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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


Too Much Natural Gas? Let’s Give it to China!

By Aaron Mintzes

November 9, 2011

Once upon a fairly recent time, as our nation struggled to find the right path toward energy independence, industry and policy makers devoted a great deal of time and money developing the infrastucture capacity to import liquefied natural gas (LNG).  Hailed by many as a clean and viable solution for weening us off of dirtier sources of energy, the promise of LNG seemed limitless. In many places, like my hometown of Baltimore, furious debates raged between concerned community activists (or "insurgents" in the modern parlance of industry fracking officials) and industry representatives on everything from landowner rights, to water quality, to homeland security implications. That was 2007.

Yesterday, I attended a hearing of the US Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee.  The topic: Markets for Exporting LNG.

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Tagged with: fracking, hydraulic fracturing, economics, lng, export, liquefied natural gas, wyden


Newmont’s Conga mine brings major clean water problems

By Nick Magel

November 9, 2011

The proposed Conga Mine project, located in the Cajamarca and Celendín provinces in Northern Peru, sits just to the Northeast of Latin America’s largest gold mine, Yanacocha.

As with most mines in this region, water is a major issue with the Conga project.The campesino communities and larger more developed centers rely heavily of the water sources of the region.

It is because of this reliance, and gold mining’s checkered history of contaminating clean water sources, that many communities near the Conga project are protesting the mega mining project.

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Tagged with: gold, newmont, peru, clean water, conga, latin america, yanacocha


Not a good neighbor: fracking industry admits to waging war on communities

By Alan Septoff

November 8, 2011

For a long time, the hydraulic fracturing-enabled drilling industry has been fighting a war to be accepted in communities around the country.

They've been losing the war.

That is, the more they've operated, the more they've polluted, and the worse name they've received.  Thanks to the good work of community groups, Josh Fox, DeSmogBlog, ProPublica, the New York Times, and many, many others, the word has gotten out that you allow the drilling industry into your community at the peril of your drinking water, clean air, and the very fabric of your community.

So industry was (and still is) faced with a choice:

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Tagged with: fracking, hydraulic fracturing, psyops, sharon wilson, war, pr


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