States across the country are trying to make it illegal to plan a pipeline protest

April 16, 2018 by  
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A new wave of bills being introduced in states such as Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota aim to criminalize the process of planning a protest against the construction of an oil or gas pipeline. If signed into law, the act of simply planning a protest that might break a law, such as trespassing or other forms of civil disobedience, would itself become illegal. Legal observers note that – wait for it – the three states that introduced these broadly defined anti-protest bills are also home to proposed controversial pipeline projects. While other states have introduced and passed similar anti-protest bills, such as those aimed at protests that block highways or involve trespassing on property that contains energy infrastructure , these new group of bills seem to take the targeting of protesters a step further. “I think these bills represent an escalation,” Alice Cherry, co-founder and staff attorney of the Climate Defense Project, told ThinkProgress . “The main motivation for these bills seems to be to deter would-be protesters and to make potential jail sentences and fines more draconian.” Related: Nuns build open-air chapel to protest natural gas pipeline on their land Activists view these bills as responses to the high-profile actions at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation , which brought thousands to encamp and protest against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Though the Pipeline is now operating thanks to an expedited review process under the Trump Administration, several pipeline projects in other states are facing a fierce backlash. The bill now being debated in Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Minnesota was crafted by American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group funded by pro-fossil fuels interests that creates and delivers legislative language to state lawmakers around the country to advance their agenda. The motive behind this move to place a legal spotlight on pipeline protests is evident to those in opposition. “These offenses are already criminalized in every state,” Elly Page, a legal advisor for the International Center for Not for-Profit Law, told ThinkProgress . “In a lot of cases, [lawmakers] will have amended the definition for critical infrastructure just to add the word pipeline. It’s making clear what the impetus for these bills is.” Via Think Progress Images via Mark Klotz ,  Depositphotos  and Emma Cassidy/Flickr

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Nuns build open-air chapel to protest natural gas pipeline on their land

July 10, 2017 by  
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Battles against fossil fuel pipelines aren’t limited to North Dakota. In Lancaster County, Pennsylvania , a group of Catholic nuns is fighting against a natural gas pipeline that would run beneath land they own. They’re protesting the pipeline in a unique way by building an open-air chapel for people to visit and reflect on “just and holy uses of land.” The nuns, part of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ order, own land in West Hempfield Township that stands in the path of the Atlantic Sunrise Project, a pipeline for natural gas being pursued by Williams Partners to extend the Transco pipeline system that already runs from Texas to New York. Even though the nuns have not wanted their land used for the pipeline, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved the pipeline, pointing to eminent domain. Related: Trump approves new pipeline that will go “right under” the US-Mexico wall The nuns are working against the pipeline, which they say goes against their land ethic, with the group Lancaster Against Pipelines . Protester Ann Neumann told CNN, “They see the pipeline as a violation of their faith,” saying 20 members of the order reside on the land. In a visible symbol of protest, the nuns allowed Lancaster Against Pipelines to construct this outdoor chapel, intended for people of all faith backgrounds. The nuns hope the chapel will draw people to come and pray at the location. They said in a statement they know the pipeline company might call for the chapel’s removal, but “believe that having this structure on their land, for however long, gives tangible witness to the sacredness of Earth.” The chapel was dedicated over the weekend, and according to Lancaster Online, around 300 people showed up for the ceremony. A Williams Partners spokesperson referred to the chapel as a “blatant attempt to impede pipeline construction.” Via CNN , Adorers of the Blood of Christ , and Lancaster Online Images via NoPipelinesLancaster on Twitter and Adorers of the Blood of Christ

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Ten solutions to California’s drought

October 28, 2015 by  
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As California enters the fourth year of the worst drought in the state’s history, NASA estimates that 11 trillion gallons of water will be needed to recover from this arid rut. While Governor Jerry Brown has implemented a series of wide-ranging measures aimed at curbing water usage , there are efforts underway to engineer the state out of its drought. Some are fairly well-tested— desalination, for example —while others, such as William Shatner’s proposed $30 billion Seattle-Lake Mead pipeline , seem straight-up wacky. Read on to learn more about the good, the bad and the weird big-picture ideas for addressing California’s drought . Read the rest of Ten solutions to California’s drought

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Rehabilitated Parisian block includes daylit metal-clad student housing

October 28, 2015 by  
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Ten solutions to California’s drought

June 17, 2015 by  
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As California enters the fourth year of the worst drought in the state’s history, NASA estimates that 11 trillion gallons of water will be needed to recover from this arid rut. While Governor Jerry Brown has implemented a series of wide-ranging measures aimed at curbing water usage , there are efforts underway to engineer the state out of its drought. Some are fairly well-tested— desalination, for example —while others, such as William Shatner’s proposed $30 billion Seattle-Lake Mead pipeline , seem straight-up wacky. Read on to learn more about the good, the bad and the weird big-picture ideas for addressing California’s drought . Read the rest of Ten solutions to California’s drought Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: andes water , aqua science , aquifer , Aquifers and Wells , atmospheric water generation , bernard vonnegut , Bottled Water , california agriculture , california drought , carlsbad , chile fog , Climate Change , cloud-seeding , desalination plant , dew harvest , diagram of groundwater , drought solutions , fog catcher , fog collector , geoengineering , geoengineering drought , groundwater , groundwater solutions , hoover dam , how to fix the drought , how to solve california’s drought , how to solve the drought , humidity harvesting , ionization rain , jerry brown , lake mead , nestle california , nevada reservoir , pipelines , rain on request , san bernadino , san diego , San Francisco , Self Filling Water Bottle , silver iodide , solar desalination , Solutions for the CA drought , solutions to California’s drought , Wally Hickel , waste water , wastewater california , wastewater reuse , wastewater reycling , water treatment , WaterFX , weather manipulation , wells , william shatner

