The Tar Sands Stop Here! Public Forum

On Thursday, December 1, the Four Worlds International Institute, the Wilderness Committee, and Hereditary Chief of the Yankton Sioux Tribe and Chickasaw Nation Phil Lane, Jr. will host a public forum about Alberta tar sands pipelines and tankers in British Columbia at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver and via global internet.  The live streamed program will begin at 6:30 pm with the Oceanside Dakota Drum and a 7 pm welcome from Ruben George, the Sundance Chief of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation, the indigenous peoples of Burrard Inlet who are opposing oil tanker traffic there.  Next, Chief Jackie Thomas of the Saik’uz First Nation, representing the Yinka Dene Alliance of five nations, will discuss the declaration and campaign to stop the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.  Rex Weyler of Tanker Free BC and Greenpeace will talk about the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline to Vancouver and dredging to accommodate 300 tar sands super tankers per year in Burrard Inlet.  Melina Laboucon-Massimo, a Greenpeace tar sands campaigner from the Lubicon Cree First Nation will share her perspective on the Alberta tar sands.  Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein will explore how the Keystone XL pipeline victory impacts BC and the international climate justice movement.  Lastly, Hereditary Chief Phil Lane, Jr. will offer summary remarks.  Please engage this great opportunity to learn more about these important issues and the role we can play alongside indigenous people stopping these related tar sands developments.  Watch this historic event live on the homepage of Four Worlds International Institute at

For more information, see The Tar Sands Stop Here!

Six-Megaload Rolling Roadblock & Resident Rage 11-29-11

Thanks to Jeremy Jenkins for filming Alberta tar sands equipment roaring through the gauntlet of Moscow, Idaho, opposition during our 24th direct confrontation with Highway 95 megaloads on Tuesday, November 29.  If three previous transports stranded by weather at the milepost 405 parking area had also moved that night as planned, travelers could have encountered up to six rolling roadblocks on the 115 miles between Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene.  Instead, the parked loads supposedly moved on Wednesday evening, November 30, when the Idaho Transportation Department postponed another three smaller modules scheduled for Lewiston departure.  Several Tuesday protesters witnessed on-the-job flagger training as we stood at one of the busiest intersections in Moscow.  One experienced flagger constantly yelled instructions to a neophyte just before ExxonMobil again plundered our consciences and risked our resources and lives with unprepared contracted personnel.