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Ellen Wohl: Small streams and wetlands are key parts of river networks – here’s why they need protection

The Trump administration is proposing to redefine a key term in the Clean Water Act: “Waters of the United States.” This deceptively simple phrase describes which streams, lakes, wetlands and other water bodies … Continue reading

March 14, 2019 · 1 Comment

Mike Schneider: The Wages of Fracking

Amity and Prosperity, One Family and the Fracturing of America, by Eliza Griswold (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: New York, 2018). An accomplished, award-winning poet, Eliza Griswold also writes for The New … Continue reading

January 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: Death by Fracking

DENVER—The maniacal drive by the human species to extinguish itself includes a variety of lethal pursuits. One of the most efficient is fracking. One day, courtesy of corporations such as … Continue reading

October 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Philip Terman: The Frackin’ Poem

Scarlet tanagers, thrushes, warblers, hawks, spotted salamanders, skunk and possum, all the invisible insects— . the native shrubs, the wild flowers, all the trees cut down, the altered light patterns, … Continue reading

August 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Wenonah Hauter: Ten Years Later, the “Halliburton Loophole” and America’s Dirty Fracking Boom

This past Saturday, Aug. 8 marked a notable 10th anniversary. But it was certainly nothing to celebrate. Ten years ago, President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of … Continue reading

August 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

John Detwiler: Cautionary Tales of Hubris

A life-and-death fight isn’t polite. We shouldn’t expect such a battle to be bound by the Marquess of Queensberry rules – or any other code of ‘civilized’ behavior. A few … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: George Jucha’s Tour of Fracking Wells Seen from Outer Space

Environmental activist George Jucha takes us for a tour of fracking country in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming and Pennsylvania. From outer space, we can see hundreds of … Continue reading

June 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sarah Lazare: Disturbing New Study Links Fracking Wells to Lower Birth Weights

These findings cannot be ignored,’ urges University of Pittsburgh researcher. In an alarming new study, University of Pittsburgh researchers revealed that pregnant women who live in close proximity to fracking … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Wenonah Hauter: EPA’s Fracking Study, Explained

Don’t be fooled. Headlines in the New York Times and other news media about the EPA’s long-awaited study on the impacts of fracking on drinking water are another tragic case … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

Mel Packer: Divestment from Fossil Fuels

Feb. 13 and 14 were “Global Divestment Days” devoted to the international movement calling for governments, universities and financial and religious institutions to divest from fossil fuels. In Pittsburgh, college students … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Lauren McCauley: Forest Service OKs Fracking in Largest National Forest on East Coast

‘ The President can protect the climate and public health, or he can continue to promote fracking. He cannot do both. Threatening the water supply for millions of Americans, the … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sierra Club: Fracking 101

Produced by the National Sierra Club and narrated by Edward James Olmos, this animated video outlines the environmental issues about fracking, depicting how methane gas escapes from fracking operations to drive … Continue reading

December 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mel Packer: Fighting the Frackers

On Nov 4, 2014, the town of Denton, TX, with 123,000 residents, situated in the middle of the Barnett Shale formation and one of the most heavily fracked areas of … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

Video: Mel Packer in Pittsburgh

The legendary Mel Packer welcomes the Great Climate March to Pittsburgh, PA on October 14, 2014. This is a stirring call for solidarity among progressive groups.           … Continue reading

October 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

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