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Law Enforcement Crushing Pipeline Dissent in Minnesota at Water Protectors’ Blockade of Enbridge Terminal

Police were about to saw off the leg of a tripod from which a protester was hanging, activists said.

By Andrea Germanos, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 11-25-2019

Water protectors on Monday blocked the entrance to an Enbridge terminal in Minnesota to display ongoing opposition to the proposed Line 3 tar sands project. (Photo: ResistLine3 via Twitter)

Police in Clearbrook, Minnesota were accused of putting the “profits of oil companies before human life” after activists said law enforcement on Monday began sawing the leg of a tripod from which a tar sands protester was suspended.

An estimated 30 protesters blockaded the entrance to Enbrige’s Clearbrook Terminal in a display of ongoing opposition to the oil company’s proposed Line 3 project, which would bring tar sands from Alberta to a Wisconsin shipping hub, passing through Minnesota. Continue reading


Minnesota Police Train at Military Base as Line 3 Pipeline Protests Escalate

Pipeline protests in Standing Rock pitted police against Native Americans and their supporters.

By Andrew Neef. Published 10-25-2018 by Unicorn Riot

Unicorn Riot has uncovered documents showing coordination between state-wide authorities to prepare for anti-pipeline protests. Emails obtained from Minnesota State Patrol under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act show close cooperation between state and local law enforcement, the Minnesota Department of Public Safet, pipeline company security staff and a private police foundation.

One such email, dated June 18, 2018, shows discussion about a “table top” exercise located at Camp Ripley, a military base operated by the Minnesota National Guard which also hosts trainings for the Minnesota State Patrol. The email states the exercise “relates to MFF [Mobile Field Force] and the Line 3.”  Line 3 is a controversial pipeline project proposed by Canadian oil giant Enbridge, and has been the focus of years of protests by indigenous tribes and environmental activists. Continue reading


Buoyed by DAPL Fight, Canadian Chiefs Launch Legal Battle Against Enbridge Pipeline

Oil pipeline will face fierce opposition in Canada as well as in the United States, where the permitting process is currently underway

By Lauren McCauley, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 12-30-2016

“Just as Indigenous Peoples are showing unwavering strength down at Standing Rock, our peoples are not afraid and are ready to do what needs to be done to stop the pipelines and protect our water and our next generations,” Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, pictured here, said after the Enbridge Line 3 expansion was announced.(Photo: Derek Nepinak/Facebook)

Buoyed by the success of Indigenous resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a coalition of Canadian First Nation chiefs have launched legal action against the Trudeau government for its recent approval of the Enbridge Line 3 expansion.

Derek Nepinak, grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, wrote on Facebook Wednesday that the group’s legal team filed an appeal in federal court challenging the approval, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced late last month in tandem with the expansion of Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline. Continue reading


In Blow to Enbridge, Canada to Ban Oil Tankers Off Northern B.C. Coast

Moratorium on oil tanker traffic off British Columbia’s North Coast could be last nail in coffin for Northern Gateway Pipeline

By Nika Knight, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 11-7-2016

Diesel leaches into tidal pools after a spill in the Great Bear Rainforest last month. (Photo: April Bencze/Heiltsuk Nation)

Diesel leaches into tidal pools after a spill in the Great Bear Rainforest last month. (Photo: April Bencze/Heiltsuk Nation)

Canada Transportation Minister Marc Garneau made headlines this weekend when he announced that by the end of the year, a long-promised ban on oil tanker traffic will be put in place off the North Coast of British Columbia—weeks after the government was harshly criticized for its bungled response to a spill in that same region.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigned on a promise to institute such a moratorium before the Liberals won a majority of votes and put Trudeau in office in 2015, but as of a mere three weeks ago Trudeau appeared to be backtracking on that promise, after months of refusing to offer a timeline on the ban. Continue reading


‘This Is My Act of Love’: Climate Activists Shut Down All US-Canada Tar Sands Pipelines

Coordinated show of resistance executed in solidarity with those fighting against Dakota Access pipeline

By Lauren McCauley, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 10-11-2016

Michael Foster, 52, pictured here, said, "All of our climate victories are meaningless if we don’t stop extracting oil, coal and gas now." (Photo: Shutitdown.today)

Michael Foster, 52, pictured here, said, “All of our climate victories are meaningless if we don’t stop extracting oil, coal and gas now.” (Photo: Shutitdown.today)

Five activists shut down all the tar sands pipelines crossing the Canada-U.S. border Tuesday morning, in a bold, coordinated show of climate resistance amid the ongoing fight against the Dakota Access pipeline.

The activists employed manual safety valves to shut down Enbridge’s line 4 and 67 in Leonard, Minnesota; TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline in Walhalla, North Dakota; Spectra Energy’s Express pipeline in Coal Banks Landing, Montana; and Kinder-Morgan’s Trans-Mountain pipeline in Anacortes, Washington. Continue reading


Victory in Canada as Court Strikes Down Northern Gateway Pipeline

Opponents “said ‘no’ to Enbridge 12 years ago when it first proposed the project. And now that ‘no’ has the backing of the courts.”

By Nadia Prupis, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 6-30-2016

Canadians protest against Enbridge in May 2014. (Photo: Chris Yakimov/flickr/cc)

Canadians protest against Enbridge in May 2014. (Photo: Chris Yakimov/flickr/cc)

Environmentalists and Indigenous rights advocates celebrated on Thursday after a judge struck down the Canadian government’s 2014 approval of a controversial pipeline project in a landmark ruling.

