Only You Can Prevent Fracking by Peter Rugh + Frack Fact by Walter Brasch

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Forward On Climate Smokey

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by Peter Rugh
SocialistWorker.org
First published at Waging Nonviolence, May 7, 2013
May 9, 2013

SMOKEY THE Bear thought he smelled a fire in the woods. But as he approached the clearing and saw a giant derrick jutting out into the sky, he realized that what his nose had picked up was the scent of hydrocarbons. It was another piece of evidence that the increasingly widespread method of oil and gas extraction known as fracking was poisoning the environment that he and his human friends depend on. He decided something must be done.

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Pennsylvania: You Are Fracked by Walter Brasch

American Gasland

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by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.walterbrasch.com
April 22, 2013

The history of energy exploration, mining, and delivery is best understood in a range from benevolent exploitation to worker and public oppression. A company comes into an area, leases or buys land in rural and agricultural areas for mineral rights, increases employment, usually during a depressed economy, strips the land of its resources, creates health problems for its workers and those in the immediate area, and then leaves.

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Fracking records unsealed in Pennsylvania by Betsey Piette

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Stop the Frack Attack

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by Betsey Piette
www.workers.org
March 26, 2013

Philadelphia  — Since 2005, a provision of the federal Energy Policy Act popularly labeled the “Halliburton Loophole,” allowed the giant corporations profiting from drilling in major shale formations across the U.S. to withhold information on the hundreds of potentially toxic and carcinogenic chemicals that make up fracking compounds. The law provided them protection for “trade secrets.”

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You Can’t Wash Away Fracking’s Effects by Walter Brasch + Fracking Hell?

by Walter Brasch
Featured Writer
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www.walterbrasch.com
February 23, 2013

American Gasland

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José Lara just wanted a job.

A company working in the natural gas fields needed a man to power wash wastewater tanks. Clean off the debris. Make them shining again.

And so José Lara became a power washer for the Rain for Rent Co.

“The chemicals, the smell was so bad. Once I got out, I couldn’t stop throwing up. I couldn’t even talk,” Lara said in his deposition, translated from Spanish.

The company that had hired him didn’t provide him a respirator or protective clothing. That’s not unusual in the natural gas fields.

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Capitalism Stands As A Death Sentinel Over Planetary Life by Chris Williams

Climate change

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by Chris Williams
SocialistWorker.org
February 8, 2013

Chris Williams, author of Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis, looks at the battles ahead for those who will protest for the planet next week.

CAPITALISM STANDS as a death sentinel over planetary life.

Recent reports from institutions such as the World Bank detail how, as a result of human activity, we are on track for a four-degree Celsius increase in average global temperatures. Continue reading

Fracking’s Lure, Trap and Endless Damage by Ralph Nader

CREDO Action & New Yorkers Against Fracking Protest Gov. Cuomo's Plan to Frack New York

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Dec. 13, 2012

Say what you will about Yoko Ono’s art, there is no denying that she is unique. Who else will put several $100,000 full-page notices in The New York Times displaying only the word “Peace” or “Imagine Peace” in small type with the rest of the page blank? No elaboration, no examples of the ravages of war or mention of people “waging peace” around the country and world. Inscrutable, yes. Effective, who knows, except maybe Yoko Ono?

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Will New York be Just Another Sacrifice Zone so the Fossil Fuel Industry can Pollute Our Water, Contaminate Our Land and Frack Billions in Profits? by Jill Dalton

by Jill Dalton
Guest Writer
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October 8, 2012

Anti-Fracking Rally, Albany NY

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The woman standing at the podium may seem small and unassuming but don’t be fooled she’s a powerhouse and has a warning to share with the world. Vera Scroggins is a mother, a grandmother, resident of Susquehanna County, PA and a member of Citizens for Clean Water, a citizen-watch group of volunteers who keep an eye on the gas-drilling process by videotaping and keeping tabs on any problems or concerns. But today Vera’s in New York City at Saint John the Divine for the Global Frackdown and her message is loud and clear. “Don’t let them in.”

