by an EF!er from Minnesota
With the first season almost over and the death toll at 124 wolves in Minnesota alone. The wolf activist groups “Northwoods Wolf Alliance” and “Howling for Wolves” continue to rally against the hunt all over the state of Minnesota, as well as continue keeping the pressure on lawmakers who pushed through the extremely controversial and unsupported bill that opened the state to wolf hunting.
Since being removed from the federal endangered species list most states with wolves have started “management” plans, that include hunting and trapping. In Minnesota despite the fact that 79% of respondents to a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) pole do not support a wolf hunt in the state, the DNR continued pushing the hunt that began on November 3. The DNR claims that they will use this first “harvest” of wolves to research the current population and use the money generated from the hunt to further ensure the wolfs overall survival. (authors note: This seems incredibly counter intuitive, especially since the wolf has been just fine for the last 40 years with out studies or “management”)
It was 7:00 am, the last day of the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s annual convention in Philadelphia, when a group of 40 or so people gathered to meet the gas industry face to face. “We just wanted to see what they had to say for themselves” said one of the protesters. It turned out the industry delegates weren’t so shy for talking after-all.
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The convention was called “Shale Gas Insight” and took place in the fortified Philadelphia Convention Center in downtown Philly. The convention hosted hundreds of vendors and representatives from just about every company involved in hydraulic fracturing, or “Fracking” as some call it. You can read about the workshop titles here.
Banner hangs from “sky pod” blockade
Nearly 100 Earth First! activists, friends and allies forced a 70-foot-tall EQT hydrofracking drill rig to suspend operations for 12 hours yesterday in Pennsylvania’s Moshannon State Forest. This is the first time that protesters have shut down a hydrofrack drilling operation in the US. A tree sitter hung above the access road, with their anchor ropes blocking it. A second person was also in a tree to support the sitter while dozens of supporters guarded ten large debris piles that were across the road. Another group of 50 activists blockaded the entrance to the access road. The State Police, with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, dispersed the blockade around nine p.m. And removed the tree sitters with a ladder truck. Three arrests were made for disorderly conduct, but protesters were cited and released on-site.
EF! folks revel in shutting down frack site
There are a limited number of actual drill rigs in operation in the state which are ferried around from site to site on a tight schedule. By halting operations for a day on this site, the blockade has likely created a costly disruption for a handful of wells in the area which EQT apparently planned to drill in succession.
The activists reported that the police were reckless with the sitters’ safety, such as being quick to cut their anchor ropes. The supporting sitter’s safety and descent ropes were cut by the police as he climbed higher in the tree. The police in the ladder truck had no radios and communication to the ground was difficult over the noise of the diesel engine; at one point the ladder hit one of the sitter’s support lines. Police were seen taunting the sitter by waving around one of their anchor lines and making jokes at them while shaking the hammock.
The site is part of a high concentration of wells in Moshannon State Forest, one of the most heavily drilled state forests in Pennsylvania. Over half of the forest’s 190,000 acres have been leased for Marcellus drilling using hydraulic fracturing. Despite widespread public opposition, the former PA secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources predicts 12,000 Marcellus wells will be drilled in state forests in the coming decade1. A recent poll showed that the majority of Pennsylvanians are opposed to fracking on public lands Continue reading