Erin Brockovich helps Oklahoma Pawnee Nation take on fracking companies

July 11, 2017 by  
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Oklahoma has become an earthquake hotspot in recent years, and many are blaming companies that engage in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking . Last year, the state saw its largest earthquake ever recorded at a 5.8 magnitude, close to the town of Pawnee. The Pawnee Nation is suing over 25 oil and gas companies, with the help of famous consumer advocate Erin Brockovich . The amount of earthquakes with a magnitude of 3 or higher in Oklahoma was greater than in California for the first time in 2014. Many people blame the practice employed by oil and gas companies of injecting wastewater from fracking into the Earth. Related: Oklahoma earthquake activity up 4000%, locals sue oil and gas companies National Geographic explained the amount of earthquakes in Oklahoma spiked as did activity from fossil fuel companies. Once the state saw either none or a couple of magnitude 3 earthquakes every year. In 2009 that number escalated to 20. From there the situation only worsened: the state had 109 magnitude 3 or higher earthquakes in 2013, 579 in 2014, 903 in 2015, and 623 in 2016. That’s two or three of these quakes every day. Brockovich actually used to spend her summers in Oklahoma with her grandparents as a child. She told National Geographic, “The only thing I’d worry about growing up there was tornadoes. Now I’d be afraid not of a tornado, but an earthquake? That’s just bizarre.” She said it’s hard “to go back to Oklahoma, to see how on edge [the Pawnee people] are. The question they keep asking is, ‘When will it end?’ The Pawnee Nation is suing Eagle Road Oil LLC, Cummings Oil Company, and 25 other companies for damage to reservation property and historical buildings, with the help of Weitz & Luxenberg along with Brockovich. They say the companies were knowingly causing the earthquakes and their actions “constitute wanton or reckless disregard for public or private safety .” Via EcoWatch and National Geographic Images via Sarah Nichols on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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Give this clock a roll and it’ll show you the time anywhere on Earth

July 11, 2017 by  
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This World Clock is something that every global citizen needs today. The simple yet incredibly clever device quickly tells you what time it is anywhere on the planet. Developed by Japanese product designer Masafumi Ishikawa , the tiny clock has 12 flat edges and a single hour hand. Each side corresponds to a city – and as you roll the clock from one side to another, the hand automatically changes its position to show the time in that location. Masafumi Ishikawa’s World Clock is made of wood and finished with austere characters. It’s a handy and highly functional object that embraces traditional Japanese taste, minimalism and essentiality. The clock’s visual clarity mirrors its functional and technological simplicity. It doesn’t have multiple displays, and there is no need to manually set the time or adjust the mechanism – simple rotation is the only physical action necessary to tell the time anywhere on earth. The trick is a simple ball bearing that sets the new position of the hand when the clock is rotated. Masafumi Ishikawa has also developed a second version of the World Clock that addresses daylight saving time shifts adopted by some countries. This DST clock features an additional ring that advances the clock’s time by one hour during the summer months for cities where daylight savings time takes place. Related: This carved wood bench hides an unexpected surprise Masafumi Ishikawa’s World Clock by received a Lexus Design Award back in 2013, and it was presented during the Milan Furniture Fair 2017 at Salone Satellite in Rho Fiera. On this occasion the designer revealed to Inhabitat that he will shortly launch a crowdfunding campaign to put this bold prototype into production. + Masafumi Ishikawa Images by Maria Novozhilova for Inhabitat

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Researchers Discover DC is Swimming in Leaked Natural Gas

January 22, 2014 by  
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A street-by-street survey of the District of Columbia has found nearly 6,000 natural gas leaks in the city’s aging pipes. A dozen of those leaks were found beneath manholes, where methane has accumulated to potentially explosive levels. Even after warning Washington Gas of the dangerous levels in those locations, four months later, retesting revealed 8 of the 12 locations were still at potentially dangerous concentrations. Read the rest of Researchers Discover DC is Swimming in Leaked Natural Gas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: gas companies , gas leaks , gas washington , methane emissions , methane gas , methane leaks , natural gas pipelines , public infrastructure , public utilities , Washington DC        

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Entergy seeks to lead on climate risk mitigation

August 14, 2013 by  
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While most of Louisiana’s oil and gas companies are on the defensive after being sued for destroying wetlands, some have made wetland restoration a major goal.

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Sustainability management at oil firms slippery, study finds

August 23, 2012 by  
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As oil and gas companies are under increasing pressure to open up new oil reserves, they are failing to take proper steps in managing risk.

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Leading gas companies already meet EPA’s ‘fracking’ air pollution standards

April 18, 2012 by  
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The EPA just announced new regulations to curb the air pollution associated with the hydraulic fracturing of natural gas wells. Many companies, such as Southwestern Energy, already meet the new rules.

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Republicans Target EPA Regulations of Big Polluters in Debt Talks

July 26, 2011 by  
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If Congress can’t reach a deal on the debt ceiling, we have a single week before the United States defaults on its debts, but the  Republicans are still calling for some outrageous budget cuts to try to win the battle. The right’s latest targets are the Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency . Republicans have proposed a bill that would cut the Interior’s budget by 7 percent and the EPA’s by 18 percent, which would thwart dozens of vital environmental regulations. If passed, the laws would severely limit the EPA’s power to regulate emissions from oil and gas companies, open up uranium mining in the Grand Canyon, allow mountaintop removal mining , and prohibit the Fish and Wildlife Service from adding new species to the endangered species list — and those are just the most extreme examples. Read the rest of Republicans Target EPA Regulations of Big Polluters in Debt Talks Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: big polluters , cuts to epa funding , debt ceiling , debt talks , department of the interior , endangered species list , environmental protection agency , epa , epa pollution regulations , epa regulations , epa rules , gas companies , oil companies , republicans , republicans target epa

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