DEFIANT AFTER DAKOTA SETBACK, TEXAS COMPANY EYES PIPELINE THROUGH LOUISIANA’ ATCHAFALAYA BASIN...

Dec 8, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Atchafalaya_Basin.jpg  FACINGSOUTH.ORG Sue Sturgis  FACINGSOUTH.ORG Energy Transfer Partners, the Dallas-based company behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, now wants to build a pipeline through Louisiana’s ecologically important Atchafalaya Basin. (Photo of a swamp in the Atchafalaya Basin by the Army Corps of Engineers via Wikipedia.) Energy Transfer Partners, the Dallas-based company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, suffered a setback this week when the Army Corps of Engineers denied permission for the controversial $3.7 billion project to cross under a lake on the Missouri River a half-mile from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, where a protest camp has drawn thousands of self-described “water protectors” from around the world, including hundreds of U.S. military veterans. Announcing the decision on Sunday, the Army said alternative routes should be explored. That would mean environmental reviews that...

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WITH ATTENTION ON DAKOTA, OBAMA QUIETLY APPROVED TWO NEW PIPELINES...

Dec 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Climate Tom Cahill  USUNCUT.COM While the U.S. Department of Justice temporarily halted construction of a section of the Dakota Access Pipeline, two other pipelines are moving forward. In May, the Obama administration granted the permits for both the Trans-Pecos and Comanche Trail pipelines, and while construction has not yet begun on the pipelines, implementation plans for the building of the pipelines is well underway. Earlier this week, DeSmogBlog investigative reporter Steve Horn highlighted the approval and pending construction of both pipelines, as well as their significant impact on local water supplies and indigenous territory. As Horn wrote, the Trans-Pecos pipeline will carry natural gas extracted from the Permian Basin in West Texas, and transport it across international borders to Mexico. According to the Texas Tribune, the 42-inch-wide Trans-Pecos Pipeline will carry 1.6 billion cubic feet...

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WHILE EYES WERE ON STANDING ROCK, THE DAKOTA PIPELINE WAS BEING DRILLED UNDER ANOTHER WATER SOURCE...

Dec 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] While the pipeline may have been halted in North Dakota, construction workers just finished drilling under the Des Moines River, which supplies the water for half a million people in Iowa. [Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images] Adele Peters FASTCOEXIST.COM Last Friday, while the media focused on the thousands of protestors at Standing Rock, a construction crew working on the same under-protest project finished drilling through rock under the Des Moines River in Iowa—another major source of drinking water. The pipeline crosses the river near the tiny community of Pilot Mound, Iowa. But the river supplies water not only to nearby small towns and farms, but also to Des Moines Water Works, which serves around half a million people in and near Des Moines. In Bismarck, the capital of North Dakota, the $3.8 billion pipeline...

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US EPA’S STUDY CONFIRMS WATER CONTAMINATION CAUSED BY FRACKING...

Dec 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Melanie Houston  THE OEC.ORG Pictured to the right: A map of existing fracking wells in Ohio. Source: Frac Tracker Alliance The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (US EPA) recently released study of fracking impacts to water clearly refutes the fracking industry’s long-standing claim that “there has not been one single confirmed case of water contamination related to hydraulic fracturing.” In a thorough debunking of the industry’s favorite talking point, US EPA officially confirmed that hydraulic fracturing activities have directly and irrefutably led to cases of water contamination in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Killdeer, North Dakota. Below is a brief summary of the findings in each of these areas. It should be noted that US EPA found clear evidence of water contamination in 3 of the 5 case studies explored in the study:...

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8 PHOTOS THAT SHOW THE MAJESTY AND VULNERABILITY OF THE WORLD’S WATER...

Nov 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TAKE PART A photographer has traveled to four continents to explore humanity’s relationship with its most vital resource. Nov 13, 2016 | Samantha Cowan Hundreds swim in a crowded public pool in New York City. Children sit in dry stretches of desert in Pakistan. Men bathe in a river in India. American photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz’s pictures offer a peek into the many ways that people across the world interact with water. The Berlin-based photographer has spent the past four years snapping pictures of water for his series of photos that fall under the broad title of Water. He has committed to photographing water until 2025, making his project a 15-year-long venture. Abdulaziz’s photographs focus on limited access to water, pollution of shared sources, and the impact of climate change on access to drinking water. By 2025,...

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We Must Stop Taking Clean Water and Sanitation for Granted: Here’s What You Can Do (Video)...

