Archive | October, 2010

Montana Protest: Latest in Movement to Stop Oil Shipments

31 Oct

Yesterday, a group of protesters gathered outside an Exxon station in Missoula to fight dependence upon fossil fuels. (Click here for more.) Rising Tide is among several organizations (see related story) seeking to halt the shipment of hundreds of pieces of equipment from the Port of Lewiston, Idaho, through Montana and into the Alberta tar sands in Canada. Each loaded rig would fill an entire two-lane road. Click here for a great article on the germinating movement to keep hundreds of big rigs off the two-lane highways of Montana and Idaho.

Indigenous Blockade of Major River Ends in Peru, New info on I-69, more

30 Oct

About 4,000 indigenous people ended their blockade of the Marañon river of the Peruvian Amazon today after meeting with representatives of the regional government and the company they are protesting against, Argentina’s Pluspetrol. After an oil spill in June, the Peruvian government had been distributing food and goods to the people most affected in the region; however, with Pluspetrol declaring the pollution problem resolved, the government has cut off aid, in spite of indigenous complains that problems continue to occur. The agreement reached maintains peace on both sides—the oil corporation and the indigenous peoples—until the government’s water authority can test the waters of the Marañon for pollution. To read more, click here.

In the US, the Huffington Post reports that inDOT is planning even further environmental damage in their proposed new route for the NAFTA Super Highway (AKA I-69): “Pressed for funds to cover the cost of building the controversial Interstate 69 extension through southern Indiana, the Indiana Department of Transportation wants to cut corners by running a causeway across the floodplain of the East Fork of the White River. That would essentially dam the wide floodplain and increase flooding upstream after heavy rains, filling the cornfields that grow along the river.” for more info, click here.

In other news, the Dam-free designation of Turkey’s İkizdere Valley is threatened by new laws presented by corporate interests. Click here for more.

Halliburton Used Unstable Cement in Deep Horizon

29 Oct

According to the New York Times:
“Halliburton and BP knew weeks before the fatal explosion of the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico that the cement mixture they planned to use to seal the bottom of the well was unstable but still went ahead with the job, the presidential commission investigating the accident said on Thursday.” Read more…
Today’s discovery about Halliburton is yet another reason to protest the oil and gas industry on Nov 3rd in Pittsburgh.

230 Animals Die in Tar Sands Tragedy

27 Oct

Workers are seen with a row of oil-soaked waterfowl at Syncrude’s Mildred Lake Settling Basin, 40km north of Fort McMurray Oct. 26th 2010. Over 200 birds were euthanized after landing on the settling pond

The Canadian Press is reporting that more than 200 birds died this week after landing on gooey, toxic tailing ponds in the Alberta oil fields — just days after oil giant Syncrude agreed to pay more than $3 millionCDN in a 2008 incident in which 1600 ducks died. This week, over 230 ducks had to be euthanized after seeking refuge, apparently from an ice storm, on Syncrude’s Mildred Lake tailings pond which, the Canadian wire service reports, contains “a thick brew of poisonous oilsands byproduct.”
Just a few hours after the Alberta government announced the incident, the Canadian Broadcast Corp. reported that similar incidents had also occurred this week at ponds owned by Shell and Suncor in the area. Suncor said “a small number” of birds had been euthanized, and Shell released a statement saying two birds had been found dead.

Activists on Second Week of Hunger Strike

27 Oct

On Oct. 22 three Costa Rican environmental activists marked two weeks on hunger strike against the projected Las Crucitas open-pit gold mine in San Carlos in the north of the country. Some 14 activists from two organizations, the North Front Against Mining and the Not One Mine Coordinating Committee, began the action on Oct. 8 in an encampment in front of the Presidential Residence in San José. Most of the 14 ended their fast for medical reasons but continued to support the three remaining strikers. Click here for more.

Idaho Refuses to Protect Wolves

26 Oct

The Idaho governor has told state officials to no longer protect endangered gray wolves or investigate their deaths.

For the past couple of months I’ve been following the story of the gray wolf’s endangered status in the US northwest. The gray wolf was originally listed as an endangered species in 1974, and the species underwent a lengthy recovery process that involved introducing populations from Canada into the US.

click here for more info.

Indigenous Activist Killed by Indonesdian Police

25 Oct

The West Papuan highlands have been plunged into a state of tension and fear, as Indonesian police shot dead a member of the indigenous community security group, Defenders of the Land of Papua. Indigenous Papuan activists are operating in a state of increased repression, surveillance and militarization backed by the Indonesian state’s supporters in the …

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