Wisconsin Ignored Findings of Scientists to Rewrite Mining Laws For GTAC
by Terri Hansen
, Indian Country
Wisconsin legislators didn’t heed the scientific data when they passed AB1/SB1 last spring, say scientists who testified before lawmakers.
The bill removed environmental hurdles for Gogebic Taconite’s (GTAC) proposed 4.5 mile long, 1.5 mile wide, 1,000-foot deep open pit iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin’s Gogebic Iron Range.
It created a separate set of regulations for ‘ferrous metallic mining’ of iron ore as opposed to mining for sulfide minerals, which require higher environmental standards because of the potential for acid mine drainage.
First Nations man faces $16K bill for ‘Idle No More’ blockade on CN Railway
by derrick on July 25th, 2013 10:58 pm
, WC Native News
A judge has ordered a native activist to pay more than $16,000 to CN Rail for a 13-day blockade created as part of the Idle No More movement.
Ron Plain, 51, spokesperson for the blockade in Sarnia in December and January, was ordered by Justice Bruce G. Thomas of Ontario Superior Court to pay the money because he defied an injunction to stop blocking the line.
The route serves industries in the local “Chemical Valley” complex of oil refineries and chemical plants.
Tahoe Resources Mining executive in Guatemala gives direct orders to kill protestors
Alberto Rotondo, executive of Tahoe Mine, San Rafael in Guatemala, gave direct orders to assassinate members of the community San Rafael Las Flores.
The investigation of the mining conflicts in San Rafael Las Flores, Santa Rosa, took a 180 degrees turn, after the Public Ministry submitted audio from wiretapping as evidence. In the audio it can be clearly heard how Alberto Rotondo, head of the San Rafael Mining Security outfit ordered to assassinate opponents of the mine.
The newspaper Siglo.21 published today a report titled “Rotondo ordered: Kill those sons of B..”, the report documents how the Security Chief gave direct orders to assassinate mining protesters and opponents of the mining project.
Comment: 1993’s Clayoquot Summer was a game-changer
by Valerie Langer , Eduardo Sousa , Maryjka Mychajlowycz , Jens Wieting and Torrance Coste.
, Times Colonist
Twenty years ago today, about 30 residents of Tofino were driving up and down the highway by Long Beach, communicating via handheld radios, tracking a helicopter carrying B.C.’s premier of the day and select media.
A local guy listening in on emergency, aviation and boat communications was transmitting the play-by-play, while the helicopter sought a quiet landing spot where the premier could make a “contained” statement about the fate of Clayoquot Sound’s forests.
Nothing that followed, however, in what was to become the Clayoquot Summer of 1993, could be construed as “contained.”
UN demands ‘immediate suspension’ of Amazon gas plans
The United Nations has demanded an immediate halt to the expansion of a major gas project in the Peruvian Amazon, over concerns that it poses a grave risk to the lives of uncontacted Indians living nearby.
In a letter to the Peruvian government, the UN’s Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) requested the ‘immediate suspension’ of plans to expand the existing Camisea gas project further into the Nahua-Nanti reserve, as it ‘threatens the physical and cultural survival of the indigenous peoples living there.’
First Nation and Metis groups denied effective access to justice
November 26, 2012 Fort McMurray, AB – Today the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) received a decision from the Alberta Court of appeal dismissing their application for leave to appeal a decision of the Joint Review Panel to not review the adequacy of Crown consultation before deciding whether to approve Shell’s Jackpine Mine expansion project. The First Nation is extremely disappointed and is currently reviewing their options to address the lack of adequate consultation with respect to Shell’s tar sands project.
Call for an investigation of the State Department's tar sands scandal
For weeks we've watched the State Department's sham review of Keystone XL unfold, with no calls from congress for corrective action.
The silence was finally shattered this week, as a group of 14 Senators and Representatives, led by Sen. Bernie Sanders, sent a letter to the President and the Inspector General of the State Department, calling for a formal investigation into this scandal.1
This process being conducted by the State Department is a crime in progress. But with a final decision is coming before the end of the year, it's not over yet. This is a crucial moment to amplify congressional calls for an investigation.
Join congressional leaders in calling for an independent investigation of the State Department's tar sands scandal.
