EARTHblog » Jhon Arbelaez
February 6, 2014
In Wyoming, fracking is taking place all over the state. Oil and gas development is one of main sources of revenue for state and local governments, and one of the biggest sources of employment for communities. Although many are unwilling to speak up against the industry, others are doing what is right, and fighting to protect their health, their communities, and their environment.
During our trip to the area, we had a chance to meet with Deb Thomas, a current activist living in Clark County, Wyoming. In 1994, Deb and her husband, Dick, purchased land in this little piece of heaven. Surrounded by snowy peaks, Deb and her family made this area their home. A few years later, Windsor energy began development, and placed several well pads within view of Deb’s home. A blowout at a well near her home in 2006 forced the evacuation of several homes, and Deb and her family were not allowed to return to her home for several days. In order to protect her family, Deb began organizing, and managed to get several concessions from Windsor and the state to protect water sources.
La Intolerancia y el Antiamericanismo Durante una Audiencia del Fracturamiento Hidráulico en California
January 13, 2014
El 08 de enero del 2014, asistí a una audiencia pública sobre los propuestos reglamentos de DOGGR al fracturamiento hidráulico y otros métodos de estimulación de pozos en California. Esta reunión tomo lugar en las Oficinas Administrativas del Condado de Kern.
El Condado de Kern produce casi 80% de todo el petróleo y gas natural en California. También es el bastión político de la industria petrolera en el estado. Durante la audiencia, conté no menos de 8 representantes de la industria, cerca de una docena de “simpatizantes,” y no menos de 5 empleados de Chevron, los cuales estaban allí para "apoyar los propuestos reglamentos en nombre de su empresa."