Spill Baby Spill

Hi Tar Sands Fighters,

The last few weeks have seen pipeline spills, forest fires and continued denial from the world’s most powerful corporations of any problems with tar sands. Luckily we have a united front of activists around the world working together to stop corporations and governments getting away unnoticed with such massive destruction.

1. Tar Sands Tour continues across Europe

2. Pipeline spills raise alarm bells

3. Events diary

4. New! resources webpage

Love and resistance,

Emily, Jess & Sue

1. Tar Sands Tour continues across Europe

The European leg of the Tar Sands Tour has brought activists from both Canada and Madagascar to make some noise at the Total AGM. Total is currently operating in the Alberta tar sands and investigating opportunities in Madagascar. See the Indigenous Environmental Network press release, and footage of Eriel Deranger from Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation challenging Total inside their AGM. Next, the tour continues to the Netherlands to target the Shell AGM.

2. Pipeline spills raise alarm bells

A series of devastating oil spills from tar sands pipelines have caused havoc in Alberta and North Dakota. The community of Little Buffalo has been evacuated, the local school is closed and forest fires are now raging in the area. Meanwhile the spills have called into question the safety of tar sands pipelines, fuelling the campaign against the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline that is proposed to cross Alberta and British Columbia.  See coverage from the recent Enbridge AGM, which drew protests from First Nations.

3. Events Diary

There are many excellent tar sands-related events coming up: (see also the Events page of our website)

  • Stop Tar Sands going global! Holly Rakotondralambo, toxic pollution & health researcher for VOARISOA Observatoire, Madagascar.
    • 23 May – Public talk.  Boyd Orr Building, Glasgow University, with the Glasgow Centre for International Development, 6-8pm, free
    • 24 May – Public talk and Petropolis film screening.  Augustine United Church Edinburgh EH1 1EL, with Take One Action, 6-8pm, entry by donation for film.
    • 25 May – Public talk and Petropolis film screening. Malet Suite, University of London Union WC1E 7HY, 6-8:30pm, entry by donation for film.
  • Pete the Temp verses Climate Change
    Our favourite anti-tar-sands poet, songwriter and all-round activist entertainer Pete the Temp has put together an amazing stage show all about climate change and what we can do about it. If we were reviewers we’d give it five stars, and not just because it supports our campaign! Catch it if you can next week:
    25th and 26th May, Brighton Komedia, 7pm £6/£5,
  • International Stop the Tar Sands Day:
    18th June: outside Canadian High Commission in Grosvenor Square, London (time tbc).
    Join in with solidarity actions all over the world to bring the message loud and clear to the Canadian government that people will not sit by and watch the tar sands be exploited. This is a great chance to take part in organising an action that will gain worldwide coverage. Contact Pete ([email protected]) if you’d like to help out.

4. New! resources webpage

We have uploaded all of our briefings into one place: so you can read about the tar sands implications of BP and Shell’s operations, RBS’s financing, the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, and the impacts on indigenous rights. For printed copies contact [email protected]

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