Archive | March, 2014

Indigenous Rights Risk Report for the U.S. Extractive Industry

18 Mar

“First Peoples Worldwide’s Indigenous Rights Risk Report addresses one main question – why should investors and shareholders care about Indigenous Peoples? For years, Indigenous Peoples and their supporters have made the moral argument for their rights outlined in International Labor Organization Convention 169 (ILO 169), the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and the other international and national laws that followed…. Events over the last decade have proven that companies that fail to respect Indigenous Peoples’ rights and do not forge positive, trust-based relationships with Indigenous communities increase their risk of protests, negative press, work stoppages, shut-downs, and law suits – all of which have a negative and material impact on profits and share price…. The impact of these risks on a companies’ [sic] bottom line are real and increasing.”

Read the full report here:  http://www.firstpeoples.org/images/uploads/R1KReport2.pdf

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Aboriginal Rights a Threat to Canada’s Resource Agenda

18 Mar

“The Canadian government is increasingly worried that the growing clout of aboriginal peoples’ rights could obstruct its aggressive resource development plans.”  

Read the full article from The Guardian here:  
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/true-north/2014/mar/04/aboriginal-rights-canada-resource-agenda

Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale: Big Oil & Bad Air on the Texas Prairie

3 Mar

An eight-month investigation into the public health consequences
of unmitigated oil and gas industry sprawl in Texas”

Read the entire article here (with links to other related stories of interest):
<http://insideclimatenews.org/fracking-eagle-ford-shale-big-oil-bad-air-texas-prairie>

Michigan faces the same threats, for essentially the same reason –our “regulatory” structure is Constitutionally mandated to favor the oil/gas industry (and the public health and welfare be damned).