Archive | June, 2013

Tar Sands Mining to Begin This Summer in Logan County, Kentucky

28 Jun
Alberta tar sands mining

Alberta tar sands mining

by Erica Peterson / WFPL

Later this summer, a company plans to open a surface mine in southern Kentucky. But the operation won’t be mining for coal. Instead, they’re seeking to extract a new natural resource in the commonwealth: tar sands.

Detroit Protesters Block Entrance for Petroleum Coke Deliveries

27 Jun

Note: The protesters came back and blocked the entrance again on Tuesday, and spoke to the Detroit City Council seeking their support to stop deliveries. Visit the Detroit Coalition Against Tar Sands DCATS for more information.

The fight held Monday, June 24 at the entrance to the Detroit docks where the petroleum coke is brought, stored, then shipped has hit the moment of IMPACT as about 75 people were present to shut-down operations at TransFlo/CSX Terminal, 177 12th St/Rosa Parks Blvd, Detroit near Fort St & W Jefferson.

People Against Petcoke Action – Yusef Shakur from Detroit Deprogramming on Vimeo.

The news is WE WON A VICTORY ON THE GROUND IN THE BATTLE. Around six o’clock Monday morning the sound of tandem trucks turning the corner from Fort St onto Rosa Parks was heard. We broke bread and prepared. We called around and more came to the action to be undertaken. Early in the day Rev Charles Williams Jr, Sam Riddle, and Mary Waters came to join the fight. We spoke with news crews present – Fox 2 sent Amy Andrews to report on the situation. Jarret Schlaff spoke around 7:20am live and Stephen Boyle was recorded for broadcast during the 8:30am news slot.

From there the story continued to catch new interest. News crews from Fox 2 News, Michigan Radio, WDIV, and more. Even the Detroit News seemed to get a story in, and the Detroit Free Press was mute.

Action with the truck hauling petcoke started around 8:30am not long after a visit from NAN (National Action Network) leaders in support – Rev Charles Williams Jr, Mary Waters, and Sam Riddle. A human chain blockade was formed and the line was reinforced. Detroit Police and Border Patrol added officers to the ranks through the action with about a dozen police and 8 border patrol present. A police van arrived about 1.5 hours into the action, appearing to be ready to pull protesters to jail.

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Colombian Military Massacres Peasants in Oil-and-Coal Related Protests

27 Jun

Police violently disperse unarmed peasant protesters in Catatumbo, Colombia, Jun 2013 (photo by Telesur)

from Root Force

The Colombian military has killed at least four peasant protesters in the region of Catatumbo, wounded dozens more (including 21 gunshot wounds) and arrested hundreds.

From Alliance for Global Justice:

In Catatumba, peasants have been holding protests, blocking roads and occupying facilities to protest to the government’s chemical spraying of Monsanto’s RoundUp Ultra herbicide as part of coca eradication efforts; and the refusal of the government to establish a Peasant Reserve Zone, as authorized by legislation in 1994 and 1996. That legislation would provide protected land for collective farming. Protesters say that they are being denied this in favor of concessions made to foreign coal [and oil] companies.

Learn more about the background of the protests here, then send a letter to Colombian officials demanding an end to the  violence.

Controversial Daily Caller Editor Admitted to Posing As Radical Animal Rights Activist

27 Jun

David Martosko

By Kate Shepherd / Mother Jones

David Martosko—the outgoing executive editor of the conservative Daily Caller and a prominent defender of the news site’s disputed claim that Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) paid two women for sex in the Dominican Republic—admitted in a court document obtained by Mother Jones that he used a fake Facebook profile to pose as a “dope-smoking commie” in order to gather information on animal rights activists. The admission came in a May 2011 deposition Martosko gave under oath as part of a defamation case against him and his former employer, Berman and Company, a PR shop that specializes in combating progressive activists who target corporations.

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Regaining Food Sovereignty: Neyaab Nimamoomin Mewinzha Gaa-inajigeyang

27 Jun

by John Ahni Schertow / Intercontinental Cry

Regaining Food Sovereignty explores the state of food systems in some Northern Minnesota Native communities; examining the relationship between history, health, tradition, culture and food. By reclaiming and revitalizing knowledge and practices around tradition, local and healthy foods, many communities and Tribal Nations are working toward a new model of community health and well-being for this and future generations.

