February 1, 2014. Source: Appalachia Resist!
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Eight farmers and local business leaders blocked the driveway leading to a fracking waste disposal site operated by K&H Partners of West Virginia. The eight held a banner reading “Our Water, Our Lives! Their Poison, Their Lies!” and forced at least two trucks carrying toxic frack waste to divert during the two hour rally. The blockade was supported by more than 150 Torch, Coolville, and Athens residents.
All eight were arrested by the Athens County Sheriff’s Office and charged with trespassing. Observers described the arrests as calm and dignified. Lieutenant Kline at ACSO has told AR that arrestees should be released tonight with summons to appear in court Monday 3 Feb 2014.
Currently the Troy Township site contains a single Class II injection well and associated waste tanks owned and operated by K&H; the current well injects an average of 2,098 barrels of toxic frack waste per day. The permit being appealed would allow the drilling of a second well on the same property; which would receive an additional 4,000 barrels per day. The two wells are located 1.7 miles from the Hocking, 2.2 miles from the Ohio River, and 2.2 miles from Coolville Elementary School. 53% of this waste will come from other states with stronger regulations than Ohio.
The permit is under appeal by the Athens County Fracking Action Network, following a unanimous vote in December by the Athens City Council and the Athens County Commissioners to oppose the permitting of the second well. Continue reading
By Fern Shen, December 19, 2013. Source: Baltimore Brew
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Students rallying against a trash incinerator planned in their South Baltimore neighborhood said researching and organizing was important. But talking to fellow residents made it plain to them how sick their neighborhood really was from pollution-linked disease.
“One person said a neighbor three doors down had just died of asthma,” said Charles Graham, a senior at Benjamin Franklin High School who canvassed the streets of Curtis Bay and Brooklyn on weekends.
“We asked the students in one class how many had asthma and everyone’s hand went up!” said Destiny Watford, 18, a Towson University student who lives in the community, where rowhouses are just blocks away from heavy industry.
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By Sarah Lazare, October 22, 2013 Source: Common Dreams
Local residents worried Fukushima-style disaster could wreak havoc on people and environment
Mass protests against Kudankulam increased after the Fukushima disaster (Photo: IBTimes.com)
Despite years of opposition and protest from local residents, India opened its largest nuclear power plant on Tuesday in the southeastern state of Tamil Nadu on a stretch of coast slammed by a 2004 tsunami.
The joint Indo-Russian Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant opened at the tail-end of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Russia. Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd., which, according to Bloomberg, is the country’s only atomic energy producer, started up part of one of its reactors worth $2.84 billion on Tuesday.
The opening moved forward despite a thousands-strong protest over the weekend in which over 200 people were arrested.
The plant, which was planned in 1988 and started undergoing construction in 1997, has faced a series of delays due to protests from local communities concerned that it will ruin the Bay of Bengal ecosystem and devastate the local fishing economy, AsiaNews reports.
Protests increased in intensity and regularity following the tsunami-sparked meltdown and ongoing disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.
To mark the second anniversary of the Fukushima meltdown in March 2013, 600 boats filled with 4,000 workers in the fishing industry waved black flags in the sea behind the Kudankulam plant.
Despite widespread concerns, Singh has vowed to drastically expand nuclear power in India.
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Note: Aziz Choudry is on the Board of Directors of Global Justice Ecology Project.
Acclaimed Activist Launches New Book on ‘NGOization’ at Concordia’s Co-op Bookstore in Montreal
By Margie Ramos, October 7, 2013. Source: The Link Newspaper
Editor of NGOization Aziz Choudry in his McGill office. Photo: Brandon Johnston
Activists and politicians alike have fiercely debated how to properly define and classify non-governmental organizations ever since the United Nations became the first organization coined as an NGO in 1945.
The bigger question is whether NGOs have achieved what they’ve intended—everything from providing humanitarian aid to advocating for human rights.
A new book, NGOization: Complicity, Contradictions and Prospects, is trying its hand at both.
The book explores the different roles, forms and political, economic, social and cultural impacts ofNGOs, and will be launched on Oct. 9 at the Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore. The launch is part of the not-for-profit bookstore’s 11th anniversary. Continue reading
September 19, 2013.
A major health disaster faces Colorado made worse from overturned tanks storing fracking chemicals mixed in with flood waters. Merrily Mazza of East Boulder County United discusses the dangers posed by leaking tanks and pipelines in Weld County.
Global Justice Ecology Project teams up with the Sojourner Truth show on KPFK Pacifica Los Angeles for a weekly Earth Minute each Tuesday and a weekly Earth Watch interview each Thursday.
By Will Kennedy, September 11, 2013. Source: Bloomberg
Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), the world’s largest energy company, was charged with illegally dumping more than 50,000 gallons (189,000 liters) of wastewater at a shale-gas drilling site in Pennsylvania.
