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Kinder Morgan Suspends Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline Expansion Project – April 9, 2018

Activists hail news as a sign the project might eventually be scrapped due to public resistance

In a sea of bad news stories about human impacts on the natural environment and the toll already taken by a changing climate, good news stories are a welcome relief. So when American energy infrastructure company Kinder Morgan announced the suspension of work on its Canadian $7.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project yesterday, whether temporary or not, the news was greeted by activists with enthusiasm, relief, and renewed commitment to ensure the pipeline never gets built.

kinder morgan protestBy William Chen/Wikimedia CommonsProtests against the project — which involved expanding the existing Kinder Morgan line built in 1953 to increase its capacity to transport… more

by: Ron Johnson

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First Nations Face Off against Open-Pen Salmon Farms in British Columbia – February 5, 2018

Protesters have been occupying offshore aquaculture facilities in their waters for five months fighting license renewals

For thousands of years, wild salmon has been central to the livelihood and traditional culture of First Nations communities along the British Columbia coastline. They have eaten fish from the same waters for generations; young people they have learned and danced the same Salmon Dance as their elders. Wild salmon are also key to a healthy and stunning ecosystem that includes orcas, grizzly bears, and bald eagles, and that draws millions of tourists to the region every year providing billions of dollars in local revenue. 

photo of swanson occupationPhoto courtesy of Swanson Occupation, Facebook First Nation activists occupy a Marine Harvest fish farm facility near Swanson… more

by: Ron Johnson

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Tiny Houses, Big Resistance – January 2, 2018

Indigenous activists erecting tiny homes along proposed path of Trans Mountain pipeline

Ten tiny houses festooned with aboriginal artwork will soon be wheeled into the traditional territory of the Secwepemc Nation and placed in the path of a proposed new tar sands oil pipeline. The Tiny House Warriors anti-pipeline and Indigenous rights campaign led by Kanahus Manuel is set to oppose the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project in a way that could transform the British Columbia interior into the next Standing Rock.

photo of tiny housePhoto courtesy of Tiny House Warriors The Tiny House Warriors anti-pipeline and Indigenous rights campaign is erecting tiny houses in the path of the Trans Mountain pipeline… more

by: Ron Johnson

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Nebraska Approves Keystone XL Pipeline, Despite Opposition – November 20, 2017

Pipeline opponents have 30 days to appeal the decision

Less than five minutes into this morning’s meeting of the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC), regulators voted three to two to approve the “mainline alternative route” of the Keystone XL pipeline. And with that, the last hurdle facing Canadian company TransCanada was cleared leaving, paving the way for construction of the controversial pipeline. Nebraska was the last state reviewing the pipeline – the other states through which KXL will pass have already approved the project.

 SOLAR XL #2Photo by Alex Matzke / Bold NebraskaIn September, Bold Nebraska and Pipeline Fighters installed solar panels in the path of the proposed Keystone XL… more

by: Ron Johnson

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The Energy East Pipeline is Dead, but Three Tar Sands Pipeline Projects Remain – October 11, 2017

Anti-pipeline activists celebrate victory, caution against complacence

Last week, energy company TransCanada pulled the plug on its 2,800-mile Energy East Pipeline and Eastern Mainline projects, which would have shipped 1.1 million barrels of crude oil from the Athabasca tar sands to refineries in Eastern Canada. The move was celebrated as a victory by environmentalists and Indigenous people pushing for a transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

arial view of Athabasca Tar SandsPhoto by Dru Oja Jay, DominionIf built, the three other massive pipeline projects —TransCanada’s Keystone XL, Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project — would transport millions of barrels of oil… more

by: Ron Johnson

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