December 20, 2013
In October, Energy Corporation of America's CEO, John Mork, made a huge mistake. In a press conference, he declared that he would like to "bring something like the Bakken" to areas surrounding Red Lodge, on the flanks of Beartooth-Absaroka Wilderness, and then added salt to the wound and announced that it would "fundamentally change these areas the way it has changed other areas of the United States."
Mr. Mork is exactly right -- it would fundamentally change these areas. If his plans succeed, folks can expect to see changes in the scenic landscape, and in crime rates, road conditions, the affordability of rent and food, and perhaps most importantly, changes in the clean water and air currently enjoyed in the area.
By Drew Hudson
December 18, 2013
When we brought your signatures, comments and questions to NPR, I expected to meet with the Ombudsman, Edward Schumacher-Matos, and talk about our concern that the fracking industry's sponsorship is polluting NPR's coverage of energy and the environment. We didn't expect to spend an hour explaining the science of fracking, climate change, and water pollution to the CEO of NPR - Paul Haaga Jr. But when our team (including PA Fracktivist extraordinaire Karen F. and Lauren P. from our partner Earthworks) got off the elevator, that's exactly who was waiting to meet with us and that's exactly what we did talk about.
December 17, 2013
Esta es la primera parte en una serie especial explorando el lado personal de los organizadores de Earthworks.
En noviembre del 2013, organizadores de Earthworks tuvieron la oportunidad de visitar Pavillion, Wyoming, el caso mas infame y más conocido por la contaminación de agua que existe en los Estados Unidos. En el año 2011, la EPA emitió un informe preliminar, el cual ataba directamente el fracturamiento hidráulico a la contaminación de las aguas subterráneas en el área. En su informe, la agencia determino que los productos químicos utilizados en el fracturamiento hidráulico alcanzaron los acuíferos a través de vías subterráneas. La agencia dijo: "contaminación del agua subterránea con componentes tales como los que se encuentran en Pavillion son típicamente inviable o demasiado caros para remediar o restaurar".
December 17, 2013
In November, 2013, Earthworks staff had a chance to visit one of the most well known cases of water contamination from fracking – Pavillion, WY. In 2011, the EPA issued a preliminary report, directly tying fracking to groundwater contamination in the area. In its report, the agency found that chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing most likely reached groundwater through subsurface pathways. It went on to state: “Groundwater contamination with constituents such as those found at Pavillion is typically infeasible or too expensive to remediate or restore.”
December 16, 2013
This year, we present an alternative gift guide: The No Dirty Gold Holiday Gift Guide. Check it out to learn more about the true costs of our gifts -- and about what we can do to say No to Dirty Gold.