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Ohio: Fracking blockaders plead to reduced charges

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By Jim Phillips, March 24, 2014. Source: The Athens News

Gilbert "Kip" Rondy, far left, reads a statement in court on behalf of the eight protesters.  Photo:  Jim Phillips  Photo Caption:

Gilbert “Kip” Rondy, far left, reads a statement in court on behalf of the eight protesters. Photo: Jim Phillips

Eight protesters who last month briefly shut down an eastern Athens County injection well for oil-and-gas drilling wastes took a plea bargain in Athens County Municipal Court this morning (Monday).

The eight, whose individual cases were handled by the court en masse, had all been charged with criminal trespass, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. All agreed to plead no contest to a lower charge of disorderly conduct, a minor misdemeanor, and each received a fine of $150, with $100 of that amount suspended.

As a condition of the deal, the protesters must remain law-abiding citizens for one year, and have no contact with the well site where the demonstration took place.

Arrested Feb. 1 for their involvement in a protest at an injection well near Torch, Ohio, operated by the West Virginia firm of K&H Partners, LLC, were More (Smiles) Welch of Athens; Sean Pavlac of Cleveland; Caprice Huffman of Sunbury, Ohio; Gilbert (Kip) Rondy of Amesville; Michelle Ajamian of Millfield; Christine Hughes of Athens; Timothy Fultz of Athens; and Elizabeth Florentino of Athens.

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Eight arrested in Ohio frack waste blockade

February 1, 2014. Source: Appalachia Resist!

Photo: Appalachia Resist!

Photo: Appalachia Resist!

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

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Baltimore students march against proposed waste incinerator

By Fern Shen, December 19, 2013. Source: Baltimore Brew

Photo: Fern Shen

Photo: Fern Shen

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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India opens largest nuclear plant on tsunami-exposed coast, defying mass protests

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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The NGO ultimatum: New book challenges “NGOization”

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

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KPFK Sojourner Truth Earth Watch: Massive flooding damage to oil and gas infrastructure causes public health hazard

September 19, 2013.

kpfk_logoA 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.

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Exxon charged with illegally dumping fracking waste in Pennsylvania

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.
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West Virginia activists boat onto sludge pond, confront Gov. Tomblin on dangers of coal sludge

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

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

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Fighting the nation’s largest trash incinerator

By Linda Greene, 13 August 2013. Source: CounterPunch

Photo: Energy Justice Network

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

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New leaks into Pacific at Fukushima

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

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.

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