Kate’s collects the top mining, fracking and environmental news from around the world including:
Bangladesh: Villagers “using spoons, sponges and shovels” are trying to mop up 77,000 gallons of oil unleashed in an area that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A Padma Oil Co. tanker collided with a cargo ship. Oil has spread “across 50 miles of rivers and canals.” Padma is paying the locals for whatever oil they can collect. Vegetation and animals are reportedly dying. And the impact on the human spirit?
Arizona: 40 Years of Resistance on Black Mesa! Major government-corporate cluster-you-know-what over at the Black Mesa mines results in grievous harm to Navajo and Hopi peoples. And now, Peabody coal wants a “lifetime mining permit” there. Sierra Club has joined Native Americans in a federal suit over this mess.
Nicaragua: Some 7,000 Nicaraguans have been “scheduled for removal to clear a path for Central America’s second interoceanic canal [with the] Nicaraguan Army … already providing security for Chinese canal firm HKND.” A villager in Obrajuelo said, “They want to run us off our properties—to scatter us like birds without a nest. … we would rather die here fighting than get forced off our [ancestral] land.” Apparently, the whole thing is shrouded in mystery—to be followed by misery.