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.