All Charges Thrown Out Against Kinder-Morgan Pipeline Protesters

SFU professor Lynne Quarmby with her lawyer Jason Gratl celebrating a ruling, outside the B.C. Supreme Court on Thursday. Photo by Jenny Uechi.

SFU molecular biology chair Lynne Quarmby beamed widely as Justice Austin Cullen announced at the B.C. Supreme Court that Kinder Morgan’s request to extend the injunction date would be rejected, and said all charges of civil contempt for protesters arrested so far on Burnaby Mountain would be thrown out. “It’s fantastic!” Quarmby said, moments after the judge announced his decision. “It’s a fabulous victory.” Drivers in cars passing by the court house honked their horns, apparently recognizing the professor, who was arrested last week protesting Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion. Justice Cullen’s ruling did, however, allow Kinder Morgan to substitute its current injunction zone, which was not accurate, with the correct one.

Protesting Pipeline Was My Obligation As Scientist, Citizen, Parent

Scientist Dr. Alejandro Frid crossing a police line on Burnaby Mountain on Saturday. Photo provided by Frid.

Consistent with these tactics, Harper tasked the National Energy Board (NEB) with examining whether building new pipelines that enable increased exploitation of bitumen from the Alberta tar sands is in the best interest of Canadians. Proposed infrastructure under current NEB “scrutiny” include the Trans Mountain pipeline by Houston-based Kinder Morgan, which would increase the capacity to transport tar sands bitumen to an export port in Vancouver, and the Northern Gateway pipeline, which would transport bitumen to the export port of Kitimat. The NEB has approved Northern Gateway and appears to be well on its way to doing the same for Trans Mountain.

Anti-Fracking Warriors Steingraber And Boland Released From Jail

Sandra Steingraber and Colleen Boland right after they were released from jail on Nov. 26 at 12:01 a.m., after serving eight days of a 15-day sentence for trespassing at the gates of Crestwood Midstream on the banks of Seneca Lake. Photo credit: Chris Tate

Steingraber and Boland are among the first wave arrests as part of a sustained, ongoing, non-violent civil disobedience campaign against the storage of fracked gas along the shores of Seneca Lake, a source of drinking water for 100,000 people. There have been 73 arrests so far. Calling themselves “We Are Seneca Lake,” those risking arrest—and their supporters—wear blue during blockades. Sandra Steingraber: “We can’t find the path to victory; we have to CREATE it. That’s going to require a lot of work from all of us over a sustained period of time. What Colleen and I just did is only a tiny part of the struggle. So, please don’t thank us. Tell us what YOU are going to do.”

Greece: Brutal Police Repression Of A Determined Skouries Mine Protest

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Once more a demonstration against Eldorado Gold’s Skouries mine in Halkidiki was met with tons of teargas by the riot police. More than 1.500 demonstrators of all ages marched to the location where Eldorado’s subsidiary, Hellas Gold, is developing a huge open-pit gold and copper mine right in the middle of what used to be a pristine forest. Approximately 180 hectares of forest have so far been cleared in order to make way for the mine, a processing plant and two monstrous tailings dams. For the past three years, the local people and the broader solidarity movement resisting the mine have faced extreme repression and penalization of their struggle.

Next week: Direct Actions to Save Cove Point

Cove Point protest

The next two weeks are critical in the struggle to stop construction of a liquefied fracked-gas export terminal in Cove Point, MD that threatens nearby homes, the Chesapeake Bay and the climate crisis. We need you to join the emergency mobilization! Join the community in saving their homes and preventing a huge threat to the climate crisis. Overnight accommodations in a church will be available for those who need it. The FERC issued a permit this year for the construction of a 160 foot pier to bring in large pieces of equipment for the gas export terminal, but they must finish it by December 16 or they will have to wait until late March to begin construction again. A delay in construction is critical because this project’s permit is being challenged for failure to conduct an environmental impact study and a quantitative risk assessment. This is the first gas export terminal being built in a residential area, which sets a dangerous precedent.

Lawsuit: Stop Big Coal’s Misuse Of Public Lands

The main culprit for rampant coal production is the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which leases out huge swaths of land to the coal industry.

Friends of the Earth and the Western Organization of Resource Councils, with the support of philanthropist Paul G. Allen, today filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to require the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management to prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement for the federal coal leasing program. There has not been a comprehensive environmental review of the federal coal leasing program since 1979. Since that time, scientific evidence has established that greenhouse gases produced by coal mining and combustion endanger the public health and welfare.

Cree March To Ban Uranium Exploration

The BAPE is holding hearings on uranium development across the province and is scheduled to submit its recommendations to Environment Minister David Heurtel by next May.  Quebec Liberal Party

Seven young members of the James Bay Cree Nation began an 800-kilometre trek from Mistissini to Montreal Sunday to demand a ban on uranium development in northern Quebec. “We want a uranium-free Eeyou Istchee (Cree territory), ” said Youth Grand Chief Joshua Iserhoff, 36, who set out with six others at 11 a.m. in minus-2-degree weather. They plan to arrive in Montreal on Dec. 15, the final day of hearings on uranium development by the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE). The march underlines the Crees’ opposition to uranium exploration and mining, which they say would encroach on traplines, poison the environment and threaten their traditional way of life.

