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Take 3 minutes: Help Protect Oregon’s Wild and Scenic Chetco River

By Bonnie Gestring

November 11, 2011

The Wild and Scenic Chetco River is legendary for the beauty and clarity of its waters. And, it has whopping salmon and steelhead runs!

Although Congress protected the Chetco in 1988 by adding it to the National Wild and Scenic River System, the 1872 Mining Law gives mining preference over all other values and uses. Now proposals to suction dredge along much of this extroardinary river threatens allt he values the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act seeks to protect.

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Tagged with: chetco river, oregon, national wild and scenic river, suction dredge mining


Energy Department Shale Gas Advisory Panel: Miles to go to clean up natural gas development

By Lauren Pagel

November 10, 2011

Today the Shale Gas Subcommittee of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board – formed at the request of President Obama – issued its final draft report. The report focuses on the implementation of the many positive recommendations made by the subcommittee in its previous report that came out in August.

When the initial report was released, I had hoped that it would be a wake up call to the Obama administration, moving them on a path towards more responsible oversight of gas drilling. While some positive steps have been taken to protect our air, land and water from the impacts of drilling, it’s clear from this new report that we still have a long way to go.

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Tagged with: epa, natural gas, water, obama, doi, shale gas subcommittee, air, doe


PSYOPS: Range Resources official statement changes twice

By Sharon Wilson

November 10, 2011

As you know by now, the Big Gas Mafia held a much ballyhooed media/PR conference to get their fracking story straight to combat all the bad press and their failure to convince the American public that they can frack safely. I paid to attend that conference and wore my name badge the entire time.

Transparency was a big theme–hiding/spinning wrongdoings just escalates the public distrust. Yet here they are with the media equivalent of a spill — admissions that they’re using and encourage use of military tactics against American citizens. Yet, rather than owning it and admitting wrongdoing and addressing the problem they are instead trying to divert and obfuscate.

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Tagged with: fracking, hydraulic fracturing, range resources, psyops, war


On psychological operations: what it means that the fracking industry is using military tactics in communities

By Alan Septoff

November 9, 2011

Riffing off revelations by Earthworks' Texas Sharon that the fracking industry is using military tactics in shale gas communities, today DeSmogBlog posted an excellent story explaining what military psychological operations are and how they've been used in our communities.

You should read the whole thing.  But some highlights:

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Tagged with: fracking, hydraulic fracturing, range resources, psyops, anadarko, 2011 fracking media conference, war


A response to an industry caught with their pants down.

By Sharon Wilson

November 9, 2011

I've spent most of the day talking to reporters about the PSYOPS story that broke yesterday and has now gone viral. This is the most fun version of the story.

I'm not a good note taker which is why I thought I would record parts of the conference. After the first panel, I decided to record the entire thing.  And Matt Pitzarella of Range Resources and Matt Carmichael of Anadarko  got caught with their pants down -- recommending using military tactics on communities.

Their attempts to spin out of the mess they created has been tragicomic.

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Tagged with: fracking, hydraulic fracturing, media, war


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