Nov 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment In the developing world, a lack of clean water and sanitation can be deadly. By Eleanor Allen / AlterNet Stop drinking aerated water or soft drink, water are great for kid. Photo Credit: GUNDAM_Ai/Shutterstock In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly named November 19 World Toilet Day, a call to action and to raise awareness about the many people worldwide who lack the basic human right to safe water and proper sanitation. In the west, we take toilets for granted. But many people can’t do that in the developing world. In fact, 2.4 of the 7 billion people on the planet lack improved sanitation, and 1 billion defecate in the open, which carries a host of risks, particularly to women and children. World Toilet Day 2016 ties directly into some themes that...

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DRINKING WATER ON INDIGENOUS LAND: MORE VIOLATIONS, LESS EPA...

Nov 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Brian Bienkowski, Environmental Health News | Report Anti Dakota Access pipeline activists display a sign at the Standing Rock Camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on October 10, 2016. (Photo: Ellen Davidson) Editor’s Note: This story is part of “Sacred Water,” EHN’s ongoing investigation into Native American struggles — and successes — to protect culturally significant water sources on and off the reservation  Tribal drinking water utilities and wastewater treatment plants are far less likely to be federally inspected or receive enforcement despite more violations than non-tribal facilities, according to a new analysis of federal water laws done by Texas A&M University researchers. They report that tribal facilities received about 44 percent fewer inspections under the Clean Water Act — which regulates pollution discharged into water — from 2010 to 2015...

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Another pipeline bursts in PA, endangering the drinking water of 6 million people … same company behind Dakota Pipeline...

Nov 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Admin  COMPLETE HEALTH AND HAPPINESS.COM While most of us are enjoying lower gasoline and natural gas prices these days – a big help to the family budget – it is increasingly difficult to defend the oil and gas industry when it keeps polluting our treasured natural resources. The most recent incident occurred in Pennsylvania, and it involves the same company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, and which bulldozed ancient Native American burial sites: Sunoco. A pipeline managed by the company has leaked 55,000 gallons of gasoline into a major waterway, thereby contaminating the drinking water of some 6 million people. The pipeline burst in recent days after heavy rainfall in the area, Natural Blaze reported. The gasoline streamed into Wallis Run, a tributary of the Loyalsock Creek that eventually drains into the Susquehanna River. The leak was detected...

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WHAT THE TRUMP VICTORY MEANS FOR STANDING ROCK...

Nov 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Jenni Monet, YES! Magazine Pieces of pipeline are arranged near the Standing Rock camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota. (Photo: Ellen Davidson) Less than 12 hours after Donald Trump walked onto a New York City stage as the newly elected president, the stock price for Energy Transfer Equity shot up 15 percent. Among that company’s holdings is Energy Transfer Partners, operator of the controversial Dakota Access pipeline. Protesters near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation continue to fight completion of the $3.8 billion project. But the jump in share price indicates an immediate pro-energy confidence in Trump. And that confidence is not unfounded. In Bismarck, North Dakota, Donald Trump gave a speech in May that would help secure his seat as America’s 45th president. The candidate was lagging 30 delegates to become the...

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An Ambitious Vision for the Next 50 Years: The New Landscape Declaration...

Nov 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Jared Green  THE DIRT After three months of intense deliberation, the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) has released their New Landscape Declaration, a poetic, powerful statement that many will feel captures the aspirations of landscape architects to steer the world onto a more sustainable course. At the ASLA 2016 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Barbara Deutsch, FASLA, president of the LAF, said the declaration will help landscape architects have a “multiplying effect” beyond their numbers. The declaration, which is written for a global audience, will soon be translated into 30 languages. “On June 10-11, 2016, over 700 landscape architects with a shared concern for the future were assembled by the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Inspired by LAF’s 1966 Declaration of Concern, we crafted a new vision for landscape architecture for the 21st century....

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CLIMATE DISRUPTION’S LEGACY: MEGADROUGHTS, EXTINCTIONS, OBITUARIES FOR REEFS...

Nov 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] 00 By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report More than one-fifth of the Great Barrier Reef died off this year during a major bleaching event — and there is nothing to indicate that ocean waters will not continue to warm apace. (Photo: dave / Flickr) Look around. Look outside your window. It doesn’t take much effort to notice the radical changes happening to the planet, if one only pays attention. September of this year saw Earth pass a dramatic threshold — one that signifies our entrance into a new era of anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD). September 2016 will now be remembered as the month that Earth passed the threshold of 400 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere permanently, according to scientists. That means that no one currently alive on the planet will ever again...

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Susan Sarandon Reveals How Everyday Americans Unknowingly Fund the Dakota Access Pipeline...

