dispuestas a morir antes que permitir que el ecocidio continúe

Terissa  Turner, profesora y activista canadiense, nos comunica que han sido las mujeres de estas comunidades indígenas en Canadá las que han dicho que están dispuestas a morir antes de permitir que ese oleoducto atraviese sus tierras. En esta clase de luchas se juega el futuro de la Tierra…




Alberta Oil Sands Pipelines Opposed By Indigenous Groups In U.S. And Canada

Reuters  |                                                                                      Posted: 03/20/2013

By David Ljunggren
OTTAWA, March 20 (Reuters) – An alliance of Canadian and  U.S. aboriginal groups vowed on Wednesday to block three  multibillion-dollar oil pipelines that are planned to transport  oil from the Alberta tar sands, and said they are prepared to  take physical action to stop them.
The Canadian government, faced with falling revenues thanks  to pipeline bottlenecks and a glut that has cut the price for  Alberta oil, say the projects are a national priority and will  help diversify exports away from the U.S. market.
But the alliance of 10 native bands – all of whose  territories are either in the crude-rich tar sands or on the  proposed pipeline routes – complain Ottawa and Washington are  ignoring their rights.
They also say building the pipelines would boost  carbon-intensive oil sands production and therefore speed up the  pace of climate change.
«Indigenous people are coming together with many many allies  across the United States and Canada, and we will not allow these  pipelines to cross our territories,» said Phil Lane Jr, a  hereditary chief from the Ihanktonwan Dakota in the state of  South Dakota.
«Along with every single legal thing that can be done, there  is direct action going on now to plan how to physically stop the  pipelines,» he told a news conference in Ottawa.
The pipeline projects in question are:
* TransCanada Corp’s Keystone XL to Texas, which is  awaiting approval from Washington
* Enbridge Inc’s Northern Gateway to the Pacific  Coast, which if built will help export oil to China
* Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP’s plans to more  than double the capacity of its existing Trans Mountain pipeline  to Vancouver
Some Canadian aboriginal bands briefly blockaded roads and  rail lines in January as part of a protest against the poor  living conditions that many natives endure.
They say the Canadian government is ignoring treaties signed  with native bands in the 18th and 19th centuries. These  agreements, they say, give aboriginal groups a major say in what  happens to their territories.
«They’ve been stealing from us for the last 200 years …  now they’re going to destroy our land? We’re not going to let  that happen,» said Martin Louie of the Nadleh Whut’en First  Nation in British Columbia.
«If we have to go to court, if we have to stand in front of  any of their machines that are going to take the oil through, we  are going to do that. We’re up against a wall here. We have  nowhere else to go.»
U.S. environmentalists are urging President Barack Obama to  block the Keystone XL pipeline. Greens and native bands also  oppose the Northern Gateway, saying if there were a spill it  could cause an environmental disaster.
Canada’s Conservative government on Tuesday appointed a  lawyer to gather views of native groups across British Columbia  on energy development and report back to Ottawa.
Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, asked abut  the bands’ comments, said the government expects citizens to  respect the law.
«If we do not go ahead with infrastructure, with pipelines  to move our resources to tidewater and on to markets that want  the resources, we will see them stranded and our legacy lost,»  he told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
«The people who will be hurt by this will be Canadians and  we don’t want that happen and we are determined it will not  happen,» he said.