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Fort Chip to World: SOS

Posted by mhudema on September 15, 2008

Fort Chip to world: SOS

Climate change, water policy and aboriginal health. Three issues that should be atop the election agenda. Three issues that start with the oil sands.

Canadians are dying. Our government is doing nothing about it. Will it take world attention to end this injustice?

That’s what some residents of Fort Chipewyan, the small northern Alberta town at the mouth of Lake Athabasca, have concluded, starting a campaign for an oil sands moratorium that they plan to take across North America and Europe, until health and water concerns are addressed.

Residents in Fort Chipewyan, Alta., say they saw this fish, seen in this Aug. 15 photo, caught from Lake Athabasca the previous week. (Courtesy of Ling Wang)

Residents in Fort Chipewyan, Alta., say they saw this fish, seen in this Aug. 15 photo, caught from Lake Athabasca the previous week. (Courtesy of Ling Wang)

Fort Chip, an aboriginal community of 1200, has received increasing attention due to the high levels of cancer in the community. Dr. John O’Connor, a fly-in doctor first raised the issue publicly in 2005, noting the unusually high levels of a rare bile duct cancer, but was soon silenced by Health Canada and reprimanded by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta for causing “undue alarm”. Only last December was he finally cleared. Read the rest of this entry »
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First Nations Unite to Fight the Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on August 19, 2008

Natives unite to fight oilsands
Vow to go to court to stop ‘poisoning’ of rivers
Darcy Henton
The Edmonton Journal
Chipewyan elder Pat Marcel, 70, on the shore of Lake Athabasca where several hundred aboriginal leaders and environmental groups met for a Water is Boss conference on the weekend. Marcel says the community is not scaremongering when they say toxins in the Athabasca are killing the people.
CREDIT: Darcy Henton/Edmonton Journal
Chipewyan elder Pat Marcel, 70, on the shore of Lake Athabasca where several hundred aboriginal leaders and environmental groups met for a Water is Boss conference on the weekend. Marcel says the community is not scaremongering when they say toxins in the Athabasca are killing the people.

FORT CHIPEWYAN – Aboriginal leaders vow to go to court to stop what they say is the destruction of their land and the poisoning of their water.

Chiefs from three provinces and the Northwest Territories made the joint declaration Sunday at the conclusion of a water conference in Fort Chipewyan.

They say Alberta’s oldest European settlement is on the brink of catastrophe.

Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam said aboriginal people cannot sit still and allow their land and water to be destroyed.

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New Chief prepares for tarsands fight

Posted by mhudema on August 19, 2008

New chief prepares his people for oilsands fight
Revitalized Athabasca Chipewyan say Edmonton-born leader is no soft touch
Darcy Henton
The Edmonton Journal

FORT CHIPEWYAN – It’s mealtime at the Fort Chipewyan water conference and Chief Allan Adam leaves the food lineup with two brimming plates of roast beef. But as he wades through the crowd to his seat, he ends up giving his food away to others.

The second time it happens, he laughs about being such a soft touch, and wonders whether people will let him pass to the front of the line again.

He needn’t worry. On his third try, he manages to secure a meal for himself.

Residents of this remote, fly-in community, nearly 600 kilometres north of Edmonton, say the youthful, light-hearted new chief of the Athabasca Chipewyan has revitalized them with his enthusiasm and his charm, but that he’s definitely no soft touch.

That could be bad news for oilsands companies and a provincial government seemingly intent on dramatically boosting bitumen production to meet the world’s thirst for oil.

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Greenpeace Protestors Shine Light on Toxic Future

Posted by mhudema on July 25, 2008

Greenpeacers Arrested Protesting Oil Sands in Northern Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta, Canada, July 24, 2008 (ENS) – Eleven Greenpeace activists entered Syncrude’s Aurora North Tar Sands facility north of Fort McMurray today, erecting a banner that transformed the opening of a tailings pond pipe into the “mouth” of a giant skull, spewing toxic sludge.

Shortly after 8:00 am, Greenpeaceers attempted to block the pipe, but the strength of the water pressure prevented the closure from being completed, said a spokesperson for the group.

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Radio Show on Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on July 24, 2008

Indigenous Leaders Meet to Strategize Against Bitumen Extraction on Their Lands

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  • Length: 5:09 minutes (4.72 MB)
  • Format: Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

The market may be in recession, but the United States is still the
world’s most oil-hungry economy. And its corporations are busy tapping
new energy sources like tar sands, a mixture of sand and an extremely
dense form of petroleum called bitumen. The world’s largest deposits of
tar sands are in North America and companies use it to produce more
than a million barrels of oil per day. But the explosive growth of such
projects has huge environmental costs.  They damage land, air, water,
forests, and the climate. FSRN’s Christina Aanestad traveled to Lee,
Nevada for the 15th annual indigenous environmental network conference
where she talked to people who live in areas environmentally impacted
by bitumen production.

