For the last month, an environmental crisis has slowly unfolded off the Solomon islands, after a bauxite bulk carrier ran aground and started leaking oil near a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Two years into his Presidency, the fullblown cost of Donald Trump’s assault on human health, the environment and on science is becoming brutally and painfully clear.
As the UK’s fledgling shale industry lurches from crisis after crisis concerning public acceptability and causing repeated small earthquakes, the UK Government last month appointed what it termed an independent “Shale Gas Commissioner” whose job it is to listen to the concerns of local residents
“The taxpayer is going to end up losing billions of dollars here”
As the clock ticks down until the May 31 deadline over the controversial Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project, which will triple the amount of tar sands being transported from Alberta to the British Columbian coast, the campaign against its expansion is spreading abroad.
As Big Oil’s new poster boy, Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, scrabbles around for investors for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline, extra finance may not be enough to save the controversial pipeline.
On Sunday, Kinder Morgan sent shock waves across Canada and the oil industry when it announced it was “suspending all non-essential activities and related spending on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project”, until at least the end of May.
You would have thought that having been responsible for the largest offshore oil spill in US history, the Deepwater Horizon, which spilled an estimated 4 million barrels of oil into the sea, and cost you $65 billion, that as a company you would see oil spills as something to be avoided.
Just because you get older, it doesn’t mean you cannot stop taking action for what you believe in. And yesterday was a case in point. Two seventy year olds, still putting their bodies on the line for environmental justice and indigenous rights.
All together, findings to date from scientific, medical, and journalistic investigations combine to demonstrate that fracking poses significant threats to air, water, health, public safety, climate stability, seismic stability, community cohesion, and long-term economic vitality.