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Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands exposes Enbridge chemical cover up

By Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands (MI-CATS) BATTLE CREEK, Noon, on December 13th: After activist and Kalamazoo resident Chris Wahmhoff’s felony pretrial, Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands (MI-CATS) will hold a press conference to raise awareness about chemical oil dispersants found in the Kalamazoo River. Earlier this year Chris protested Enbridge Energy by skateboarding into … Continue reading Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands exposes Enbridge chemical cover up

Tepco workers begin year-long operation to remove spent Fukushima fuel rods

By Justin McCurry and Simon Tisdall / The Guardian Workers have begun the delicate task of removing spent fuel rods from a damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, more than two-and-a-half years after the facility suffered a triple meltdown. The operation to remove more than 1,331 used fuel assemblies, and 202 unused … Continue reading Tepco workers begin year-long operation to remove spent Fukushima fuel rods

90-car oil transport train derails and explodes in Alabama

By Soumya Karlamangla / Los Angeles Times A 90-car train derailed and exploded in rural Alabama early Friday morning, spilling its crude oil cargo into the surrounding wetlands and igniting a fire so intense that officials said it will take 24 hours to burn out. No one was injured. The train was crossing a timber … Continue reading 90-car oil transport train derails and explodes in Alabama

Hydraulic Fracking 101

“It’s Fracking Crazy…. And This Is Why We Are Reading News Reports of Civil Disobedience and Destruction of Fracking Equipment” “When most people ask, “How can we stop global warming?” they aren’t really asking what they pretend they’re asking. They are instead asking, “How can we stop global warming without stopping the burning of oil … Continue reading Hydraulic Fracking 101

Why Do Protesters Against Egregious Environmental and Financial Misconduct Get Arrested, But Not Corporate Perpetrators?

It’s sadly what we’ve come to expect: advocates for saving the planet — and present and future lives with it — and those who protest financial crimes and improprieties get arrested, charged, and often serve jail time, but those responsible among the corporate and financial elite go free. In this case, the headline on mlive.com … Continue reading Why Do Protesters Against Egregious Environmental and Financial Misconduct Get Arrested, But Not Corporate Perpetrators?

Train derails in Minnesota, spills up to 30,000 gallons of oil

By Agence France-Presse Crews were working Thursday to clean up as much as 30,000 gallons of oil that spilled onto a Minnesota field after a mile-long train derailed. It was not yet clear whether the Canadian Pacific train was transporting regular crude or oil from the Alberta tar sands, but the spill will certainly add … Continue reading Train derails in Minnesota, spills up to 30,000 gallons of oil

2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill “clean up” 52 times more toxic than spill itself

By Georgia Institute of Technology If the 4.9 million barrels of oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 Deep Water Horizon spill was a ecological disaster, the two million gallons of dispersant used to clean it up apparently made it even worse – 52-times more toxic. That’s according to new research … Continue reading 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill “clean up” 52 times more toxic than spill itself

Sweatshop fire in Bangladesh kills more than 100 workers

By Agence France-Presse At least 109 people died when fire swept through a factory in the worst-ever blaze to hit Bangladesh’s garment industry, officials said Sunday, as witnesses told of desperate workers jumping from upper floors. Firefighters battled for several hours to contain the blaze, which broke out on the ground floor of the nine-storey … Continue reading Sweatshop fire in Bangladesh kills more than 100 workers

North Sea suffers 4,123 oil spills since 2000; only seven resulted in government fine

By Leo Hickman / The Guardian Oil companies operating in the North Sea have been fined for oil spills on just seven occasions since 2000, even though 4,123 separate spills were recorded over the same period, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) has confirmed. The disclosure came as Decc said on Thursday that the … Continue reading North Sea suffers 4,123 oil spills since 2000; only seven resulted in government fine

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