First Nation Challenges Shell’s Proposed Tar Sands Expansion
Written by Claire Morgenstern
Shell Oil’s plans to expand the Jackpine tar sands strip mine near Alberta, Canada have come to a head today, as environmentalists from across North America stand united with the people of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) against Shell’s proposed expansion.
The Jackpine expansion would fuel even more global warming and drive the destruction of the boreal forest — all to extract filthy tar sands oil that would be funneled to dangerous pipelines like the Keystone XL. Today, ACFN is bringing a constitutional challenge to Shell’s application before Canada’s Joint Review Panel in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The challenge may be the only remaining pieces of law that can stop the destruction of the land on which ACFN has resided for generations.
ACFN has asked the public to join them in Fort McMurray today and stand in solidarity as they present their evidence against the proposed tar sands expansion.
If you can’t be there in person, you can still show your support! Take action now at www.stoptar.org.