Environmental activists world wide - including community leaders and journalists - were being killed at a rate of one per week during 2011 alone.
On June 19, 1,450 barrels of crude oil spilled from a pumping station on a pipeline operated by the Enbridge company.
Activists and critics alike are outraged at the Canadian government's recent decision to drastically downsize its environmental assessment process.
After massive layoffs at Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans, leading ocean scientists - and the environment itself - will suffer the consequences.
The action, emblematic of conflict throughout Latin America between local people and multi-national mining corporations, resulted in violent confrontation.
In Patagonia, an exotic natural region of southern Chile, efforts to begin reforestation are commencing.
News that a gas extraction process which triggered two earthquakes is likely to resume brought a surge of protest bubbling to the surface on Tuesday.
Senseless killing of bears, wolves and caribou can be avoided, but the Canadian oil industry and government are putting profits before responsible environmental welfare.
The case could mean that the days of corporations getting away with massive human rights abuse without legal consequence may be coming to an end.
There is growing concern that Canada is rapidly becoming a petro-state. And in this shift, manufacturing jobs are disappearing.