March 8, 2011
Are Arkansas' earthquakes manmade? While scientists work to determine the cause of over 700 earthquakes in a phenomenon that has come to be known as the Guy Earthquake Swarm, alarms are sounding that the quakes are caused by waste disposal for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas.
Fracking is the process of injecting fluids into oil or gas wells at high pressure in order to fracture the formations and enable the oil or gas to flow more freely and be pumped to the surface. Some of the fracking fluid stays underground, and some of it returns to the surface as waste. Since 2009, natural gas drillers have been pumping fracking wastes, also known as 'produced water' into disposal wells in the region around Guy, Arkansas. Beginning in that same time period, the region began experiencing earthquakes, including last Sunday's quake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale.
The earthquake issue came to a head last week when two natural gas drillers suspended their practice of injecting fracking wastes underground.
By Alan Septoff
March 1, 2011
March 2nd is the deadline for comments to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding the rules it will enact to carry out the Dodd-Frank act.
The SEC has a chance to really reduce how much "Blood Gold" winds up in our jewelry and electronics. Right now, gold mining, especially around the Republicc of Congo finances war, murder and rape.
By Lauren Pagel
February 28, 2011
As I sat and watched the Oscars last night, I was disappointed that Gasland didn't win best documentary.
My disappointment turned to outrage when I read that the Wall Street Journal may have removed an oil and gas executive quote from their most recent story on the Gasland Oscar controversy.
According to Josh Fox (Gasland's director) and some of his other friends out in the proverbial gaslands, the WSJ removed this quote from their story:
"We have to stop blaming documentaries and take a look in the mirror,"said Matt Pitzarella, a spokesman for gas producer Range Resources Corp."
(A screen capture of the original story with that quote included can be found here.)
Why would the Wall Street Journal remove this quote?
By Gwen Lachelt
February 26, 2011
Ian Urbina with the New York Times has written a groundbreaking series exposing the pollution caused by natural gas drilling.
This from the first article in a three-part series:
More than 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater was produced by Pennsylvania wells over the past three years, far more than has been previously disclosed. Most of this water enough to cover Manhattan in three inches was sent to treatment plants not equipped to remove many of the toxic materials in drilling waste. Ian Urbina, New York Times, February 26, 2011
February 25, 2011
An investigation in the Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times showed that Walmart's "Love, Earth" jewelry line comes at the cost of workers' rights, health, and safety, and at the cost of communities and the environment around the mines. The jewelry line claims to be from responsible sources but is made under oppressive labor conditions and with gold and silver from polluting mines in Nevada and Utah.
The Western Shoshone Defense Project and Great Basin Resource Watch joined EARTHWORKS in sending a letter to Walmart. The letter calls on Walmart to drop the Love, Earth label until the jewelry line has independent, third party verification that it complies with the Golden Rules for responsible sourcing, and has properly consulted with affected communities and civil society about responsible sourcing.