Nick Estes and Ragina Johnson interviewed by Khury Petersen-Smith, Socialist Worker, January 25, 2018
One of Donald Trump's first acts as president was to sign executive orders to push through construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and Keystone XL Pipeline. Both projects were flashpoints of Indigenous resistance, especially DAPL, which sparked a rebellion at Standing Rock that galvanized months of protest and political action around the country.
In October 2016, while President Barack Obama was still in office, five climate change activists, including me, cut chains and closed emergency shutoff valves on five tar sands oil pipelines in four states. In one morning, we briefly stopped the flow of all Canadian tar sands oil into the United States.
We did it because continued failure to reduce carbon emissions threatens our children's lives. Federal and state government have known about the threat for decades. We must begin reductions immediately or miss our chance to prevent outright climate catastrophe.
After downplaying concerns about delays to its investors last week, Kinder Morgan is warning it could lose more than $90 million per month due to its struggles with the bylaws of the City of Burnaby in British Columbia.
The Texas-based energy company made the admission as part of hundreds of pages of documents filed on Thursday with Canada's National Energy Board (NEB). The filings are urging the federal energy regulator to force the west coast city to forego municipal rules and accept construction of the multibillion dollar Trans Mountain crude oil pipeline expansion project.
The U.S. Coast Guard said Saturday that aircraft and vessels were investigating a crude oil spill caused by a damaged pipeline that released an estimated 334,000 to 393,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast.
The Coast Guard's New Orleans office received a report at 1:30 p.m. Friday about the spill, which came from a pipeline connected to a subsea well in the Gulf about 40 miles southeast of Venice.
The pipeline, which is operated by LLOG Exploration, has been secured.
A judge in Minnesota has cleared the way for an unusual and potentially groundbreaking defense, allowing climate activists to use the "necessity" of confronting the climate crisis as justification for temporarily shutting down two crude oil pipelines last year.
Robert Tiffany, a district court judge in Clearwater County, Minnesota, ruled on Oct. 11 that three activists who were arrested and charged with felonies last year can argue that they violated the law in order to protect citizens from the impacts of global warming and that they had no legal alternative.
ABBOT POINT, Australia — In a desolate corner of northeastern Australia, about 100 miles from the nearest town, a grassy stretch of prime grazing land sits above a vein of coal so rich and deep that it could be mined for decades.
In a statement released on Thursday morning, the Calgary-based company's president and chief executive officer, Russ Girling, said it was notifying the federal regulator, the National Energy Board and Quebec's Environment Department of its decision, after reviewing "changed circumstances."
Girling said the decision was expected to cost the company a $1 billion loss due to the investments it has already made on the project.