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Fracked: New Yorkers Visit the Marcellus Shale + Disembowelling the Planet + Let Them Drink Methane. And Arsenic

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Anti-Fracking Rally, Albany NY

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Aug 29, 2012 by

Montrose, Susquehanna Co., Pa, August 26– Senator Adriano Espaillat sponsors a tour for New Yorkers of several Pennsylvania hydrofracking sites owned by different companies which are exploiting the Marcellus Shale for its natural gas reserves with disastrous consequences, not least poisoning the water supply. Vera Scroggins of Citizens for Clean Air explains the frustrations of fighting the gas companies. Part One. Continue reading

Marcellus Earth First! Anti-fracking Activists Take On the Police and Shutdown Drilling

Paige Run (1)

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http://earthfirstnews.wordpress.com
July 8, 2012

Aug 5, 2012 by

Full Story: http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2012/08/06/momentum-builds-fracking-truth-da…

As anti-fracking momentum grows nationwide with word being spread the practice permanently destroys water sheds, PA activists shutdown a planned operation.

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Fighting the frack attack by Peter Rugh

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Peter Rugh, a facilitator for Occupy Wall Street Environmental Solidarity, reports on a recent conference of anti-fracking activists that gathered in Washington, D.C.
SocialistWorker.org
August 2, 2012

Stop the Frack Attack

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THE WAR came home at the end of July when 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 states have been struggling to put an end to fracking, a destructive form of natural gas drilling.

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Barack Obama’s Executive Order: Supporting Safe and Responsible Development of Unconventional Domestic Natural Gas Resources

TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON KING OBAMA

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Propaganda Alert!

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
April 13, 2012

EXECUTIVE ORDER

SUPPORTING SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT OF UNCONVENTIONAL DOMESTIC NATURAL GAS RESOURCES

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to coordinate the efforts of Federal agencies responsible for overseeing the safe and responsible development of unconventional domestic natural gas resources and associated infrastructure and to help reduce our dependence on oil, it is hereby ordered as follows:

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New Report Finds Oversight of Natural Gas Fracking Are Inadequate Protection for Water Supplies

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OMB Watch

say no to fracking

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PRESS RELEASE
-For Immediate Release-
July 9, 2012

Contact: Brian Gumm, (202) 683-4812, bgumm@ombwatch.org

State Disclosure Policies, Oversight of Natural Gas Fracking Are Inadequate Protection for Water Supplies, Public Safety, New Report Finds

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2012—In a new report issued today, OMB Watch finds that state oversight laws requiring disclosure of the chemicals used in natural gas fracking are in need of an overhaul. Disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is spotty and incomplete, and essential safeguards are missing.

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Josh Fox: The Sky Is Pink

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Don't Frack Up Our Water

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Jun 22, 2012 by

Josh Fox on fracking.

Mirror from http://vimeo.com/44367635

Also: http://sites.google.com/site/frackingireland/the-sky-is-pink

Annotated documents featured in the film can be found here: http://www1.rollingstone.com/extras/theskyispink_annotdoc-gasl4final.pdf

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Greg Palast: Preventing Death By Pipeline (fracking)

Detail of Tower for drilling horizontally into...

Detail of Tower for drilling horizontally into the Marcellus Shale Formation for natural gas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

with Greg Palast
Featured Writer
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www.gregpalast.com

Apr 17, 2012 by

With soaring gas prices, companies seek alternative ways to try to get energy sources in the US. On Tuesday the battle over energy continued on Capitol Hill. The Environmental Protection Agency met to finish up plans for regulations that should cut down on pollution from oil and gas drilling. Environmentalist claim hydraulic fracturing leads to toxic waste, but companies who use this practice say regulators are taking it too far. Greg Palast, investigative journalist, joins us with his take on fracking.

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