Jun 12, 2012

Reportback from Riverdale Mobile Home Community

Hey folks,

Today, in response to the emergency call out yesterday, a crew of five organizers from Ithaca headed down to Riverdale Mobile Home Park. Riverdale community members and supporters have been standing their ground for the past 12 days, after natural gas company Aqua America attempted to force residents from their homes. Aqua America purchased the land where these families live and intends to build a water extraction site in place of their homes.

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Jun 4, 2012

Report Back and Call out for Solidarity from Riverdale Mobile Home Park Blockade

An email I sent out today about solidarity with the Riverdale Mobile Home Park, targets of forceful eviction by the fracking industry. 

Hey Fractivists and Friends,

I’m writing you this email to let you know about an amazing opportunity to confront the fracking industry and show them that they cannot target our communities without serious opposition. Today, I drove down to Jersey Shore, PA where Aqua America is trying to forcibly displace residents of the Riverdale Mobile Home Park to make way for a new 3 million gallon a day water withdrawal plant, crucial infrastructure for the Pennsylvania hydraulic fracturing industry. For four days, about 40 residents and allies are have been blockading the entrances to the community, fighting the construction that threatens to raze their community and they need our help!

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Feb 25, 2012
Feb 10, 2012

Bromide from fracking fluid turns squirrel purple

Incase you didn’t think fracking was the worst possible thing ever. 

Feb 6, 2012

States Don't Want to Be Dumping Ground for Fracking Fluids


Bloomberg reports:

Ohio Tries to Escape Fate as a Dumping Ground for Fracking Fluid

…The oil and natural-gas drilling boom spurred more permits for disposal wells [in Ohio] during the past two years than during the previous decade combined. The volume injected into them was on a near-record pace last year, according to the Department of Natural Resources, and more than half was from out of state. That included 92.6 percent of the water sent to a Youngstown well closed last year after 11 nearby earthquakes.

“We have become in Ohio the dumping ground for contaminated brine,” state Representative Armond Budish, the House Democratic leader, said at a Jan. 26 forum in Columbus. “We didn’t prepare adequately for the potential for earthquakes and other environmental problems.”

Fuck yes. Although I worry that this will increase the prevalence of illegal dumping in streams and unauthorized disposal at waste water treatment plants not equipt to deal with fracking fluid (both documented phenomenon). To bad there isn’t a federal agency tasked with protecting our air and water with the ability to impose fines and criminal sentences on the worst polluters. 

(Source: socialuprooting, via queerencia-deactivated20130103)

Dec 15, 2011

Take that SRBC! Rivers belong to the people, not the politicians in the pockets of Gas Companies.  

Dec 15, 2011

Earth First! Round River Rendezvous

Calling all Earth First!ers, forest defenders and rural folks! The 2012 Round River Rendezvous is on the horizon.

July 1-7, 2012

Location to be announced when the time is right.

In more than fifteen states across the country, battles are being waged by
rural folks every single day for the right to have clean water. Our water
is being polluted by a flood of hundreds of corporations and subsidiaries
engaged in a resource boom, no less destructive than the timber and coal
booms that swept through the Appalachian Mountains in the 1800s and early
1900s. This new boom is being brought to the doorsteps of farmers,
conservationists and rural communities across the country by corporations
engaged in a specific type of natural gas extraction known as hydraulic
fracture drilling.

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Dec 8, 2011



Some key points from the Film Gasland by Josh Fox.

It is happening all across America-rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from an energy company wanting to lease their property. Reason? The company hopes to tap into a reservoir dubbed the “Saudi Arabia of natural gas.” Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground-a hydraulic drilling process called “fracking” - and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower.

Aside from the fact that Gasland focuses extensively on Josh Fox and is vaugely problematic in its use of people, its a great movie for learning about fracking. Watch it if you haven’t already.

(Source: socialuprooting)

Dec 1, 2011


Bristol anti-Fracking protesters shut down the UK’s only hydrolic fracturing site

Activists settle in for long-term occupation of toxic new industry which threatens the West Country 

The controversial proposed Fracking site in Hesketh Bank, Lancashire was shut down this morning as 8 Bristol cyclists stormed the drilling rig. Three of the climate justice campaigners from Bristol Rising Tide scaled the Cuadrilla Resources equipment with supplies and have declared their intention to stop work for several days. 

