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Enbridge Spill in Viking, MN

IEN REPORT FROM THE FRONT LINES by Marty Cobenais Viking, MN – The small northern western Minnesota town of approximately100 people was the site of the latest Alberta Canada tar sands pipeline oil spill.  Enbridge Energy made the initial report that 600 gallons...

You’re Invited to a Benefit Concert at the CRAWFORD FARM!

On Saturday, April 20th, we will hold a full day music festival here on our farm to further fund our legal battle. Appropriately named “Stand Tall”, our concert will feature 7 amazing bands from across the state. The Octopus Project, our headliner band...

Red Lake Members take on Enbridge Energy, one arrested

Bemidji, MN— In a David vs. Goliath fight, David took the fight to Goliath.  At 1:05 pm, Wednesday, April 10, 2013.  Thirty people including; members of the group Nizhawendaamin Indaakiminaan (We Love Our Land), tribal members from Red Lake, members of other...

Woman arrested after hours-long protest of Enbridge oil pipeline

BEMIDJI – An act of civil disobedience over an oil pipeline on the Red Lake Indian Reservation ended with a moment of civility Wednesday. Angie Palacio, after being handcuffed to the front door of Enbridge Energy, 1129 Industrial Drive SE, removed the cuffs just after...

Toronto pipeline fight links local and global issues

Line 9 protest are evidence that a broad movement can be built against corporations and government around the tar sands and other climate change issues. by John Riddell “Our campaign against Line 9 is an essential element of the global effort to save the climate,” Ian...

All risk, no reward

Guest comment  – New York Times.com Randy Thompson, landowner and Keystone XL pipeline opponent | Posted: Saturday, April 6, 2013 12:00 am As a Nebraska landowner on the front lines of the Keystone XL battle, I have a unique perspective into the tremendous risks...

Top 5 Reasons Transporting Tar Sands Crude is Reckless

Natural Resources Defense Council By Anthony Swift On March 29, Exxon’s Pegasus tar sands pipeline ruptured, flooding a suburban community in Mayflower, Ark. with between 150,000 and 210,000 gallons (3,500 to 5,000 barrels) of tar sands crude. According to reports,...

Pipeline safety expert reports a high risk of Line 9 rupture

Pipeline safety expert finds “high risk of Line 9 rupture” if National Energy Board approves Enbridge’s reversal plan: Coalition of environmental groups call for rejection Montreal and Toronto – Evidence submitted last week to the National Energy...

First Nations responds to Suncor Tar Sands Tailings Breach:

Another Industry Failure to protect environment and First Nation rights March 26, 2013 Fort McMurray, AB– Last week Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) was in Ottawa with the Yinka Dene Alliance to support First Nation opposition to...

Occupy Enbridge: Taking a Stand on Red Lake Sovereign Land

By Robert Desjarlait • Mar 10, 2013 To the southwest of the Red Lake Anishinaabe Nation, lie desolate, wooded lands that were opened for settlement and home-steading under the Agreement of 1889. In 1945, Oscar Chapman, Assistant Secretary of Interior, signed an Order...

Moccasins on the Ground to Protect Sacred Water

by Debra White Plume Lakota know we love Unci Maka.  All of Unci Maka. Our ancestors were free, to follow the Star Nation Path (the Good Red Road), to roam, to hunt, to be happy, to have sacred water. Then one day, FAT TAKER came thru camp, and stole the fat that many...

IEN Responds to Draft Keystone XL Supplemental EIS

Statement from the Indigenous Environmental Network Initial Response to the U.S. Department of State Keystone XL Pipeline Draft Supplemental EIS 2013 March 6, 2013 Last Friday, March 1st, in an unexpected move, President Obama’s U.S. Department of State released its...

Grassroots Natives Meet EPA, Highlight Keystone XL Concerns

by Rob Capriccioso American Indian citizens are ramping up efforts to inform various federal agencies about the potential harmful effects on tribal communities if the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline is granted permission to run through large portions of Indian country....

Red Lake Pipeline Blockade initiated in northern Minnesota

On the Red Lake sovereign nation land located in what is today known as northern Minnesota, an occupation has started at a location above the Enbridge-owned pipeline built without permission of the Red Lake Nation in 1949 (hashtag #RLblockade). Already a helicopter...