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Oregon Activist Who Shut Off Oil Pipeline in Montana in 2016 Will Evade Jail Time ... In October, 2016, a group of five activists, dubbed the "Valve Turners," simultaneously shut off the valves to crude oil pipelines in Washington, ... The act temporarily halted the flow of tar sands from Canada to the U.S..
On October 11, 2016, while the Dakota Access pipeline protests were in full force, climate activists approached above-ground valve sites on five tar sands pipelines in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and Washington state. After calling the pipeline companies to give warning, they turned the ...

Climate activists covered in oil hold pickets outside of the White House during a Keystone XL Pipeline protest on September 20, 2011. ... These "valve turners" selected those pipelines because tar sands is the most carbon-intensive, climate-damaging form of oil, and thus for them, burning it constitutes ...
These "valve turners" selected those pipelines because tar sands is the most carbon-intensive, climate-damaging form of oil, and thus for them, burning it constitutes an emergency. ... Higgins and his fellow activists live streamed their actions and then waited calmly for police to arrive and arrest them.
An Oregon climate change activist has avoided jail time and been ordered to pay $3,775 after he was convicted of illegally shutting down a crude oil ... in Washington state, North Dakota and Minnesota, using civil disobedience to urge a halt to the use of tar sands crude -- the most carbon-intensive, ... Pipeline
Yesterday, ten activists peacefully blocked the entrance to a Kinder Morgan construction site in Coast Salish territory near Vancouver, Canada for several hours. Their bold action further delayed the construction of a tar sands oil pipeline that would violate Indigenous rights, threaten clean air and water ...

BILLINGS -- An Oregon climate change activist, who was convicted of illegally shutting down a crude oil pipeline as part of a multi-state protest, avoided jail time ... Environmentalists and scientists say tar sands crude could exacerbate climate change due to the carbon dioxide released when it's burned.
Tantoo Cardinal, an award-winning actress and Metis environmental activist, talks with a reporter Tuesday, March 13, in Bemidji before speaking at Red Lake's Seven Clans Casino. Cardinal grew up in the tar sands region of Alberta, Canada, and addressed the dangers of oil pipelines in her talk. ...
The government of British Columbia is fighting Kinder Morgan Inc.'s plan to expand a pipeline carrying oil sands crude from western Alberta to the port of ... "Talk about someone who needs to be removed from the gene pool," Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners LP, said of one activist who ...
The recent success of the gun control movement in the corporate space is instructive for progressive activists of every stripe today. ... JPMorgan Chase hasn't issued a statement on the TransCanada loan, but the bank is the top U.S. funder of tar sands oil, according to a November report released by a ...
Alberta, which has the world's third-largest oil reserves, needs infrastructure in place to export its growing oil sands production. ... Environmental activists in Washington also oppose the pipeline. ... Cantwell said the problem is the type of oil coming from the tar sands, a heavy crude called diluted bitumen.
This sentiment was repeated in an article in Oil Sands Magazine: "The solid pellets are also likely to be exempted from the federal Liberal's crude tanker moratorium off BC's northern coast, although Transport Minister Marc Garneau says more testing is needed to confirm the consequences of a spill.".
On Thursday, a lawyer for the activists told the appeals court judges that climate change is an emergency, and that through the coordinated action by activists, 15 percent of the country's oil supply was temporarily stopped. Andy Pearson, Midwest tar sands coordinator with MN 350, said other less extreme ...
Michael Foster, the valve turner who temporarily halted the flow of tar sands oil in TransCanada's Keystone pipeline in October 2016, called for future ... "TransCanada and the State of North Dakota had both pushed for a harsh sentence to deter other climate activists (the prosecution recommended five ...
Thursday's injunction also applies to the pipeline's construction site at Westridge Marine Terminal, the Sun reported. According to 350 Seattle, the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project aims to triple the amount of Alberta tar sands oil carried from the Canadian Rockies to Burnaby, BC and ... Activists Kinder Morgan
The group called the company's transportation of "tar sands" crude oil through Washington's waters "reckless," and called attention to the threat posed by their Trans Mountain Pipeline and Tanker Project. The group claims 900,000 barrels of crude oil would be delivered from Alberta to British ... activists Seattle
Based on the initial description of this product, it appears that it could alleviate many of the risks involved with moving tar sands oil by rail. ... The Globe and Mail reported that “the technology could give oil-sands producers who lack pipeline access a new way to reach refineries in North America, Asia, and ... activists Seattle