Tribes Occupy the Belo Monte Dam Work Site
Early this morning on the Xingu River outside of Altamira, an estimated 600 indigenous people from 21 tribes, as well as fishermen, occupied the construction site of the Belo Monte Dam, demanding a definitive end to the project. Events are very fluid on the ground, and internet has been out in the region, so information is coming in bit by bit. We know that early on, the mobilization declared their intent to not leave the site until the Belo Monte Dam was cancelled for good.
Justice Moves Forward, Impunity Presents Obstacles
After 29 years of impunity for crimes against humanity and genocide committed during the internal armed conflict against the Maya People, on Thursday October 13 Judge Carol Patricia Flores indicted one of the intellectual authors of the genocide - José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez - who was the Director of Intelligence (G2) for the military high command from April 1982 to April 1983 in the government of Efraín Ríos Montt.
In 2001, survivors of the genocide launched a case against the 1982-1983 military high command made up of Head of State Efraín Ríos Montt, Minister of Defence General Oscar Humberto Mejía Víctores and General Hector Mario Lopez Fuentes.
Tomgram: Bill McKibben, Obama and the Corruption of Big Oil
by Bill McKibben
, Tomgram - Tom Dispatch
At the Occupy Wall Street campgrounds in lower Manhattan, you can find just about anything. Like the sign held by a Marine vet wearing a "Don't Tread on Me" t-shirt (with a "Ban Fracking Now" sticker on one sleeve) and military pants: "2nd time I've fought for my country, 1st time I've known my enemy." It could give you chills. And then there were the older women who cornered me on a visit to the encampment. They were noticeable in part because Zuccotti Park is largely a stakeout for the young and in part because they were insistently shoving a petition at me. It was a call to stop fracking -- the practice of injecting water and potentially dangerous chemicals into rock formations to release natural gas, which can poison local drinking water. (I signed.)
Say No to the Keystone XL
Unless good sense intervenes, it looks increasingly likely that the State Department will approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry a coarse, acidic crude oil from northern Alberta in Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas. That would be a mistake.
DENE NATION BECOMES PART OF INTERNATIONAL ACCORD OPPOSED TO KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE
The Dene Nation has helped prepare an accord opposing the Keystone XL pipeline with First Nations, tribal leaders, and property owners in the United States and Canada. The accord was agreed to at a meeting on the Rosebud Sioux reservation in South Dakota last week, and is the latest in a serious of coordinated actions between different entities with diverse interests opposing the pipeline.
Via Campesina Food Sovereignty Video
La Via Campesina in Movement… Food Sovereignty now! from La Via Campesina on Vimeo. A phenomenal view of one of the most powerful, most necessary movements in activist and community history
Indigenous Peoples: Civil disobedience to halt dirty Tar Sands pipeline in US
by Article and photo by Brenda Norrell
NEW TOWN, North Dakota --The resistance to the dirty Tar Sands announced plans for civil disobedience in Washington to send a message to the Obama Administration to halt a plan for use of the dirtiest oil on the planet, which threatens natural resources and humanity in North America, including Indian country.
Greenwashing: Corporations target Indian country with scams
by Brenda Norrell
, Censored News
Indian country leaders are being courted with "greenwashing," as corporations attempt to profiteer from the new Green Movement which seeks to halt global warming and create alternative energy sources. The scam of carbon credits, and waste incinerators disguised as renewable energy and recycling projects, are the latest corporate hoaxes.
National Geographic spotlights proposed oilsands pipeline to B.C.
National Geographic magazine has again focused attention on Alberta’s oilsands, this time with an article on Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway project titled “Pipeline Through Paradise.”
The magazine will hit newsstands this week, but the online version is available now.
The article details the sinking of B.C. Ferries’ Queen of the North in 2006, and the oil still leaking from the submerged vessel, suggesting this is a taste of what is in store for the north coast of B.C.
The People v. the Pipeline: Time to Join In
by Wendell Berry, Bill McKibben, Danny Glover, Maude Barlow, Tom Goldtooth, James Hansen, Wes Jackson, Naomi Klein, George Poitras, David Suzuki, Gus Speth
This will be a slightly longer letter than common for the internet age—it’s serious stuff.
The short version is we want you to consider doing something hard: coming to Washington in the hottest and stickiest weeks of the summer and engaging in civil disobedience that will likely get you arrested.
The full version goes like this:
As you know, the planet is steadily warming: 2010 was the warmest year on record, and we’ve seen the resulting chaos in almost every corner of the earth.
