Obama administration cancels fracking leases outside New Mexico’s sacred Chaco Canyon

Chaco Canyon

Photo by Debra Atlas

For those who’ve never been there, Chaco Canyon, a National Historical Park and a UNESCO World Heritage site located in northwestern New Mexico, between Albuquerque and Farmington, is an amazing collection of ancient Native American ruins and pueblos. Archeologists continue to excavate throughout the area as they uncover even more artifacts and as yet unknown villages to add to the area’s mystique.

But Chaco, which is only accessible by a daunting, poorly maintained 21 mile washboard-type road, has been threatened by the possibility of fracking nearby. The real possibility of damage from this has spurred environmentalists and local citizens to speak up and speak out. Continue reading

Texas bans cities from banning fracking. Will this trend become a movement?

Ban Fracking Now 2Yesterday, both houses of the Texas legislature voted to ban cities from banning fracking. This bill, if signed by the Texas governor, would prevent communities from exercising their right to determine the health and welfare of their citizens who want nothing to do with fracking in their areas nor the earthquakes that appear to be related to it. This ban on bans pits communities against the powerful oil and gas lobby, as well as against the American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC.

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The number of oil spills keeps increasing

Gulf oil spill 2010Oil spills make the news on a regular basis. Are we so used to hearing, seeing and/or reading about them that we take them for granted as a way of life? We humans can get used to anything if we have to, but are we becoming desensitized to this growing environmental disaster? Continue reading

New York residents try to “buy back” their pro-fracking senator

NY residents buy back their senator 1If the politicians won’t stand up to the oil industry about fracking, consumers will. Case in point: Residents of New York state’s “Southern Tier” delivered a $202,000 giant fake eight by three foot check to Senator Libous’ (R-NY) Binghamton district office today to “buy their senator back” from pro-fracking business interests and from big oil and gas lobbyists. That’s the same amount of money Sen. Libous took in campaign contributions from fracking oil and gas interests in the last two years, according to the good government group Common Cause.

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The people speak – and are heard

Speak up!Consumers are speaking up more than ever these days.

Online petitions for worth causes are growing in popularity (and frequency). And as more of us are participating, companies and even legislators are sitting up and taking notice.

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Judge rules that corporations are not people

We the PeopleIn a landmark decision, a Pennsylvania judge has ruled that corporations are not “persons” under the Pennsylvania Constitution, and that corporations cannot elevate their “private rights” above the rights of people

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Chemical-free desalination and fracking – a viable solution?

Atlantis Technologies has announced a new, low-cost technology that eliminates the use of chemicals for fracking

Among the many environmental issues related to fracking – a process in which high pressure water is injected into the ground to drill for and extract resources such as oil and gas – are the amount of water required and the serious chemicals used in it.

Atlantis Technologies, a southern California start-up company, recently announced it had created “a low-cost, chemical-free desalination system that can remove salt from oil, gas, mining, and industrial waste water.”

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