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It's not easy to transform the world. Powerful industries are working hard to maintain our reliance on oil, destroy progress on climate change and block our access to the clean energy economy. But people all over the world want a different future and are starting to fight back, and win.

2/3 of British Columbia including 100 First Nations united against Enbridge Northern Gateway? Victory! Three major tar sands mines cancelled in 2014 due to "lack of infrastructure"? Victory! 400,000 marchers in New York demanding a safe climate? Victory!

This is the story of the growing movement fighting for solutions.

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Line 9

Line 9 reversal halted due to danger to rivers and lakes

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Adam Scott | Environmental Defence - October 14th 2014

Blog Post: The National Energy Board (NEB) just rejected Enbridge’s request for permission to restart its Line 9 pipeline until further notice. It turns out that Enbridge has failed to meet one of the most important and basic safety requirements – providing proof that there are emergency shut-off valves on both sides of all major water crossings along the pipeline’s route. Looks like Enbridge is going to have some explaining to do before its plans for Line 9 can go any further.

Stop the Expansion, Creating a Low Carbon Future

The battle against the tar sands is about to change

Mike Hudema | Greenpeace Canada - October 6th 2014

Blog Post: Resistance to the tar sands has not only grown in leaps and bounds, it is changing the dynamics of the entire fight. Last week's massive People's Climate March in New York that brought over 400,000 people to the streets of New York, led by climate impacted and Indigenous communities, was just one of many signs of hope that are starting to emerge. People are standing up to the largest carbon bullies on the planet and we are starting to win.

Kinder Morgan

Burnaby wins ruling against Kinder Morgan

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Mychaylo Prystupa | Vancouver Observer - September 26th 2014

Press Clipping: In what's considered a huge win for the City of Burnaby's legal battle to stop the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, the National Energy Board struck down the company's application to forbid Burnaby city staff from blocking the pipeline company's test drilling on Burnaby Mountain. “Kinder Morgan is this arrogant company who assumed they could just go in and take direct action [to remove trees], based on their legal interpretation," said Burnaby's lawyer, Gregory McDade, Q.C. Thursday evening. "They thumbed their nose at the law. It turns out they were wrong."

Economic Factors

Yet Another Tar Sands Project Cancellation

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Lorne Stockman and others | Oil Change International - September 25th 2014

Blog Post: Norwegian energy firm Statoil announced today that it would pull the plug on a planned multi-billion dollar, 40,000 barrel per day tar sands project in Alberta. The firm cited a lack of pipeline access and increased costs. That is, the fact that the current limited pipeline capacity to export markets has made it harder to turn a profit investing in large-scale tar sands extraction projects.

Climate Impacts

310,000+ Join People’s Climate March in New York City

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Hoda Baraka | 350.org - September 21st 2014

Blog Post: An official count conducted at the People’s Climate March in New York City showed that over 310,000 people participated in the largest climate rally in history--more than tripling pre-march estimates of 100,000. Around the world, hundreds of thousands more joined 2,646 events in 156 countries.

Line 9, Stop the Expansion

How a town in Maine is blocking an Exxon tar-sands pipeline

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Roger Drouin | Grist - July 23rd 2014

Press Clipping: Citizens trying to stop the piping of tar-sands oil through their community wore blue “Clear Skies” shirts at a city council meeting in South Portland, Maine, this week. But they might as well have been wearing boxing gloves. The small city struck a mighty blow against Canadian tar-sands extraction. “It’s been a long fight,” said resident Andy Jones after a 6-1 city council vote on Monday to approve the Clear Skies Ordinance, which will block the loading of heavy tar-sands bitumen onto tankers at the city’s port.

Tar Sands Free

VICTORY: South Portland passes tar sands ordinance 6 votes to 1

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July 22nd 2014

Blog Post: In an historic vote, the South Portland City Council tonight voted 6-1 to pass the Clear Skies Ordinance to protect the city from a tar sands crude oil terminal. “We may be a small city, but, boy, we’ve done a big thing tonight! The Clear Skies Ordinance protects our air, our coast, and our community,” said Mary-Jane Ferrier, spokesperson for Protect South Portland. “We are absolutely thrilled, relieved, and exhausted. Of course, we know it may not be over yet, and we’re committed to defend this victory from oil industry attacks.”

Human Rights, Land & Species Impacts

Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia: Implications for the Enbridge Tankers and Pipelines Project

Jessica Clogg | Executive Director and Senior Counsel, West Coast Environmental Law - June 30th 2014

Blog Post: On June 26, 2014 the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision in Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia marked a watershed moment in the long journey of First Nations peoples to achieve recognition of their inherent title and authority over their ancestral territories. This is the first court declaration of Aboriginal title in Canadian history. What are its implications for B.C. and across the country?