Tar Sands Oil Extraction - The Dirty Truth
Environmental devastation of the land, water, and air - the largest industrial energy project in the world is extracting crude oil from bitumen found beneath the pristine boreal forest of Alberta, Canada. Effecting a land mass equivalent in size to Florida or England, Both industry and government are putting money before the health and security of its people and the environment.
Regulatory fight in a Canadian oil-sands box
by Bill Mann
, Market Watch
A big battle is shaping up over environmental regulation of Canada’s oil sands, the second-largest oil deposits in the world. And, surprisingly, it’s Conservatives against Conservatives.
In this corner, it’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s federal Conservatives, who just gained a majority government. In that corner, it’s Alberta’s conservative provincial government, led by hard-nosed, oil-industry friendly premier Ed Stelmach.
Demanding Hillary Clinton’s E-Mail — Now
by By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
The Canadian company TransCanada is hoping to win State Department approval of construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry “oil sands” oil to the Gulf Coast for refining. To this end, it has spent $310,000 this year lobbying in Washington for the cause.
Ecuadoreans win round in drawn-out Chevron battle
by Basil Katz, Reuters 12 May 2011
A U.S. appeals court…modified a lower court order that barred Ecuadorean villagers from collecting an $8.6 billion award against Chevron…for polluting the Amazon rain forest. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals…
Nez Perce, CSKT seek to join lawsuit against Kearl megaloads
by KIM BRIGGEMAN
Two tribes along the route of the Kearl Module Transportation Project have asked to take part in litigation designed to halt it.
Western Montana's Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, as well as the Nez Perce of Idaho, filed a motion in Missoula County District Court Wednesday asking to have their say in the suit against the Montana Department of Transportation.
A Gateway FOE
On the surface, there is a disproportionate power imbalance between Jackie Thomas, chief of the Saik'uz First Nation of British Columbia, and Enbridge Inc., the Calgary-based pipeline giant.
Love, Earth Brand Called Environmentally Responsible Despite Evidence Otherwise
The social criteria of “Love, Earth” also outline “freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining,” “fair remuneration of employees that is in compliance with the local and national laws and consistent with the prevailing local standards in the countries of operation,” and “maintain reasonable employee work hours in compliance with local standards and applicable laws.”
Chevron files RICO suit in Ecuador case
by David Baker
Using a law written to prosecute the Mafia, Chevron Corp. on Tuesday filed a racketeering lawsuit against a team of lawyers who have been fighting the company over oil field pollution in Ecuador.
All against the haul: petition
All against the haul
In secret negotiations with state agencies and public officials, the world’s wealthiest corporations began hatching plans several years ago to transform rivers and rural roads in the Northwest and Northern Rockies into a permanent industrial corridor to the Tar Sands of Alberta, Canada.
75 Groups from Canada, US and Europe Call for End to Toxic Tar Sands Tailings
by Emma Pullman
75 groups from across Canada, the U.S. and Europe have signed a petition calling on the federal and Alberta governments to immediately phase out existing tailings lakes and deny any proposed project that would create new tailings lakes. Greenpeace issued the call-out last week, and 45 groups across Canada, including 23 Alberta-based groups, six U.S. groups, and one group from Europe have signed on to support a moratorium on destructive tar sands practices. To date, there have been over 600 signatories to the petition.
Cherokee Nation excluded from watershed-damage litigation
by Carol Berry, Today correspondent
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a split decision Sept. 21 denied the Cherokee Nation’s appeal of a lower court ruling that excluded the tribe from a controversy between Oklahoma and Tyson Foods Inc. and other poultry dealers over disposal of poultry waste in the Illinois River watershed, which spans about 1 million acres along the Oklahoma/Arkansas border.
Canada's Oily Sands Yield Energy and Protests
by HILLARY BRENHOUSE
A dozen Greenpeace activists wearing bathing suits and covered in molasses intended to resemble crude oil held up their hands like stop signs in the business district of Montreal last month.
Tailings Pond Reclamation
Alberta Prime Time
To what extent has the land been restored? Will it provide a sustainable ecosystem? And is it the first tailings pond reclamation of many? Joining us for this discussion is Terra Simieritsch, a policy analyst with the Pembina Institute.
On Monday, September 27 and Tuesday, September 28, Peter Mansbridge will be hosting The National from Alberta. We'll have two nights of special coverage of the vastly profitable and highly controversial oilsands.
First Nation says: Oil companies shall not pass
by G. Dunkel
From British Columbia to Quebec, from Canada to the United States to the United Kingdom, a movement inspired by the resistance of the Unist’ot’en of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation people to an oil pipeline proposed by the pipeline giant Enbridge is gaining momentum.
