Slaying the Dragon

As noted in the Seattle Times and reported in the Vancouver Sun,

The British Columbia provincial government is taking legal and administrative action to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.  At issue is inadequate consultation by developer Kinder Morgan with First Nations. In Washington, the Tulalip Tribes, Suquamish tribe, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and Lummi Nation have joined to fight the project.

Alliance vs Tar Sands

The First Nations Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion–signed by 50 Indigenous nations in Vancouver and Quebec on September 22–opposes TransCanada, Kinder Morgan, and Enbridge pipeline projects in their traditional territories. As reported in the National Observer, the treaty builds on “major First Nations victories” against the Northern Gateway project and Keystone XL pipeline.

Omitted in the article, however, is any mention of the fact that the deciding factor of Obama’s rejection of Keystone XL is that it pitted Canadian Alberta Tar Sands oil against US-produced Bakken crude, made possible by his approval of fracking on millions of acres in North Dakota. The resulting glut of oil, which overwhelmed Gulf Coast storage capacity, made it possible for Obama’s advisor Warren Buffett to corner the oil-by-rail market now threatening the Pacific Coast of Northwest Washington and Southwest British Columbia.