Sep 19, 2016

TX, AL, GA, NJ and beyond: Oil spill worries Government and Business about PRICES not ENVIRONMENT

Amazingly there is not much thought to the environment in the reporting of this event. This article updated 9/19/16 is focused on gas prices following a pipeline leak in Birmingham AL sometime on or before 9/15/16. The pipeline goes from Houston TX to NJ. The Governor of Alabama has issued an extension to a state of emergency that apparently was intended to help in anticipation of prices possibly going up in Georgia and supply from going down, A gas shortage and price hikes in Georgia have occurred. The company Colonial Pipeline said a break in their pipe near Birmingham on Sept. 9 caused about 6,000 barrels of gas to leak into their retention area. The article says, "They said there is no environmental hazard or hazard to the public." It also says Colonial Pipeline is usually quick to fix problems. Whether retention area or not, an oil leak always has consequences on the environment in the same way that any malfunction or human error that caused it adds to the overall risks and hazards of this industry. 

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International: Dispatches From The Frontlines of

source: Gord Webster via Earthjustice
“Our hope is that this settlement served as notice to other developers 
about the importance of complying with these laws
 from the beginning of a project.”-David Henkin  
Citizen enforcement secures stream restoration and reef protection on Kauaʻi, 14 years after Earthjustice filed suit.
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Dispatches From The Frontlines of Earthjustice

Sep 15, 2016

Sep 12, 2016

USA: Urgent! BLM Drops Wild Mare Spaying but Signals Intent to Kill Up to 45,000 Captured Mustangs

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From: American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign <>
Date: Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 4:30 PM
Subject: Breaking: BLM Drops Wild Mare Spaying but Signals Intent to Kill Up to 45,000 Captured Mustangs

Hi Liz,
We have breaking good news, and, unfortunately, bad news of the utmost urgency.
First the good news: Earlier today, the BLM informed AWHPC and The Cloud Foundation that it was cancelling plans to proceed with the mare sterilization experiments that we have been fighting since January. The agency stated that its decision to drop these dangerous and cruel experiments was a direct response to our First Amendment lawsuit to uphold the public's right to observe and document this government operation.
Now for the bad news.
There is no time to celebrate this victory sparing 200 mares from invasive experiments that would have endangered their lives and the lives of their unborn foals.
That's because also today, the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board passed an "emergency" resolution calling on the BLM to "euthanize" captured wild horses in holding facilities. Only one member – our friend and colleague Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation – dissented.
That's right, this "citizen" advisory board wants the BLM to kill up to 45,000 innocent wild horses and burros! And the BLM will be only happy to comply….if it can convince Congress to lift the current ban on destroying healthy horses.
This is literally a fight for the lives of tens of thousands of wild horses and burros. We cannot let this happen.
The move to kill captured wild horses is the culmination of the BLM's deliberate creation of a crisis -- both on the range and off the range -- by refusing to use the proven PZP fertility control to humanely manage wild horse populations, and by failing to adequately reduce livestock grazing throughout five years of drought in the West.
Now the agency wants these American icons to pay the price for its willful and decades-long mismanagement.
We will not let this happen. We need your help more than ever, because there is a real chance the BLM will convince Congress to allow this killing plan. 
In the coming weeks, we will be sharing actions you can take to fight this pending tragedy.  Meanwhile, please donate as generously as you can as we double down on our grassroots and legislative work to prevent the mass killing of wild horses and burros.
This is a do or die moment... Thank you for being on our team as we fight for the future of our mustangs and burros.  
In Freedom,
Suzanne Roy, Executive Director
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USA and beyond: Tomorrow 9/13 Day of Action against the Dakota Access pipeline

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From: "Kendall Mackey" <>
Date: Sep 12, 2016 10:54 AM
Subject: Tomorrow: Day of action against the Dakota Access pipeline
Did you see Bill McKibben's email about the massive day of action happening tomorrow against the Dakota Access Pipeline?
When I was at the Sacred Stone Spirit Camp in North Dakota, it was incredibly powerful to see the coming together of over 200 tribes in this huge moment of resistance. And they aren't leaving until this pipeline is stopped for good!
Right now is a critical time to show our solidarity. Last week, the Obama Administration paused construction on the pipeline, but the fight isn't over yet. Now we must make it clear that President Obama must stop it once and for all.
This is the moment for you to join us and support the water protectors who are fighting this pipeline.
See you on the streets,
Kendall, and the rest of the team
P.S. Can't make an action tomorrow? Check out other rolling solidarity actions happening all over the country during the next 2 weeks.   

For all of us who fight for a better world, it's been truly inspiring to witness the political organizing carried out these past weeks on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.
Their amazing work paid off in dramatic fashion yesterday afternoon. Minutes after a federal court refused to stop construction on the Dakota Access pipeline, the federal government announced that work would be stopping anyway: in effect, there was a people's injunction, won by the great courage and witness of tribes from across America.
This is good news. They've bought time, and now it's our job to come to their support -- to turn this temporary halt into a permanent stop to the pipeline. And more, to make sure that nothing like this ever gets a federal permit again. That's why there will be solidarity actions across America on Tuesday, and we need you at one of them. 
The Obama administration announced months ago that new projects would now have to pass a climate test before being approved--we need that test applied to this pipeline. And we need to make sure than anything in Indian country never gets built again without full tribal consultation. 
Let's make sure the President continues to feel the heat, and stops this pipeline for good: Attend a #nodapl action near you next week -- and if one doesn't exist yet, sign up to host an event on Sept 13th.
These are some of the greatest organizers on the continent. We've fought side by side on the Keystone Pipeline and in a dozen other fights. And now we've got a chance to do something really special. After 500 years of being ignored by the federal government, native Americans forced something special today: serious recognition of their rights.
That should give all of us real hope for the future. 
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