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British Columbia to Require Indigenous Consent for Fish Farms

New rule exempts Broughton Archipelago, raising questions about how big a win it is

There is solid evidence suggesting open net pen fish farming carries too many risks and not enough rewards for the coastal communities it impacts. Case in point: Washington State, where a fish farm pen collapsed last summer, releasing farmed Atlantic salmon into…
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by: Ron Johnson – June 28, 2018

Kinder Morgan Pipeline is Never Going to be Built, Vow Activists

Deal to buy Trans Mountain project flies in face of Trudeau’s promise to uphold the Paris Accord and rights of First Nations

On Tuesday, less than two months after Kinder Morgan suspended its controversial Trans Mountain pipeline project, the Canadian government announced a plan to purchase the project and terminal assets for $4.5 billion from the American company, unleashing a storm of criticism over…
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by: Ron Johnson – May 31, 2018

Kinder Morgan Suspends Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline Expansion Project

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…
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by: Ron Johnson – April 9, 2018

First Nations Face Off against Open-Pen Salmon Farms in British Columbia

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…
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by: Ron Johnson – February 5, 2018

Tiny Houses, Big Resistance

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…
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by: Ron Johnson – January 2, 2018

Nebraska Approves Keystone XL Pipeline, Despite Opposition

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…
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by: Ron Johnson – November 20, 2017

The Energy East Pipeline is Dead, but Three Tar Sands Pipeline Projects Remain

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…
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by: Ron Johnson – October 11, 2017

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