In February, more than 100 people participated in civil disobedience actions to stop test drilling on the Engebø Mountain, near Førdefjord in Western Norway. Over 80 people were arrested and fined a total 100 000 pounds. The three-week action lasted three weeks was in protest of Nordic Mining’s controversial mining project, which would allow 250 million tons of mining tailings to be disposed of in the fjord.
Since March 2012, community members of San José del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc have sustained a blockade of El Tambor gold mine in Guatemala. Known as “La Puya,” they have successfully blocked development of the mine despite repeated harassment, eviction attempts and even violence.
In May 2014, Guatemalan police officers laid siege to La Puya, standing guard as contractors of Kappes, Cassidy & Associates, the US company that currently holds the concession to the mine, brought in mining equipment.
On Monday, millions of Angelinos had a rude awakening. At 6:25AM, a magnitude 4.4 earthquake occurred in the Santa Monica Mountains, at a relatively shallow depth of 5 miles.
“The location is somewhat surprising. It’s within the Santa Monica Mountains. We have not seen seismicity in it in recent times,” said Caltech seismologist Egill Hauksson. “It has been dormant for quite some time.”
When fracking happens there are documented impacts to people and the environment:.
- Federal government has both failed to respond and has actively walked away from these impacts.
- State regulators are guilty of malfeasance.
- Documentation of harm is denied and kept secret.
This pattern repeats itself all across the United States and the globe.
Transylvania, Romania, is known for its fictional vampires – this is the region where Bram Stoker set his classic vampire novel, Dracula, in 1897. Over a century later, the region is threatened not by fictional vampires but a very real –and far scarier –monster: the Rosia Montana mine.
On Tuesday, I travelled to Harrisburg, PA to attend a rally co-sponsored by a number of our friends at Clean Water Action, Delaware Riverkeeper, Berks Gas Truth, Gas Truth of Central PA, PennEnvironment, and Sierra Club PA. Organizers hosted the rally to bring attention to continued lack of resolution of water contamination cases across the state that may well be linked to gas drilling. Underscoring the need for more information and action is the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) recent statement that it has documented of twenty-five cases of water contamination of private water supplies from natural gas development. But a records request by the Times-Tribune revealed the actual number of cases of contaminated water supplies at 161. And of course, with inadequate oversight and enforcement of the gas industry, it could be higher. Time will tell.