The People Behind Kinder Morgan Protest

Lynne Quarmby Photograph by: HO , THE CANADIAN PRESS

Quarmby, a science professor at Simon Fraser University and chairwoman of SFU’s molecular biology and biochemistry department, was arrested on Friday. She is named as a defendant in a Kinder Morgan lawsuit and has been the public face leading the opposition to the pipeline in Burnaby. Quarmby has been quoted as saying that the National Energy Board process “is a sham.” She argues the process does not allow any consideration of climate change at a time that climate change is the biggest problem facing society. A mother and an environmentalist, Quarmby’s concerns lie with the environment and protecting it for future generations.

Human Rights Assessment Of Unconventional Gas

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A report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in 2011 argues that the environmental damage caused by hydraulic fracturing for natural gas poses ‘a new threat to human rights’. This report concurs and calls attention to the most directly applicable rights, both substantive and procedural, implicated by fracking operations, including the rights to life and security of person, to water and health, to respect for home and private life and to public participation in the decision making processes concerning environmental matters, as well as the human rights dimensions of climate change and the rights of future generations.

Lawyer Condemns Arrests Of Burnaby Mountain Protesters

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A Vancouver civil rights lawyer says it’s “dangerously wrong” that protesters on Burnaby Mountain are being arrested while the courts are still evaluating the legality of a U.S.-owned energy company’s actions. “There is the uncontroversial right of the citizens to protest, which is one of the key planks of a democracy,” Gail Davidson told theGeorgia Straight by phone. “And the right of Kinder Morgan hasn’t been determined.” Davidson said that she thinks that the Kinder Morgan subsidiary, Trans Mountain Pipeline, is, in effect, “defying the court process” by conducting geotechnical survey work on Burnaby Mountain while the issue is before the B.C. Court of Appeal.

Boston: Drop The Frame Up Charges Against Union Leader

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On July 3, 2014, four plain clothes BPD detectives paid two visits to brother Kirschbaum’s home while he was at the Boston Teachers Union in contract negotiations with Veolia Transportation, Inc. Lieutenant Detective Thomas Hopkins served Steve’s daughter with his Summons charging him with Assault and Battery with a dangerous Weapon, Trespass, Breaking and Entering during the Daytime to Commit a Felony, and Malicious Destruction of Property. These false, defamatory, and outrageous charges are identified as “offenses” alleged to have occurred on June 30that the Solidarity Day rallies and march. On June 30th Solidarity Day nearly 500 USW 8751 Boston School Bus drivers and supporters took the struggle against Veolia/City union busting to the streets surrounding the Freeport bus yard and Veolia Corporate Headquarters.

Sky Truth Gets Out Reality Of Eco Impact From The Sky

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SkyTruth is a nonprofit organization using remote sensing and digital mapping to create stunning images that expose the landscape disruption and habitat degradation caused by mining, oil and gas drilling, deforestation, fishing and other human activities. Our vision is a world where all people can see and understand the environmental consequences of human activity everywhere on Earth, and are motivated to take action to protect it. Our mission is to motivate and empower new constituencies for environmental protection through illuminating the issues that impact our planet.

Inspiring Protest Against Kinder Morgan Pipeline Grows

Environmental activists clashed with police on Thursday. (Photo: @tendayjourney/Twitter)

Ongoing protests in British Columbia to stop a tar sands pipeline project by fossil fuel giant Kinder Morgan escalated on Thursday night after 26 protesters were violently arrested. Those arrested also included protesters who refused to comply with an injunction issued earlier in the week ordering them to move from their encampment on the mountain. In response, Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan promised that he was ready to fight a “war” in the courts with the federal government. “This is going to be a war, and it’s going to be one that carries on for a number of years,” Corrigan told the Province.

Dene Trappers Block Oil Companies In Northwestern Saskatchewan

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The Dene people of Ducharme, who have made a living from the land for centuries, have found access to their trap lines blocked by security gates. Life-long trapper, Don Montgrand, reported, “When I drove up to my trap line, a helicopter followed overhead of me, all the way. That’s 106 km.” On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, a road block [was] established 8 km north of La Loche, Saskatchewan to prevent numerous oil companies road access to exploration camps beyond that point. Trappers are making a stand because for the past 6 ½ years, there has been a mad rush on mineral and oil exploration.

Harvard Students Sue University Over Refusal To Divest From Fossil Fuels

A group of Harvard law, graduate and undergraduate students is suing to compel Harvard to withdraw its investments in oil, coal and natural gas. (Harvard Climate Justice Coalition v. Harvard)  Read more:  Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

On November 19, 2014, we sued the Harvard Corporation to compel it to withdraw its investments from fossil fuel companies. As seven Harvard students organized under the name “Harvard Climate Justice Coalition,” we allege that the Corporation’s funding of global warming harms its students and future generations, and that Harvard’s leaders have a duty to divest the university’s endowment from the reckless activities of the oil, gas, and coal industries. We’re bringing this case by ourselves, without lawyers, because we believe that we have a responsibility to confront global warming. Climate change has arrived, wrecking the planet and posing serious dangers to the most vulnerable among us.