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Keystone Protesters Tracked at Border After FBI Spied on ‘Extremists’ – June 8, 2015

More than 18 months after federal investigation violated internal rules, activists say they were still watchlisted at the airport, visited at home by a terrorism task force and detained for hours because they ‘seemed like protesters’

This story was produced in partnership with the Guardian.

An activist was placed on a US government watchlist for domestic flights after being swept up in an FBI investigation into protests of the Keystone XL pipeline, linking a breach of intelligence protocol with accounts of continued tracking that environmentalists fear could follow them for life.

Photo of Bradley StrootPhoto courtesy of Bradley Stroot Bradley Stroot found himself on a watchlist after a failed FBI investigation into him and other activists. He says he was questioned about ‘bomb-making materials’ while it was ongoing.

Twenty-five-year-old Bradley Stroot is one of several campaigners to… more

by: Adam Federman

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Kinder Morgan Paid Pennsylvania Police Department to ‘Deter Protests’ – May 21, 2015

ACLU calls arrangement “flat out unconstitutional”

Between June and October 2013, Kinder Morgan, the largest energy infrastructure company in North America, paid a local Pennsylvania police department more than $50,000 to patrol a controversial pipeline upgrade. The company requested that the officers, though officially off-duty, be in uniform and marked cars. Kinder Morgan’s aim, according to documents obtained by Earth Island Journal, was to use law enforcement to “deter protests” in order to avoid “costly delays.” 

photo of Tennessee Gas PipelinePhoto by Delaware Riverkeeper Kinder Morgan sought off-duty police officers to “deter protests" and avoid delay of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline upgrade.

It’s unclear if the police department… more

by: Adam Federman

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Can Canada Lead on Climate Change? – April 9, 2015

In major climate march this weekend, activists aim to put pressure on national government

This weekend, before Canadian premiers gather in Quebec City on April 14 to discuss climate change, activists from across the country are taking to the streets to deliver a simple message: Canada needs to do its part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and until now, it has failed miserably to do so. As one activist wrote on the Act on Climate March website, “Remember when Canada used to be an environmental leader?” Those days seem to be a distant memory.

tar sandsPhoto by Chris Yakimov, on Flickr The People's Climate March in Vancouver in September 2014. Activists hope the Act on… more

by: Adam Federman

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Heard about the FBI Tracking of Keystone XL Activists? It’s Worse than You Thought. – February 26, 2015

The energy industry is now firmly hitched to the national security state.

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In August 2010, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Domestic Terrorism Analysis Unit distributed an intelligence bulletin to all field offices warning that environmental extremism would likely become an increasing threat to the energy industry. The eight-page document argued that, even though the industry had encountered only low-level vandalism and trespassing, recent “criminal incidents” suggested that environmental extremism was on the rise. The FBI concluded: “Environmental extremism will become a greater threat to the energy industry owing to our historical understanding that some environmental extremists… more

by: Adam Federman

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Gulf Coast Activists Band Together to Fight Climate Change and Extractive Industries – February 18, 2015

Frontline communities confront legacy of racism, poverty, and environmental destruction

For activists throughout the Gulf Coast 2015 is a year of anniversaries. It is the fifth anniversary of the BP oil spill; the 10-year anniversary of hurricanes Katrina and Rita as well as a BP refinery explosion in Texas City that killed 15 people; and 40 years since a massive influx of Vietnamese immigrants, who are now at the heart of the region’s fishing industry, began settling the region. And perhaps most notably the fiftieth anniversary of the march on Selma and the Voting Rights Act.

Ariel view of Deepwater Horizon spillPhoto by kris krügEverything from the Gulf Coast's history and environment to its… more

by: Adam Federman

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