By West Coast Native News - A young Burlington woman removed herself from atop an excavator early Thursday afternoon, ending a protest by the group Rising Tide Vermont on a Vermont Gas Systems work site. Protesters from group Rising Tide Vermont disrupted the site in Essex along the westbound lane of Vermont 289 early Thursday morning as part of their ongoing efforts to halt construction on the pipeline completely. Molly Stuart, a member of the environmental activist group, chained herself to the arm of excavator on the site, Rising Tide said. Essex police Capt. George Murtie said Stuart was taken to the Essex Police Department for processing, and he anticipates she will be charged with unlawful trespass. Additional charges may also be brought if Stuart damages any of the equipment, Murtie said. Protesters hung a sign that said, “This pipeline ends with us” from the excavator when Stuart first ascended.
By Oil & Water Don't Mix - With Coast Guard and oil spill recovery experts citing challenging winter conditions in the turbulent, icy Straits of Mackinac, citizens groups today demanded that state officials shut down the flow of oil through Enbridge Line 5 in the Straits by December to avoid a worst-case catastrophic spill. “Winter’s coming and the icy Straits makes effective oil spill recovery virtually impossible,” said David Holtz, Chair, Michigan Chapter of Sierra Club. “When it comes to oil recovery, there is no good plan for the Great Lakes. It just makes sense that we stop the flow of oil through the Straits and that we do it by December before the ice comes.” More than eight feet of ice can form in the Straits where two Enbridge oil pipelines are up to 200 feet below the surface.
By CBC News - Alberta's Energy Regulator (AER) says "deficiencies" in documentation and pipeline monitoring prompted the decision to suspend 95 pipelines operated by Nexen Energy at an oilsands site. The suspension comes a month after a pipeline owned by the companyspilled 5 million litres of water, sand and bitumen nearby. Pipeline operators in Alberta are required to keep records on how they monitor pipelines, according to Bob Curran, AER's director of public affairs. Curran said a letter from Nexen to the regulator indicated "deficiencies in the documentation of their monitoring systems" and "a lack of some monitoring activities" at the Long Lake oilsands facility, south of Fort McMurray. "What we need is documentation, at the very least, to assure us that these activities have taken place," he said.
By Earth First! - Chevron has attempted trespass on unceded Unist’ot’en land in so-called British Columbia to survey for its proposed Pacific Trails Pipeline, which would span 273 miles through largely unceded territory and transport one billion cubic feet of fracked gas per day—an unwanted and highly dangerous project. Members of the Unist’ot’en clan and their supporters have given Chevron a resounding NO, but Chevron, backed by the RCMP, is moving ahead with the project. Recently some folks in so-called Maine took action in solidarity with the Unist’ot’en. A banner was hung above a busy interstate that read “Support the Unist’ot’en. NO PIPELINES! Unistotencamp.com” with an image of the Chevron logo on fire.
By Bill Rappleye in Turn To 10 - Two protesters were cut from a gate in Burrillville early Thursday morning and charged with trespass and disorderly conduct. The two environmentalists were trying to disrupt construction on the Algonquin pipeline, owned by Spectra Energy. One is a physics professor at the University of Rhode Island, Peter Nightingale. He said there has to be more of a commitment to alternative energy and that burning natural gas is dooming our planet. "We are destroying the environment, for our generation and for future generations," Nightingale said. He was arrested before protesting outside the office of U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. His fellow protester is Dr. Curtis Nordgaard.
By Richie Davis in The Recorder - Federal regulators got an earful Wednesday night from nearly 600 people at an environmental scoping hearing on Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project. The region’s entire state legislative delegation, Congressman James McGovern and many others of the dozens of people who signed up late in the afternoon to speak in a nearly packed Greenfield Middle School auditorium buzzing with fans called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to postpone the scoping process that will guide the planned environmental impact statement on TGP’s proposed project for which the company plans to file an application in October and have in service in the fall of 2018.
By Sane Energy Project - Many are familiar with the Canadian artist who stopped an oil pipeline from crossing his property by copyrighting the top 6″ of his soil. Now, an American artist has been tapped by a team of advocates hoping to do the same with the Spectra AIM (Algonquin Incremental Market) pipeline. The high-pressure AIM pipeline would transit within one hundred and five feet of the Indian Point nuclear facility. In February 2015, a group of New York State residents, responding to the abuse of eminent domain that has already been demonstrated by pipeline companies (such as Williams, the builder of the Constitution pipeline), and is threatened by Spectra in the multiple states that AIM would cross, decided to take action.
By Kil Tlaats 'Gaa Peter Lantin and Caitlyn Vernon in Edmonton Journal - On the campaign trail leading up to the May 5 Alberta election, Rachel Notley acknowledged loud and clear that there is a solid wall of opposition facing the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project in B.C. The new premier’s statements and the speed that Tim Hortons recently dropped its Enbridge ads in face of thousands of angry Canadians illustrates the reality that one year after the federal government approved the project, the opposition is not only strong and committed, but also growing. Rather than succeeding in clearing the way for Enbridge, the federal government sparked a chain of events that make it very unlikely the project will ever be built.
By Jenny Jarvie in LA Times - When the letter arrived from a Texas pipeline company asking permission to enter his land, Alan Zipperer refused to allow surveyors onto his property. But they came anyway, he said, traipsing through his corn fields and pine forests and sticking wooden stakes in the low-country land his family has owned since the 1700s. "I don't want a private company to build a gasoline pipeline in my front yard — or anywhere on my property," he said. Zipperer, 60, is one of many Southern landowners challenging the nation's largest energy infrastructure company, Kinder Morgan, as it plans to run a petroleum pipeline through 360 miles of bottom land, river forests and freshwater coastal wetlands across South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
By Clayton Thomas-Muller in Ricochet - Just like Northern Gateway, Trans Mountain, or Keystone XL, Energy East would be a climate disaster. Just like those pipelines, Energy East has provided a direct path for Indigenous rights and climate justice organizers to unite communities in struggle against the ambitions of the Harper government and the tar sands sector. One area of concern is the community of Red Head in Saint John, N.B., located on the traditional territory of the Wolastoq Nation, where the Energy East pipeline would end at the shore of the Bay of Fundy. In partnership with the Peace and Friendship Alliance, a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies formed to oppose the pipeline, the local Red Head - Anthony’s Cove Preservation Association organized a march for May 30 to let the world know that they are not going to stand by and let TransCanada and local oil giant Irving threaten their way of life.
A grassroots coalition, No Pipeline Expansion (NOPE), stated today that the Department of Energy’s (DOE) approval of Pieridae’s Goldboro liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Nova Scotia, Canada confirms their position that natural gas from Spectra Energy’s northeast pipeline expansions will be shipped overseas. According to the Pieridae website, “the Pieridae facility is located adjacent to the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, a 1,400-kilometre transmission pipeline system built to transport natural gas between developments in Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada and the northeastern United States.” The Spectra Maritimes & Northeast pipeline connects directly to the Spectra Algonquin pipeline in Beverly, MA. Exports by Spectra, assisted by the proposed Kinder Morgan greenfield pipeline and Peabody lateral, could feed most of Pieridae’s needs for gas.