You might expect the biggest lease owner in Canada’s oil sands, or tar sands, to be one of the international oil giants, like Exxon Mobil or Royal Dutch Shell. But that isn’t the case. The biggest lease holder in the northern Alberta oil sands is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, the privately-owned cornerstone of the fortune of conservative Koch brothers Charles and David.
Washingtonians and American University students gathered today at AU’s campus to demand Secretary of State John Kerry reject the Keystone XL Pipeline. Secretary Kerry was the keynote speaker at a conference at American University. President Obama will make the final decision on KXL, Secretary Kerry and the State Department are in charge of overseeing the environmental review, which has been plagued by conflicts of interest. We rallied today because he needs to know we’re watching closely to make sure that he will do the right thing and that the State Department conducts a thorough and unbiased final review.
Though Secretary Kerry cancelled his appearance at the last minute due to being called to the Situation Room, our message was still heard by many throughout campus as well as other staff from the State Department who attended the event.
Big thanks to everyone who came out, especially the AU students who helped in creating the awesome banners.
Sut-lut speaks at the Sacred Fire on Burnaby Mountain
Listen to Sut-lut – arrested yesterday (11/20/14) while tending her sacred fire – on why she is standing for her people’s Burnaby Mountain and unceded territories against Kinder Morgan’s Earth-killing pipeline.
Over the past four years, the Unist'ot'en clan of the Wet’suwet’en nation have literally built a strategy to keep three proposed oil and gas pipelines from crossing their land. Concerned about the environmental damage a leak could cause on land they’ve never given up, they’ve constructed a protection camp to block pipeline companies. As opposition to the development of Alberta’s tar sands and to fracking projects grows across Canada, with First Nations communities on the front lines, the Unist'ot'en camp is an example of resistance that everyone is watching.
From earlier today; 6 Burnaby parks crew / engineers asses + stand guard at the location where Kinder Morgan crews cut down 10 healthy Alder trees yesterday, in order to prepare an equipment drop zone via helicopter. What’s the equipment for? Seismic monitoring and drilling bore holes to twin their Pipeline from the Tar Sands to Burnaby Mountain. Kinder Morgan did not show up today. Back tomorrow at 8am in case they do show up. Parking lot of Horizons restaurant if anyone’s interested in joining.
Photographer Stuart Hall captured the Athabasca
tar sands in Canada by leaning out of the plane’s window 5,000 feet up —an
exhilarating rush despite the nausea bubbling in his stomach.
The Athabasca deposit lies beneath a
boreal forest and peat bogs, but you’d never know it from Hall’s gritty photos.
The landscape is stripped of color and texture, leaving a vast expanse of gray
and black dotted by enormous machines.
Hall shot Giga Project during
three week-long visits over three years. “It just goes on forever,” he says. Hall insists
he isn’t trying to be political, but his photos nevertheless make you examine
the ugly cost of society’s insatiable thirst for oil.
Unist’ot’en Camp, an indigenous community in the path of three fossil fuel pipelines, is under high alert after tips of a potential police raid. They have never relinquished their land to Canada or BC by way of treaty, land sale, or surrender, and have effectively kept some of North America’s largest fossil fuel and pipeline companies from working in their territories for years.