The White House: President Obama Previews His Upcoming Trip to Alaska
A Fracked Earth News report.
__President Obama will visit Alaska this month to highlight global climate change. Alaska is on the front line; “alarm bells are ringing.”
__Dead whales seem to be washing up on west coast shores in greater numbers. Could be toxic algae or other toxins associated with global warming; no one knows for sure.
What’s up with this?
__Humans have consumed a year’s worth of resources already, and it’s only August.
__Before the century is out, extreme weather will result in major food shortages–rice, wheat, maize and soybeans — in seven out of ten years.
__Argentina is issuing special labels for naturally-grown food from 120,000 small-farm owners, mostly indigenous.
__Monsanto, Bayer and Syngenta are working on spraying RNA on crops to ward off bugs and make produce “better” rather than going the GMO route.
__Finally, the EPA is being sued for allowing a large part of the Gulf of Mexico to become a dead zone, thanks to all the phosphorous- and nitrogen-laden fertilizers from farms, sewage treatment sites, etc., that’s washed down the Mississippi River.
__New study says about “2 million people throughout the Great Plains and California live above aquifers contaminated with natural uranium that is mobilized by human-contributed nitrate. Map shows concentrations of both in the US.
__If Lake Mead’s water level falls by three more feet, there will be mandatory water cuts.
CBS This Morning: “California floats shade balls to battle drought”
__96 million black plastic balls are floating on the Los Angeles Sylmar reservoir, preventing evaporation and bromate contamination. Who came up with this? “A California woman … who wants to ease the drought, put disabled vets to work, and make some money.”
__21 “youth activists,” ages 8 – 19, sued the federal government, arguing it has known “for decades” about CO2 pollution, its origins and its destabilizing impact on climate system—yet “did nothing to prevent this harm.”
__Puerto Rico, in major drought, with almost no rain in July, usually a very wet month. Carraizo reservoir is so depleted that 400,000 people haven’t had regular water in months.
__Peru’s glaciers are melting, rainfall is diminishing. Scientists predict Peru will soon have to get by on “30% less precipitation.”
Drilling, fracking & refracking
__The Obama administration just gave Shell the final ok for drilling in the Arctic.
__The Obama Administration has ok’d swapping US crude for Mexican oil.
__What’ll it take for Shell’s $7 billion Arctic effort to be worth it? First, finding much oil. Second, $70/barrel oil price. Third, sustained demand for oil to at least 2050.
__The Obama administration offered measures “to drastically reduce methane emissions over the next decade,” primarily those from the oil and gas industry — which immediately took issue with the proposal.
__Frackers pumped almost “200 different chemicals into wells across” California and “15 of those chemicals are on the state’s … list of known causes of cancer or reproductive harm.” Others “are hazardous air pollutants … and 93 harm aquatic life.”
__Outcome of hearings on TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline before the South Dakota Public Utility Commission: there are “no policies in place to deal with prostitution, human trafficking or criminal activity” in the man camps which will be near Yankton Sioux, Rosebud Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux territories. Earlier results of these hearings.
__None of the millions the oil and gas industry is contributing to presidential hopefuls is going to Democrats. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is their fave, to the tune of $36.5 million. Jeb only got $13.3 million.
__Medina County, Ohio residents have been told by Ohio’s Secretary of State that they cannot vote on whether to ban fracking and prohibit Nexus’ 36-inch pipeline on their property. Athens and Fulton counties have also been so advised.
__Chatham County, North Carolina’s Board of Commissioners is working on a “comprehensive land use plan” that will take “several years,”,essentially imposing a moratorium on fracking. However, the state has a ban on “any restriction or condition upon oil and gas exploration,” so this could get very interesting.
__Karnes County, Texas, sitting atop the Eagle Ford Shale, has seen its “roaring [oil] economy” suddenly cooled. Monthly checks to landowners with oil and gas wells, down 90%; costs of mineral rights/acre, down 62%; operational rigs, down from 206 to 79; payrolls slashed. Larger companies are buying out the others.
__Frackers are itching to re-frack where they’ve already fracked since re-fracking is cheaper and they’re desperate.
__The fracking slump and installation of more pipelines means 16% of US oil-by-train cars have to be put in storage. Train cars awaiting mandatory safety retrofitting must be stored, too. Storage space is getting scarce.
__Claim is, “sophisticated [Israeli surveillance[ technology” reveals Iran probably has about 50, not 30, million barrels of oil ready to unleash on the market.
__Two more Greenpeace members on the St. John’s Bridge in Portland have been fined $5000 each.
We Are Seneca Lake: “Josh Fox joins We Are Seneca Lake blockade- his reasons for being here”
__Protests growing against the methane storage site underneath Seneca Lake in New York, an “underground, unlined, salt-cavern.”
__US Justice Department trying to block Energy Future Holdings (Texas power company) from evading “its [voluminous] environmental liabilities through the bankruptcy court.”
__The UK government will “intervene” if local authorities don’t get cracking on fracking. No action within 16 weeks of a fracking application? The Secretary of State for Communities will take over the process.
__Bolivia nationalized oil and gas in 2006. Today 80% of those revenues goes to the state, not to international corporations. Since then there’s been a 835% increase in the number of Bolivian households hooked-up for gas, 50% increase in electricity access, and other major improvements.
__Unbelievable! Uranium mining at the Grand Canyon approved.
__Petition against the craven Arizona Senators McCain-Flake give-away of sacred Apache land so Rio Tinto can undertake a humongous copper mine there.
__Last week the EPA accidentally sent about 5 million gallons of toxic sludge from the old Gold King mine in Colorado into the Animas River which flows through Southern Ute country, resulting in a “local disaster” declaration.
__The Animas flows into the San Juan River. The Navajo Nation “negotiated a settlement for rights to water from the San Juan,” cause for much celebration since heavy metals were in their underground aquifers. But now the San Juan has conducted toxic sludge into their territory, leaving them “devastated” and “weeping.”
Senator John McCain Chased off the Navajo Nation
__Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye vows “to make the EPA accountable for cleanup and for supplying water to Navajo chapters” affected by heavy metals now in the San Juan River.
__Union members bussed to Patriot Coal headquarters in West Virginia as the company enters bankruptcy, seeking “to reject the … collective bargaining agreement … and change retirees’ health care benefits.”
__Increased activism at the $80 million tar sands strip mine project on traditional Southern Ute territory. Previous chipmunk protests.
__Widespread, brutal police and military response to Ecuadorians protesting mining & oil expansion among many other harms.
__”Over 1,000 activists brought the vast machines at the Rinelanad coalfields to a halt to protest against the fossil fuels that cause climate change.”
__Australian Conservatives want to remove protections of environmental groups that “‘sabotage’ mining developments.”
__China’s use of coal has actually contributed 40% less CO2 emissions than previously estimated.
__US Nuclear Regulatory Commission says there’s “a small chance” that nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada might leak out into the environment; Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects Chief disagrees it’s “small.”
__He publicly questioned Bechtel’s safety claims about the Hanford vitrification plant, was made to idle at a basement desk for 18 months, and finally laid off. He filed a whistleblower retaliation claim. He’s just been awarded $4.1 million.
__Switzerland has shut its four nuclear reactors for repairs.
__Japan recently reactivated the Sendai 1 nuclear plant. The Sakurajima volcano, 30 miles away, is stirring.
__They’re big, mean-tempered and hate everything.
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