Aboriginal Groups in North America Form Alliance to Stop Pipeline Development

Aboriginal groups from Canada and the U.S. joined together on Thursday to sign The Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion as a more organized effort to protest proposals to build pipelines to carry crude oil from the Alberta oil sands.

The event occurred after American Indian tribes traveled to Washington to fight against the 1,172-mile Dakota Access pipeline that would carry oil from North Dakota to Illinois.

The treaty was signed by 50 aboriginal groups in North America, who will fight against pipelines and other oil transportation infrastructure like rail and tanker projects.

The groups who signed the treaty plan to target major projects by companies like Kinder Morgan, Enbridge, and TransCanada. Projects the aboriginal groups want to stop include Enbridge’s Line 3 expansion, TransCanada’s Energy East project, and Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion.

The statement did not clarify how the aboriginal groups plan to stop construction on the projects.