A Fracked Earth News report.
__Toledo, Ohio’s imposed a “watch” on its drinking water. Microcystin has shown up in Lake Erie, though not in tap water. Cause: “excessive fertilizer and manure” runoff into the lake.
__44,000 residents of Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish Water System could be at risk of the “brain eating amoeba” (Naegleria fowleri), which flourishes in warm weather. The water’s been declared safe for drinking; just don’t let any get up your nose.
Conservation International, “Nature Is Speaking – Penélope Cruz is Water”
__WTF? California’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources has conducted an investigation “of possible oilfield contamination into the water aquifers that serve millions of people in and around Los Angeles,” but won’t release results.
__In addition to everything else they’ve done in Tibet, the Chinese are now “mulling” taking Tibet’s drinking water.
__Bolivia cut deforestation of its lush forests by 64% between 2010-2013, leading to an estimated 37% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions. They used carrots (collaborating with local farmers, letting indigenous people manage “large portions of forest lands”) and sticks (“dramatic increase in fines for illegal logging”).
__Earth’s northern forests aren’t capturing carbon as quickly as in the past; melting permafrost in those forests could release even more carbon.
__153 Chinese nationals have been sentenced to life in prison (usually 20 years) in Myanmar for illegal logging.
Bees and fish
__In Massachusetts, 70% of collected pollen and honey samples contained neonicotinoids, suspected of causing colony collapse disorder.
__ A secretly-made decision in the UK will allow farmers to use banned neonicotinoid pesticides on their crops for 120 days, though the National Farmers Union complains that’s not enough. UK Prime Minister David Cameron said they reached the decision by just “following the science.” What “science”?
__Sweet deal! Bee hives on green roofs of two Belmont University buildings in Nashville, courtesy of the University’s president.
__Warmer water in the Columbia River apparently caused the deaths of half the returning sockeye salmon from the ocean this year.
__Covering 10,000 miles in 110 days, the Sea Shepherd chased the “most notorious” fish poacher vessel over the high seas until it sank.
__Construction of the Deepwater Wind Block Island Wind Farm is underway in Rhode Island. Five turbines, six megawatts each.
__Clever! Solar power can be used to “evaporate clean water” from non-potable irrigation drainage water, remove damaging minerals and salts from it through a solar-powered de-salination process—and produce “1.6 billion gallons of clean water per year.”
__Energiewende! Germany recently set a record: 78% renewable electricity during one day. These things can be done.
Climate change costs and awareness
__The IMF says the price the world pays for pollution caused by the fossil fuel industry is $5.2 trillion/year. That’s an “implicit subsidy [for] the social costs imposed by businesses … that they don’t have to pay for.” But the rest of us do, in many ways, including our health. Are taxes and fines sufficient to offset this?
__Will a $4.2 trillion hit in the pocket due to climate change motivate investors to pull out of fossil fuel?
__90% of people in North America, Europe and Japan have heard of climate change. But “40% of adults worldwide have never heard” of it. 65% in developing countries haven’t heard of it (and some in the US Congress deny it –Writers’ Note).
Democracy Now: Rappel Shell? Activists in Oregon Suspend Themselves from Bridge to Block Arctic-Bound Oil Ship
Drilling: its impact, how it’s faring
__Shell’s icebreaker Fennica, part of its Arctic Sea drilling fleet, hasn’t left Portland. Greenpeace activists hanging off St Johns Bridge and kayakers below. The Fennica tried, but headed back to port.
__Activists call the Obama administration’s ok for Shell Arctic drilling a “reckless move,” a “deep betrayal,” a “big mistake,” rendering the “Chukchi Sea into an energy sacrifice zone.” More protests planned.
__Earthquakes in Oklahoma resulting from injecting toxic fracking wastewater deep into the earth are now hitting close to those very wastewater disposal wells. State officials are trying to catch up.
__Chevon axing 950 jobs at their corporate center in Houston, 1,500 worldwide.
__BP’s profits “are down by more than half despite a recent increase in oil prices.”
__Railroads are required to report to states information about oil-trains — “where they’re traveling, how often they’re coming through and how much crude oil they are carrying.” States decide whether to make the information public. Maryland can’t at the moment, due to a suit challenging such release by Norfolk Southern. West Virginia simply refuses to release it (“proprietary information,” “homeland security,” etc.).
__Fracking-rich Texas brothers Farris and Dan Wilks have bestowed a whopping $15 million on the Ted Cruz Super PAC called Keep The Promise (of what?). Farris and Dan have made many handsome donations to right-wing causes.
__Following an explosion, the Turkey-Iran natural gas pipeline has been shut down. They’re trying to blame it on the Kurds.
Holding them accountable
__Opposition to TransCanada’s proposed $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline dramatically expressed by horseback riders from the Four Directions converging in Pierre, South Dakota for a rally and water blessing.
__Idle No More conducted a 12-mile healing walk in California, past Conoco Phillips 66 in Rodeo and Chevron in Richmond. Information was shared about “the high rates of cancer, autoimmune diseases, risks to our water supplies … explosive trains” and the man camps that disrupt local communities.
__Anti-ALEC march in San Diego, protesting, among other things, the organization’s concerted effort to thwart alternative energy efforts and funding.
__An ALEC off-shoot, the American City County Exchange (ACCE) is aiming to quash all local community efforts, elevate state governments to preferred authority and kick the federal government to the side.
__Report on a recent ALEC legislators-lobbyists meeting:
The Investigators, “ALEC — The Backroom Where Laws Are Born”
The troubling world of mining
__World Bank to coal industry: Nope, your product won’t cure poverty.
__A huge coal mine — 1.4 billion tons destined for China — on the Montana Crow Reservation could alleviate the impoverished situation of the tribe. The Lummi, north of Seattle, are objecting strenuously since the coal is to be transported by rail to the Gateway Pacific Terminal threatening the Lummi’s primary food source, fish.
__Update on the San Carlos Apache effort to save their sacred site at Oak Flat from becoming a copper mine:
Redacted Tonight, “Gov’t Sells Sacred Native Land To Foreign Mining Company”
__Peabody Energy Corp (coal) and American Electric Power Co. challenged a federal regulation “requiring some states to limit pollution that contributes to unhealthy air in neighboring states.” Court of Appeals rejected the challenge except for one small issue.
__Contract workers at Chile’s state-owned copper mine, Codelco, were actively seeking “the right to negotiate a benefits package” same as direct employees do. Police responded by shooting one of them dead. The Confederation of Copper Workers promises protest escalations as a result.
What’s up with the nukes?
__3,000+ residents of Fukushima “have filed for compensation for mental distress over radiation emanating from the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant disaster.” They’re asking TEPCO pay “100,000 yen per person per month and 200,000 yen per person for the first six months after the meltdown.”
__Ugh. Rosatom of Russia has developed a nuclear plant reactor vessel that might last 120 years.
__No new nukes in Maryland, as Unistar Nuclear Energy withdraws its application to build Unit 3 at Calvert Cliffs.
__ 9 good reasons to abandon nuclear power, plus comparison of wind, solar and nuclear between 2000-2014. That pesky little problem of what to do with all the radioactive waste isn’t covered, though.
__All that tree-hugging tiring you out? Just looking at a roadside or sidewalk tree is very calming and may even enhance the healing process.
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