By Sarah Lazare - Common Dreams, Photo Credit Miles Howe
Renewed protests follow announcement that energy company will re-start shale gas exploration
Elsipogtog First Nations members are heading back to the streets in New Brunswick this week to defend their land from a gas drilling company eager to re-start exploratory fracking operations in the region.The new wave of local anti-drilling resistance will resume an ongoing battle between the community members who faced a paramilitary-style onslaught by law enforcement agencies last month that sparked international outcry and a wave of solidarity protests.Read more
Idle No More urges you to learn more about current “hotspots” of indigenous resistance (Elsipogtog, Unist’ot’en, and Grassy Narrows) as well as other upcoming actions and events.
Read the updates below, attend the events if you can, and take action in support of these struggles.Read more
CBC News, Photo Credit - Jennifer Choi/CBC
SWN Resources Canada is suing 13 anti-shale gas protesters for damages it claims it has suffered as a result of protests in New Brunswick, court documents obtained by CBC News show.
The company has lost $650,000 since the protests began, according to an affidavit by Christopher Cainsford-Betty, a staff operations geophysicist for Southwestern Energy Company, the parent company of SWN.Read more
By CBC , Photo Credit Jennifer Choi/CBC
Band Council issues resolution in midst of shale gas dispute, plans reclamation day for Saturday
Mi'kmaq Band Council is urging it members to reclaim all Crown land in the midst of the shale gas dispute in New Brunswick.
It plans to hold a "reclamation day" on Saturday. "We will become steward of the land," a resolution issued on Wednesday states.
The resolution comes one month after First Nations people began an anti-shale gas protest near Rexton, which has since been relocated to across the street from the provincial legislature in Fredericton.Read more
By Anna Maria Tremonti - CBC (Photo Credit AP/Brennan Linsley)
Jessica Ernst says she could light her water on fire as it came out of the tap from her well in rural Rosebud, Alberta. She blames hydraulic fracturing or fracking for her problems but her attempts to sue Alberta's Energy Regulator have hit a snag: the regulator has immunity.
Solidarity with Mi’Kmaq Nation
Yesterday and today we celebrate with Elsipogtog First Nation after the Court of Queen’s Bench decision to lift Southwestern Energy's (SWN) injunction! This injunction was filed by the Texas based company to end the blockade protecting Mi’kmaq traditional territory from fracking.
For the last three years, the Mi'kmaq people in New Brunswick have proclaimed their right to consultation regarding shale gas exploration, commonly known as “fracking”, and have been part of a series of peaceful actions to protect their unceded territory. On Thursday Oct 18th, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) violently attacked their peaceful encampment.