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After fracking company sponsors museum, activists threaten symbolic “poisoning” of artwork

By Natalie Bochenski / Sydney Morning Herald An anti-fracking activist group will “poison” a major work at the Gallery of Modern Art to protest its sponsorship by Santos. Generation Alpha said Heritage, which features 99 animals gathered around a blue water pond, showed exactly the kind of environment that the natural resources company would ruin. […]

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Activists shut down port of Vancouver in solidarity with Elsipogtog people

By Murray Bush / Vancouver Media Co-op COAST SALISH TERRITORY – Activists blocked access to the federal Port of Vancouver for an hour early this morning as part of an International Day of Action in Support of  Elsipogtog Land Defenders in New Brunswick. Access to the Port at the foot of Clark Drive was blocked […]

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Press Release: Anti-Fracking Activists Drop Banner in Illinois Capitol

By Rising Tide Chicago To the cheers and applause of the dozens of supporters below, anti-fracking activists unfurled a two-story banner with “Don’t Frack Illinois,” from the balcony of the state capitol rotunda. During impassioned testimony from activists with the Illinois Coalition for a Moratorium on Fracking (ICMF), the brightly colored banner gave visual support […]

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Mora County, NM passes ordinance banning all oil and gas extraction

By Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund Earlier today, the County Commission of Mora County, located in Northeastern New Mexico, became the first county in the United States to pass an ordinance banning all oil and gas extraction. Drafted with assistance from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), the Mora County Community Water Rights and […]

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Study indicates natural gas drilling could be even worse for climate than coal

By Joe Romm / Think Progress Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have reconfirmed earlier findings of high rates of methane leakage from natural gas fields. If these findings are replicated elsewhere, they would utterly vitiate the climate benefit of natural gas, even when used to switch off coal. Indeed, if the previous […]

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Fracking corporation turns Louisiana bayou country into toxic sinkhole

By Mike Ludwig / TruthOut For residents in Assumption Parish, the boiling, gas-belching bayou, with its expanding toxic sinkhole and quaking earth is no longer a mystery; but there is little comfort in knowing the source of the little-known event that has forced them out of their homes. Located about 45 miles south of Baton […]

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Oil and gas drillers have injected more than 10 trillion gallons of wastewater into the earth

By Abrahm Lustgarten / ProPublica On a cold, overcast afternoon in January 2003, two tanker trucks backed up to an injection well site in a pasture outside Rosharon, Texas. There, under a steel shed, they began to unload thousands of gallons of wastewater for burial deep beneath the earth. The waste – the byproduct of […]

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Peter Rugh: The Frack War Comes Home

By Peter Rugh / Waging Nonviolence The war came home this weekend, as thousands of people whose land has been under siege by the U.S. government and corporate interests gathered in Washington, D.C. No, they weren’t victims of drone attacks or 10-plus years of fighting in Afghanistan. They were ordinary Americans, whose neighborhoods, townships and […]

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New study says fracking may be pushing Marcellus Shale minerals into aquifers

By Abrahm Lustgarten / ProPublica New research has concluded that salty, mineral-rich fluids deep beneath Pennsylvania’s natural gas fields are likely seeping upward thousands of feet into drinking water supplies. Though the fluids were natural and not the byproduct of drilling or hydraulic fracturing, the finding further stokes the red-hot controversy over fracking in the […]

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Groundwater threatened by industrial injection of 30 trillion gallons of toxic liquids into earth

By Abrahm Lustgarten / ProPublica Over the past several decades, U.S. industries have injected more than 30 trillion gallons of toxic liquid deep into the earth, using broad expanses of the nation’s geology as an invisible dumping ground. No company would be allowed to pour such dangerous chemicals into the rivers or onto the soil. […]

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