Elevated levels of toxins found in Athabasca River
by Josh Wingrove
, Globe and Mail
A study set to be published on Monday has found elevated levels of mercury, lead and eleven other toxic elements in the oil sands’ main fresh water source, the Athabasca River, refuting long-standing government and industry claims that water quality there hasn’t been affected by oil sands development.
Green groups want Syncrude approval revoked
by Jeffrey Jones
CALGARY, Alberta, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Environmental groups demanded on Tuesday that Alberta's energy regulator rescind its approval for Syncrude Canada Ltd's plans to reduce toxic waste from oil sands production, saying they do not meet the regulator's own regulations.
Rio Tinto in Michigan: Native Americans make a stand and bear the brunt
In 2005, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community tried to lease the sacred Eagle Rock site from the State of Michigan for ceremonial use. Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula near Marquette, Eagle Rock and the surrounding Yellow Dog Plains are part of lands ceded to the tribe for hunting and fishing by an 1842 government treaty upheld by the courts again in 1983.
CEI Launches the ReThink Alberta Campaign to stop the Tar Sands
With the Calgary Stampede underway, billboards asking Americans to rethink their travel plans to Alberta rolled out across four major US cities today (cities that bring the most US tourists annually to Alberta) marking the first wave of a multi-year ad campaign aimed at revealing Alberta to be one of the world’s dirtiest destinations.
Powerful US Congressman Sends Serious Opposition to Canada Oil Sands Pipeline
by Kevin Grandia
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), a senior member of Congress and chair of the powerful Congressional Committee on Energy and Commerce has penned a public letter to the Secretary of State, Hilary Rodham Clinton, in which he states strong opposition to a planned oil pipeline that would transport Canada's controversial tar sands oil to the US Gulf Coast.
Tar Sands Poised to Become the Next Fossil Fuels Disaster
by Sarah Hodgdon
If we could go back in time before the BP Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April 20, what would we learn? What steps would have helped avert what is now the nation's worst environmental disaster? Could this hindsight help us prevent similar catastrophes in the future? Would our political leaders have the moral compass to "get it right" this time around?
50 Representatives Urge Obama to Recognize Keystone XL Pipeline’s Threat to Clean Energy Future
As details continue to emerge on just how extensively BP cut corners at the expense of safety, and 60,000 barrels of oil gushes into the Gulf each day, nearly two months after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, 50 members of Congress submitted a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to press her and the Obama administration not to rush to approve a new tar sands oil pipeline that would stretch over 2,000 miles of the United States from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
Report Shows the Worst Tar Balls Coming from Canada
As the oil spill disaster in the Gulf deepens, Canada's oil industry is taking advantage of the catastrophe to offer its dirty oil as an alternative to offshore drilling. A report released this week crushes that myth, Tar Sands Invasion: How Dirty and Expensive Oil from Canada Threatens America’s New Energy Economy, details the enormous financial and environmental costs associated with what has been termed the largest and most destructive project on the planet.
Nils Gilman: Deviant Globalization [video]
by The Long Now Foundation
Nils Gilman describes deviant globalization as "the unpleasant underside of transnational integration."
These are not marginal, "informal" activities. These are enormous, complex businesses straight out of the Harvard Business Review. The drug business in Mexico, for example, employs 400,000 people. A thousand-dollar kilo of cocaine grows in value by 1400-percent when it crosses into the U.S. -- nice profit margin there.
Anglo American challenged at AGM
Anglo American was challenged at its April 22 AGM in London on a range of issues including a legacy of sickness among former miners in South Africa,
AvaTarsands: The Dirty Sequel
The film entitled AvaTarsands: The Dirty Sequel includes a musical interlude sung by Tar Sands oil executives and features a cameo by a blue-faced President Obama.
The film funded by Corporate Ethics International asks Americans to write to President Obama warning that Canada’s Tar Sands do not fit in the new clean energy economy.
Play the Polaris Institute's Tar Nation video game:
Play the Polaris Institute's Tar Nation video game:
Spray dirty oil sands crude at Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and PM candidate Michael Ignatieff until you've pushed them completely out of the tar sands.
Win the game (or click here) to send a letter to both -- urging them to stop supporting the dirtiest oil on the planet.
