The Council of Canadians is congratulating Wisconsin's Ministry of Natural Resources on its decision to reject Elkhorn Industries' application for dock repairs that would eventually lead to the construction of an oil terminal from which tar sands and fracked oil would be shipped across the Great Lakes.
It may seem incredible that a trade deal would give companies a right to profit. Incredible, but true. And the Harper government is about to give these same "rights" to European companies.
October 19th was the second annual Global Frackdown, an international day of action with communities around the world calling for ban on fracking. Over 250 events were and are still being organized in 30 countries including Argentina, Canada, France, India, Romania, South Africa, the U.K. and the U.S.
Some ways of protecting the Great Lakes include helping to stop Line 67 that would carry bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to Lake Superior, urging Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to stop a pipeline project that would bring fracked gas from the Marcellus shale to Toronto, calling for a moratorium on fracking in Ontario and the Great Lakes and making Great Lakes communities Blue Communities.
The Council of Canadians filed submissions with the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) on Friday calling into question the viability of a pipeline expansion project that would bring fracked natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica Shales in the northeastern U.S. to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Reports prepared for the Council show that the cost for energy companies to meet water, environmental and public health regulations as well as a decline in natural gas availability would result in increased costs for customers.
Activists rallied against fracking at Maritimes Energy Association AGM today
K’JIPUKTUK (Halifax) – A coalition of groups and citizens is raising the alarm following the Nova Scotia Department of Energy’s under-the-radar release of their Onshore Petroleum Atlas. The Nova Scotia Fracking Resource and Action Coalition (NOFRAC) says the release of this atlas, which touts the potential economic benefits of fracking in the province, points to a possible intention by the government to reintroduce the dangerous gas extraction method despite the moratorium implemented in 2014.
“We are determined to protect this land for future generations, and in the process do our bit to shut down the toxic fossil fuel infrastructure that threatens all forms of living life on this planet.” - Unist’ot’en camp
I recently returned from the 6th Annual Unist’ot’en Camp where a diversity of people came together to participate in and conduct workshops, continue the construction of the Healing Centre, and discuss how we could lend solidarity to the Unist’ot’en people fighting numerous oil and gas pipelines on their territory.
Last night, Fractured Land premiered to a sold-out audience at the Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto. The film follows the story of Caleb Behn, an Eh Cho Dene and Dunne-Za activist and lawyer from Fort Nelson First Nation in Treaty 8 Territory. Fractured Land is a powerful and inspiring story of community resistance that earned a standing ovation from the crowd.