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GASLAND (now an Oscar nominee), 'proof' and the need for responsible oversight

By Alan Septoff

January 25, 2011

This morning, GASLAND received a much-deserved nomination for Oscar for best documentary.

More than any other single effort, Josh Fox's GASLAND has helped puncture the myth that natural gas is "clean".  This movie makes abundantly clear the human costs of irresponsible drilling by telling the stories of real people who have been harmed by it.

When a multibillion dollar industry has its dirty laundry hung out for everyone to see, it fights back.  And so it has tried to discredit GASLAND as unfounded environmental hysteria. With this Oscar nomination, we can expect these attacks to increase.

Although you can read a blow-by-blow refutation of these attacks by Josh Fox and a panel of experts, one of industry's main claims is [paraphrasing] "we can't know those people were hurt by drilling -- there's no proof that drilling/hydraulic fracturing harmed their, or anyone's, drinking water".

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Tagged with: regulation, gasland, proof


Tell Walmart to stop the greenwash and drop 'Love, Earth' jewelry.

By Alan Septoff

January 21, 2011

We put out an action alert today, urging people to tell Walmart that its 'Love, Earth' is jewelry greenwash

Join EARTHWORKS, Great Basin Resource Watch, and the Western Shoshone Defense Project in calling upon Walmart to suspend its 'Love, Earth' brand of jewelry.

We've taken these steps only after a good piece of investigative journalism confirmed fears that EARTHWORKS and others have had for years:  without independent oversight -- ala FSC-certified wood -- a company's claim of responsibility simply can't be trusted.  Or to phrase it more gently (and famously): "trust but verify".

So, please write a letter to Walmart CEO Mike Duke, and let him know that 'Love, Earth" jewelry is loving of neither the earth nor its workers.

 

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Tagged with: dirty gold, love earth, walmart


EPA could save America's waters and fisheries by taking strong action on mining

By Jennifer Krill

January 20, 2011

Bristol Bay, Alaska. Click to see full size versions of this any many more on the National Geographic website.Last week the EPA stepped into a leadership position by revoking the water permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in West Virginia, recognizing that mountaintop removal coal mining causes irreparable damage to America's waterways. This campaign came after years of struggle against the intractable coal industry, and great work from our allies the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Coal River Mountain Watch, Appalachian Voices, Rainforest Action Network, the Sierra Club, and many others.

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Tagged with: no dirty gold, alaska, toxics, pebble, water


Saving the scenery: Activist trainings teach skills, forge connections

By Nadia Steinzor

January 19, 2011

Don t blame me for signing a lease, and you'll never stop the drilling, the man said. There s an old saying: you can t eat the scenery.

Most days, this would have been depressing to hear and just another reason why gas development is running amok. But on this day, the speaker was part of something very positive, a role play on how to talk about the downsides of drilling with reluctant friends and neighbors.

This topic was part of Get Organized: Skills to Protect your Community in the Marcellus Shale, a training held last week in Pittsburgh and Connellsville, PA. Dozens of local residents turned out to learn how to recruit volunteers, generate media coverage, coordinate with other activists, and track problems in communities.

The events were hosted by PennEnvironment (which is planning more such events in the coming months) and co-led by EARTHWORKS, Clean Water Action, Three Rivers Waterkeeper, University of Pittsburgh's Center for Healthy Environments and Communities, and Mountain Watershed Association.

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Tagged with: drilling, natural gas, marcellus shale, community organizing, gas development


Justice Department backs up EPA: Range Resources' fantasy in wonderland ends

By Alan Septoff

January 19, 2011

Last week, Sharon Wilson blogged about Range Resources willful blindness to the EPA's charge that it had contaminated a Texas aquifer. Basically, despite EPA confronting the company with evidence of its pollution, Range had sent a letter to EPA thanking the agency for agreeing that Range wasn't responsible for pollution.

Yesterday, the other shoe dropped.  Sharon has the full story over at Bluedaze, including context and links.

In short, the Department of Justice backed up the EPA's emergency order against Range Resources by filing a complaint in federal district court.

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Tagged with: epa, range resources, justice department, bluedaze


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