Nov 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Activism “We have to put our money where our mouths are.” By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet Photo Credit: The Young Turks/YouTube Academy Award-winning actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Susan Sarandon wants all Americans to be following the ongoing North Dakota Access pipeline action. “I haven’t been able to get to North Dakota [yet],” Sarandon admitted in a November 3 interview with The Young Turks’ host Cenk Uygur. “I went to DC beforehand, before I came here, when [the pipeline protesters] filed their suit, so I was there protesting, but I was sitting at home and I just thought, you know, when I saw who’s responsible for keeping the pipeline going, I realized I was,” Sarandon revealed. “Because I’m in Chase, I’m in Citibank… and I thought we have to divest, we have to do...

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FUKUSHIMA — THE UNTOUCHABLE ECO-APOCALYPSE NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT...

Oct 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer Waking Times The most important ecological crisis of the world has ever seen has been underway since March 11th, 2011, yet there is nary a mention of it in the corporate media, and no political body in the world is championing its resolution. Widespread Denial and Willful Ignorance The media, politicians and the world at large seem to be engaging in extreme denial regarding Fukushima. A survey of mainstream media coverage of the fallout of this event reveals the trend of covering this story as a human interest affair, not as the immediate threat it truly is. The effects on nature are already being seen, yet even among the environmentalist factions of media, there is strong denial of the damage already done and of what is to come...

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THE WEST COAST’S LARGEST ESTUARY IS BEING STARVED OF WATER...

Oct 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] A report warns the decades-long diversion of rivers that feed San Francisco Bay has put the vital ecosystem on the verge of collapse. (Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) TAKE PART DAILY John R. Platt covers the environment, technology, philanthropy, and more for Scientific American, Conservation, Lion, and other publications.   California’s vibrant and biodiverse San Francisco Bay, the biggest estuary on the West Coast of North America, is running out of freshwater. In some years, as much as two-thirds of the freshwater that would normally reach the bay—an estuary where freshwater and ocean water mix—is diverted for urban and agricultural use, effectively starving the ecosystem, according to a new report from the Bay Institute, an environmental organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the local watershed. “When you alter the hydrology of a major aquatic...

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CONVICTED COAL BARON: ‘I AM AN AMERICAN POLITICAL PRISONER”...

Oct 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Kiley Kroh Senior Editor at ThinkProgress. Former Massey CEO Don Blankenship releases a 67-page booklet from federal prison. Don Blankenship. CREDIT: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster Don Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy who is currently serving a one-year sentence in federal prison for conspiring to violate safety standards, is defending himself in the form of a 67-page booklet, “American Political Prisoner,” the Wall Street Journal reported. The 2010 explosion at Blankenship’s Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia killed 29 people — the worst coal mining disaster in roughly 40 years — and Blankenship was found guilty of a misdemeanor for his “part in a dangerous conspiracy” to flout federal mine safety regulations, in the words of Judge Irene C. Berger. (Much to the dismay of prosecutors and some victims’ families, Blankenship was acquitted of three felony charges...

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Californians May Be Drinking Cancer-Causing Oil Industry Chemicals: Report...

Oct 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Scientists identify carcinogenic substances in oilfields supplying wastewater to irrigate food crops, Center for Biological Diversity   VIA ALTERNET   South Belridge Oil Fields, Highway 33, Kern, California Photo Credit: Hamish Reid/Flickr CC BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — People in California’s Central Valley could be drinking water tainted by cancer-causing chemicals used in oilfields, and current water-testing procedures would not detect these substances, according to a scientific report recently released by researchers at PSE Healthy Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of California and the University of the Pacific. “Given these shocking findings, California regulators should immediately halt the use of oil-waste fluid in any procedure that could contaminate the water we drink or the food we eat,” said John Fleming, a staff scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity and member of the Protect California Food coalition and...

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INNOVATIVE WATER-GEN MACHINE HARVESTS UP TO 825 GALLONS OF CLEAN WATER FROM THIN AIR IN A DAY...

Oct 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Katie Medlock  INHABITAT View Slideshow You might remember from grade school science class that water vapor is all around us, taking part in a continuous cycle that fills the clouds, lakes, and oceans with moisture. The people at Water-Gen have found a way to draw this moisture out of the air to produce clean drinking water for those who have none. The device can yield up to 825 gallons of water per day, making it a necessity for inhabitants of a warming planet. Water-Gen’s unique system is built to harvest condensation out of thin air. Three sizes of these water-generating machines use an array of plastic “leaves” that funnel warm and humid air through the device. The largest unit can produce 825 gallons of water per day at 80 degrees and 60...

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The International Criminal Court Will Start Prosecuting People Who Commit Crimes Against the Environment...

