Note:The below article highlights several important ongoing struggles across the country, working to stop oil and gas pipelines.
It also underscores how monolithic organizing strategies – those which try to capture energy from across the country to stop one particular project, utilizing expensive and symbolic ‘civil disobedience’ and regular national days of ‘action’ – can allow less controversial, but equally dangerous, projects to slip through the cracks.
Thankfully, many of these lesser known projects are already facing grassroots opposition. As energy giants like Enbridge and Transcanada look to the northeastern US and the Canadian Maritime provinces as an energy corridor to serve domestic and overseas markets, organizers on both sides of the colonial border are joining forces to stop these projects dead in their tracks.
And as national networks are being forged in the heat of summer, organizers from across the continent are exploring new forms of solidarity and support to allow effective resistance to flourish.
-The GJEP Team
By Kiley Kroh, August 16, 2013. Source: ThinkProgress
While the national debate remains largely focused on President Obama’s impending decision regarding the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, communities across the U.S. and Canada are grappling with the oil and gas industry’s rapidly expanding pipeline network — cutting through their backyards, threatening water supplies, and leaving them vulnerable to devastating spills.
As production booms in Alberta’s tar sands and fracking opens up vast oil and natural gas deposits around America, companies are increasingly desperate for new pipelines to get their product to market. “We’ve so narrowly focused on Keystone that a lot of these other projects aren’t getting the scrutiny they probably need,” said Carl Weimer, executive director of the Pipeline Safety Trust. He explains that as production skyrockets and companies look to cash in, no one is really in charge of it all. “We’re leaving it up to these individual companies to come up with their own solutions to figure out how to move energy and we don’t have any national policy guiding those decisions.”
According to a recent analysis of federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration data, since 1986 there have been nearly 8,000 incidents, resulting in more than 500 deaths, more than 2,300 injuries, and nearly $7 billion in damage.
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