Like many Albertans, Oh's father had worked in the oil sands, so she understands the concerns of divesting from a fossil fuel-based economy, especially with most of the environmentalists and activists being from outside of the province. “I think they [Albertans] feel really defensive when someone from the ... activists Seattle
This sentiment was repeated in an article in Oil Sands Magazine: "The solid pellets are also likely to be exempted from the federal Liberal's crude tanker moratorium off BC's northern coast, although Transport Minister Marc Garneau says more testing is needed to confirm the consequences of a spill.". activists Seattle
However, scientists at the University of Calgary's Schulich School of Engineering inadvertently found a way to make tar sands oil even more viscous, turning it ... The Globe and Mail reported that “the technology could give oil-sands producers who lack pipeline access a new way to reach refineries in North ... activists Seattle
On Thursday, a lawyer for the activists told the appeals court judges that climate change is an emergency, and that through the coordinated action by activists, 15 percent of the country's oil supply was temporarily stopped. Andy Pearson, Midwest tar sands coordinator with MN 350, said other less extreme ... activists Seattle
He would snip the padlock that secured the gate and approach the blunt length of vertical pipe in the center of the enclosure — the stem of a shut-off valve for the 2,700-mile-long Keystone Pipeline, which carries crude oil from the tar sands of Alberta to refineries on the Texas coast. He would cut the chain ... activists Seattle
Most party politicians, from the prime minister to premiers to energy and environment ministers, have become puppets of green activists. Driven by their ... Her latest effort, “The Tar Sands Campaign Against the Overseas Export of Canadian Oil: Activism or Economic Sabotage?”, was posted last month. activists Seattle
In North Dakota, a court has sentenced anti-pipeline activist Michael Foster to one year in prison, after he broke into an oil pipeline facility and turned a manual safety valve to cut off the flow of tar sands oil coming into the United States from Canada. Foster was one of 10 people arrested in October 2016 as ... activists Seattle
The move is an attempt to address the concerns of aboriginal and environmental activists, who have opposed a series of oil pipeline projects in recent ... protesters unhappy about Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd's plan to more than double the capacity of its Trans Mountain pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to ... activists Seattle
And yet, activist Michael Foster has been sentenced to three years in prison for shutting off the Keystone tar sands pipeline in North Dakota. I guess it's understandable since Foster can't write those big bribe (oh, I mean campaign) checks for the folks in power like BP can…. Elections have consequences… activists Seattle
EDINBURGH University's ruling body has announced the establishment is to complete its transition out of fossil fuel investments within three years – a move that has been welcomed by environmentalists, although they said it had been a long time coming. The decision by the University Court follows its ... activists Seattle
They decided to take direct action and coordinated a protest by shutting off oil pipelines carrying tar sands oil into the U.S.. The “valve turners” coordinated efforts to shut off pipelines in Washington, Montana, Minnesota and North Dakota. Now, one of those activists is going to prison for the protest. Seattle ... activists Seattle
Michael Foster, the valve turner who temporarily halted the flow of tar sands oil in TransCanada's Keystone pipeline in October 2016, called for future actions to ... "TransCanada and the State of North Dakota had both pushed for a harsh sentence to deter other climate activists (the prosecution recommended five years)," ... activists Seattle
The pancakes represented a peaceful tactic against heightened police presence at anti-Kinder Morgan protests, and some nourishment for activists—and Kinder Morgan workers—as well. Kinder Morgan's project would see about 900,000 barrels of tar sands oil extracted per day from the Alberta tar sands. activists Seattle
The pancakes represented a peaceful tactic against heightened police presence at anti-Kinder Morgan protests, and some nourishment for activists—and Kinder Morgan workers—as well. Kinder Morgan's project would see about 900,000 barrels of tar sands oil extracted per day from the Alberta tar sands. activists Seattle
Indigenous activists fought to prevent the expansion of the Alberta Tar Sands. Decolonization is crucial to reconciliation for Lavoie. Lavoie said that to this day, the sovereignty of Indigenous peoples is continuously undermined, and mentioned they were once arrested while protesting the Kinder Morgan ... activists Seattle
... the actions of so-called valve turners to disrupt the flow of tar sands oil. “While peaceful protests are an important part of Americans' right to free speech, causing damage and putting others at risk of harm is not,” the post says. The valve turners — climate activists who attempted to turn off pipeline valves in ... activists Seattle
Along with other local activists Karen Kimbrough, Donna Gaston and recent BSU graduate Jordan Morgan, Beaulieu has long participated in ... After Beaulieu and the others expressed their interest to MN350, Andy Pearson, the group's Midwest tar sands coordinator, traveled to Bemidji to interview them. activists Seattle
