Fracking moratoria introducida en California

February 22, 2014 • Jennifer Krill

El 20 de febrero, los senadores Holly Mitchell (D - Los Ángeles) y Mark Leno (D - San Francisco), introdujeron la Legislación de Senado (SB) 1132 a la Legislatura de California, la cual pide una moratoria al fracturamiento hidráulico y otros tipos de estimulación no convencional (como la acidificación).

Fracking Moratorium Bill Introduced in California

February 21, 2014 • Jennifer Krill

Yesterday, Senators Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) introduced Senate Bill (SB) 1132 to the California Legislature, which calls for a moratorium on fracking and other types of unconventional well stimulation (like acidizing).

Current law (SB4) requires an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) but there are at least two problems with it:

  • Fracking and acidizing is allowed to continue while regulators conduct the EIR – essentially treating Californians’ water and health as fracking guinea pigs
  • The current EIR doesn’t assess the full range of impacts of fracking/acidizing.

Nothing neutral about it

February 19, 2014 • Jennifer Krill

News broke this week that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR) – the state agency responsible for regulating fracking and the expansion of the oil and gas industry -- spent taxpayer money to commission a secret promotional communications plan for that selfsame industry.  Made public thanks to a Sierra Club open records request, the plan was prepared to pave the way for the Kasich administration to permit fracking for oil and gas in state forest and state park lands.

An unfortunate lesson in insensitivity

January 29, 2014 • Jennifer Krill

Last weekend, we carelessly posted an image on Twitter that promoted classism and transphobia. It was wrong for us to have posted this image, and we apologize to our community.

We want to say a little bit of background about how this happened, because we think that there is little point in learning a lesson if you can't articulate the lesson you learned.

We are writing this post for public consumption, because the initial offensive image was posted publicly.

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State of the Union: On clean energy & climate change, President Obama is his own worst enemy

January 28, 2014 • Jennifer Krill

As President Obama prepares to deliver his State of the Union address, he must explain why his administration’s policies on clean energy, climate and environmental goals have not lived up to his own standards. The President declares it is his policy to:

“Build the foundation for a clean energy economy, tackle the issue of climate change, and protect our environment.”

But his actions speak otherwise. In doing so, he is ignoring his own administration’s best available science on energy and the environment.

Complaints about mining’s burdensome regulations are unfounded

January 18, 2014 • Jennifer Krill

In his Jan. 10 op-ed (Threats to US mining exemplified in Rosemont Copper delays), Dan McGroarty ridiculously complains about the mining industry’s regulatory burden in general, and the Rosemont mine proposal’s specifically. To boot, he claims my organization epitomizes mining obstructionism.

Mr. McGroarty’s complaints are outrageous because federal law requires the U.S. Forest Service to approve the Rosemont mine.

Holiday Disaster on North Dakota Railroad

January 7, 2014 • Jennifer Krill

The holidays brought disaster to Casselton, North Dakota, in the form of exploding tank cars on the railroad line just outside of town. After striking another train, a BNSF train hauling 104 tank cars filled with Bakken Shale crude oil began to explode

Has the fracking industry lost Texas?

January 3, 2014 • Jennifer Krill

Last night, over 800 people showed up to a townhall in Azle,Texas to talk to the Texas Railroad Commission (which regulates oil and gas development, not railroads) about earthquakes connected to fracking.

In oil crazy Texas, in years past, the very fact of evidence supporting the need for drilling caution would have served as impetus for this event to become a pro-drilling rally.

But not last night.  Last night, for the first time I know about, it was not just my colleague Sharon Wilson and eco-minded folks, but a broad cross section of Texans in large numbers at the meeting. And they called not just for caution; the demand in Azle, Texas was for an all out halt to fracking and waste injection.