Cowichan Conversations: How To Let Go Of The World And Love All The Things Climate Cannot Change

Like many of you, I have watched Gasland, Gasland II and the Sky Is Pink. Josh Fox has been a trailblazer digging in and challenging the oil and gas trade. He has set the bar. Read more…

Dead Wild Roses: Smile While We Contaminate Your Water – Gas Land Documentary

Business as usual.   Enjoy?     Filed under: Politics Tagged: Corporate Folly, Corporate Greed, Fracking, Gasland, Shitting on the Public Trust, Shitting where we eat

Cowichan Conversations: For Frack Sakes!

Idle No More The Common Sense Canadian, an excellent online blog, is shepherded along by Damien Gillis and Rafe Mair. Along with an impressive stable of contributing writers they have become one of the leading forces speaking up for the environmental destruction realized  from run of the river power projects, open net fish farms, numerous pipeline projects, ...

Cowichan Conversations: Good ‘Fracking’ News From New York!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes – Political Blogger As citizens learn more about the downsides of hydraulic fracking the inevitable protests follow. In Pennslylvannia, Nova Scotia, Quebec and now the state of New York the politicians are stepping back. This is not an easy response but New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says that they are backing off ...

DeSmogBlog: Exposed: Pennsylvania Act 13 Overturned by Supreme Court, Originally an ALEC Model Bill

alec-exposed-600×400.jpeg On July 26, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled PA Act 13 unconstitutional. The bill would have stripped away local zoning laws, eliminated the legal concept of a Home Rule Charter, limited private property rights, and in the process, completely disempowered town, city, municipal and county governments, particularly when it comes to shale gas development. The Court ruled that ...

DeSmogBlog: Does Red Leaf’s "EcoShale" Technology Greenwash Oil Shale Extraction?

Red Leaf EcoShale.png At the Clinton Global Initiative in 2008, former Vice President Al Gore called the possibility of fossil fuel corporations extracting oil shale "utter insanity."  Insanity, though, doesn't serve as a hinderance for deeply entrenched and powerful fossil fuel interests. Oil shale, also known as kerogen, should not be confused with shale gas or shale oil, ...

DeSmogBlog: Sand Land: Frac Sand Mining in Western Wisconsin – Video Report by DeSmogBlog

Sand mine.jpg The rush to drill for unconventional gas, enabled by a process popularly known as "fracking," or hydraulic fracturing, has brought with it much collateral damage. Close observers know about contaminated water, earthquakes, and climate change impacts of the shale gas boom, but few look at the entire life cycle of fracking from cradle ...

DeSmogBlog: New Documentary "Rational Middle": Oil and Gas Advertising in Disguise

Rational Middle Logo.jpeg The "Rational Middle Energy Series," directed and produced by Gregory Kallenberg, is hot off the film rolls and has already been screened at an influential venue: the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival. Kallenberg also directed and produced the documentary film "Haynesville: A Nation’s Hunt for An Energy Future," a film about the ongoing ...

DeSmogBlog: The Sky Is Pink: New Josh Fox Video On Fracking Controversies in New York (and Much More)

Gasland director Josh Fox is back with a must-watch new short video taking a look at the controversy in New York where Governor Andrew Cuomo is considering plans to lift the state's moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for unconventional gas. But it's much more than just a local story. Fox goes into some great details ...

DeSmogBlog: Fracking Industry’s Answer to “Gasland”: Devised by Astroturf Lobbying Group and Political Ad Agency

This is a guest post by Ben Nelson from Public Accountability Initiative that originally appeared on LittleSis. Truthland, a 35-minute compilation of interviews with fracking proponents, is being promoted by the oil and natural gas industry’s PR arm, Energy In Depth, as an answer to the 2010 anti-fracking film Gasland. The advertising campaign for Truthland ...

DeSmogBlog: Massey WV Coal Battle Take Two: Erie, CO Citizens Fight Fracking

shutterstock_15465343 (1).jpg Erie, CO meet Naoma, WV. Though seemingly different battles over different ecologically hazardous extractive processes — hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") for unconventional gas versus mountaintop removal for coal — the two battles are one in the same and direct parallels of one another.  On June 2, a coalition of activist organizations led by Erie Rising and ...

DeSmogBlog: Video of Josh Fox Being Arrested At House Energy Hearing, First Amendment Rights Ignored

Here is video footage of Gasland director Josh Fox being arrested by Capitol police earlier today. Josh Fox will be on the Ed Schultz show tonight on MSNBC at 8:45pm EST to talk about his arrest today.  Fox released a statement about his arrest, which we reprint below (H/T Grist): read more

DeSmogBlog: Josh Fox Arrested For "Unlawful Entry" At Congressional Fracking Public Hearing, GOP Attacks 1st Amendment Rights

Josh Fox Arrested.png Earlier this morning, "Gasland" filmmaker and anti-fracking advocate Josh Fox was ejected out of the Energy and Environment subcommittee meeting on fracking after he attempted to film it. Claiming the First Amendment gave him rights to record, Fox refused to leave, so he was handcuffed, led out, and later arrested. An ABC news ...

DeSmogBlog: Demise of Keystone XL Means More Bakken Shale Gas Flaring

NA-Pipeline-Map-Theodora.png Damned if we do, damned if we don't – this is the CliffsNotes version of the ongoing Keystone XL pipeline debate. President Barack Obama recently halted TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project, which would bring tar sands crude, or dilluted bitumen ("dilbit") from Alberta, B.C. through the heart of the U.S., to Gulf Coast refineries near Port ...

DeSmogBlog: Radionuclides Tied To Shale Gas Fracking Can’t Be Ignored As Possible Health Hazard

minor-radiation-leak.jpg Comic books tell us that it's cool to be a superhero. Sometimes those superheroes started out as everyday citizens that became irradiated and suddenly transformed into epic, superhuman, ninja-fighting dynamos with abilities and powers that far outweigh regular human abilities, such as remembering anniversaries, calculating your own taxes, being able to answer every Jeopardy ...

DeSmogBlog: Fracking Ohio’s Utica Shale to "Boost Local Economy"? A "Total" Sham

Total Energy Logo.jpg It is a well-known fact that the unconventional gas industry is involved in an inherently toxic business, particularly through hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"), which the EPA just confirmed today has contaminated groundwater in Wyoming. The documentary "Gasland," DeSmogBlog's report "Fracking the Future: How Unconventional Gas Threatens our Water, Health, and Climate," and numerous other ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: DIY Citizenship – Not in Canada, My Dear

“If we do not define citizenship, others will do it for us.” Participant

Railroaded by Metrolinx: DIY Citizenship – Not in Canada, My Dear

“If we do not define citizenship, others will do it for us.” Participant at the Do It Yourself Citizenship Conference,University of Toronto, November 13, 2010 Citizenship is defined as “a native or naturalized person who owes allegiance to a government and is entitled to protection from it.” Hilarious. I do need protection from my government, ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: DIY Citizenship – Not in Canada, My Dear

“If we do not define citizenship, others will do it for us.” Participant (Read more…) the Do It Yourself Citizenship Conference,University of Toronto, November 13, 2010 Citizenship is defined as “a native or naturalized person who owes allegiance to a government and is entitled to protection from it.” Hilarious. I do need protection from my ...