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New Report Reveals High Risks, No Reward of Alberta Clipper Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion

March 31, 2014. Source: Indigenous Environmental Network

AllRiskNoRewardCover-234x300A new report released today by the Sierra Club and 13 other groups including the Indigenous Environmental Network, examines the proposed expansion of the Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline and concludes that there are significant threats to water, health and climate. The report, All Risk, No Reward: The Alberta Clipper Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion, comes in advance of a rally to stop the Alberta Clipper expansion that will take place before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission public hearing in St. Paul, MN on April 3.

“The risks are too high, said Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network. “Any spill, leak or explosion could have a devastating effect to the rich biodiversity and cultural diversity of northern Minnesota. The human rights of Native people in northern Alberta, Canada where this crude oil comes from are already being violated. There can be no reward when it comes to dirty oil that ruins the quality of water, ecosystems and the life of people.”

“This report confirms our worst fears about the proposed Alberta Clipper expansion,” said author Sarah Mine. “This tar sands expansion project is far too risky to communities in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, who would be subjected to extreme environmental degradation, extreme carbon pollution, and tremendous threats to their land, water, and health.”

Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Inc. plans to pump 800,000 barrels per day of one of the planet’s dirtiest sources of oil through North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. This expansion project would almost double the pipeline’s current capacity and put it on par with the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

Expanding Alberta Clipper’s capacity would expose communities and tribes to tar sands’ full complement of disturbing climate, safety, and environmental implications; potentially devastate cultural and historical resources; give the landlocked tar sands industry access to ports and enormous new overseas markets; and enable the massive, environmentally devastating tar sands growth planned by the industry.

Tar sands crude can be far more dangerous than conventional crude, especially in water, and the proposed expansion project could put the region’s clean water at risk. The tar sands dilbit sinks in water, where standard cleanup techniques do not work. The Alberta Clipper route crosses many bodies of water that are critical as drinking water sources and cultural and ecological sites.

Enbridge Inc. has a disgraceful history of spills, including the worst onshore oil spill in U.S. history when a ruptured Enbridge pipeline poured 843,000 gallons of tar sands crude into Michigan’s Talmadge Creek and Kalamazoo River.

Mark Westlund, Sierra Club
415-977-5719 – mark.westlund@sierraclub.org

Tom BK Goldtooth, Ex. Dir. IEN
(218) 751-4967 – ien@igc.org


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While America spars over Keystone XL, a vast network of pipelines is quietly being approved

By Katie Valentine, March 20, 2014. Source: Think Progress


After countless marches, arrests, Congressional votes, and editorials, the five-and-a-half year battle over the controversial Keystone XL pipeline is nearing its end. If a recent ruling in Nebraska doesn’t delay the decision further, America could find out as soon as this spring whether or not the pipeline, which has become a focal point in America’s environmental movement, will be built.

But while critics and proponents of Keystone XL have sparred over the last few years, numerous pipelines — many of them slated to carry the same Canadian tar sands crude as Keystone — have been proposed, permitted, and even seen construction begin in the U.S. and Canada. Some rival Keystone XL in size and capacity; others, when linked up with existing and planned pipelines, would carry more oil than the 1,179-mile pipeline.

With the public eye turned on Keystone, some of these pipelines have faced little opposition. But it’s not just new pipelines that worry Carl Weimer, executive director of the Pipeline Safety Trust. Weimer said companies are beginning to revamp old pipelines by expanding their capacity or reversing their flow, changes that can be troubling if proper safety measures aren’t put in place.
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Take action against Enbridge’s Line 9

Note: For more background on Enbridge’s Line 9 tar sands pipeline and the recent approval it received by Canadian regulators, click here.

-The GJEP Team

March 17, 2014. Source: Reclaim Turtle Island

Photo: Adam Carter/CBC

Photo: Adam Carter/CBC


Without surprise, the National Energy Board has approved the reversal of the Line 9 pipeline. This pipeline crosses every single tributary that flows into Lake Ontario, and cuts up the north shore of the St. Lawrence river….