Oct 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment The ICC isn’t known for prosecuting people responsible for huge oil slicks, chopping down protected rainforests or contaminating pristine land. But that’s changing. By Tara Smith / The Conversation   VIA ALTERNET The Hague, Netherlands – July 5, 2016: The International Criminal Court forecourt, entrance and sign at the new 2016 opened ICC building. Photo Credit: STRINGER Image / Shutterstock.com The International Criminal Court is not known for prosecuting people responsible for huge oil slicks, chopping down protected rainforests or contaminating pristine land. But these people may now one day find themselves on trial in The Hague. The move was announced by chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in a recent policy document that contains a new and welcome focus on the prosecution of individuals for human atrocities that are committed by destroying the environment...

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EPA PLANS TO ALLOW UNLIMITED DUMPING OF FRACKING WASTEWATER IN THE GULF OF MEXICO...

Oct 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] This article originally appeared on Truthout Environmentalists are warning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that its draft plan to continue allowing oil and gas companies to dump unlimited amounts of fracking chemicals and wastewater directly into the Gulf of Mexico is in violation of federal law. In a letter sent to EPA officials last week, attorneys for the Center for Biological Diversity warned that the agency’s draft permit for water pollution discharges in the Gulf fails to properly consider how dumping wastewater containing chemicals from fracking and acidizing operations would impact water quality and marine wildlife. The attorneys claim that regulators do not fully understand how the chemicals used in offshore fracking and other well treatments – some of which are toxic and dangerous to human and marine life – can impact marine...

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5 Reasons to Protect Arizona’s Greater Grand Canyon...

Sep 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment A national monument designation for this critical watershed would ensure its protection for future generations. By Mike Matz / Pew Charitable Trusts   VIA ALTERNET View of Colorado River, Page, Arizona, US Photo Credit: Nfoto/Shutterstock The proposed Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument, composed of public lands that surround its famous namesake, is filled with rugged cliffs, pine forests, deep canyons, and grasslands. While this area protects clean drinking water for this parched region, and provides it to millions of people living downstream, the land also supports countless opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Colorado River and its underground springs supply clean water that millions of people downstream rely on—but pollution from some mining and clear-cutting activities threatens this source. (image © Kristen M. Caldon) 1. Protect clean water. World-renowned for its whitewater, the Colorado...

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STANDING FIRM AT STANDING ROCK: WHY THE STRUGGLE IS BIGGER THAN ONE PIPELINE...

Sep 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Sarah Jaffe / Moyers & Company   A “speak-out” on the road to the Dakota Access pipeline construction site earlier in September. (Sarah Jaffe for BillMoyers.com) The first sign that not everything is normal as you drive down Highway 1806 toward the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota is a checkpoint manned by camouflage-clad National Guard troops. The inspection on Sept. 13 was perfunctory; they simply asked if we knew “what was going on down the road” and then waved us through, even though the car we rode in had “#NoDAPL” chalked on its rear windshield. “What is going on down the road” is a massive camp-in led by the Standing Rock nation, aimed at blocking the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (the DAPL in question), which would carry oil...

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THE CHEMICAL ERIN BROKOVICH WARNED US ABOUT IS IN WATER ALL OVER AMERICA...

Sep 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Activists are warning residents of some major cities to avoid drinking water straight from the tap. Environmental activist Erin Brockovich in 2007; tainted water in California. (Photos: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images; Eric Paul Zamora/’Fresno Bee’/Getty Images) TAKE PART DAILY Thousands of Americans drink tap water poisoned by unsafe levels of a cancer-causing heavy metal, and government authorities are doing little to stop it, according to a new report from clean water activists. The chemical hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium-6, gained notoriety as the carcinogenic water contaminant that Erin Brockovich sued a utility over in California—and the new report from advocacy organization Environmental Working Group finds that it shows up in the water systems of major cities all over the country. The data estimates that water supplies serving 218 million Americans—more than two-thirds...

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The Dairy Industry Is Polluting America’s Waterways—and Some Babies May Be Dying Because of It...

Sep 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Cheap dairy has hidden costs most consumers don’t know about—including fatal birth defects. By Ellicott Dandy / AlterNet   Cow milking facility and mechanized milking equipment Photo Credit: Ratthaphong Ekariyasap/Shutterstock Low global milk prices and a historic dairy glut in the United States have recently prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture to purchase $20 million worth of cheese and donate it to food banks. This is excellent news for folks who typically can’t afford cheese, but cheap dairy production—paired with lax regulations—has dire consequences for too many Americans. In efforts to cut the cost of milk production, dairy farmers cut corners on pollution prevention measures necessary to protect the quality of a different beverage: water. Large dairy factory farm operations, called concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), store their manure in large lagoons and...