First Nations rebut Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
March 5 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) responded to the "Avatarsands" ad in Hollywood's Variety newspaper, making a variety of misleading claims regarding First Nations. See: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/March2010/04/c6952.html.
Arundhati Roy on Enclosure
by Arundhati Roy
, Raj Patel
The low, flat-topped hills of south Orissa have been home to the Dongria
Kondh long before there was a country called India or a state called
Profit Before People and Human Rights
by Brid Brennan Jesús Carrión, David Llistar, Erika Gonzalez, Tom Kucharz, Karen Lang, Francesco Martone
The report exposes the role of EU institutions in constructing a complex political and legal architecture which allows European transnational companies to operate with impunity in the region.
Investors Speak Out Against Fueling Of Congo War By Conflict Minerals
This week a group of investors, including faith-based and global institutional investors with assets close to $200 billion, released a statement calling on companies to be more proactive in ensuring the minerals in their electronics components are not fueling the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has claimed more than 5 million lives.
Tar Sands Action Alert: Copenhagen Solidarity
Canada is one of many governments who have sent “delegates” to Copenhagen to derail the UN climate conference…but Prime Minister Harper and his delegation no longer have stealth on their side. They are leaving a trail of oily Tar Sands wherever they go.
Oil Sands report reveals the "dirt"
by Jeremy Hance
Canada's tar sands have been internationally criticized as one of the world's largest industrial sources of greenhouse gases, but the energy-intensive extraction of oil also has a less-noted impact on the local environment.
Obama pledge to Native Americans
US President Barack Obama has vowed not to forget American Indian tribes, as representatives gathered for a White House conference on native issues.
Beware the Sirens of Big Oil
Riki Ott, a rare combination of commercial salmon “fisherm’am” and PhD marine biologist (and author of Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill), knows very well the impacts of oil companies’ broken promises.
South African villagers take action against Anglo American subsidiary
The Sekuruwe community in the Mapela area, north of Mokopane in Limpopo Province, has been taking action for the last three days to demand cooperation from the Sekuruwe Section 21 Company in the reexhumation and reburial of community graves desecrated by Anglo Platinum and its subcontractor, Phuti Funeral Homes.
Can Nike and Wal-Mart save the Amazon?
by Andrew Downie, Christian Science Monitor
A recent decision by a group of multinational companies that include Nike, Adidas, and Timberland [as well as Wal-Mart and Carrefour] to boycott beef and leather products from the Brazilian Amazon
Enbridge's Bad Week
by Will Horter
, Dogwood Initiative
A $100 million slush fund can buy you a lot of things, but it doesn’t look like it can buy Enbridge support for its Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker project in northern BC.
My mother told me there’d be days like these…
by Alan Septoff
Flying in the face of a growing host of military experts and research showing the contrary, Secretary Clinton decided that Enbridge’s Alberta Clipper dirty oil sands pipeline is in the U.S. national interest. Presidential Executive Order 11423 allows the Secretary to permit the pipeline ONLY if she judges it’s in the national interest.
Plaintiffs Celebrate as Rio Tinto Loses
The United States Federal Court again rejected arguments from Rio Tinto in a massive human rights claim brought by South Pacific islanders claiming the world’s largest mining company conspired with the government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) in crimes against humanity, racial discrimination and war crimes.
Please Help Us Mrs. Nixon
The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is the leading funder of Canadian tar sands oil extraction -- Canada's fastest growing source of water pollution and global warming emissions. The Rainforest Action Network has been asking the bank to end its involvement with the oil sands, but so far the company hasn't shown much leadership.
"No Compromise in Defense of the Earth"
by Jennifer Thompson
, Policy Innovations
Dear Colleagues, Supporters, and Friends,
I hereby resign as president of the Reputable Mainstream Environmental Lobbying Organization. The global political will necessary to thwart catastrophic climate change has not materialized. I hold myself partially responsible
Calvert Divests Weyerhaeuser
Today Calvert Investments [part of Calvert Group] removed Weyerhaeuser from the Calvert Social Index of sustainable and responsible companies due to Weyerhaeuser’s failure to meet the Index’s standards for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights...[also refers to AbitibiBowater, Boise]
Rio Tinto sued for pollution at “best practice” mine “
A few years ago Rio Tinto walked away from one of the most controversial mines in its recent history – the Flambeau copper project in Wisconsin, USA. A coalition of Native American and local people had taken up arms against one of the world’s biggest mining companies, but lost.
