Archive for September, 2008

US and Canadian companies are collaborating on a plan to build a new oil refinery on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota, drawing opposition from local indigenous communities. This would be the first new refinery in the United States in more than 30 years. Read more about this issue here.

5 New Peru Dams Planned

Excerpted from a Tehran Times article: Electrobras, a Brazilian state-owned [power] company … confirmed the execution of five hydroelectric projects in Peru, which will increase the country’s electricity supply, the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) reported on Tuesday. During ExpoPerú 2008, an investment promotion event held in Sao Paulo, the Peruvian minister of energy […]

The US Department of Transportation has announced plans to reduce traffic congestion at three border crossings: • A new port of entry for San Diego’s Otay Mesa East Port of Entry  and a 2.7-mile, four lane highway linking it to other California highways. • The East Loop Bypass Project in Laredo, TX: a new rail […]

On September 15, 10 protesters locked down to steel barrels on the construction site of a new Dominion Energy coal-fired power plant in Wise County, Virginia. After four hours, police arrested 11 protesters and reclaimed the site. This is not the first or even the fourth time Dominion has been targeted in recent months for […]

The busy workerbees of the Beehive Design Collective may be swarming your way this fall! On tour with giant, portable murals, the Bees aim to draw the connections between colonial history and present day struggles against corporate globalization, violence, and racism. These images are beautiful and fantastic teaching tools — and better yet, the focus […]

On September 11, a British jury concluded that Greenpeace activists were justified in vandalizing a coal chimney at the Kingsnorth Power Plant in October 2007, because far greater property damage will be caused if global warming is not halted. The court acquitted the activists of any criminal responsibility under the doctrine of “lawful excuse,” which […]

More Rail Updates

The Federal Railroad Administration is dishing out more money to smooth the flow of commerce: • $960,000 to the New England Central Railroad (NECR) to extend the life of an 1860s rail tunnel in Burlington, VT by another 20 years.”The tunnel is located on a branch line of the railroad which has a critical rail […]

On September 2, a group of anarchists blockaded transport infrastructure in Guelph, Ontario, in solidarity with Six Nations resisters and to strike a blow against the system. The action was spurred by the Sep. 1 arrests of indigenous Six Nations protesters opposing a development project on their land. The Guelph actions saw burning tires and […]

La Parota Opponent Arrested

On September 3, Guerrero state police arrested a prominent opponent of La Parota dam on an expired arrest warrant and held him for 20 hours, in the latest example of the government’s determination to impose the dam by force. In 2004, Jacinto Solís Vázquez and 6 other members of the Council of Ejidos and Communities […]

Rail Expansion News

The Federal Railroad Administration has just doled out lots of money to “improve” rail infrastructure, some for the benefit of the coal industry: •$100,000 to the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad to replace 25-miles of cross ties between Cloe and Creekside, PA. This forms only part of a larger ongoing project to upgrade the line to […]

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