As we contemplate fracking and the possibility of a pipeline to bring not so much crude oil as diluted tar sands bitumen to the East Coast, it would be useful to remind ourselves of the big picture.
For a project being sold as a 'no-brainer,' TransCanada's Energy East pipeline proposal is already facing significant opposition. The most recent example took place this week in North Bay.
Railroad industry watchers have predicted even more exponential growth for the "pipeline on rails" boom in the shadow of the stalled Keystone pipeline plans.
Nothing has changed in the way natives are treated by the federal government, but everything has changed for people involved in the struggle for indigenous rights.
Nothing has changed. But everything has changed. That was the refrain at a gathering for the 23rd anniversary of the Oka Crisis and protest of oil company representatives in Oka and Kanehsatà:ke.
In some countries, those who disagree with their government's policies are vilified, demonized, accused of being unpatriotic and operating under the influence of malign foreign influences.
Since my last post on Saturday, we have made our way along the route of the Pacific Trails Pipeline, making presentations in both Smithers and Burns Lake.
As the pro-bitumen export crowd notices the gathering storm clouds over their Northern Gateway and Kinder-Morgan options, support is mobilizing for pipelines running east.
Some say that pipelines will connect the West and the East and create energy security. Some, however, feel less secure as pipelines threaten their communities.
I want to alert you to the most recent attack on environmental protection and democracy in this country and share with you a letter I wrote to Gaetain Caron, Chair and CEO, National Energy Board.