I came home on Sunday evening from an awesome weekend in New Brunswick learning more about fracking, meeting with allies, and being inspired by the amazing work of our chapters in the Atlantic and the incredible opposition to fracking in New Brunswick. I even had the privilege of speaking at the Voice of the People tour in Saint John on Saturday evening. But I’ll get to that in a minute.
Monday, April 14, 2014 is the deadline for public comments on the Alberta Clipper pipeline to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC).
It is critical that the MPUC hear your concerns about how Line 67 will impact your community. Written comments are due at 4:30 CT on April 14, 2014. To learn more about how to submit a public comment on this risky pipeline, visit MN350.org's website.
The MPUC hosted five public hearings along the route in March and one in St. Paul last week.
On March 19, communities across the country celebrated Bottled Water Free Day. It's a day to call for the protection of the human right to water by standing in support of public water and against the privatization of water.
The Council of Canadians' Blue Planet Project has partnered with the Projet d'Accompagnement Guatemala Quebec to launch a new campaign called The Money Thread. We are calling on people living in Canada and Quebec to show their solidarity with mining impacted communities in Guatemala by pushing for the divestment of Canadian funds from the mining projects of Goldcorp and Tahoe Resources. Our new website contains a toolkit, petitions and background information about the campaign.
If you've been following the news on fracking on social media, you will have likely come across a big story about a lawsuit against fracking in Denton County, Texas. And a key spokesperson against the project is ExxonMobil's CEO Rex Tillerson. The Council of Canadians wanted to provide some tips to Mr. Tillerson about how to fight fracking in his community. Here's the letter we sent him:
Rex Tillerson Chairman and Chief Executive Officer ExxonMobil Corporate Headquarters 5959 Las Colinas Boulevard Irving, Texas 75039-2298
Last month the Ontario Ministry of Environment released regulations to follow through on their commitment to fund the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA). The Council of Canadians made a submission today in support of the regulations and the Ontario government's bold move while calling on the Ontario government to ensure that the research remains independent from industry influence and to continue to press the federal government to reinstate funding for the ELA.
With the Harper government’s sustained cuts to water protection, the hope that Finance Minister Jim Flaherty would announce the necessary funds to fulfill its federal water responsibilities seemed bleak on Tuesday afternoon.
While water protection has consistently been low on the Harper government’s priority list, Canadians and indigenous communities witnessed an all out assault on water protections with the 2012 omnibudget bills. The bills gutted the Fisheries Act, removed protections from 99 per cent of lakes and rivers under the former Navigable Water Protections Act and amended the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act in such a way that cancelled 3,000 environmental assessments.
The opposition to the expansion of the Alberta Clipper transporting tar sands oil from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin continues to grow. Last week over a dozen U.S. environmental organizations sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry calling for the Alberta Clipper and Keystone XL to be reviewed together.
In Barcelona last week, 50 water justice activists, trade unionists, researchers and water operators from 29 countries gathered to share analysis and strategies aimed at promoting democratic public water and sanitation services. The groups are loosely affiliated through the Reclaiming Public Water Network, which met previously in 2011.
As Satoko Kishimoto of the Transnational Institute pointed out the global water justice network has won many struggles over the last decade including formal recognition at the United Nations of water and sanitation as human rights.
In a media release, the Saskatchewan Environmental Society warned that “Fortune Minerals is proposing construction of a metal processing plant near Langham, SK. This proposal involves use of highly hazardous chemicals and the burying on-site of 2.8 million tonnes of arsenic-containing waste.”
A local resident from Langham has warned that “260,000 gallons of water will be drawn out of our aquifer daily, then contaminated and pumped back down through the aquifer to the Manville area to be lost to the water cycle forever.”