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Activists against mountaintop removal and fracking joining forces in West Virginia

By Dave Cooper / Huffington Post While combating dirty fossil-fuel energy sources like coal and shale gas, activists can sometimes find themselves so intensely focused on one issue that they lose track of important developments in other related fossil fuel campaigns. Mountain Justice Spring Break (MJSB), March 21-28 in northern West Virginia, seeks to build … Continue reading Activists against mountaintop removal and fracking joining forces in West Virginia

Fracking chemicals found in water near drilling area; environmental agency refuses further testing

By Kevin Begos, Associated Press A western Pennsylvania woman says state environmental officials refused to do follow-up tests after their lab reported her drinking water contained chemicals that could be from nearby gas drilling. At least 10 households in the rural Woodlands community, about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh, have complained that recent drilling impacted … Continue reading Fracking chemicals found in water near drilling area; environmental agency refuses further testing

Fracking and oil drilling threatening Mapuche people in Argentina

Members of the Mapuche community say the Argentine government’s aggressive push to increase energy supplies by allowing oil companies to explore in their lands will cause irreversible environmental and social damage.

According to Argentina´s Energy Secretariat, close to 87 percent of Argentina’s energy is generated from fossil fuels. The government agency said that in 1988 Argentina had enough gas supplies for 36 years. But by 2009, this outlook was slashed to seven years. Oil supplies fell from 14 to nine in the same period. ... Continue reading →

Fracking industry has spent $726 million on lobbying since 2001

By Environment News Service A natural gas drilling rush is on in rural North Dakota. And with it, residents are reporting growing numbers of respiratory ailments, skin lesions, blood oozing from eyes, and the deaths of livestock and pets. Elsewhere, residents of Texas, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Wyoming and other states who thought they’d hit the lottery … Continue reading Fracking industry has spent $726 million on lobbying since 2001

Unsustainable Sustainability

The following piece was written by DGR Orlando member Chris Byron and appears in the February 2012 issue of  “Sounds of a Democratic Society.” It is the first submission of what will be regular (monthly) submissions to the local zine by DGR Orlando members. The mainstream media has an innate modus operandi of only reporting what … Continue reading Unsustainable Sustainability

Pennsylvania legislature and fracking industry work together to pass new law

By Maura Stephens Pennsylvania’s state legislature has effectively signed a death warrant for some number of residents, who knows how many. Corbett’s about to make it official. Pennsylvanians: Fight back — or suffer the consequences. The fracking industry has written a bill that gives itself legal permission to poison Pennsylvanians-and keeps doctors who treat them … Continue reading Pennsylvania legislature and fracking industry work together to pass new law

Bulgarian government imposes ban on fracking

By Mirel Bran, Guardian Weekly Shukri Hussein was only 23 when he first bought some land, with a friend, to start a farm at Praventsi, a village close to Novi Pazar, in north-east Bulgaria. Ten years later the biology graduate heads a 110-hectare organic farm with a workforce of 35. He was pleased with what … Continue reading Bulgarian government imposes ban on fracking

Anti-Fracking Campaigners: We Won’t Be Silenced

By Josh Fox Gasland was intended to be both a chronicle of the way in which oil and gas companies have used vast sums of money to shield fracking from virtually all federal, state, and local regulations and a cautionary tale about the toll the process takes on people and the environment. Fortunately, the message … Continue reading Anti-Fracking Campaigners: We Won’t Be Silenced

What Killed Dunkard Creek? Residents in Pennsylvania and West Virginia Say Fracking

By Adam Federman On August 27, 2009, Dan Cincotta, a fisheries biologist with West Virginia’s Department of Natural Resources, was conducting a routine inventory of Dunkard Creek, a small river that runs through West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania. He was accompanied by a consultant and an environmental engineer from the state’s largest coal and gas … Continue reading What Killed Dunkard Creek? Residents in Pennsylvania and West Virginia Say Fracking

How fracking affects a community in Pennsylvania

As controversial drilling for shale gas continues in Lancashire, Peter Marshall travels to the United States to see first hand how life has changed for people who have spent years living with fracking. Bradford County, Pennsylvania, is one of the most fracked places on the planet. Its gas-rush, which began in earnest in 2008, has … Continue reading How fracking affects a community in Pennsylvania