Tags Archives: Courts

Historic Indigenous Legal Victory Against Gold Mining in the Amazon

Featured image:  The community of Sinangoe gathered in front of the courtroom in Lumbaqui (Succumbíos) on July 27th 2018.      by Nicolas Mainville, Amazon Frontlines / Intercontinental Cry In a lawsuit that will inspire and galvanize many other indigenous communities across the Amazon for years to come, the Kofan of Sinangoe have won a trial … Continue reading Historic Indigenous Legal Victory Against Gold Mining in the Amazon

Stunning Victory for Indigenous Nations as Canada Halts Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

Featured image: Pipeline intended to cross Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Robert McGouey / Getty Images      by Lorraine Chow / Ecowatch A Canadian court “quashed” approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on Thursday, a major setback for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose government agreed to purchase the controversial project from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion Canadian … Continue reading Stunning Victory for Indigenous Nations as Canada Halts Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

Menominee Tribe Challenges Michigan DEQ for Greenlighting Back Forty Mine

     by Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin / Intercontinental Cry LANSING, Mich. – The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin has filed a petition for a contested case hearing on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s (MDEQ) issuance of a Wetland Permit for the Back Forty Mine. The Wetland Permit, issued in June, is the final … Continue reading Menominee Tribe Challenges Michigan DEQ for Greenlighting Back Forty Mine

Can the Law Prevail Over Chinese Investments in Ecuador?

Featured image: Molleturo communities visit the site of the Rio Blanco mine to make sure the activities are suspended as required by a court order.      by Manuela Picq / Intercontinental Cry Last June, an Ecuadorean court ordered the suspension of all mining activities by a Chinese corporation in the highlands of Rio Blanco, in … Continue reading Can the Law Prevail Over Chinese Investments in Ecuador?

Supreme Court Asked to Protect Habitat for Endangered Frogs

Featured image: Dusky gopher frog courtesy USFWS      by Center for Biological Diversity NEW ORLEANS— From economists and scientists to religious leaders and business owners, dozens of groups this week submitted “friend of the court” briefs asking the U.S. Supreme Court to maintain protections for 1,600 acres of “critical habitat” designated in Louisiana for … Continue reading Supreme Court Asked to Protect Habitat for Endangered Frogs

ESA Update: Victory Stands as USFWS Withdraws Appeal

Featured image by Stephany Seay, Buffalo Field Campaign      by Buffalo Field Campaign On Monday, (June 25) our attorneys at Friends of Animals informed BFC that the US Fish & Wildlife Service has withdrawn their appeal, and Buffalo Field Campaign and Western Watersheds Project’s lawsuit victory will stand. On January 31, 2018, U.S. District … Continue reading ESA Update: Victory Stands as USFWS Withdraws Appeal

Wixárika Community Blocks Highways, Closes Schools in Protest of Government Inaction

     by Agustin del Castillo / Intercontinental Cry  Este artículo está disponible en español aquí MESA DEL TIRADOR, Wixárika territories, Mexico — At midnight on May 10, 2018, members of the Wixárika (Huichol) community of Wuaut+a (San Sebastián Teponahuaxtlán), in the Western Sierra Madre of Mexico, took the dramatic step of blocking all entrances to their … Continue reading Wixárika Community Blocks Highways, Closes Schools in Protest of Government Inaction

Climate Change Jury Trial in Spokane, Washington on Hold

Spokane Judge Allows Necessity Defense; Washington State Appeals Spokane – On March 8, Spokane District Court Judge Debra Hayes issued an order allowing for the necessity defense in a jury trial scheduled to start April 23, 2018, involving a climate change protestor’s alleged delay of oil and coal trains in September 2016.  On March 30, the Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney’s … Continue reading Climate Change Jury Trial in Spokane, Washington on Hold

Oil & Gas Corporation Suing Activists in Personal Capacity

     by Jason Flores-Williams Denver, CO–In an unprecedented and direct assault on First Amendment rights, Extraction Oil & Gas, the fracking corporation responsible for the massive Bella Wells extraction site–the largest fracking site next to a public school in the United States–filed suit on March 23, 2018 against Cullen Lobe in his personal capacity.  … Continue reading Oil & Gas Corporation Suing Activists in Personal Capacity

IACHR Rules That a Healthy Environment is a Fundamental Human Right

Featured image: Mario Lopez/EPA      by Gabriella Rutherford / Intercontinental Cry Indigenous communities know all too well of the potentially devastating risks that the construction of mega-projects can entail. Time and again, such projects have led to irreparable environmental damage that harmed if not destroyed the well-being, culture, economy and traditional ways of local communities. The … Continue reading IACHR Rules That a Healthy Environment is a Fundamental Human Right