ECUADOR: Chevron's Amazon 'fake cleanup' trial
A report submitted this week to a court in Ecuador finding dangerous levels of contamination at oil wells Chevron says it cleaned up in the 1990s is expected to reinforce a fraud indictment against two Chevron lawyers in a $27.3 billion environmental lawsuit against the oil company.
Indigenous peoples, big business, death, destruction.
by John Vidal - Guardian
, Taipei Times
It has been called the world’s second “oil war,” but the only similarity between Iraq and events in the jungles of northern Peru over the last few weeks has been the mismatch of force. On one side have been the police armed with automatic weapons, tear gas, helicopter gunships and armored cars. On the other are several thousand Awajun and Wambis natives, many of them in war paint and armed with bows and arrows and spears.
Secret papers 'show how Shell targeted Nigeria oil protests'
by Andy Rowell
Serious questions over Shell Oil's alleged involvement in human rights abuses in Nigeria emerged last night after confidential internal documents and court statements revealed how the energy giant enlisted the help of the country's brutal former military government to deal with protesters.
Shell to Pay $15.5 Million to Settle Nigerian Case
by Jad Mouawad, New York Times
Royal Dutch Shell, the big oil company, agreed to pay $15.5 million to settle a case accusing it of taking part in human rights abuses in the Niger Delta in the early 1990s, a striking sum given that the company has denied any wrongdoing.
Losing the Amazon
, Guardian UK
Brazil's president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, writing in the Guardian in March, offered us these words of hope: "No country has a larger stake in reversing the impact of global warming than Brazil. That is why it is at the forefront of efforts to come up with solutions that preserve our common future." Lula's words are fine. But we are still waiting for real action.
Apache tribe resolves to defeat two mining giants
One of the presentations, made in the May 2009 UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York, highlighted opposition by the San Carlos Apache of Arizona to the prospect of a major new copper mine, to be operated jointly by Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton.
Judge Says Federal Agencies Need To Do More For Salmon Runs
U.S. District Court Judge James Redden has told the federal government what to consider in order to restore Columbia basin salmon runs. The judge released a letter to the parties on Monday as part of long running litigation brought by fishing and conservation groups aimed at rebuilding the once vast salmon runs of the Columbia River and its tributaries. Read Judge Redden's letter: http://www.earthjustice.org/library/legal_docs/redden_letter_2009_columbia-snake_biop.pdf
The first original production by and for Babelgum, Downstream focuses on the controversy surrounding the development of Alberta's oil sands. This beautifully photographed documentary is an eye-opening investigation into one of the world's most polluting oil operations. It includes interviews with ecologists, Canadian politicians, local residents and a very dedicated doctor, discussing the environmental, economic and health issues surrounding the oil sands development.
Land rights victory for Amazon Indians in Brazil
In what is being hailed as a victory for indigenous groups in the Brazilian Amazon, Brazil's Supreme Court sided with Indians from the Raposa Serra do Sol reservation in a 30-year land dispute with large-scale farmers in the northern state of Roraima, near the border with Venezuela, reports the Associated Press.
Justice for the Navajo
The federal government has a long history of cheating American Indians, and not all of this dirty dealing is in the distant past. On Monday, the Supreme Court hears arguments in a suit by the Navajo, who lost millions of dollars’ worth of coal royalties because the government helped a coal company underpay for their coal.
Groups condemn Province's Failure to Act [PDF]
Farmed and Dangerous
The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) today
slammed the BC government for once again failing to invest in the development of a new, green
technology industry that would address the numerous devastating impacts of open net-cage
salmon farming in coastal waters while creating jobs for the new economy.
by Mark Dowie
, Orion Magazine
June days lengthen and snow melts to reveal tiny bright wildflowers and nutritious lichens. Thousands of pregnant caribou gather in tight circles. They are gaunt and exhausted from their six-hundred-mile migration from the boreal forests of Saskatchewan.
Hundreds of Brazil's eco-warriors at risk of assassination
by Tom Phillips - Guardian
Twenty years after the killing of Chico Mendes, one of the world's most prominent rainforest defenders, hundreds of human rights and environmental activists still face the threat of assassination in Brazil, a new study claims.
NO bailout for TARSANDS!
Forest Ethics Network
On the day Canadian finance ministers are meeting in Saskatoon to discuss financial breaks for Tar Sands, environmental groups took out an ad in the local Saskatoon paper, the Star Phoenix, that asks ‘How will Canada’s finance ministers spend your money?’
