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Northern Gateway hearings were a path to self-discovery for many of its opponents

The transformation of Minchin from shy recluse to articulate advocate started one day when he found an oil-soaked log on a beach near Kitimat.

Kinder Morgan's $136 million pipeline 'war chest' to be paid by Canadians

"The decision to enable this unfair advantage is unprecedented. The approach has been rejected out of hand by US regulators."

Final Healing Walk draws more than 200

"Stop the destruction, start the healing," was the rallying cry for hundreds at yesterday's final Healing Walk, at the edge of the tar sands, in Fort McMurray.
Chief Roger William Xeni Gwet'in First Nation - UBCIC photo

Enbridge dead, LNG delayed by ‘historic’ Supreme Court ruling: Aboriginal leaders

Stock watchers and Aboriginal leaders weigh in on the historic impact of a landmark legal decision, granting Aboriginals more control over pipeline and resource developments

In their own words: demonstrators speak out against Harper's Enbridge pipeline decision

"Here, you see older people, people in suits, people from all walks of life. I think there's enough dissent in BC to stop this."
First Nations drummers on street after Northern Gateway decision - Mychaylo Prys

First Nations vow to bury Enbridge Northern Gateway in court

"We don't throw around the threat of litigation or protests lightly," said the Haida Nation president. "This is the time we will take the biggest stand of our lives."
Natural Resource Minister Greg Rickford - Mychaylo Prystupa

Harper government okays Northern Gateway, over intense BC opposition

Aboriginal, northern, environmental and citizens groups are now gearing up for intense legal and protest actions to stop the pipeline, despite its federal approval.

Fort McKay's oil sands prosperity comes at cost of air quality

"How does the air smell to you?" he asks. "Bad," I say, "really bad."What does it smell like?

BC landowner "crushed" by NEB's stonewalling on Kinder Morgan expansion

"I was crushed when I left the NEB building."
Tim Moen,  Libertarian Party, Ft. McMurray, Alberta

"Tar Sands Messiah" satirizes Hollywood critics of Fort McMurray

Striking back after one insult too many.