Archive for the 'Environment' Category

NOON, TODAY: PROTEST PNC AND ROVER PIPELINE…

July 26th, 2017

From the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus: WHEN: Noon, Today, Wednesday, 26 July. WHERE: PNC Bank, 1900 E. 9th St., Cleveland. PNC is a major financier of the Rover Pipeline. Why is this a bad thing? The Rover Pipeline will run 365 miles across Ohio to transport fracked gas to the Gulf of Mexico and Canada […]

PART IV: HOW POISONED IS MY VALLEY…

July 9th, 2017

Yesterday I wrote about the liability line connecting Wilbur Tennant’s cows to Cincinnati attorney Robert Bilott to Parkersburg elementary school gym teacher Joe Kiger and finally to DuPont employee Bernard Reilly that resulted in a 2004 local settlement between DuPont and effected residents in the poison zone. In the next installment of her series, The […]

PART III: HOW POISONED IS MY VALLEY…

July 8th, 2017

In the second of her reports for The Intercept’s Teflon Toxin series—The Case Against DuPont—Sharon Lerner draws the liability line from Wilbur Tennant’s cows to Cincinnati attorney Robert Bilott to Parkersburg elementary school gym teacher Joe Kiger and finally to DuPont employee Bernard Reilly that begins to crumble DuPont’s toxic wall. Bernard Reilly had been […]

PART II: HOW POISONED IS MY VALLEY…

July 7th, 2017

Yesterday I began my reexamination of Sharon Lerner’s Teflon Toxin series for The Intercept. I concluded by calling C8 (Perfluorooctanoic acid) the dangerous precursor chemical necessary to manufacture Teflon a cockroach chemical because the molecule—a backbone chain of eight carbon atoms to which are attached 15 Florine atoms along with one atom of Oxygen and […]

PART I: HOW POISONED IS MY VALLEY…?

July 6th, 2017

More than a year ago, on 4 March and 9 April, 2016, I began reading Sharon Lerner’s now 12-part series: The Teflon Toxin, for The Intercept. Distracted by first the Democratic primaries, followed by the general election and then the first 166 days of a President Donald John Trump White House, I let Lerner’s deep […]

OIL & GAS IS A DEAD-END CAREER FOR THE YOUNG…

June 23rd, 2017

A writer at KallanishEnergy would have young people believe that there is a bright future in becoming a fossil fuel worker. Well who wouldn’t want to work in a dying industry that is rushing to exploit as many natural resources for shareholder profit and personal wealth as possible before rising sea levels and heatwaves make […]

YOU CAN’T MAKE A PIPE LINE SAFE, MR. EDDY…

June 18th, 2017

A couple of weeks ago I left this comment on Haley Zaremba story Despite High Profile Spills, Oil Pipelines Are Still Safer Than Other Options for OilPrice: Good morning, Pipelines are safer than all the other bad choices. Safer does not equal safe. Safe would be to leave the fossil fuels in the ground and […]

PRESIDENT SACRIFICES MOTHER EARTH TO HIS EGO…

June 1st, 2017

PIPELINES ARE LEAKING LIKE THE WHITE HOUSE…

May 24th, 2017

So, most mornings I post one new pipeline story to my running Keep Carbon In The Ground page, but this morning my news feed gushered. First up is this story from Taylor McKinnon at The Center For Biological Diversity—Public Records Sought Over Rover Pipeline’s Compliance With Environmental Laws. McKinnon writes: The Center for Biological Diversity […]

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI (OH-16):
ROGUE ETP PISSING ON OHIO AND OUR HISTORY…

May 16th, 2017

My congressional representative Jim Bupkis* Renacci remains silent on the rogue fossil fuel company pissing on his constituents living along the scorched-scorched earth path of the Rover pipeline. This morning I learned two additional ways that Energy Transfer Partners is flipping the bird at Ohioans as workers gleefully bulldoze a path across the state, regardless […]

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI (OH-16):
MEET ETP, THE ROGUE COMPANY PISSING ON OHIO…

May 15th, 2017

If you were an Ohioan pissed off at those protesters in South Dakota supporting the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in the attempt to halt Energy Transfer Partners construction of the Dakota Access Pipe Line, then environmental karma is coming for your land. ETP has already had the first leak in the not-yet-opened DAPL and—surprise, surprise—dumped […]

THIS IS SHERRY MILLER’S SHERRODSVILLE, OHIO…

May 12th, 2017

Sherry Miller did not say that taking her land, at any price, was acceptable, but when a giant fossil fuel company—with the full support of climate-change denying Republican politicians—comes banging on your front door, there is no good choice but to believe that David could smite Goliath and win the good fight. So Miller fought […]

ONLY THE FIRST OF MANY TO COME, I’M SURE…

May 11th, 2017

When you run a for-profit business there is only one rule: do all that you can to maximize your profits. That generally means shaving corners in ways that keep you ahead of your competitors and if those corners involve potential injury and risking legal action, well, you have to weight the potential profits against the […]

KEYSTONE XL: DRIVING THE U.S. PIPELINE ROUTE

May 2nd, 2017

This morning The Guardian launched a three-part series focusing on the mother of all pipelines: the Keystone XL. Why Keystone? Oliver Laughland, writing in in Part I—Life on the Keystone XL route: where opponents fear the ‘black snake—explains: Framed as a victory over government regulation and a win for jobs creation by the Trump administration […]

MARCH FOR CLIMATE, JOBS AND JUSTICE…

April 29th, 2017

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI (OH-16):
THIS IS HOW CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY LOOKS…

April 24th, 2017

I know that this has become, perhaps, an annoying reminder that I repeat and repeat, but I don’t think I state this fact often enough: corporations have one, and only one, function, they must, by law, always, always, always, maximize shareholder value. Nothing must be allowed to hinder the reaching of that goal. Absolutely nothing. […]

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI (OH-16):
GIVING CONSTITUENTS LAND TO THE BILLIONAIRES…

April 23rd, 2017

Strictly speaking eminent domain involves paying what the buyer (and possibly the courts) consider the fair market value for the land taken, but if you really don’t want this kind of scar bifurcating your farmland, well tough shit. The oil, or in this case, natural gas, must flow! Lou Whitmire, reporting in Pipeline altering countryside […]

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI (OH-16):
POISONING OHIO ONE TWO SPILL(S) AT A TIME…

April 21st, 2017

Perhaps Governor John Richard Kasich would have been smarter to deploy those 37 Ohio State Troopers he sent to North Dakota to protect Energy Transfer’s Dakota Access Pipeline to watch another of the company’s pipeline projects—The Rover Pipeline—which may have dumped millions of gallons of toxic liquids into Ohio’s farmlands, wetlands and rivers leading into […]

KASICH, TRUMP & THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPE LINE…

April 17th, 2017

While I continue to post daily updates on important stories concerning the Dakota Access Pipe Line under the Keep Carbon In The Ground banner, two stories popped up this morning that I feel deserve front-page treatment. The first concerns our governor John Richard Kasich and his decision at the beginning of November 2016 to send […]

N. DAKOTA WANTS CHANGE TO FIRST AMENDMENT…

March 31st, 2017

I’ve written earlier about North Dakota’s assaults on our Constitution including changes sought to protect people from prosecution—see 16 January—if they happen to use their vehicle to run over lawful protesters. As I was updating my list of stories surrounding the Dakota Access Pipe Line this morning, I came across David Blackmon’s A New Controversy […]

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