Archive | July, 2013

Report: Emissions From North Dakota Flaring Equivalent To One Million Cars Per Year

30 Jul

Along with a culture of rape and abuse, the increased, “unusually permissive” oil drilling in the Bakken Shale is creating more fossil fuel emissions that you can imagine. Here’s a report by ThinkProgress:

By Kiley Kroh / ThinkProgress

 

A new report released today by the investor group Ceres found that the unconventional oil boom in North Dakota has led to a dramatic increase in the amount of natural gas that is intentionally burned off, or flared, carrying major economic and environmental consequences. In 2012 alone, flaring resulted in the loss of approximately $1 billion in fuel and greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to adding nearly one million cars to the road.

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The Balcombe Blockade and the Prospect of Countrywide Revolt

29 Jul

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by Earth First! News

Bus loads of activists continue to converge at Balcombe from Bristol and Somerset, making the blockade perhaps the longest-lasting and most nation-wide anti-fracking direct action of all time.

Cuadrilla is now a full three days behind schedule as day six of the Balcombe blockade commences. Anna Dark, a community representative, explained, “They need to get forty days of drilling done before the end of their licence, they’ve lost a day already – we can stop this!”

The blockade is resisting every delivery coming through the gates. Even office furniture. 

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100 Anti-Fracking Activists Overwhelm Injection Well Site in Ohio

29 Jul

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by Earth First! News

Over 100 anti-fracking activists have taken over the entrance to an injection well site in Ohio. The action comes at the end of the weekend-long Don’t Frack Ohio event, which was full of trainings and activities.

The rally is spearheaded by “concerned citizen” groups and 350.org as part of the national Summer Heat campaign. It is being labeled “Don’t Frack Ohio 2.0,” in reference to last year’s action involving more than a thousand participants.

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BREAKING: TWAC Blocking Portland Transcanada Office with Tripod

29 Jul

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Update: The action has been declared a success as businesses were forced to lock their doors and close their blinds – apparently the dance party was just too much for them! In addition, all TWAC activists have avoided arrest and gear was not confiscated.

by Niko / Earth First! Newswire

A tripod has been erected at the entrance of a building that houses a TransCanada office, blocking the entrance and causing businesses inside to lock the doors. Protesters outside have responded with a very glittery and colorful dance party in front of the building and a banner that reads “No Tar Sands On Native Lands. Stop Genocide.”

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This action was organized by the Trans and Womyns Action Camp (TWAC), a direct action group for women and trans* and gender-variant folks. A correspondent from TWAC said that they took action today “to stand in solidarity with communities that are affected disproportionately by tar sands, including everyone in Alberta who is forced to live in areas of tar sands oil extraction, folks near the Gulf Coast affected by tar sand refinement plants, and communities who are living on the pipeline route.” With conditions on the Gulf Coast already toxic, high rates of asthma and cancer are becoming the norm, and the arrival of tar sands will only worsen these conditions. In the Athabaska watershed in Alberta, communities have seen the rise of a large number of rare cancers, and First Nations communities have been affected most heavily.

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Are Mainstream Environmental Groups Keeping Racism Alive?

29 Jul

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by Kat Stevens / Policymic

Editor’s note: This story is part of PolicyMic’s Millennials Take On Climate Change series this week.

We are living in an age of world-wide energy and financial crises. In Westernized nations like the one I live in, poor rural communities are suffering now: small Appalachian communities ravaged by mountain-top removal mining, rural farms surrounded by frack wells. But what about the communities we don’t hear about?

Here we need look no further than Houston’s toxic East End, a textbook example of environmental racism, where mostly Latina/o children living fence-line to industry are poisoned mercilessly by refineries like Shell, Exxon, and Valero. Environmental racism (ER) is just another form of systemic racism, the ongoing legacy of colonialism, genocide, and slavery. ER is the intentional and systematic targeting of communities of color with respect to environmental hazards and failure to enforce environmental regulations. For businesses which threaten public and environmental health, it is easier to operate near low-income communities of color with less political and economic power to resist.