The court found (pdf) that the government had not done enough to consult with First Nations communities that would be impacted by the building of the Northern Gateway pipeline, approved under then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Continue reading


Enbridge’s Sandpiper Blues

Image via Facebook

Image via Facebook

On Tuesday, Enbridge Energy announced that the Sandpiper pipeline project will be delayed for at least a year due to permitting problems in Minnesota. The start of construction was to be in 2015, with the pipeline becoming operational in early 2016.

Minnesota regulators have requested a more extensive study of the environmental impacts of six possible routes for the pipeline that have been offered by opponents of Enbridge’s proposed route, which crosses many rivers, streams and wetlands. Enbridge for their part says the alternate routes are longer and more expensive. Furthermore, most don’t terminate in Superior, Wisconsin; the proposed ending spot of the pipeline and a major hub for pipeline distribution.

Needless to say, some were unhappy with the announcement. Calling the pipeline “a very important project” for his state’s oil production, Justin Kringstad, director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority, said;  “The pipeline will provide growing volumes of crude oil a safe and reliable method of transportation to markets around the United States.”

In some ways, Kringstad almost has a point. The alternative method of transporting the oil is by rail, and we’ve seen how that’s been working for them. We’ve discussed exploding Bakken oil trains on a couple occasions; they in no way represent a safe way of transporting the extremely volatile crude coming out of the Bakken field. But – and this is a huge but – all pipelines leak. It’s not a matter of if; it’s a matter of when and how much.

Is either alternative worth the possible consequences? We say no. We’d like to see the time, ingenuity and effort the energy companies put into extracting fossil fuel resources being spent on renewable energy sources instead. To see those companies invest in such things as high speed rail instead of blocking such things because they want to sell more gas to individual people. To have them put the general welfare of the people and the planet above profit. To be responsible stewards instead of reprehensible ones.


Canada’s Choice: Pipelines or Children?

Photograph of the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School in Brantford, Ontario, Canada in 1932. Photo by Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Photograph of the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School in Brantford, Ontario, Canada in 1932. Photo by Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

On June 18, we covered “The Real Battle Begins”, as Enbridge attempts to find passage of the permit process to build yet another pipeline across Canada’s pristine wilderness. One of the most noteworthy parts of this story is that Enbridge must make agreements with and concessions to Canada’s First Nation People, the native Canadians whose ancestors inhabited the land long before the arrival of European settlers.

There is a story here that few know, and which even more would like to see covered up forever. But what Occupy World Writes sees is an opportunity for both Canada and the First Nations People to reach a point of understanding and a path forward to be revealed. What are we talking about? The documented evidence of mass graves of innocent children being concealed – not just 100 years ago, but as recent as 40 years ago.

In late 2011, the oldest Indian residential school in Canada was turned back over to the Grand River Mohawk Nation, located near Brantford, Ontario. Children’s bones had been discovered on the school’s property in 1982 and again in 2008, but no one seemed too concerned about how or why the bones were there.

The Mohawk Institute was established in 1828 and was functioning up until the early 1970’s. During that time, the school experienced 3 fires that forced rebuilding. The original site of the building was moved following one of the fires, but the section of land that the Mohawk Institute occupies has always been inhabited by native peoples. The Canadian government made education of native children compulsory in 1894, bringing the school even more victims.

When the Mohawk Nation invited scientists and professional investigators to the site to excavate in 2011, they were shocked and horrified to discover the remains of  children who had died while enrolled as residents at the school. Between eye witness accounts, forensic evidence and recorded documents, there is clear evidence that the Canadian government, in alliance with the Crown of England and the Vatican, conspired with the Anglican Church of England to cover up the murder and genocide of over 50,000 of these native children across Canada.

There are those who, even to this day, will go to extremes to prevent this secret from seeing the light of day. The scientific teams have been threatened with violence, the excavation has been sabotaged at various stages and the government continues to attempt to thwart any attempts to learn truth.

Occupy World Writes believes that the investigation into the Mohawk Institute and all similar schools throughout Canada should be included in the conditions that must be met before passage allowing the latest pipeline can be built. Although we recognize the two are totally unrelated, what makes this crucial is that the disrespect and broken promises to the First Nations People that are consistent within the government are also present within Enbridge. These two bodies need to work together to come up with solutions and end the mistreatment of an honorable and majestic people.


Save the Last Dance For Me

Photo by Kelley Kossan, ©2012 All Rights Reserved

Photo by Kelley Kossan, ©2012 All Rights Reserved

On Monday, ,January 6, 2014, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper assured the Vancouver Board of Trade that the Keystone XL pipeline would be approved, according to a report in the The Guardian. “I am confident that in due course – I can’t put a timeline on it – the project will one way or another proceed,” he said. This follows his comments to a New York audience last September when he stated “”you don’t take no for an answer.”

How does he speak with such confidence? Consider the following people who have investments directly or indirectly that would greatly benefit from them once Enbridge’s Keystone XL pipeline is approved: Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Advisor Dr. Susan Rice, Speaker of the House John Boehner, nearly every member of both the House and the Senate, and last, but most definitely not least, President Barack Obama.

As the debate about approval continues to distract us like ceiling fabric and lights at a party, what we aren’t supposed to see is the carefully orchestrated dance of money and politicians. By “debating” and “studying” the issues, these elected members of our government collect money from lobbyists to buy their vote, invest in the companies begging for their favors, and then approve laws and regulations to allow the profits to be reaped from the investment side as well.

And the band will play on…