• When we fight we win!

    Big Win for Grassroots Group as County Board votes to Deny a Permit to Minard Run Oil Company The county board room erupted in applause as the McLean County Board voted 15 to 3 to deny a drilling permit to Minard Run Oil Company from Pennsylvania. “It is really encouraging to see so much heightened […]

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  • Lawsuit Filed Against Illinois Department of Natural Resources

    November 12, 2014- Several Southern Illinois citizens and SAFE (Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment) have filed a complaint against the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). Nine violations in total show that rulemaking procedures were not followed as required under Illinois law. Plaintiffs are requesting an injunction be granted against the recently passed Horizontal […]

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  • A Fracking Manifesto from the People of Illinois to the Nation

        A Fracking Manifesto  from the people of Illinois to the nation June 3, 2013     We know that high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracking (HVHF) is an accident-prone, inherently dangerous industrial process with risks that include catastrophic and irremediable damage to our health and environment. We know that HVHF and its attendant technologies— contribute […]

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  • NTSB investigating derailment, oil spill in Lynchburg

    Steve Helber   Firefighters and rescue workers work along the tracks where several CSX tanker cars carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire along the James River near downtown in Lynchburg, Va.., Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Police said that 13 or 14 tanker cars were involved in the derailment.(AP Photo/Steve Helber) ORG XMIT: VASH104   […]

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  • 3 Fracking Facts That Gov. Perry Forgot to Mention

      In response to Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R)’s wild claims about fracking on Fred Dicker’s Talk 1300 Radio program this morning, John Armstrong of Frack Action, on behalf of New Yorkers Against Fracking, wanted to remind Gov. Perry about some of the facts he forgot. Fracking wells south of the West Texas town of […]

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  • EPA drastically underestimates methane released at drilling sites

                                                A well pad in southwestern Pennsylvania. A new study finds that methane levels above shale gas wells during the drilling stage are up to 1,000 times higher than EPA estimates.                                                 (Photo courtesy of Dana Caulton) Also U.S. may be producing 50% more methane than EPA estimate indicated Planet-warming methane leaking at higher rate, study […]

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  • Report Offers Grim Predictions for South Texas Air Quality Amid Eagle Ford Oil Boom

    State-funded study projects dramatic increase in emissions from oil and gas development by 2018. Jim Morris, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer Apr 11, 2014 A facility flares in the Eagle Ford Shale’s Karnes County. Karnes is one of the four counties expected to see the greatest growth in oil and gas activity in the near […]

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  • Oil Consultant Turned Whistleblower Exposes Fracking Crimes in Alberta

    Anthony Hall | April 8, 2014 This You Tube is a compilation of segments from a 90 minute talk. Jessica Ernst worked for more than three decades as an environmental biologist doing research and independent consulting for the Alberta, Canada petroleum industry. One of her main clients was the EnCana Company, which began large-scale fracking […]

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  • Sen. Whitehouse and Rep. Waxman Question Koch Brothers’ Financial Interest in Keystone XL Pipeline

      As a writer of environmental issues, as well as a person concerned about the future of the planet, I am anxiously awaiting the decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. I keep questioning if the U.S. is ready to set an example by eliminating fossil fuel extraction. Will we get down to the hard work […]

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  • Congress to EPA: Investigate and Address Water Contamination From Fracking

    For the first time, members of Congress today called upon U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to “investigate and address the water contamination” in Dimock, PA, in Parker County, TX, and in Pavillion, WY. In all three communities, the EPA has previously withdrawn investigations into water contamination and stopped providing affected residents with […]

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