educate the broader public about how this country’s current energy strategy is sacrificing communities across North America.

As we marched, 5,000-strong in defense of our climate, our water and our communities, an omen came in the form of a bald eagle and a red-tailed hawk circling overhead. My heart soared with them, surrounded by 5,000 allies united for a cause we cannot lose - building a better future for us all.

Onwards.

~Rob

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INDlGENOUS WOMEN DISRUPT PIPELINE CONSULTATION

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Justin Trudeau was elected on a promise of a new nation-to-nation relationship with First Nations in which he pledged to “absolutely” respect First Nations’ veto over pipeline projects crossing traditional territories. He has proved unequivocally the emptiness of that promise. His approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline and Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline is the final, cynical betrayal to Canadians who voted for real change.

‘Sunny ways’ is over, and it has been for a long time.

He has lost all credibility for seeking reconciliation with First Nations over profits of corporations. He has gone against the popular will of Canadians, scientists, environmental groups, municipalities, the province of BC and the sovereignty of First Nations.

Canada could very well be on the verge of seeing blockades and protests with force that hasn’t been seen since the 1990s with Oka, Gustafsen Lake and Ipperwash. A new indigenous coalition created to fight fossil fuel expansion, the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion, now has over 100 Indigenous nations and organizations on its list of signatories.

Trudeau and Notley can pretend to care about many things: the economy, jobs, re-election. One thing they can no longer pretend to care about is “reconciliation.”

This is what colonialism looks like.

James Wilt, Federal Liberals Approval of Kinder Morgan Is Final Nail in the Coffin of ‘Reconciliation’

We saw this coming—and it is not over. Tsleil-Waututh Nation has vowed it will do whatever it takes to stop the Trans Mountain Pipeline, saying the approval is disappointing, dangerous and just the beginning.

Visit coastprotectors.ca to stand with the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs against the expansion of the tar sands.

BREAKING: Our two-time tree-sitter Jessica “Felix” Clark was just taken to jail after pleading guilty to criminal charges. Today, Jessica had the choice between two plea deals: 1 year of probation or 26 days in jail. Jessica chose to accept jail time in order to avoid a lengthy probationary period and to highlight the injustice of tar sands industry, while standing in solidarity with political prisoners across the globe.

To support Jessica, you can send mail and books (from a publisher) to the LaPorte County Jail!

Jessica Clark
809 State Suite 201A
La Porte IN, 46350

See this page for more mail guidelines: http://www.laportecountysheriff.com/jail/Incoming%20Mail%20Acceptance%20and%20Inspection.pdf

Read more of Jessica’s statement to the court below:

http://www.michigancats.org/breaking-tree-sitter-to-spend-26-days-in-jail-for-enbridge-protest/#.U06X5ty0Zg0

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The cry for action runs deep. Every young person on Earth is united by the impending threat of climate change, but for inhabitants of the Global South and frontline communities, climate change is already exacting hellish consequences. These realities seem increasingly isolated from the corporate lobbyists and comfortable bureaucrats of the world’s wealthiest countries who are continually permitted to co-opt the UNFCCC process. This is why we intend to participate within the UNFCCC framework and why we will continue to attend future COPs—to hold Canada accountable and shed light on the realities of the negotiating process and its unjust mechanisms.

The emotions we feel today will only make us stronger. Let it be known that we will not be silenced by the UNFCCC. We will not stop fighting for what is right and for what is just. We will continue to link arms with those who are experiencing the impacts of climate change today, and we will hold accountable those who are responsible for these devastating impacts. The movement is bigger than the walls of the UNFCCC plenary and it is bigger than us. The fossil fuel industry is made wary by divestment campaigns at home. The cost of renewables is dropping. First Nations legal challenges and assertions of land rights are spurring massive opposition to pipelines and tar sands expansion in Canada. Our movements are growing and strengthening as we continue to organize from coast to coast to coast. Together, we can win.

Climate change is the issue of our time. It is entrenched within social movements worldwide. If we do not resolve the climate problems that we have created, the entire world as we know it will descend into climatic and political chaos and—it is time to face this inevitability—violence. We refuse to let this happen for us, for frontline communities, and for future generations. The time to be united is now. United, we are greater than our unique identities and differences. We are greater than the systems that oppress us— the systems that perpetuate a world in which fossil fuel companies reign. We are greater than the forces against us.

Youth and frontline voices silenced at UN climate talks

Typography from the Climate Legacy blog, which posted one story each hour of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2012

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Closed for Risky Business: Stop Supporting Toxic Tarsands

CLOSED FOR RISKY BUSINESS: STOP SUPPORTING TOXIC TAR SANDS

This morning more than a dozen affiliates of Enbridge and the Tar Sands have been locked out of their workplaces throughout Ontario.  Individuals in 9 cities have participated.

Doors to banks, political offices, and other institutions associated with Enbridge have been locked or otherwise disabled, with “Closed for Risky Business” notices posted.  These notes all convey the same message:

“Good people cannot simply watch as the government and big business dismantle protections and poison our communities for profit, so today we call attention to companies that enable Enbridge to continue destroying for profit - their financiers and contractors; their facilitators and publicists. Those who manage their security and their planning, approve their permits and projects – and any other players who passively take part in eco-destruction while operating business as usual.”