Now the B.C. government has made its position clear as well by blocking new tar sands shipments. Will you support the actions of First ... our environment at the same time.” The website reverential ecology refers to Thomas-Muller as an activist for Indigenous self-determination and environmental justice. activists Seattle
Environmental activist Cameron Fenton, a Canadian campaigner with the group 350.org, welcomed BC's decision on Tuesday. "When it comes to ... said in a statement. "As of today, there's a moratorium on new tar sands shipments to the West Coast, and that's good news for the climate and communities.". activists Seattle
If not, you can host or join a house party to tune into the broadcast with fellow activists in your community. ... TransCanada, the company building the project, may have a permit, but they're still struggling to line up enough buyers for the tar sands oil they want to ship down to Texas (the company announced last week it had ... activists Seattle
Many activists and media outlets across the U.S. remain focused on the controversial revived Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which in late November received final approval for construction from Nebraska state regulators, albeit with a very different route than the one the company wanted, so it's unclear if it ... activists Seattle
A series of early-morning protests by a different group of activists have attempted for several weeks to block construction workers from entering Kinder ... The 1,150-kilometer route would cross B.C. from Alberta's oil sands, nearly tripling oil flow along much of its existing pipeline route and increasing tanker ... activists Seattle
A judge in Minnesota last year allowed defendants in the so-called “Valve Turners” case to claim necessity when they used bolt cutters to break into pipeline facilities and turn valves to prevent the flow of Canadian tar sands crude across five states. Two of the protesters were convicted of felonies, but Judge ... activists Seattle
21, 2017 file photo, petroleum coke, the grainy black byproduct of refining Canadian tar sands oil, is visible at the BP Whiting refinery in East Chicago, Ind. New .... Kyle Isakower, vice president of the American Petroleum Institute, has previously said that divestment is a "tactic of misinformed activists" that is ... activists Seattle
There is no doubt self-righteousness is a problem among many activists and defenders of the status quo. So I'll let him ... David spoke about the CEO of a consortium of companies who wanted to discuss international criticism of the Alberta oil sands regarding its environmental performance. David said he ... activists Seattle
But Winona LaDuke, an Ojibwe environmental activist who was involved in the anti-DAPL protests, noted that “accumulation of the little things is pretty significant.” LaDuke is now pushing to stop construction of the Enbridge Line 3 oil sands pipeline in Minnesota. The Line 3 project's environmental impact ... activists Seattle
Sitting in a tarpee erected outside the Capitol Building in the US state of Washington, seven Indigenous women and their supporters have vowed to stay put. They will stay until they are either arrested or politicians take action on climate change and native treaty rights. "We will be here as long as they let us ... activists Seattle
In Canada, the resistance to construction of new fossil fuel pipelines to facilitate further expansion of the Alberta tar sands was given renewed ... Manuel is the daughter of the late BC aboriginal leader Arthur Manuel, a highly regarded politician, activist and organizer who, amongst many other things, ... activists Seattle
Just as Mr. Girling slapped the Obama White House with a $15 billion lawsuit and threatened to invoke NAFTA to force the next Oval Office tenant to allow Canada's crude to flow across the United States, so too have opponents of the 'tar sands' clogged the regulatory process with lawsuits and made ... activists Seattle
That did not satisfy members of newly formed activist group Protect South Portland, however, and its members soon petitioned the council to call a vote on a draft ordinance it submitted to keep tar sands from flowing through the city. In the run-up to that vote, Protect South Portland activists discovered that ... activists Seattle
This was a significant win for activists like the UK Tar Sands Network and the Indigenous Environmental Network, who have been calling on financial institutions to end investments in the tar sands projects and pipelines since 2009, and who have most recently taken their campaigning efforts to the ... activists Seattle
We don't need any more dirty tar sands oil being transported across indigenous territory, through cities like Burnaby and destroying our coasts here.” Karl Perrin was one of those at the rally and says TD Bank has a social responsibility not to back Kinder Morgan. “We're targeting them as a bank that has ... activists Seattle
As oil prices crashed in 2015 and jobs began to disappear in Canada's tar sands, a group of local workers started thinking about a new opportunity: ... a lot of them were passionate about renewable energy as well,” says Lliam Hildebrand, who began working in the oil sands about seven years ago and is ... activists Seattle


 

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