Kate Lanier collects global news of mining and fracking, as well as protest and alternative energy, including:
Burma (Myanmar): Police have killed one and wounded other protesters against the Letpadaungtaung mine run by Chinese operator Myanmar Wanbao Mining Copper Ltd. 500+ villagers in Aunden protested “construction of a 1,200-megawatt coal-fired power plant” earlier this month because of “extensive and irreversible environmental damage.”
Canada: The Yukon Supreme Court has ruled that “the pristine, fragile Peel Watershed [is now protected] from mining.” Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus and Na-Cho Nyak Dun First Nation Chief Ed Champion emphasize the importance of preserving such treasures. Another victory, as the federal government was cited for failure to consult with the Alberta First Nation Mikisew Cree, as required, on “changes that affect water and fisheries laws.”
Rhode Island: Class action suit filed by Rhode Island against Brazil’s “state-run oil company Petrobras over investor losses due to a corruption scandal.” Currently, some 39 people have been indicted for “corruption, money laundering and racketeering”—including some $3.9 billion in “‘atypical’ financial transactions.” RI’s suit names chief executives, by the way.