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Trump-appointed judge sides with cops who brutalized DAPL pipeline protesters

Five years after police began to brutalize activists opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline, a federal judge appointed by former President Donald Trump has dismissed a lawsuit accusing North Dakota law enforcement officers of excessive use of force—a decision that critics have characterized as a tacit endorsement of the violent repression of climate justice advocates.   By Kenny Stancil Common […]

January 2nd

Line 3 Pipeline is completed, but Water Protectors vow to keep fighting

Indigenous and environmental activists on Wednesday vowed to keep up the fight against Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline expansion after the Canadian company announced the completion of the multi-billion-dollar tar sands project.   By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams Calgary-based Enbridge on Wednesday announced the “substantial completion” of the 1,097-mile Line 3 expansion, which will enable the flow of up to […]

October 3rd

‘Stand With Us’: Indigenous Line 3 Pipeline opponents seek allies

As state and local law enforcement in Minnesota intensify their violent repression of water protectors resisting Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands pipeline, Indigenous leaders on Thursday appealed for allies in their effort to pressure the U.S. government to honor Native American treaty rights and protect the environment and climate by stopping the toxic project. By Brett […]

August 7th

Line 3 Pipeline blockade: Water protectors arrested as polluting pipeline nears completion

At least seven water protectors from the Indigenous-led movement to stop Enbridge’s Line 3 were arrested on Monday while protesting at the Shell River in Minnesota, which the partially completed tar sands pipeline is set to cross in five places. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Today women and other water protectors from across multiple communities in […]

July 21st

KXL pipeline is dead, so company is suing US for $15 billion

In a move that progressives described as unsurprising yet outrageous, TC Energy Corporation, the Canadian company behind the now-defunct Keystone XL pipeline, is seeking more than $15 billion in compensation from the United States government, which it has accused of violating free trade obligations by blocking further development of the tar sands oil project. By Kenny […]

July 7th

Line 3 Pipeline: Indigenous women invite Deb Haaland to see the devastation for herself

A group of Indigenous women opposed to the Line 3 pipeline on Thursday invited Interior Secretary Deb Haaland—the first Native American woman to hold her Cabinet position and a professed critic of fossil fuel infrastructure on public and tribal lands—to visit northern Minnesota and “learn more about the impacts” of the tar sands project first-hand. 36 hours. 500 land defenders. […]

June 19th

Resistance that wouldn’t quit: A timeline of the Keystone XL Pipeline

Activists on the sharp edge of the climate movement are in an existential battle with the Goliath of fossil fuel influence in government. When the future of nature and humanity is at stake, milestones gained are often just rest stops before the marathon resumes. But on June 9, 2021, an epic 13-year struggle waged in […]

June 12th

With KXL dead, pressure intensifies for Biden to kill Line 3 pipeline

Seizing the momentum after a day of major direct action against the Line 3 tar sands pipeline in northern Minnesota, Indigenous and green groups on Wednesday stepped up their pressure on President Joe Biden to honor Native American treaties and protect the environment and climate by stopping the toxic project. By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams The climate advocacy […]

June 10th

Keystone XL pipeline is finally dead (after a 15-year fight)

After more than a decade of grassroots organizing, agitation, and tireless opposition by the international climate movement, the final nail was slammed into the Keystone XL’s coffin Wednesday afternoon when the company behind the transnational tar sands pipeline officially pulled the plug on its plans.   By Jon Queally Common Dreams Following consultation with Canadian officials and regulators—including “its partner, […]

June 10th

Indigenous and climate activists protest banks funding Line 3 pipeline

From “oil spills” in Washington, D.C. and New York City to a “people mural” in Seattle spelling out “Defund Line 3,” climate and Indigenous protesters in 50 U.S. cities and across seven other countries spanning four continents took to the streets on Friday for a day of action pushing 20 banks to ditch the controversial […]

May 8th

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe ‘gravely concerned’ about DAPL’s continued operation under Biden

In a huge blow to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, other Tribes and environmental groups, the Biden administration has said that it won’t shut down the illegally constructed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), effectively maintaining the Trump position on the pipeline. By Dan Bacher Speaking before a federal judge, representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of […]

April 12th

Despite pledges on Tribal relations and climate, Biden declines to shut down Dakota Access Pipeline

Indigenous leaders and climate campaigners on Friday blasted President Joe Biden’s refusal to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline during a court-ordered environmental review, which critics framed as a betrayal of his campaign promises to improve tribal relations and transition the country to clean energy. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Biden’s inaction to protect our […]

April 10th

Jane Fonda arrives in Minnesota to back Line 3 pipeline opponents

A “freshly vaccinated” Jane Fonda arrived in Minnesota on Sunday to join the ongoing protests against Canadian oil giant Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline, a multibillion-dollar tar sands project that scientists and activists have called an “urgent threat” to local waters and the global climate. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams In a Facebook post announcing her arrival in Northern Minnesota, the […]

March 17th

What do Trans Mountain and Line 3 pipelines have in common? Liberty Mutual.

Massive pipelines like Trans Mountain and Line 3 would transport crude tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada across the international border while violating treaties and polluting sacred lands and waterways – which is a major reason why they’re facing so much Indigenous and grassroots resistance right now.What do these dirty fossil fuel projects all have […]

March 15th

Enbridge continues to greenwash its tar sands Line 3 pipeline

There are now more than 130 Water Protectors facing criminal charges for protecting the land from the Line 3 tar sands pipeline. At the same time, the climate criminals are free to keep bulldozing through my peoples’ sacred lands. It is physically painful to witness the land being ripped apart, to see our sacred manoomin being […]

March 9th