Oct 23rd, 2012
In addition to the ongoing actions at the Tar Sands Blockade in east Texas, activists are working hard to shut down pipelines and oil and gas mining across North America.
Seven activists from Croatan Earth First! and participants from the group’s Piedmont Direct Action Camp locked themselves together to barricade the entrance to North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Raleigh. DENR was targeted “as they are responsible for helping legalize fracking, and will be responsible for regulating it.” The locked-down activists were supported by a large demonstration. The lock down ended with no arrests.
• Thousands gathered in Victoria, BC, Canada on Monday to protest plans for the Enbridge, Kinder Morgan, and Northern Gateway pipelines.
• Today the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation filed a legal challenge to Shell’s proposed expansion of the Jackpine Tar Sands Mine in Alberta, Canada. From It’s Getting Hot in Here:
“Following these projects, Council will continue on its six-day No Pipelines, No Tankers Speaking Tour, stopping in communities on or near the routes of the Pacific Trails, Enbridge Northern Gateway, and Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipelines.
” ‘The idea is to build solidarity between the different pipeline campaigns,’ says Harjap Grewal, Pacific Regional Organizer of the Council of Canadians. This includes campaigns to stop the pipelines at their source—in the Alberta Tar Sands and Fracking region in northeastern BC.”
• Finally, this article focuses on the Occupy the Pipeline struggle against the Spectra gas pipeline in New York to take a look at ongoing anti-infrastructure struggles across the US and beyond!