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Largest toxic algae bloom in West Coast history may be linked to climate change

June 17, 2015 by  
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The west coast is awash in the largest toxic algae bloom ever for the region, according to researchers at the University of California at Santa Cruz. The bloom first appeared in May and now stretches from California up the coast to Washington state. The algae produces a neurotoxin called domoic acid that is potentially fatal to humans. Its increasing span and severity is likely to keep people out of the water. Read the rest of Largest toxic algae bloom in West Coast history may be linked to climate change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California , domoic acid , Oregon , reasons not to eat fish , red tide , toxic algae bloom , toxic fish , toxic shellfish , u.s. west coast , washington , West Coast

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A Reflection on Energy Justice Summer—The Fight Against Fracking in Pennsylvania

October 7, 2014 by  
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Energy Justice Summer has come to an end, but our work against fracking and extreme shale gas extraction is still continuing. In the coming months, we’ll be looking for more fellows to come to Susquehanna County to join us in the fight to stop fracking in the name of energy justice, and a just transition to a clean energy economy. Thank you all for joining me on this amazing journey! This article is a reflection of Energy Justice Summer as a whole, and the life I lived in Montrose over the past three months, working alongside some amazing, dedicated activists. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of A Reflection on Energy Justice Summer—The Fight Against Fracking in Pennsylvania Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , activism , Atlantic Sunrise , Cabot , chesapeake , community , compressor stations , contamination , drill , driller , drilling , energy justice , Energy Justice Initiative , Energy Justice Summer , environmentalism , extraction , Fossil Free , fossil fuels , fracking , future generations , human rights , non profit , pennsylvania , Photography , pipelines , reflection , renewable energy , shale , shale gas , Shell , social rights , Susquehanna , violations , water issues , workshops

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A Toxic Tour: Violations, Lies, and Dangers of the Shale Gas Industry

July 25, 2014 by  
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“They say I’m not to be trusted,” said Vera Scroggins, a local fracking activist from Montrose, PA. Vera has recently been targeted by the industry for speaking out against shale gas extraction . She often leads groups through Dimock and Montrose on a ‘Toxic Tour,” explaining the history of drilling and fracking in the County. Since drilling began in Northeast PA, negative health and environmental effects have been increasing, and although it’s hard to find statistics for some of the resulting problems , Vera Scroggins is the best primary source. Read the rest of A Toxic Tour: Violations, Lies, and Dangers of the Shale Gas Industry Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , Atlantic Sunrise , Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project , Cabot , cabot oil and gas , careers , Climate Change , climate chaos , climate justice , corporations , Cove Point , destruction , dirty energy , drilling violations , earth , energy industry , Energy Justice Network , Energy Justice Summer , engineering , Environment , environmental engineering , environmental justice , extraction , FERC , Fossil Free , fossil fuels , fracking , fracking well violations , gag orders , government , green jobs , industry , inhabitat , lng , methane , natural gas , pennsylvania , pipelines , politics , renewable energy , renewables , Susquehanna , susquehanna county , tesla , toxic , Vera Scroggins , Williams , Williams companies

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Fire in the Sky: Devastation in the Shalefields

July 4, 2014 by  
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Natural gas flaring is basically another excuse for the oil and gas industry to avoid proper regulation and do whatever they want in order to make more money. Releasing dangerous toxins into the atmosphere via giant flames in the sky, flaring burns unwanted sour gas that is not economical for the the gas industry to capture. Unfortunately, it also endangers both human health and the health of the environment, causing headaches, and adding heaping greenhouse gas emissions to the sky, pushing the climate change train onward down the tracks. Read the rest of Fire in the Sky: Devastation in the Shalefields Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , acetaldehyde , acrolein , air , article , atmosphere , benzene , carcinogens , climate , Climate Change , climate chaos , climate justice , coal , corporations , destruction , dirty energy , emissions , energy independence , Environment , environmental , environmental engineering , environmental justice , environmental protection agency , epa , extraction , FERC , fire , flame , flaring , formaldehyde , Fossil Free , fossil fuel industry , fossil fuels , fracking , government , green jobs , hexane , inhabitat , leadership , methane , natural gas , particulate matter , particulates , pennsylvania , pipelines , renewables , shale , shale gas , shalefields , sour gas , Susquehanna , susquehanna county , toluene , toxins , xylenes

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Swiss Students’ Sustainability Vision for Lucerne: Your Room, Our Room, My Room

July 4, 2014 by  
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