2011-11-30-ShutDowntheTarSands1On January 25, activists agreed to settle a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) filed against them by Transcanada, the company constructing the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in Texas and Oklahoma. The company agreed to drop its demand for millions of dollars in restitution for lost work days in exchange for an agreement that none of the named defendants, including Tar Sands Blockade, Rising Tide North Texas or Rising Tide North America, trespass on Keystone XL property in Texas and Oklahoma.

The lawsuit settlement has no effect on any group or person not named in the lawsuit, and does nothing to prevent further action or organizing against Transcanada, its subcontractors, or the Keystone pipeline.

In other news:

• On January 28, a coalition of ranchers and indigenous activists protested the Keystone pipeline outside the Nebraska state capitol.

• On January 29, activists protested an investors meeting focusing on the Canadian tar sands and staged a die-in on the sidewalk outside.

• President Obama is expected to rule in the next few months on whether the Keystone Pipeline will be approved for construction north of Oklahoma. He previously approved the southern-leg using fast-track authority.

• On February 14th -18th Earth First! will be hosting it’s annual organizers conference and winter rendezvous. Indigenous land defenders and anti-pipeline organizers will hold a round table on tar sands Resistance and decolonization. Representatives from the following nations and communities will be present: Mikisew Cree of Fort Chipewyan, Oglala Lakota of Pine Ridge, Wet’suwe’ten of the Unis’tot’en territory, Anishinaabe of Aamjiwnaang and Haudenosaunee of Nogojiwanong.