Exxon unit XTO Energy Inc. discharged the water from waste tanks at the Marquandt well site in Lycoming County in 2010, according to a statement on the website of Pennsylvania’s attorney general. The pollution was found during an unannounced visit by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.
The inspectors discovered a plug removed from a tank, allowing the wastewater to run onto the ground, polluting a nearby stream. XTO was ordered to remove 3,000 tons of soil to clean up the area. Wastewater discharged from natural-gas wells can contain chlorides, barium, strontium and aluminum, the attorney general’s statement showed.
21 August, 2013. Source: Radical Action for Mountain Peoples Survival (RAMPS)
Two activists boated onto the Shumate Sludge Dam to tell Gov. Tomblin to put Health over Profit. Photo: RAMPS
Charleston, W.Va. – This morning at 7:30 a.m. two activists paddled out onto the 2.8 billion gallon Shumate slurry impoundment in Raleigh County with banners reading, “Slurry Poisons Appalachia” and “Gov. Tomblin, Put Health Over Profit.” Later this morning, one activist locked himself to a barrel of black water in front of Gov. Tomblin’s mansion in a Tyvek suit reading “Locked to Dirty Water”. Activists are calling attention to the failure of the state government to protect its citizens from the abuses of the coal industry and the threats posed by coal slurry disposal.
“I grew up in Eunice drinking water poisoned by coal slurry, went to Marsh Fork Elementary under that dam, breathed the dust from that prep plant, and I’ve suffered the lifelong health consequences of that. These same abuses are taking place today across our great state, and the blame for that lies squarely at the feet of Gov. Tomblin,” said Junior Walk of Rock Creek, W.Va. who attended today’s protest at the Governor’s mansion. Continue reading
By Linda Greene, 13 August 2013. Source: CounterPunch
Photo: Energy Justice Network
Citizens in Logansport, Indiana, are fighting a proposal to build the country’s largest trash incinerator in their town.
Logansport, population 20,000, is located in Cass County in the north-central part of Indiana, on the Wabash River, 76 miles north of Indianapolis.
The City of Logansport has allocated $1.5 million to investigate, and prepare contracts for, the incinerator.
The incinerator, to be operated by a company named Pyrolyzer LLC, based in Baco Raton, Florida, is supposed to generate electricity by burning garbage and tires, although Pyrolyzer has never demonstrated that it ever generated electricity, and its longest-running plant operated for a total of 15 days in 2002. Pyrolyzer would supplant the city’s old, highly polluting coal-fired power plant, which is cheaper to shut down than to retrofit with pollution controls mandated by the federal government to curb carbon dioxide emissions and thus decrease climate change. Continue reading
By Martin Fackler, August 6, 2013. Source: NY Times
Members of a Fukushima panel inspecting the construction of a barrier that is meant to stop contaminated water from leaking. Photo: Kyodo, via Reuters
Tons of contaminated groundwater from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant have overwhelmed an underground barrier and are emptying daily into the Pacific, creating what a top regulator has called a crisis.
The water contains strontium and cesium, as well as tritium, which is considered less dangerous when released into the ocean. Despite increasing alarm among regulators in recent weeks, the plant’s operator says it does not yet pose a health threat because levels of the contaminants are still very low in the open ocean, beyond the plant’s man-made harbor — a contention even critics support.
But regulators and critics alike are worried because the company, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco, has been unable to stop the flow of the contaminated water, which appears to have started between December and May. The company has also not yet conclusively identified the source of the contamination, compounding fears.
“Tepco lacks a sufficient sense of urgency for this crisis,” Shinji Kinjo, a high-level official at the country’s nuclear regulatory watchdog, said Tuesday in an interview.
Note: The global economy does not result in decreased pollution, better working standards and safer, healthier communities. Instead, it results in more pollution, lower working standards and wages and extremely sick communities in distant places, out of sight and mind of consumers in the US and other wealthy nations. This style of unfettered industrial growth in the global economy, otherwise known as neoliberalism, is incompatible with a meaningful definition of ‘sustainable’ development. And as long as corporations like Wal Mart and the governments of the US and its allies are controlling the conversation, we will hear “there is no alternative.”
-The GJEP Team
By Jim Yardley, July 15, 2013. Source: NY Times
Photo: Khaled Hasan for The New York Times
On the worst days, the toxic stench wafting through the Genda Government Primary School is almost suffocating. Teachers struggle to concentrate, as if they were choking on air. Students often become lightheaded and dizzy. A few boys fainted in late April. Another retched in class.
The odor rises off the polluted canal — behind the schoolhouse — where nearby factories dump their wastewater. Most of the factories are garment operations, textile mills and dyeing plants in the supply chain that exports clothing to Europe and the United States. Students can see what colors are in fashion by looking at the canal.
“Sometimes it is red,” said Tamanna Afrous, the school’s English teacher. “Or gray. Sometimes it is blue. It depends on the colors they are using in the factories.”