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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. 

gudriin  asked:

i havent been keeping up with canadian politics for the past year so im completely uneducated in this regard, but can i ask what's wrong with Trudeau? I want to be more knowledgeable of what's been going on

A lot.

Here’s a short list I made a little while ago:

-Trudeau is considering selling our ports & airports.

-Trudeau is pushing an infrastructure bank, which is going to privatize public infrastructure.

-Trudeau selling weapons to Saudi Arabia.

-Trudeau approving 2 huge oil pipelines and happy about Donald Trump’s approval of Keystone XL.

-Despite making it pretty clear before the election that communities and First Nations would need to give consent for projects, Trudeau has backtracked and now says that this is no longer true.

-Justin Trudeau bailing out Bombardier with millions, doesn’t care that their CEO’s are getting huge bonuses as they’re laying off thousands of workers.

-Their Marijuana legislation is filled with harsh penalties, and it is not true legalization. There will be limits on the amount you can grow and carry (and if you exceed these limits you can be arrested or charged), and new harsh penalties related to youth & driving under the influence.

-Justin Trudeau’s government is refusing to pay First Nations children equally, despite the Human Rights Commission sending him notices saying he has to (they have now sent 4 compliance orders for him to comply with the law).

-Justin Trudeau’s government is still underfunding First Nations education.

-Justin Trudeau supports Donald Trump’s bombing of Syria.

-Justin Trudeau is in favour of Regime Change in Syria, which many feel could escalate violence in that region.

-Justin Trudeau has not ruled out sending the military into Syria.

-Justin Trudeau is refusing to change the ‘Safe Third Country’ agreement to help refugees fleeing the USA.

-Justin Trudeau is refusing to fund a basic income pilot project on PEI.

-Justin Trudeau abandoned electoral reform (a big election promise) and has stuck with the First Past the Post system (a system the Conservative Party of Canada also supports).

-Justin Trudeau refuses to decriminalize marijuana in the meantime. Cops will arrest thousands more people for marijuana possession before 2018.

-Justin Trudeau is refusing to pardon anyone for marijuana possession despite knowing full well how harmful this can be for people job searching or crossing the border.

-Justin Trudeau is not in favour of a $15/hour minimum wage.

-Despite his feminist rhetoric, Status of Women Canada received no new funding in the 2017 budget.

-Justin Trudeau broke a campaign promise to close a tax loophole that largely benefits millionaire CEO’s.

-Justin Trudeau is breaking indigenous rights to consent with permits given on the Site C Dam and Kinder Morgan Oil Pipeline.

-Justin Trudeau’s tax cut for the middle cut, benefits the top 10% of income earners the most. Those making under $40,000 per year get nothing.

-Justin Trudeau still hasn’t changed or repealed the draconian anti-terrorism bill, Bill C-51.

-Despite a push from the NDP, Trudeau is refusing to expand our healthcare system to cover things like Pharmacare.

-Justin Trudeau is maintaining Stephen Harper’s cuts to healthcare transfers.

-Justin Trudeau is maintaining Stephen Harper’s weak climate change targets

.-Justin Trudeau wants to delay a promise to cut methane (a potent greenhouse gas) emissions for 3 years or more.

There’s plenty more than that. Yes, arguably Justin Trudeau is better than Stephen Harper, but that is a very low bar to pass.

If you need sources on any of these points I can provide them.

People Shouldn't Buy the Right to Steal Your Land
Native Americans have seen this monster before.

The involvement of the indigenous populations in both the United States and Canada in the opposition to various pipelines, including the Keystone XL, should come as no surprise.

As we have said, the abuse and misuse of the eminent domain process in the construction of the pipeline here has been an effective organizing tool to bring together environmentalists and ranchers to oppose the project. And if it is nothing else, the history of the native peoples on this continent is the greatest example of eminent domain abuse in human history.

They know better than anyone the feeling that greater forces from the outside can overwhelm and threaten long-standing ways of life.

On Tuesday, in a basement ballroom of a downtown hotel, the Ponca, Santee, Omaha, and Winnebago peoples organized a treaty among themselves, and several other tribes, expressing their opposition to the pipeline.

From the start, here and in Canada, the indigenous peoples of the continent have been at the heart of the opposition to projects like this one, most visibly during the extended confrontation over the Dakota Access pipeline. In Nebraska, the alliance between Native Americans and ranchers, particularly over issues of eminent domain, not only was shot through with remarkable historical je ne sais quoi, it was a pragmatic decision based on common interests.

