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John Vidal
 Preston New Road Action Group poster. Photograph: Preston New Road Action Group

“We are ready for them,” said Tina Louise Rothery. “It has been a long battle but we have been ready for a confrontation for a long time.”

Rothery is one of a growing group of women at the forefront of opposition to fracking. Of the 250 anti-fracking community groups that have sprung up in Britain in the past few years, very many are led, or strongly backed, by women, who say they have been outraged at plans to risk people’s health by exploiting the countryside for shale gas.

May 30th, 2016
VANCOUVER - Some of the world's leading experts on climate change - including former NASA scientist James Hansen, and Tim Flannery, chief councilor of Australia's Climate Commission and a world expert on climate change - have called on the Trudeau government to reject a massive liquefied natural gas project proposed for the Skeena region of Northern British Columbia.
Carlito Pablo

May 26, 2016 - Ultimately, it’s up to Justin Trudeau. ​Faced with his first pipeline challenge, the Liberal prime minister can say either yes or no. A decision has to be made before the end of this year on Kinder Morgan’s plan to expand its Trans Mountain oil pipeline.

It’s a hot-button issue in B.C.’s Lower Mainland, where the pipeline terminates to deliver its cargo from the oil sands of Alberta.

The National Energy Board has given its conditional approval for the $6.8 billion project.

Julie Gordon

Canadian aboriginal groups and their allies said on Friday they have the power to block proposed oil pipelines on land where they have proven title, dismissing comments by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who said no community has a veto.

Trudeau told Reuters on Thursday that unanimous consent is not needed for the government to approve pipeline projects to bring Canadian oil to market, even as he pledged consultation with aboriginals and environmentalists who oppose projects.

Brandi Morin
(Protest this past weekend in Vancouver against Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline proposal. The NEB approved the project Thursday with 157 conditions. Photo courtesy: Marlin Olynyk)

The decision by the National Energy Board (NEB) to approve the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project is a “call to arms” said the Grand Chief of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.

Stewart Phillip is a well-known opponent of the project and was arrested in the fall of 2014 on Burnaby mountain for protesting Kinder Morgan and says he “absolutely, without question,” is willing to get arrested again.

Jennifer Moreau
Activists in kayaks are planning a massive flotilla to surround Kinder Morgan's Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby on May 14. Meanwhile, other protesters will stage a sit-in on land at the terminal gates. The event is part of Break Free, a global series of actions targeting fossil fuel projects.   Photograph By Jennifer Moreau

[Note: Details of training for the event:Training will take place at Cates Park in North Vancouver on Friday, May 13. The actions will be the following day.

TAKE NOTE - TRAINING FOR THOSE IN BOATS IS MANDATORY because of obvious safety and coordination considerations. Register at the website that is the last thing in the article below. Training sessions will start about 4:30 p.m. at Cates Park. There will be two or three of them, so go to the website and get more details.

Trish Kahle
Climate justice or climate chaos at COP21

Last December members of the International Trade Union Confederation joined other civil society activists in a mass sit-in at the COP21 talks in Paris. Unionists and their allies, some 400 strong, filled the social space adjacent to the negotiating rooms for several hours, in defiance of a French ban on protests that remained in effect in the wake of the November 13 terrorist attacks.

Thom Mitchell
Rounding off a speaking tour at Sydney’ Paddington Town Hall on Thursday, McKibben was blunt: “If we don’t win soon, we don’t win. We’re pretty far behind. The best science indicates that we have a narrow window left in order to keep things from getting absolutely, completely out of control. And it is closing fast.”
Antonia Juhasz
Remnants of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig on April 21, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Images

As the legal cases against BP draw to a close, the risks of offshore oil drilling — and public opposition to it — grow


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