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THE RISE OF THE WATER PROTECTORS...

Sep 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] I write this in the heat of the struggle to block Dakota Access’ nefarious pipeline. I just returned from Standing Rock and jumped into protests for the Iowa reach of the pipeline. For over two years we at the Science & Environmental Health Network have been immersed in all forms of resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) — political, legal, media, and yes, direct action. In August I joined many of my friends and colleagues at Standing Rock where I served as an on the ground lawyer. For a while I was the only lawyer at the camp and was involved in everything from issuing the call for international observers to interpreting legal decisions and their consequences. Injunctions, temporary restraining orders and hydrostatic testing permits are not the usual topics of ordinary mortals’ conversations....

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Time For Obama and Clinton To Oppose The Dakota Access Pipeline...

Sep 8, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The fight between Native Americans and the financial interests dead set on pushing an environmentally hazardous oil pipeline through sacred Native lands in the Midwest has intensified Thursday, ahead of what is expected to be a climactic court decision Friday on whether work on the pipeline can proceed. This confrontation over the Dakota Access Pipeline challenges President Obama, the Democratic candidate who is seeking to succeed him, Hillary Clinton, and Congress to be clear whose side they are on – Native and non-Native Americans seeking to protect vital waterways and land from the risks of oil spills (and to stop global warming by leaving oil in the ground and using renewables instead) or the fossil fuel industry and its pursuit of profits at the expense of people and the planet. So far, neither...

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Florida raises allowable limits of cancer-causing chemicals in drinking water ahead of fracking boom...

Sep 5, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]  by: Daniel Barker (NaturalNews) On Tuesday, July 26, Florida’s Environmental Regulation Commission voted 3-2 in favor of passing controversial new water quality standards that will raise the maximum allowable levels of more than two dozen cancer-causing chemicals to be dumped into the state’s rivers and streams. The new standards, which were based on Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recommendations, were passed despite strong opposition from clean water advocates who say that the move poses a serious health threat and paves the way for widespread fracking operations in the state. Florida regulators pimping for the fracking industry The higher maximum allowable levels apply to several of the toxic chemical byproducts produced by fracking, such as benzene, leading opponents to the conclusion that the new criteria were designed to protect the fracking industry, rather...

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California and EPA Poised to Expand Pollution of Potential Drinking Water Reserves...

Sep 5, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment A little-known program under federal environment law is being used to permit oil and gas companies to inject waste into the state’s aquifers, even as the thirst for groundwater grows. By Abraham Lustgarten / ProPublica   VIA ALTERNET Oil field in California’s Central Valley. Photo Credit: IRC/Shutterstock As the western United States struggles with chronic water shortages and a changing climate, scientists are warning that if vast underground stores of fresh water that California and other states rely on are not carefully conserved, they too may soon run dry. Heeding this warning, California passed new laws in late 2014 that for the first time require the state to account for its groundwater resources and measure how much water is being used. Yet California’s natural resources agency, with the oversight and consent of the...

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Contamination Threatens One of the World’s Biggest Freshwater Supplies...

Aug 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TAKE PART DAILY Scientists find high salt and arsenic concentrations in an aquifer that 750 million people rely on for drinking water and irrigation. This dry-season rice crop in northwest Bangladesh’s Barind region was irrigated using water pumped from wells that sink almost 250 feet deep into the Bengal Aquifer System, which is in South Asia’s Indo-Gangetic Basin. (Photo: WG Burgess) Emily J. Gertz is an associate editor for environment and wildlife at TakePart.   Three-quarters of a billion people across four South Asian nations rely on one vast water basin for much of their irrigation and drinking water. Called the Indo-Gangetic Basin, it stretches east to west over 618 million acres, sitting like a cap over the Indian subcontinent, and contains about 7,200 cubic miles of groundwater, roughly 20 times the annual...

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Pipeline protests: The fight goes on against project that could jeopardize Native lands in the Midwest...

Aug 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The pipeline will cross hundreds of rivers, creeks and tributaries, potentially compromising water supplies VIDEO Alli Joseph   SALON.COM Members of the Oglala Lakota Nation in South Dakota participate in a rally to protect water and land from the Dakota Access Pipeline, August 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Getty/Alex Wong) Kayla Lookinghorse-Smith set out from New York to Washington, D.C. late Tuesday night, driving six hours to attend her first protest on the East Coast against the looming Dakota Access Pipeline, a $3.78 billion, 1,100-mile oil project being built by a group of firms led by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners. Her two young sons, 19 months and 5 years old, slept in the backseat. “I didn’t know what to expect,” she said, as she drove into the early morning hours. “I just knew that I...

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