Tar Sands


[Webside editor: Watch Tzeporah Berman's speach to the Alberta Teachers Conference here.]

To invest in Alberta’s oil industry, or back away slowly, was the question at the crux of a rift between Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and environmentalist and policy adviser Tzeporah Berman last weekend.

David Thurton

Greenpeace accuses Teck of bullying Indigenous groups into supporting mine application

Sep 25, 2018

The ore crushing unit operates at Fort Hills oilsands mine on Sept. 10, 2018. (David Thurton/ CBC)

The company that hopes to build a massive oilsands project north of Fort McMurray says it has secured the support of all 14 Indigenous groups in the region.

Jesse Snyder

From the lack of available pipeline capacity to the potential adoption of electric cars, there is no shortage of threats facing the Canadian oilsands. But the latest menace lies in a seemingly innocuous and highly common element: sulphur.


(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, B.C. – August 9, 2018) The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) is frustrated and outraged with the $1.9 billion increase in estimated construction costs for the planned Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project released by Kinder Morgan yesterday.

Ben Parfitt

Government’s subsidies, lax rules provide the resource that keeps the bitumen flowing.

In the past year, an energy dispute for the ages has played out in Canada, culminating in the federal government announcing that it will buy an aging oil pipeline for $4.5 billion and then twin it with a new high-capacity pipeline that would move massive amounts of diluted bitumen from Alberta to the British Columbia coast.


Laurie Embree of 108 Mile Ranch was arrested in June and is the first of nine to face jail time as activists vow increased resistance on Burnaby Mountain

Trevor Jang, Lauren Kaljur, Emma Paling, Lucy Scholey, Amber Bernard, Brenna Owen, Kendra Perrin, Caitlin Havlak and Jon von Ofenheim

If Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion project proceeds, the land, resources, and rights of more than 130 Indigenous communities and groups from Alberta’s oilsands to British Columbia’s coast could be affected.

Gillian Steward

July 9, 2018 - Just imagine if a consortium of First Nations owned a sizable stake in the Trans Mountain pipeline and were determined to push it through because it would put more money in the hands of Indigenous people.

There is a plan afoot to do exactly that and later this month First Nations leaders will meet in Vancouver to advance the idea.

It’s a bold move but it would also give some First Nations the kind of control over resource projects in their own backyards they have long dreamed of.

Of course, not all First Nations would be happy.

Bill Burgess


[Arrested on March 17, Burgess was sentenced to a $3000 fine on June 28 after a 5 day trial.]


I wish to first say something about myself, and then propose a sentence.

I have been found guilty of breaching a Court order to not obstruct access to part of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, and for bringing the administration of justice into disrepute by doing this in a public way.




Trans Mountain Pipeline / defence - Court File S-183541

To: Justice Affleck         From: George Rammell, arrested March 22nd.

I’m pleading guilty to the charge of criminal contempt for protesting at the gates of Kinder Morgan’s oil tank farm in Burnaby on March 22nd, 2018.


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