A Fracked Earth News report.
Wake-up calls, some response
__$43 trillion in damage due to melting permafrost by the year 2100, including more melting ice sheets, more extreme weather, to say nothing of the “methane bomb.” Are policy-makers paying attention?
__The Secretary-General of the OECD: “We’re totally schizophrenic.We’re trying to reduce emissions, and we subsidize the consumption of fossil fuels.” Governments spend twice as much supporting fossil fuels than is required to combat climate change.
__In London, Al Gore blasted UK Conservatives for cutting solar and wind subsidies, reversing their country’s past leadership role in combatting global warming. Even conservative business people were critical. “9 green policies” axed by UK Conservatives recently.
__Some claim there was a lull in global warming between 1998 and 2013, but a new Stanford study reveals a continual upward trend. Somewhere, Ted Cruz might be having a sad.
__The world’s 100 top corporations have been graded on their obstruction of climate change legislation. No A’s, three B’s (Google, Unilever and Cisco Systems), and four F’s—to Duke Energy, Reliance Industries, Phillips 66 and Koch Industries.
Conservation International: “Nature Is Speaking – Ian Somerhalder is Coral Reef”
__Paulau’s Rock Island contains secrets that could enable rescue of other coral reefs endangered by global warming and ocean acidification. Healthy coral abounds on Rock Island, which is “naturally acidified,” and which also survived the major heat wave of 1998.
__While many corporations are engaged in subverting “climate policies by lobbying, advertising, and influence-peddling” in Europe, one tops them all: BP.
__New Australian report drives home the threats of climate change: to food and water, increased extreme weather, heightened international conflict, etc. Tidbit: “The UK and US militaries are rapidly preparing for climate change.”
__Divestment has increased “50-fold” over the past year, with “at least $78 billion” being divested.
__Greenpeace participated in The Leap Manifesto and also published Energy [R]evolution 2015, specifying how “making a global transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050 is not only possible, but will create 20 million jobs that can be paid for out of the fuel cost savings alone.”
Fracking data, dangers
__Exxon has known about global warming since 1981, but reportedly suppressed the evidence. Could this stimulate the same legal interest as happened with tobacco?
__A University of Missouri study provides “mounting data to suggest … that populations living close to fracking sites also have a higher incidence of health complications,” including higher risk of “endocrine-disruption from exposure to fracking chemicals.”
__Well, hot damn. The Bureau of Land Management (Interior Department) is going to “clamp down on oil companies burning or venting natural gas at wells on public land.”
New Natural Gas Pipeline Into NYC Is Volatile Issue
__Construction beginning on Spectra Corporation’s Algonquin Pipeline extension for transporting fracked gas from Pennsylvania, passing within 105 feet of New York’s Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant along the way. What could possibly go wrong? Politicians are being very quiet about this, unlike New York residents.
__Looks like the Athabasca River, which Alberta tar sands operators tap heavily for water (187 million cubic meters used in 2012), could be drying up. What’s Plan B?
__His alleged porcine misadventure to the contrary, Britain’s David Cameron’s apparent shielding of his Witney constituency from the perils of on-shore fracking could use some scrutiny, too. Maps.
Industry under pressure, scrutiny, protest
__As long as oil is under $50/barrel, the oil industry simply “can’t make money on $1.5 trillion in pending investments. 1,284 drills idled so far this year, and 400,000 fewer barrels of oil/day are being produced.
__Wednesday’s oil prices: $45.83 in New York, $49.08 Brent.
__French oil corporation Total has sold 1/10th of its Fort Hills, Alberta tar sands project to Canada’s Suncor Energy.
__Halliburton to include management positions in its next round of cuts. They’ve already trimmed jobs by 16%.
__A survey shows opposition by party to new oil and gas pipelines in Canada: 66% opposed in Bloc Quebecois, 59% among Greens, 50% in the NDP and 36% among Liberals. Do check out the vote by income.
__Frackademia! Greenpeace and the Boulder Weekly have exposed collaboration “on behalf of the fracking industry and the Koch brothers” between the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Leeds School of Business and the oil & gas funded Common Sense Policy Roundtable which exerts major influence on fracking policy.
__More from the Boulder Weekly on that powerful Common Sense Policy Roundtable, their industry and political involvement, how they create “faux grassroots organizations,” etc. Maps of the complex roles and affiliations (including the Kochs).
__Colorado’s Supreme Court will hear the case of Longmont, whose voters approved a fracking ban in 2012, only to have it overturned following a suit by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association. Fort Collins’ five-year moratorium on fracking is included, too.
__Yee-haw! The Texas Oil & Gas Association and the Texas General Land Office have agreed their lawsuit against the town of Denton, Texas—whose voters had the nerve to pass a ban on fracking in their city—is moot since the Texas legislature rushed to the rescue of the oil and gas industry by passing a bill banning bans on fracking.
Neighbors Against NEXUS band Ohio residents together to fight the NEXUS Pipeline
__The Ohio Supreme Court says the Secretary of State can “remove from this November’s ballot, [anti-fracking] measures by Medina, Fulton and Athens counties,” but “allowed the city of Youngstown to proceed with an anti-fracking charter amendment.” And guess who was “brought on” to help the SOS in this case: The law firm that represents Spectra Energy which wants to build Nexus, “a massive, hotly contested, natural gas pipeline” — in Ohio.
__Seven of Warren Buffett’s BNSF ethanol-hauling rail-cars derailed “between the towns of Scotland and Lesterville,” SD. One car caught fire.
__In Pennsylvania, frackers cannot frack under Lake Erie nor take water from it. So, what do they do? They frack around “streams, creeks, and rivers” that feed into the Lake and they withdraw over “15 billion liters of water from watersheds in Kalaska County” that feed into the Lake. More.
__Some Allegheny County, Pennsylvania residents are upset that EQT drilling is eyeing neighborhoods in Wilkins and Churchill for gas fracking.
__In 2007 Citgo was found guilty of “criminal air pollution” by exposing some Corpus Christi residents to the carcinogen benzene which leaked from tanks with no emission controls. Itty-bitty $2m fine—and no restitution. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals just overturned even that. On a technicality. Read to believe.
__In Victoria, Australia, farmers were joined by urbanites protesting fracking for coal seam gas, and demanding “the government permanently ban the controversial drilling process” in favor of “clean, healthy food and … water.”
Mining’s impact on First Americans
_The Northern Cheyenne Tribal council unanimously rejected a $403 million project by Arch Coal Co., Forrest Mars (candyman) and Warren Buffett’s BNSF railway to haul 1.3 billion tons of coal out of Otter Creek Valley for export to Asian Pacific countries. Wildly unpopular project.
__In the aftermath of the EPA’s accidental dumping of 3 million tons of toxic mining waste into the Animas and San Juan Rivers with major impact on the Navajo Nation, Sens. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) will introduce legislation “that would require mining companies to pay extraction royalties that could be used to mitigate the environmental damage.” Long overdue.
Creatures and protectors
__The greater sage grouse will not become federally protected because that might disrupt the oil and gas industry, thus — gasp! — “crippling the West’s economy.” Protection will occur on 67 million acres of federal land, however. This isn’t over.
__British conservationists, including the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, are very concerned that the pursuit of oil and gas fracking across the country puts “vital wildlife areas” at risk.
__Inspiring indigenous voice from Arnhem Land, Northern Territories, Australia against fracking and mining and for life. Helena Gulway says, “We are the custodians of the land [and sea]—the land owns us.”
__Poachers shot three wild Kenyan elephants with poisoned arrows. Though they’d never been inside the DWST stockade, the three elephants … Oh, go on and click on the link—you know you can’t resist.
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