First Nations form alliance to block oil pipelines.

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First Nations communities from Canada and the northern United States signed a treaty Sept. 22 to jointly fight proposals to build more pipelines to carry crude from Alberta's oil sands, saying further development would damage the environment.

The Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion was approved by 50 aboriginal groups in North America that also plan to oppose tanker and rail projects in both countries, they said in a statement. Targets include projects proposed by Kinder Morgan, TransCanada and Enbridge.

While aboriginal groups have long opposed oil sands development, the treaty signals a more coordinated...

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