Ever since the tragic 2013 Lac-Mégantic, Quebec crude oil rail explosion killed 47 people I have been particularly aware of rail accidents. Or have I?
More crude oil was spilled by rail in 2013 than in the nearly four previous decades, more than 1.15 million gallons.
So maybe it's just that in 2014 they've been hard to avoid. Here are a few:
Oil and gas companies love to wax lyrical about all the jobs they create while calling environmentalists 'anti-jobs', but recent studies have called the quality of oil and gas jobs into question.
To be clear, Earthworks is for jobs.
We are for sustainable (safe, well paying, community sourced) jobs.
A fracking company based in Western Pennsylvania has strayed from convention and started naming their wells after superheroes.
Well names don't typically make the news, they're usually named after the family that leases the property.
But Rice Energy wants their wells to conjur images of Batman and Robin, the Hulk, and most interestingly Captain Planet. In case you're not familiar with this early 90's superhero, IMDB sums the show up as "A quintet of teenagers work together to encourage environmentally responsible behaviour and can summon a superhero to deal with ecological disasters." Exactly how you would imagine a fracking well, right?
I'm not talking about Iraq or Afghanistan, class-warfare or the war on Christmas - I'm talking about a mine site in Wisconsin.
At the beginning of the year Al Gedicks of the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council wrote a guest blog post which mentioned that Wisconsinites had "mobilized public opinion against Gogebic Taconite’s (GTac) proposal for a giant open pit iron mine." Then in June, 15 protesters headed over to the site for a demonstration that didn't get out of hand, but Gogebic felt differently.
A broken Exxon pipeline spilled more than 12,000 barrels of Canadian tar sands oil and water en route to the Gulf Coast on Friday, March 29. The spill ran through the neighborhoods of Mayflower, Arkansas, just north of Little Rock, and into nearby wetlands and rivers.
We know pipelines break.
Last week, staff from Environmental Defense Fund, National Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society and Earthworks hand delivered 133,501 petitions to the U.S. Department of Justice, urging them to hold BP accountable to the fullest extent of the law for the 2010 gulf oil disaster.
This week, the Department of Justice reduced the "fullest extent of the law" by lowering the maximum potential fine by $3.4 billion, just one week ahead of their scheduled trial.
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