Archive for December, 2008

A pair of articles on infrastructure expansion and resistance in Colombia and Tanzania: • Afro-Colombians threatened by biodiesel expansion: Afro-Colombian campesinos are increasingly being forced off their land for President Alvaro Uribe’s plan to convert the rain forests into palm oil plantations for biodiesel. According to this BBC article on the issue, traditional land use […]

The Canadian company Pacific Rim Mining Corp. has filed a lawsuit under the provisions of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), seeking to force the government of El Salvador to approve its extraction permit for the proposed El Dorado gold and silver mine. The government denied the permit after an initial study concluded that […]

The Mexican government is making a renewed push to exploit and destroy the land and people of Chiapas as the reborn Plan Puebla Panama (PPP, now renamed the “Mesoamerica Initiative”) pushes forward in Chiapas: • Mexican Energy Secretary Georgina Kessel has announced plans for oil drilling in Chiapas, with private companies invited to invest as […]

In order to enable increased exploitation of the controversial Alberta Tar Sands as oil runs out around the world (got to keep the system lubricated!), Enbridge Inc. is proposing the construction of two massive pipelines to transport oil from the tar fields to a deep sea port in British Columbia. One 1200-mile pipeline would carry […]

After months of pressure from direct-action groups, Bank of America has announced that it will “phase out financing of companies whose predominant method of extracting coal is through mountain top removal.” According to Rainforest Action Network, BofA “is currently involved with eight of the U.S.’s top mountaintop removal coal-mining operators, which collectively produce more than […]