The drilling rig is the only operation of it’s kind working in the country, after a similar exploratory site in Blackpool was shut down in the spring because it induced two earthquakes in the area. 

Liz Sparks, a spokesperson for Bristol Rising Tide, explained the potential dangers of fracking in the South West: 

“Large parts of Wales, Devon, Somerset and Dorest are potentially under threat from this desperate new technology, which involves extracting the gas in shale rock through Hydraulic Fracturing, (or fracking). Huge amounts of water mixed with toxic chemicals are forced into the ground at high pressure, a large proportion of which are never recovered. This fluid also leaches arsenic out of rocks, creating a dangerous cocktail that’s difficult to dispose of. In the United states numerous spills of these fluids have contaminated irrigation water, effecting food supplies, and the health of surrounding communities.”

The same site was occupied last month by another group- “Frack Off”, and local community resistance across the country is gaining ground. 

Paul Williams, who works in a Bristol Library, was among the protestors. He commented: 

"People simply aren’t going to stand by and let this crazy extreme sneak into our landscape. We’ve been inspired by the remarkable work of our neighbors in Wales. Glamorgan county council recently voted unanimously against an application to Frack the area. This decision was influenced by Welsh Water’s submission that reserve groundwater sites are at risk of contamination. We can stop this before it starts if we act now. If you want earthquakes, runaway climate change, contaminated water, and a threat to agricultural production then Fracking’s the way forward. If you want energy security and more jobs per kilowatt hour, go with renewables. It’s a no brainer." 

The industry is quick to point to the US experience of fracking, but their safety record there is on increasingly shaky ground. New York State has just instituted a moratorium against fracking, as has Quebec, Canada. France has banned it outright, as has New Jersey in the US.

NYS has not issued a moratorium, they are in the middle of creating regulations to allow drilling…. Also, all i want to do is shut down a fracking rig over winter break. NE PA here I come! 

(Source: socialuprooting)

Nov 24, 2011

Afghanistan: What the Anthropologists Say


“Ten years after the Taliban’s leaders fled their country in apparent defeat, the war in Afghanistan has become what one observer calls ‘a perpetually escalating stalemate.’ As in Iraq, the United States military has responded to bad news with counterinsurgency: eliminate troublemakers in the dark of night, with the most lethal arts, and befriend tribal elders by day, with cultural sensitivity and expertise. The Army has gone so far as to embed credentialed social scientists with front-line troops in ‘Human Terrain Teams’ that engage in ‘rapid ethnographic assessment’ — conducting interviews and administering surveys, learning about land disputes, social networks and how to ‘operationalize’ the Pashtun tribal code.

The military, in short, demands local knowledge. But what kind of local knowledge is in supply, and what does it indicate? Though the chief purveyors of such insight, academic ethnographers, have balked at working with the military — the American Anthropological Association issued a report condemning the Human Terrain program as a violation of professional ethics — they have not ignored the country. Noah Coburn’s ‘Bazaar Politics’ is the first extended study of an Afghan community to appear since the Taliban fell. It follows an ambitious history of Afghanistan by the Boston University anthropologist Thomas Barfield, and an impassioned essay by Rory Stewart, the Conservative M.P., author-adventurer and Kabul preservationist, that faults the international effort in Afghanistan for its neglect of ethnographic insight. Whatever anthropology has to say about America’s longest war, it’s saying it now.


This article doesn’t mention how the same counterinsurgency tactics developed by anthropologists overseas is now being used by the government and corporations domestically, targeting everything from gang activity to social movements such as the environmental movement. Recently at an gas industry conference, a public relations analyst encouraged people to use Field Manuel 324, the army manuel on counterinsurgency partially written by anthropologists, to deal with Fractivists (as we citizens fighting against the poisoning of our communities, land and water by hydraulic fracturing like to call ourselves).
The network of concerned anthropologists wrote the Counter-Counterinsurgency Maunel in response and social movements have been adapting to this new form of state repression. 

(Source: thebrowser.com)

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