People shouldn’t buy the right to steal your land. The Native people are familiar with this phenomenon and with how angry its victims can become…

Trump Survival Tip No. 12: How to Shut Down an Oil Pipeline

The struggle against the petroleum industry is one years in the making. Coming to a head in Standing Rock with Dakota Access and in the halls of Congress with Keystone XL, the struggle hasn’t gone well for our side. Standing Rock was met with an invading military force and Keystone was railroaded through Congress. It may seem that we can do nothing to stop capitalism from finally scraping out the last vestiges of the world it has yet to exploit.

But there’s a much easier and more effective way to shut down an oil pipeline than lobbying your congressman: shut down the pipeline.

Oil pipelines cover thousands of miles of sparsely populated and often totally uninhabited land. It has been estimated that it is literally impossible to fully secure the United States’ energy grid from attack, because there’s just too much ground to cover. And the thing is, over those thousands of miles of pipeline, there are hundreds of shutoff valves, about one every ten miles or so. These shutoff valves are almost totally unguarded. Most have only a padlock and chain-link fence. And depending on how you go about it, you could–by yourself, or with only a handful of friends–shut down these pipelines for hours or days at a time, causing millions of dollars in damage to the companies running them.

In the past, the traditional tactic has been to break in with boltcutters, shut off the valve, call the company to inform them you’re shutting it down, and chain oneself to the pipeline. Three people managed to shut down Enbridge’s Line 9B in Quebec this way for seven hours (link), and related actions did the same on Line 7. However, if you can’t risk arrest, or like me, think this tactic relies on the liberal notion that arresting practitioners of civil disobedience is somehow embarrassing to the state, may I suggest another tactic: guerrilla shutdown.

You’ll need a car, a mountain bike (if you’re a strong biker), or some other way to cover hundreds of miles surreptitiously and quickly to do this. Rather than intentionally getting oneself arrested, try being a bit more sneaky about it: break into one shutoff valve, close it, lock it shut again with your own padlock, and drive off to the next valve and do it again. You keep that up, and with a single car, you could conceivably shut down the pipeline for hours, without the guarantee of arrest. If you have friends, taking shifts, you could do it for days. Just keep shutting the valves; every time the oil company sends a maintenance worker to open one, close another one.

This method of attacking pipelines is a form of direct action. Rather than beseeching representatives or agents to solve our problems for us, we solve the problem ourselves. This action can cost millions of dollars for the oil companies you target, and requires little more than boltcutters and gas money to accomplish; a pretty good way to prevent pipelines from being profitable for oil companies. And, my friends, direct action is the only way forward. The only way any of us can survive Trump’s presidency, the resurgence of fascism it represents, or this last dying breath of capitalism, is by coming together and solving problems ourselves. We can’t rely on anyone else; not the state, not “benevolent capitalists”, no gods and no masters. We carry a new world in our hearts. It is up to us to bring it to life.

Remember: when we fight, we win, so know how to fight!

How are you guys not feeling a bit cheated? 🤷🏻‍♀️I suspect many of you are, but would rather not admit it.

Remember when the President said he wasn’t going to take a salary?
🔴He just accepted his second paycheck.
▶Remember when he said Mexico was going to pay for the wall?
🔴He has asked Congress to appropriate the $25 billion of taxpayer money to cover costs.
▶Remember when he said he wasn’t going to go on vacation or play golf?
🔴5 of the last 7 weekends he went on vacation and played golf, costing taxpayers $11.1 million.
▶Remember when he said he was going to use American steel to build these dangerous pipelines?
🔴Russian steel arrived last week for the Keystone Pipeline XL.
▶Remember when he said he wasn’t going to cut social security and Medicare?
🔴The Republican bill does just this.
▶Remember when he said that nobody on his campaign had any communications with the Russian government?
🔴7 of his people have now admitted they spoke and/or met with Russian officials, after they lied and got caught.
▶Remember when he said he was going to divest from his businesses?
🔴Changed his mind.
▶Remember when he said he was going to release his tax returns?
🔴Changed his mind. (May I add…unless you want to count the 2 pages of his 2005 tax return)
▶Remember when he said he was going to drain the swamp of Washington insiders?
🔴His cabinet is filled with lobbyists, oil and Wall Street executives.
▶Remember when he said would defeat ISIS in 30 days?
🔴He doesn’t have any plan.
▶Remember when he said that the Obamacare replacement would cover more people at lower cost?
🔴The AHCA that the GOP and 45 are now pushing; they now admit will cover fewer people at a higher cost.
NOTE: If YOU voted for him, please hold him accountable to what he promised YOU - for all of OUR sakes.

itsonlypoetry  asked:

People keep saying that the PM can't criticize Trump because of the rules of diplomacy. To what extent is this actually true? (Thank you for all the work you do!)

Pierre Elliiott Trudeau acknowledged controversial countries (Cuba, China) during the Cold War.

Jean Chretien pulled Canada out of the Iraq war against the wishes of the US president.

