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Pepsi Cans on Wheels: Stopping Explosive Oil Trains

By Aaron Mintzes

August 21, 2014

Some communities do not even know that mile long 100-car unit trains hauling explosive crude oil pass through their neighborhoods until they hear the rumbling of the tracks. Last summer, one of these trains derailed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, killing 47 people. Additional tragedies, including one in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia last April, spotlight the enormous danger posed by what some now call “Bomb Trains”. Driven by the expansion of fracking for oil, especially in North Dakota, these rolling hazardous dangers carrying their climate-warming fossil fuels spilt more flammable crude oil last year than in the previous forty years according to Federal Railroad Administration records.

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Tagged with: bakken, oil trains, federal railroad administration, crude by rail, phmsa


No matter the country, with money comes power - from soccer to resource extraction

By Samantha Malone

August 14, 2014

Unconventional oil and gas extraction – colloquially referred to as fracking – is set expand and take over Argentina, which has some of the largest reserves of shale oil and gas in the world. The Argentinian government is providing incentives to attract international fossil fuel companies to drill there. Given that the country recently defaulted on some of its restructured debt, a push for development will likely only intensify in the coming months. Under-regulated and under-monitored fracking, however, has already led to a series of environmental and health issues in the U.S. and beyond.

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Tagged with: fracking, argentina


Another Orange River, Another Toxic Spill

By Shreema Mehta

August 13, 2014

Just a week after the Mount Polley disaster, another mine waste spill has occurred, this time from a copper mine in Mexico. About 10 million gallons of toxic mine waste spilled from the Buenavista mine into nearby rivers. Water restrictions have been imposed on thousands of people.

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Tagged with: tailings, pollution, latin america, spill, mine waste, mexico, sonora


On Colorado: Waiting and Seeing

By Bruce Baizel

August 12, 2014

You can’t say that the politics of oil and gas in Colorado have been dull lately.

Last week, on the day that signatures for four statewide oil and gas ballot initiatives were due, Governor Hickenlooper announced with Representative Polis that the four initiatives would be withdrawn as part of a political deal. 

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Tagged with: fracking, colorado, vote, ballot intiative


Hold your breath for the Judy family

By Nadia Steinzor

August 12, 2014

What does it mean to be 'surrounded' by the fracking industry and oil and gas development? Is it a few wells in your neighborhood? A compressor station in your town?

For Pam Judy and her family in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania it's all that and more.

The Judy family’s home is 0.21 miles away from the closest well and 0.16 miles away from the Cumberland/Henderson compressor station. Within one mile of their home there are 16 unconventional and 21 conventional wells.

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Tagged with: fracking, pennsylvania, pennsylvania department of environmental protection, air emissions, pam judy, blackout


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