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Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation to sue Shell Canada over tar sands projects

November 30th, 2011

Calgary -- On the eve of the 17th UNFCCC, the world's climate summit, Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) and allies rallied outside of Shell Canada corporate headquarters in downtown Calgary. The chief and council served Shell executives papers with intent to sue for failure to meet contractual agreements made between Shell and the First Nation regarding existing tar sands projects within ACFN traditional territory and Canada's pristine Athabasca, A UNESCO heritage site. This event was followed by a press conference at the Kahanoff Center is Calgary, Alberta.



Law and order: Corporate crime unit

"Manslaughter," reads the United States Code, "is the unlawful killing of a human being without malice." It goes on, "Whoever is guilty of involuntary manslaughter, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six years, or both." In the disasters at the Massey coal mine in West Virginia and on the BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, people were killed. Twenty-nine miners died in the Upper Big Branch mine explosion. Eleven workers died on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which is owned by Transocean, working under contract for BP. There are state laws that govern manslaughter as well, and special language given for maritime deaths. So why aren't the executives of these companies behind bars?

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Toledo is a warning about phosphorus pollution and toxic drinking water

Photo: Ohio Sea Grant/flickr

Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins lifted the city's drinking water ban at a Monday, August 4 news conference after three days of chaos. The National Guard had been called in to provide clean water so residents could avoid potential health effects -- including skin rashes, vomiting and diarrhea -- of drinking Lake Erie water contaminated with blue-green algal toxins. While some toxins remain, the mayor has declared the city's water supply "safe" for human use.

Scientists point to excessive phosphorus as the culprit in this incident. History bears them out.

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