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Feds and Province Fail to Protect

Posted by mhudema on June 22, 2008

Harper and Stelmach Stall on Safe Water for Canada’s First Nations

    Alberta calls on Federal and Provincial governments to make water a
    priority

    EDMONTON, June 20 /CNW Telbec/ - From time immemorial, First Nations have
centered their existence on water. Unfortunately for all Canadians, care and
protection of our water has been left in the hands of governments that value
profits over people. We are currently at a crisis level with this resource,
and the First Nations community is being hit the hardest by this crisis. In
communities across Canada, safe potable water is something people have been
unable to depend upon.
    "It is deplorable," said CUPE Aboriginal Committee Chair Gloria Lepine.
"In the year 2008, there is no excuse for the fact that at least 85 First
Nation water systems are in high risk, and that there are close to 100 boil
water advisories in various communities."
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Protesters serve dirty water

Posted by mhudema on June 17, 2008

Oil investors pass on oilsands H2O
BY ALICIA FOX
June 17, 2008 01:31

Tainted water from a lake near Fort Chipewyan and from the Athabasca River, was offered to international investors and members of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers by environmental protestors yesterday at the Calgary Hyatt Hotel.
“We’re here to tell the investing community that if they’re investing in the oilsands, they’re investing in something that comes with an increasing price tag,” said Mike Hudema from Greenpeace Canada.
Lionel Lepine from the Chipewyan aboriginal community said even the kids are wary about swimming in the lake and eating fowl or fish from the area which could be contaminated with arsenic and mercury due to oil sand production.
“Our whole tradition and way of life is in jeopardy,” Lepine said.

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Energy firms put on the spot

Posted by mhudema on June 17, 2008

Symposium lures investors and protesters
Jon Harding
Calgary Herald
Monday, June 16, 2008

Oil and gas companies swimming in cash. Protesters handing out bottles of Athabasca River water.

Both await 350 of the top institutional investors in the Canadian oilpatch as the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) investment symposium begins Monday in Calgary.

The annual CAPP event opens with a different backdrop to a year ago, when drilling activity in Western Canada was in a rut and capital markets were dry as dust, particularly for scores of Canada’s junior and intermediate explorers.

Oil prices are fluttering towards $140 US a barrel and natural gas prices are up roughly 70 per cent since January — an almost immeasurable difference, although one that investors in equities have still not taken completely to heart. Some Canadian oil and gas stocks are up but the group as a whole has lagged behind growth in surging oil and natural gas.

Meanwhile, the world’s focus on Alberta’s oilsands has recently intensified amid global supply constraints and growing concern about the massive play’s environmental footprint.

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Investing in Environmental Destruction and Cultural Genocide

Posted by mhudema on June 17, 2008

Petroleum meeting greeted by protesters

Investors at a petroleum symposium in Calgary Monday were challenged to taste water taken from Lake Athabasca in northern Alberta.
Investors at a petroleum symposium in Calgary Monday were challenged to taste water taken from Lake Athabasca in northern Alberta. (CBC)Oilsands protesters challenged investors at a Calgary petroleum conference on Monday to drink from bottles of murky water from Lake Athabasca, which sits near Alberta’s major oilsands developments.

Environmentalists joined residents from the Fort Chipewyan area in northern Alberta at the annual symposium of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers to ask the oil and gas industry to slow down development long enough to fully study the water supply downstream from oilsands projects.

The protesters also wanted to attract the attention of hundreds of investors at the symposium.

“Our kids, my children, they swim in that water. They drink that water every day. They drink it and we drink it out of our taps, so if it’s safe, they should be able to take a drink of it too,” Lionel Lepine, a member of the 1,500-member Athabasca Fort Chipewyan First Nation, told CBC News outside the downtown meeting. Read the rest of this entry »

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NDP calls for halt to Tar Sands projects

Posted by mhudema on June 16, 2008

NDP targets new projects in oilsands

By DAVE DORMER

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Federal NDP Leader Jack Layton has again called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to impose a moratorium on new oilsands projects in Alberta until a better environmental strategy is crafted.

There should be a halt “until (the federal government) can prove to Albertans, to First Nations and to all Canadians that it has examined the cumulative social and environmental impacts of the oilsands development and has plans in place to address those consequences,” Layton said at the Alberta NDP’s annual convention in Calgary.

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