Fracking Boom Slouching Toward Bust

Reprinted from Common Dreams (under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License) By Richard Heinberg Stop me if you’ve heard this one. What’s an obscenity that starts with “f” and ends with “ck”? Oh wait, sorry, this is supposed to be a serious article about fracking. That’s right, we’re talking about The Biggest Development in the energy […]

Could fracking finally kill off rural America?

Reprinted from Transition Voice (Creative Commons License  ) By Erik Curren   Gasland 2, the sequel to Josh Fox’s documentary about the dangers of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, introduces a frightening image. It’s not another money shot of tap water on fire, though the water well hose lit up by the owner of a multimillion dollar home in […]

This Land is Your Land, This Land is Gas Land

Reprinted from Waging Nonviolence under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License By Peter Rugh The Obama Administration has proposed new regulations for hydraulic fracturing on 756 million acres of public and tribal lands. The rules were written by the drilling industry and will be streamlined into effect by a new intergovernmental task force, established by […]

Anti-Fracking Manifesto Blasts Pro-Fracking Environmental Organizations

Reprinted from Yes! Magazine (June 6, 2013) In a statement, ecologist Sandra Steingraber denounced Illinois’ new fracking regulations and described the need for a movement dedicated to abolishing fracking nationwide. By Jeff Biggers A new salvo has been fired in the national battle against fracking. Within hours of the Illinois General Assembly’s vote on its controversial […]

The Downwinders

Reprinted from Fracking Ourselves to Death in Pennsylvania By Ellen Cantarow More than 70 years ago, a chemical attack was launched against Washington State and Nevada. It poisoned people, animals, everything that grew, breathed air, and drank water. The Marshall Islands were also struck. This formerly pristine Pacific atoll was branded “the most contaminated place […]

Matt Damon, Frances McDormand: “Promised Land,” a Movie About Fracking

Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Frances McDormand, Rosemarie Dewitt, Hal Holbrook … in a movie about small-town America and fracking. “Promised Land” … coming in December. Directed by Gus Van Sant. Script by Damon and Krasinski, based on a story by Dave Eggers.

Fracking Bans that Can Stand

In New York, judges are standing up for communities’ rights to say no to corporate drilling. By Maura Stephens (Originally published in Yes! Magazine, February 29, 2012) In New York State, some 82 towns and counties have passed ordinances outlawing fracking, a natural gas drilling method known for causing severe water pollution. Another 35 have ordinances […]

Did Fracking Cause the Virginia Earthquake?

Reprinted from OpEd News. By Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall Earthquakes in the nation’s capitol are as rare as hen’s teeth. The epicenter of Tuesday’s quake was in Mineral, Virginia, which is located on three very quiet fault lines. The occurrence of yet another freak earthquake in an unusual location is leading many anti-fracking activists (including […]

Opponents to Fracking Disclosure Take Big Money From Industry

by Abrahm Lustgarten ProPublica, Jan. 14, 2011, 2:46 p.m. 5:28 p.m.: This post has been corrected. Congress isn’t going to regulate hydraulic fracturing any time soon. But the Department of Interior might. For starters, Interior is mulling whether it should require drilling companies to disclose the chemicals they use to frack wells drilled on public […]

Fracking Wars: Pittsburgh Bans Natural Gas Drilling

[Editor’s note: If you want to find the still guttering flame of democracy in America, look in the heartland, in small towns such as Barnstead, New Hampshire and Blaine Township, Pennsylvania, and now in Pittsburgh, where town councils are voting to deny corporations the rights of personhood. This is the frontline in a war between the […]

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