The historic Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking, and Climate Change will take place this May 14 to 18, cohosted by Spring Creek Project at Oregon State University, Corvallis, and live-streaming online. For the first time in its nearly 40-year history, this session of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) will have an international focus and will include arguments about the rights of Nature in addition to the rights of people. Among those participating are individuals and groups from Newfoundland and Labrador. The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal is a highly respected international forum that grew from the Russell-Sartre Tribunal to investigate whether breaches of human rights norms occurred during the Vietnam War. Since then it has conducted a series of high-profile hearings to determine whether human rights standards were abridged in Bhopal, Chernobyl, and other sites worldwide. The Tribunal’s most recent session was on Myanmar’s (Burma’s) crimes against the Rohingya…
While the much-anticipated N.L. Hydraulic Fracturing Review Panel final report places huge barriers in front of private interests looking to frack for shale oil in Western Newfoundland, some say it doesn’t go far enough.
N.L. fracking review panelist Maurice Dusseault gave a funny — and awkward — speech at Memorial University recently.
As the provincial government moves to hire a consultant to determine the nature and possible clean-up of oil leaking into Port au Port Bay, opinions over the urgency of the situation vary while a petition calling for immediate remediation garners 25,000 signatures.
Halifax Media Co-op reporter Miles Howe and Annie Clair of Elsipogtog First Nation are in Newfoundland to launch Howe’s new book, “Debriefing Elsipogtog”, and share their experiences from the frontlines of New Brunswick’s anti-fracking movement.
Amid concerns around the potential for hydraulic fracturing to be permitted in the province, the leader of the official opposition says if his party forms government in the fall election the controversial method of oil extraction won’t happen without the approval of local residents and communities.
Evidence of oil leaking into Port au Port Bay on Newfoundland’s west coast has intensified ongoing debate surrounding controversial oil development in this province and how it is impacting vulnerable ecosystems like the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
What if the decision to allow “fracking” is made for Newfoundland and Labrador, and the scientists, the people who have already been adversely affected, the cities, provinces/states and countries that have banned it, were right?
The NL fracking review panel is taking submissions from residents of the province until June 1. But being heard doesn’t have to mean writing a letter, say anti-fracking activists.
On the culture and consequences of climate change denial in Newfoundland and Labrador…
If health, safety and environmental protection are main considerations on the issue of hydraulic fracturing, as stated by the Department of Natural Resources and the provincial government, then why is it we so rarely, if at all, see media releases pertaining to hydraulic fracturing from the premier, the environment minister, and the health minister?
Private interests wanting to develop natural resources need to do more than “consult” with local residents — they need locals’ consent and approval
Speaking at a recent forum in Corner Brook on fracking and oil development in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Miawpukek First Nation Chief Mi’sel Joe addressed the hypocrisy he says is implicit in the province’s anthem and decades of relentless natural resource exploitation and pollution.
Opposition to CETA is increasingly focusing on the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) section. What’s at stake for citizens?
Three Newfoundlanders working to ensure we #DontFrackNL celebrate the truth and honesty that guides The Independent’s work.
Three major decisions this week to ban fracking in New York, New Brunswick and Quebec indicate what some say could be the beginning of the end for fracking in Canada and the United States
They’ve been planning for more than a year, and now a group of students at Memorial University’s Grenfell Campus is launching a movement to remove the university as an accomplice in the fossil fuel industry’s massive contribution to climate change.
Institutional discrimination at its best: The ‘old boys club’ reviews fracking
There is nothing more dangerous than those who believe in their own righteousness