Archive for October, 2012

A new blockade including two tree platforms has been set up at the Tar Sands Blockade, and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein got arrested doing direct action there. Read more.  

In France a massive land squat against an airport project faces another week of evictions. Resistance and repression have been intense. From Infoshop News The happenings of the last couple of days on the zone of the proposed airport project, Notre-Dame-des-Landes, Vigneux de Bretagne, and other nearby places have made some waves. Since Tuesday, October […]

From Earth First! Newswire Police in Belgium are investigating the murder of a British oil executive who was shot and killed in front of his wife in Brussels in mid-October. Nicholas Mockford, a 59-year-old executive for ExxonMobil, the world’s largest oil company, was shot dead on Oct. 14 as he left a restaurant in Neder-over-Heembeek […]

On October 24, Utah approved the first tar sands mine in the United States, to be run by Canadian company  U.S. Oil Sands Inc., based in Calgary, Alberta. In issuing the permit, the Department of Environmental Quality’s Water Quality Board is allowing the mine to proceed without a water pollution discharge permit, dismissing an appeal […]

From International Rivers: For more than 20 years, Maya-Achi survivors of the Rio Negro massacres – many associated with the construction of the Chixoy Dam – have sought justice in the Inter-American court system for human rights violations suffered in the early 80s during Guatemala’s civil war. Last week their years of effort were finally […]

From the Earth First! Newswire “Homes in Clifton, Big Bass Lake, Thornhurst and surrounding areas [turn off] their lights off [on Friday] to show their opposition to proposed power lines being built on their properties. “Part of a weekend of protesting PPL’s plans to build 57 miles of power lines through parts of Luzerne, Lackawanna […]

Michigan Mineral Rights Auction Protest

This week in Lansing Michigan activists from all walks of life converged to take on the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  The Michigan DNR was planning to auction off 196,000 acres of mineral rights under private and public lands to be used for Horizontal Hydrolic Fracturing.  The Lansing Center was playing host to the event […]

From [Yesterday], Defend Our Coast events marked the largest act of non-violent civil disobedience to stop tar sands pipelines and tankers that Canada has ever seen. Communities across BC linked arms to symbolize the unbroken wall of opposition to tar sands tankers and proposed pipelines, like Enbridge’s Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain, and the danger […]

From Earth First! Action Reports: Drawing connections to all coastal communities threatened by toxic tar sands development, Cherri Foytlin, an indigenous South Louisiana mother of six and wife of a Gulf Coast oilfield worker, chained herself to the gate of a Keystone XL pipeyard [in Winfield, Texas]. Effectively blocking pipe from being shipped to construction […]

From the Earth First! Newswire: In the latest confrontation over a proposed railyard on Long Beach’s western border, more than 100 people rallied to oppose the project Thursday night [Oct 18]before a public hearing. … Burlington Northern Santa Fe wants to build the 153-acre Southern California International Gateway railyard in Wilmington near the Terminal Island […]

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