It was anticipated that this information be released on March. 19th. Instead the rubber-stamping came early.

Indigenous peoples whose territories are being attacked by this project have been silenced throughout this process. It is our communities, and other communities of colour, who primarily live fenceline with the tar sands, its mining, infrastructure and refineries. It is our Sacred sites that are being desecrated by the shady movements of corporate imperialists and colonial-capitalists.

Line 9 shows us exactly what environmental racism looks like, from Aamjiwnaang to Jane & Finch – telling us that bodies of colour and Indigenous bodies are expendable for the larger project of profit. Line 9 is but expanded infrastructure to move the Athabasca tar sands eastward – it is an embodiment of the slow industrial genocide that is being committed by TransCanada, Enbridge, Suncor, and the Government of Canada, to name a few.
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Enbridge Line 9 reversal gets green light from National Energy Board

March 6, 2014. Source: Canadian Press

Photo: Canadian Press

Photo: Canadian Press

TORONTO – The National Energy Board gave the green light Thursday to energy giant Enbridge’s plan to reverse the flow and increase the capacity of a pipeline that has been running between southern Ontario and Montreal for years.

The 141-page decision on the controversial Line 9 comes some four months after the federal regulator held public hearings on the Calgary-based company’s proposal.

The approval is subject to certain conditions that include Enbridge (TSX:ENB) being required to undertake activities involving pipeline integrity, emergency response and continued consultation.

“The board’s decision enables Enbridge to react to market forces and provide benefits to Canadians, while at the same time implementing the project in a safe and environmentally sensitive manner,” the NEB said in a statement. Continue reading

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Enbridge record questioned as Line 9 pipeline decision nears

By Annie Burns-Pieper, February 22, 2014. Source: CTV


Line 9 incidents and spills. Photo: CTV

Line 9 incidents and spills. Photo: CTV

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When Dan Walker bought property along Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline he never thought the pipelines under the ground would interfere with using the property, raising cattle and growing cash crops.

Plans for his property, however, were interrupted when his cows mysteriously started miscarrying.

“Some cows just didn’t take. Some, some were aborting early. And even some were born dead,” says Walker.

About a year later, Enbridge found contamination on his land.

“Just looks like a black sludge,” Walker told W5 reporter Tom Kennedy. Continue reading

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Michigan tar sands activists face 2-3 years in prison for direct action

January 31, 2014. Source: Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands


Lansing, MI – Three activists from Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands (MI-CATS) were found guilty Friday in an Ingham County court on charges of trespassing and resisting and obstructing a police officer. The verdict followed a weekend of direct actions against Enbridge’s tar sands pipeline. The three face sentences of 2-3 years. Though not considered a flight risk, the three women were denied bail and are forced to remain in custody until sentencing on March 5, 2014.

Their July protest aimed to stop the expansion of a historically polluting Enbridge pipeline that would carry tar sands across the Great Lakes region. In 2010, a devastating tar sands spill contaminated the Kalamazoo River and surrounding community. It was the largest spill ever on U.S. soil. The company behind it was Enbridge.

Vicci Hamlin, Lisa Leggio, and Barb Carter joined MI-CATS after years of activism and selfless volunteer work. Continue reading

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Climate activists disrupt Prime Minister Harper’s board of trade event

By Jenny Uechi, January 6, 2014. Source: Vancouver Observer

Photo: David P. Ball

Photo: David P. Ball

Moments after Prime Minister Stephen Harper took the stage at the Vancouver Board of Trade event downtown, Shit Harper Did activist Sean Devlin and another protester, Shireen Soofi, from No One is Illegal, appeared holding black and white signs reading “Climate Justice Now” and “The Conservatives Take Climate Change Seriously”.

