The Council of Canadians has been opposing the tripling of the existing 63,000 barrel per day Enbridge Line 10 heavy crude pipeline since November 2015.
Brent Patterson's blog
The Council of Canadians expresses its solidarity with the Indigenous peoples who are now occupying a salmon farm operated by the Norwegian transnational corporation Marine Harvest on Swanson Island
It threatens to pollute the ocean, puts marine life at risk, further contributes to climate change, and violates the rights of the Innu, Maliseet and Mi’kmaq who have called for a moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the Gulf.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's move to split the Indigenous and Northern Affairs department into two ministries is being greeted by Indigenous activists with skepticism and concern that it's spin over substance.
The Chapter 11 investor-state dispute settlement provision allows US corporations to sue the Canadian government for future profits impacted by public interest legislation, most commonly environmental protection legislation. We have called for this provision to be removed from NAFTA
Photo by @NISGUA_Guate
About 50 peasant farmers have set up a roadblock to stop all mine-related traffic on a highway that leads to the Vancouver-based Tahoe Resources Escobal silver-gold-lead-zinc mine, which is located about 40 kilometres south-east of Guatemala City. The roadblock has been held continuously since June 7 (staying in place even after a police tear gas attack on the encampment on June 22).
Indigenous peoples from the Marañon, Pastaza, Corrientes and Tigre river basins in Peru’s northern Loreto region are now occupying Block 192, an oil facility operated by Toronto/Calgary-based Frontera Energy Corp. that produces about 7,500 barrels of oil a day.
Block 192 was previously operated by the Houston-based oil and gas transnational Occidental Petroleum Corp. for about 40 years, then by the Argentine company Pluspetrol starting in 2001, and now by Frontera since 2015. Their operations have led to the contamination of waterways and food sources.
Please see below a list of some of the 60+ actions Council of Canadians chapters took part in this July and August.
Council of Canadians chapters are calling on their Member of Parliament to list local waterways under the Navigation Protection Act (formerly the Navigable Waters Protection Act) given the Trudeau government's failure to fulfil its October 2015 election campaign promise to restore lost protections for waterways.
In terms of background:
This is a significant win. The crude production needed to fill the Energy East pipeline would generate an additional 30 to 32 million tonnes of upstream carbon emissions each year.