Stephen Harper put huge pressure on Obama to acccept the Keystone XL pipeline (and that hurt relations a bit but the US didn’t cut ties with us).

So, I think there is a little leeway to do something now. I’m not talking about blatantly insulting the POTUS or trying to provoke the US government, but it just feels wrong to do nothing and pretend that Donald Trump is any other president. The things he is doing are destroying peoples lives and he’s only been in office a few weeks. It feels morally wrong to do nothing right now.



A total of 210,000 gallons of oil leaked Thursday from the Keystone Pipeline in Marshall County, South Dakota, the pipeline’s operator, TransCanada, said.

Crews shut down the pipeline Thursday morning and officials are investigating the cause of the leak.This is the largest Keystone oil spill to date in South Dakota, said Brian Walsh, a spokesman for the state’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

In April 2016, there was a 400-barrel release – or 16,800 gallons – with the majority of the oil cleanup completed in two months, Walsh said.

Who would have thought that protesters, who were saying the design was shoddy, unsafe, and could spill all over South Dakota, were right the entire time.









We began from Dził Naa’oo’diłth’ii walking over 200 miles to reach Tsoodził! This journey has shown us both the destruction of our homeland in the Eastern Agency as well as the resiliency and beauty of our land and our people. We have moved one step after the other for our ancestors, family, communities, youth, future generations, and mother earth. As Indigenous Diné youth, we seek to restore hozho. This is the first complete chapter in a four part series of Nihígaal bee Iiná (Our Journey for Existence)!


Muchacha Fanzine Issue #13

Theme/Tema: “Madre Tierra”

“La Madre Tierra, militarizada, cercada, envenenada, donde se violan sistemáticamente derechos elementales, nos exige actuar.”- Berta Cáceres

Whether it’s indigenous water protectors or led-poisoned black children, communities of color are disproportionately impacted by the effects of environmental degradation. While the oppressors in power harm & exploit the Earth and it’s inhabitants, we have & continue to fight on the frontline of the struggle but we are not always heard and this needs to change. In an effort to center the importance of our voices, Muchacha Fanzine’s “Madre Tierra” (Mother Earth) invites people of color to share short stories, visual art, photography, comics, thoughts, poetry, rants, doodles, and essays all related to environmental justice. Women, queer, transgender & non-binary folks of color are especially encouraged to submit their work.

Ya sea que se trate de protectores de agua indígenas o de niños negros envenenados con plomo, las comunidades de color son desproporcionadamente afectadas por los efectos de la degradación ambiental. Mientras los opresores en el poder dañan y explotan a la Tierra y sus habitantes, luchamos en las frontera de la lucha, pero no siempre somos escuchados y esto necesita cambiar. Con el objetivo de centrar la importancia de nuestras voces, Muchacha Fanzine’s “ Madre Tierra” invita a las personas de color a compartir cuentos, arte visual, fotografía, cómicos, pensamientos, poesía y ensayos relacionados con la justicia ambiental. Las mujeres, personas gay, transgeneros y personas no binarias son especialmente alentados a presentar su trabajo.


Send Submissions to/Envíe sus contribuciones a muchachafanzine@gmail.com 

Please limit written submissions to 2500 words & attach .jpg art images. Including a short bio/contact info is encouraged but optional. All of the contributors will receive free copies including domestic/international shipping! / Por favor limite las presentaciones por escrito a 2500 palabras y adjunte imágenes de arte .jpg. Incluyendo información de bio/contacto se recomienda, pero es opcional. ¡Todos los contribuyentes recibirán copias gratis incluyendo el envío nacional/internacional!

(Topic ideas include but are not limited to: *Environmental Racism *Anticapitalism *Indigenous Resistance *Decolonization *Black & Brown Resistance Movements *Ecofeminism *Queer Ecology *Industrial Pollution *Coal & Oil Companies *Air, Water & Soil Contamination *Greenhouse Gas *Global Warming *Toxic Wastes Sites *Fossil Fuels *Fracking *Radioactive Material *Health hazards i.e. cancer, asthma, lead poisoning *#WaterisLife *Keystone XL Pipeline *Natural Disasters *Deforestation *Heat Exposure *Gentrification *Public Housing *Transit Justice *Migration *Prison Industrial Complex *Police Violence *Military Occupation *Imperialism *Climate Change Denialism *The Trump Administration *EPA *Reproductive Health *Animal Justice *Endangered Species *Factory farms & Slaughterhouses *Food Justice *Food Deserts *Gardening *Public Policy *Power in Decision Making Processes *Sustainability *Renewable Energy *Grassroots Activism *Green Anarchism *Green Socialism *Environmental Spirituality *Healing *Where do we go from here?)

🎨: “Mother Earth Nourish” by Malaysian artist Jennifer Mourin