Big oil gets help leaving footprints in Alaska
by Joel Connelly
, Seattle PI
WITH THAT WONDERFUL sense of federalism she showed America in the fall campaign, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin reportedly remarked to Gov. Chris Gregoire that Alaska fishermen should get dibs on fish in Alaska's waters.
Drilling vs. Direct Democracy in Mexico
by John Ross
Berta Robledo, a nurse at the National Pediatric Hospital here, was hunched over the counter at La Blanca, a popular old quarter restaurant, a magnifying glass in one hand, a dictionary in the other, and a print copy of a petroleum "reform" law pending in the Mexican Congress spread before her on the Formica.
PacifiCorp Agrees To Remove Dams
by Jim Carlton, The Wall Street Journal
Electric utility PacifiCorp has tentatively agreed to remove four dams from the Klamath River, in a deal that would end one of the West's most rancorous water disputes and could serve as a settlement model for similar fights.
IEN-Canadian Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign
"If we don't have land and we don't have anywhere to carry out our traditional lifestyles, we lose who we are as a people. So, if there's no land, then its equivalent in our estimation to genocide of a people." George Poitras, Mikisew Cree First Nation
HAZMAT Magazine -- No environmental enforcement at Tar Sands, group says
Oil companies operating in the Tar Sands were fined only $249,000 in 2006, despite numerous environmental violations including 240 air quality exceedances by just one company. By comparison, library fines for Alberta's largest cities, Calgary and Edmonton, totaled more than $4 million that same year, in 2006, or 16 times more than what all the oil companies were fined for their environmental violations.
Time to draw a line in the oil sands
by Gillian McEachern and Matt Price
, Global Community Monitor
Ontario is on the cusp of helping oil-sands emissions explode. Shell Canada wants permits to be granted by the end of this year for a new refinery in Sarnia to process oil from its oil-sands mines in Alberta for use in gas tanks across the GTA.
The Cost of Power: Coal Mining and Human Rights in Colombia
by Aviva Chomsky and Orlando Acosta
I’m going to talk about Drummond, because it is a North American company. It arrived in Colombia in 1987. It obtained a claim to exploit coal in a region of ten thousand hectares in the Caribbean region of Colombia. This mine is in Cesar province. In 1995, when the shaft was opened, the workers, because of the company’s pressures and violations of their rights, became unionized in order to resist. This is open-pit mine. When they took away the top layer of land to get down to where the coal is, the communities living in the areas surrounding the mine were displaced. Moreover, the water sources in those areas were removed, obstructed, so the ecosystem changed as well.
Javatrekker: Dispatches from the World of Fair Trade Coffee
by Dean Cycon
, Buy at Powell's
In each cup of coffee we drink the major issues of the twenty-first century — globalization, immigration, women's rights, pollution, indigenous rights, and self-determination — are played out in villages and remote areas around the world. In Javatrekker: Dispatches from the World of Fair Trade Coffee, a unique hybrid of Fair Trade business, adventure travel, and cultural anthropology, author Dean Cycon brings readers face-to-face with the real people who make our morning coffee ritual possible.
Rainforest Action Network Denounces Weyerhaeuser’s Environmental and Human Rights Abuses at Builders Conference
Rainforest Action Network
Members of Rainforest Action Network (RAN) protested the environmental and human rights practices of Weyerhaeuser Corp. at the Building Industry Show today, deploying a balloon banner in the atrium of the Long Beach Convention Center that read, “Weyerhaeuser and iLevel: Clearcutting Human Rights. Ask Me How!” Weyerhaeuser was permitted to exhibit its iLevel “green” wood in the show’s green pavilion, despite the fact that the wood was clear-cut from the traditional territory of Canada’s Grassy Narrows First Nation against the community’s wishes.
Companies not doing enough to protect rights of indigenous peoples, says EIRIS
Ethical Investment Research Services (EIRIS) and the Centre for Australian Ethical Research (CAER) today released a joint report exploring the challenges and opportunities faced by companies operating in areas where the rights of indigenous peoples are threatened. The report also analyses the measures companies are
implementing to address indigenous and land rights issues.
The New Rulers of the World
The film looks at the new rulers of the world -- the great multinationals and the governments and institutions that back them -- the IMF and the World Bank. Under IMF rules, millions of people throughout the world lose their jobs and livelihood.
Oil on Ice
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Oil on Ice is a one-hour television documentary/WebDVD that examines the the battle over oil development within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.