Onlookers gasped in shock as security stormed up and threw the protesters down from the stage, then violently pushed them through a black curtain behind the stage from where the prime minister entered.

“I just had on black clothes and an apron that I picked up from Value Village,” Devlin said, when asked how he and Soofi managed to get into the room. “I was arrested with mischief, but then they let me go. No charges…but it felt like we were supposed to be there. We were supposed to be there.”

“They weren’t wearing a lanyard issued by the Board. They appeared to be dressed as serving staff. We had no idea they were there,” said Vancouver Board of Trade CEO and President Iain Black, who asked Harper questions about the Canadian economy and environment at a Q&A event at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel.
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Aboriginal blockade in British Columbia targeted

Makeshift bomb explodes on Aboriginal blockade, Hereditary Likhts’amisyu chief Toghestiy says

By Krystle Alarcon, Oct 30th, 2013. Source: Vancouver Observer

Trail of the accelerator that was set off last night that burnt the sign set up by the Unist’ot’en Camp. Photo from Unist’ot’en Facebook page.

A warning sign set up by Unist’ot’en leaders on their land, near Houston, a forestry and mining town in the northern interior of B.C., has apparently been torched by a makeshift bomb. The sign, which reads  “Stop: No access without consent,” lit up around 10:20 p.m. last night.

Hereditary Likhts’amisyu chief Toghestiy, together with his wife, Freda Huson, the spokesperson for the Unist’ot’en Clan, set up a roadblock against the proposed Northern Gateway’s Pacific Trail Pipeline.

Their clans, together with the Git’dum’den, are three out of five Wet’suwet’en First Nation clans that built cabins last year as a permanent defense camp against the pipeline and mining projects. The $1-billion pipeline project would deliver natural gas from northern B.C. and Alberta to Kitimat for shipment overseas. The pipeline is slated to pass through Wet’suwet’en land. Continue reading

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Video: Tar sands protesters commandeer public meeting, energy officials run for the door

By Dylan Ruiz and Joseph Smooke, 22 October 2013. Source: The Real News Network

First Nations and environmental activists interrupt Enbridge’s pipeline plans.

TRANSCRIPT: DYAN RUIZ, REPORTER: Hundreds gathered in the cold Toronto rain to oppose the proposal for the oil pipeline called Line 9B operated by energy company Enbridge. Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) has been asked to approve Enbridge’s project that would enable them to bring oil from Alberta’s tar sands to 600 kilometers of pipeline running through Ontario and Quebec.

The protest was supposed to coincide with the final day of the board’s hearings in Toronto, which heard public testimony about the Line 9 proposal. But Enbridge decided not to go forward with their final arguments the day of the protest, citing security concerns.

After the public testimony the day before given by Amanda Lickers of the grassroots collective Rising Tide Toronto and Six Nations of the Grand River First Nations, the spectators erupted in a chant, rose to their feet, and began round-dancing. NEB representatives promptly left the room, bringing cheers from the crowd.

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Video: Elevating Indigenous voices of resistance and growing active dissent

October 9, 2013. Source: Reclaim Turtle Island

[Tiotiahke, so-called Montreal QC] Kahsatstenhsera:Indigenous Resistance to Tar Sands Pipelines is a short documentary film and antipipeline movement resource now available for free online at reclaimturtleisland.com. This short documentary hopes to act as an accessible and educational tool to shed light on Indigenous resistance to the expanding project of slow industrial genocide known as the tar sands. Kahsatstenhera hopes to build awareness within an Indigenous context of the struggles against the Enbridge Line 9 and TransCanada Energy East pipelines while touching on the role of fracking in tar sands expansion.

Pipeline expansion projects and resource extractive industries are part of the continued land theft and genocide of Indigenous peoples. It is for this reason that that environmental justice movements must take leadership from grassroots and traditional Indigenous governance that are on the front lines of colonial-capitalist violence. This tool will communicate the importance of action in the face of environmental devastation and ongoing colonization.
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