Regaining Food Sovereignty is a co-production of Lakeland Public Television & The Indigenous Environmental Network.

Navajos Launch Direct Action Against Big Coal

27 Jun

by Sarah Lazare / Common Dreams

Photo by Black Mesa Water Coalition

Photo by Black Mesa Water Coalition


Navajo Nation members launched a creative direct action Tuesday to protest the massive coal-fueled power plant that cuts through their Scottsdale, Arizona land.

After a winding march, approximately 60 demonstrators used a massive solar-powered truck to pump water from the critical Central Arizona Project (CAP) canal into barrels for delivery to the reservation.

Flanked by supporters from across the United States, tribe members created a living example of what a Navajo-led transition away from coal toward solar power in the region could look like.   Continue reading

Documents Reveal State Officials, Not Scientists, Led Decision to Strip Endangered Species Protections From Wolves Across Country

27 Jun

by the Center for Biological Diversity

Endangered Species Act’s Science-based Mandate Sidestepped for Political Expediency

Imnaha pack, wolf, oregon

Documents obtained from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit show last month’s proposal to remove most federal protections for gray wolves was preordained three years ago in a series of meetings with state wildlife agencies.

Under the Endangered Species Act, decisions to list and delist species must be made solely on the basis of the best available science. In this case the newly obtained documents suggest the Service pushed ahead to delist wolves without scientific support in order to obtain a political outcome desired by state fish and game agencies.

Specifically, the documents show that the Fish and Wildlife Service constrained the possible geographic scope of wolf recovery based on perceptions of “what can the public tolerate” and “where should wolves exist” rather than where suitable habitat for wolves exists or what is scientifically necessary for recovery. The meetings left state agencies in a position to dictate the fate of gray wolves across most of the lower 48 states.   Continue reading

Jaguar Threatens Open-pit Mine Plan in Southern Arizona

27 Jun


by Tony Davis / AZ Star

A male jaguar has roamed the Santa Rita Mountains’ eastern flank for at least nine months, photos obtained from the federal government show.

The remote cameras have photographed the big cat in five locations on seven occasions since October.

Three times, the federally financed remote cameras photographed the jaguar immediately west of the proposed Rosemont Mine site in the mountains southeast of Tucson.

The photos were taken for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by University of Arizona cameras as follow-up after a hunter gave state authorities a photo of a jaguar’s tail that he took last September in the Santa Ritas.

The sightings next to the mine site were at roughly the same location where the earlier jaguar tail photo was taken, wildlife service officials said. Other photos ranged from two to 15 miles from the mine site.   Continue reading

Trans Mountain Pipeline Shut Down After Second Leak In One Month

27 Jun

Canadian Press

HOPE, B.C. — Another leak has been detected along Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline which crosses southern British Columbia carrying petroleum products from Alberta.

Kinder Morgan spokesman Andy Galarnyk confirms the line has been shut down as a precaution after a company crew noticed a problem in the Hope area, about 150 kilometres east of Vancouver.

Galarnyk says regulatory agencies and local authorities have been notified and the company is following the same procedures used on June 12 when a small leak occurred near Merritt, about 120 kilometres north of Hope.

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GMO Crops Torched in America

27 Jun

Cross Posted from Political Blind Spot

Though the controlled corporate media apparatus is suppressing the story, 40 tons of GMO crops were torched, prompting an FBI investigation. There has been a COMPLETE MEDIA BLACKOUT, outside of local circles has dared to mention it, perhaps because government fears that if the public learns that other people are getting fighting mad (literally), they might join in, and become an actual revolution. It was only reported locally live on KXL Radio and echoed by the Oregonian, where the ONLY web mention exists, hard to find because the headline wording is carefully avoids the most likely keywords for a search.

Here’s what happened — 40 Tons of GMO Sugar Beets were set ablaze in Eastern Oregon, yesterday. FORTY TONS — the entire acreage of two full fields of crops IN THE GROUND were set ablaze over a THREE NIGHT PERIOD OF TIME. That means ARSON.

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