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Caught on Tape: One of World’s Rarest Orchids — Watch Video

29 Jul

from the Center for Biological Diversity

Photo by Ron Coleman

Photo by Ron Coleman

Coleman’s coralroot is a stunning purple orchid that exists in only a few mountain ranges in the Southwest. Fewer than 200 are known to exist in the wild, and they remain a mystery: Biologists don’t even know how the flowers are pollinated, largely because there are so few individuals — and because the elusive plants spend most of their lives underground.

It’s extremely rare to actually see these orchids in the wild. Recently, though, Center for Biological Diversity staff wandered the desert and found two specimens in full bloom; we captured them on video so that you, too, can see this beautiful hermit of the desert in all its glory.

Check out the video of the Coleman’s coralroot below; then read about the Center’s work to protect this orchid and other rare plants and animals in the Southwest’s breathtaking Sky Islands region, where many special species and wild places are threatened by an open-pit mine planned for the Santa Rita Mountains.

Angry Crows Attack Police Officers In Everett, Washington

29 Jul

 from Huffington Post

Officers at a Seattle-area police department have found themselves in a flap with some unusual suspects: an angry flock of birds.

Crows have been attacking police in the parking lot of an Everett Police Department precinct station. They’ve been swooping down and dive-bombing the officers as they walk to and from their cars.

Lt. Bob Johns said he recently was flanked by the aggressive birds and “got zinged.”

“They’re like velociraptors,” Johns said.

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Protest at Smoke Ranch Well

29 Jul

 from Wild Idaho Rising Tide

 

Photo by Alma Hasse

Photo by Alma Hasse

WE NEED YOU to participate in emerging, overdue protests and direct actions in July and August at various on-site and public locations in southwestern Idaho!  At 3 pm on Friday, August 2, Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction (IRAGE) and Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) are staging a public demonstration of outrage near the Smoke Ranch well site on Highway 52.  Boise carpools to the current New Plymouth drilling area will depart at 2 pm from the Discovery Center of Idaho parking lot at 131 Myrtle Street, and return by 5 pm.  WIRT is also arranging late Thursday or early Friday carpools from northern Idaho with your input.  Contact wild.idaho.rising.tide@gmail.com or 208-301-8039 for further logistical descriptions, including a possible bus from Boise.  Participants arriving from all parts of the state can meet and follow organizers to the protest from the parking lot of the A & W Restaurant/Chevron gas station just north of Interstate 84 Exit 3, at the corner of Highway 95 and U.S. Highway 30.  Please bring your friends, family, and neighbors, fracking/drilling protest signs and banners, and cameras and binoculars.  As we converge, we will also discuss the ongoing, innovative initiatives and volunteer opportunities of several organizations working to stop drilling and fracking in Idaho.  Your active involvement in this endeavor is more crucial than ever: Join us!  Everyone is welcome at this great educational and expressive event!

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Climate Justice Activists Occupy Two Tar Sands Mining Sites in Utah

29 Jul

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by Earth First! News

In a direct action following the Canyon Country Action Camp, hundreds of activists have swarmed two mining sites in Utah tar sands. Activists are currently locked down to machines, stopping work.

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Wealthy Nations Thwart Hopes of World’s Landless Peoples

29 Jul

United States and EU nations frustrate Peasants’ Rights Declaration

by Gustavo Capdevila / Common Dreams

campesinaGENEVA – Staunch opposition by the U.S. delegation and, to one extent or another, by European countries has blocked the approval this year of a draft multilateral declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas, which is backed by the developing world.

Bolivian diplomat Angélica Navarro, chair of the intergovernmental working group tasked with drafting the declaration, recommended that it meet again in mid-2014.

Navarro said that in the meantime, she would hold consultations with representatives of governments, civil society and the United Nations, which is promoting the initiative through its Human Rights Council.

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