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First criminal case against a Marcellus Shale firm opens
Inquirer: A former state environmental inspector indicated Wednesday that there was evidence of previous, unreported spills on a Marcellus Shale gas drilling site where he discovered toxic wastewater gushing onto the ground in 2010. Jeremy Daniel, 32, an inspector for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection at the time, said he found puddles of wastewater, sand, and a "defined area of dead vegetation" flowing from several steel wastewater storage tanks on a Lycoming County well site operated...
Water reuse technologies mean drinking toilet water could be a reality
Guardian: Just decades ago, cities in the developed world routinely dumped untreated sewage directly into rivers and streams, spreading disease and pollution through the human and natural environment. Today, such practices strike us as profoundly misguided, even horrifying. As an executive in the water industry and a member of the so-called "millennial generation", I believe that many communities will begin to reuse substantially all of their water within my lifetime, and we will look back at today's wasteful...
Christie Administration Ignores Climate Change in New Jersey's Post-Sandy Rebuild
InsideClimate: In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a series of aggressive rebuilding initiatives to protect New Yorkers from future climate-related threats. But less than a mile away in New Jersey, just across the Hudson River, political leaders reacted in a much different way. To them, the October 2012 superstorm was just a rare event, not a preview of what scientists expect global warming to bring to the East Coast in the coming decades. When asked in May...
Papua New Guinea: Bougainville mine: locals who oppose its re-opening must have a voice
Guardian: The mine lies like a scar across a bloody face. Guava village sits in a remote area in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea (PNG), above a copper mine which closed 25 years ago. Resistance to the Rio Tinto-owned pit exploded in the late 1980s and during a recent visit, I got to stand above the massive hole that caused the crisis. Human rights abuses were rampant back then, with locals missing out on the financial spoils. Opposition to the enterprise was inevitable and necessary. Run by Bougainville...
Pakistan vies for international funds to preserve forests
Third Pole: For two years Fazalur Rehman and other villagers have been fighting a determined court battle in the Chitral district of northwest Pakistan against the powerful logging industry. The band of villagers, who live on the fringes of the last remaining cedar forests in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, have been charged under the anti-terrorism act for obstructing deforestation by what they call the ruthless timber “mafia”, working with the government forestry department. Local villages also allege that...
16 Arrested Blocking Tar Sands Megaload in Oregon
EcoWatch: On Monday evening climate justice groups stopped a controversial shipment of equipment bound for the Alberta tar sands. Concerned citizens locked themselves to two disabled vehicles in front of the 901,000 pound load, blocking its route along highway 26 outside of John Day, OR. Police responded and arrested 16 at the two blockade sites. A megaload hauling tar sands equipment heading to the Athabasca oil fields in Alberta, Canada. Photo credit Northern Rockies Rising Tide Monday night’s action...
Rising sea levels torment coastal US
USA Today: One block from the beach on the narrow Willoughby Spit, Bob Parsons was watching the weather news on TV in November 2009 when brackish water suddenly oozed up through the floors of his home and poured in from the front and back doors. He and his wife, Carole, lugged filing cabinets and a restored wingback chair upstairs but didn't have time to move the car, parked on the street-turned-waterway, The car was totaled, and the house needed thousands of dollars' worth of repairs. Since that storm,...
Shale well depletion raises questions about oil boom
Fuel Fix: The stubborn rock that the energy industry breached to unleash a nationwide oil and gas rush remains a worthy foe, as producers must turn their drills ever faster to keep the boom`s lifeblood flowing. Engineers have long known that shale, the source rock that fed North American sandstone reservoirs for millennia, could never muster the natural pressure producers need to extract oil and gas. Its molecules are too tightly packed: Shale is about 1,000 times denser than brick, and so far, only hydraulic...
Southern Keystone oil shipments begin January
Fuel Fix: TransCanada expects to begin shipping oil on the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline on Jan. 22, the company said Tuesday. The notices went out late Monday, TransCanada spokesman Shawn Howard said in an email. “This is another important milestone for TransCanada, our shippers and the refiners on the U.S. Gulf Coast who have been waiting for this product to arrive,” Howard said. “Providing this notice gives our customers time to ensure that they have the appropriate volumes of oil to move into...
Iceland's vanishing ice
Daily Climate: A fierce wind shrieks down the glacier slope, flinging ice and grit like a weather-witch from an old Icelandic saga. The 300-some glaciers that cover more than 10 percent of Iceland are losing about 11 billion tons of ice a year. The glacier, Solheimajokull, a tongue of ice reaching toward Iceland's southeast coast, has become an apologue of climate change in recent years: Retreating an average of one Olympic pool-length every year for the past two decades due to climbing temperatures, warming...
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