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Political Ecology: Mapping the Shale Gas Boom

Political Ecology: Mapping the Shale Gas Boom | One World Enviromentalism | Scoop.it
Where in the United States is fracking unlocking natural gas from shale rock?

 


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Many communities are fighting fracking.  In Texas a man sued oil company and the oil company lost so they conter sued the man for defamation.  Parts of Colorado have recently passed laws to keep fracking out of their communities.  

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Matthew DiLuglio's curator insight, November 29, 2013 9:53 PM

In class we studied "fracking," or the fracturing of shale deep in the Earth with blasts of fluid, which produces a harvestable oil yield and much pollution to aquifers in the area.  I live at a house sometimes, where the water is rusty- and it really prevents me from doing much of anything with the water.  I can't cook with it, I can't shower in it, I can't drink it, I have to use bottled water to even brush my teeth because the simple rust content is so vile.  I cannot even imagine what the industrial acid- hydrochloric acid, as well as other contaminants in the water- would do to the water someone relies on...  I think of situations where neighbors trees are dangling over someone else's property, and how branches may be required to be cut down because of their interference with neighboring property, and I would hope that something can be done about protection of aquifers, along the same times... If there is something negative or unwanted affecting someone's water, something really should be done about it.  Knowing that there are negative consequences that come along with fracking, I really can't fathom why people do it!  I live in a protected watershed area in Scituate that does not allow development of any kind on one side of the road because of the Scituate Reservoir.  People are not allowed in the Reservoir Property at all, let alone not allowed to dump waste or cause any sort of harm to the environment, because a huge portion of the state of RI gets their water from that reservoir.  I am not an absolute tree-hugger, but I also don't think that such problematic activites should be 'stirred up' in areas that affect something that humans rely on and need to survive.  While I see that I am not affected by these shale fracking ops as are indicated on the map, I also DO care about the peope in those areas! Why should they be subjected to such putrification of their water resources?  I am once again perplexed by the darkness of humanity.

Liam Michelsohn's curator insight, December 10, 2013 3:48 PM

This was a very interesting topic to read about,  its clear the issue of fracking has so many cracks to it(haha). While whats occuring is completly unnatural, the economic forces behind it are clear, this is a big way to help give amercans cheeper gas. However the effects it has locally are increadibly destuctive and will likely have futher consiquences as fracking continues. I noticed by looking at this map that policialy it seem like fracking is occuring in the red states, seems they want to use there land for the resouces even though it might destroy. While politicaly librals want to protect there enviorments of there blue states. This really adds anouther levle to it and how the placment of these new gas companys is panning out arcosss america.

Kyle Kampe's curator insight, May 28, 2014 11:06 PM

In AP Human Geo., this relates to the concept of the ecological perspective of geography because it describes the relationship between political geography and the ecological makeup of a region.

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Viper Mine coal-waste storage site approved

LINCOLN — Before another packed house, the Logan County Board Tuesday night overwhelmingly approved zoning that will allow the Viper Mine near
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Coalition of Farmers, Environmental Groups to Challenge Environmental Protection Agency Over Herbicide Approval

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Ivanpah thermal solar power plant produces "death rays" torching many birds

Ivanpah thermal solar power plant produces "death rays" torching many birds | One World Enviromentalism | Scoop.it
Roast bird record at Mojave solar plant even worse than predicted? Plant workers call them "streamers." Birds that fly through the beams of concentrated sunlight at the massive Ivanpah solar plant ...
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OCA: Deadline September 8: Tell the USDA to reject Dow's 'Agent Orange' crops!

OCA: Deadline September 8: Tell the USDA to reject Dow's 'Agent Orange' crops! | One World Enviromentalism | Scoop.it
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The future of Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program

The future of Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program | One World Enviromentalism | Scoop.it
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) with revisions to the reintroduction program for the Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) in A...
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Will the sage grouse stop energy development out West? | WashingtonExaminer.com

Will the sage grouse stop energy development out West? | WashingtonExaminer.com | One World Enviromentalism | Scoop.it
Sometime next year, the Fish and Wildlife Service will decide whether to include the greater sage grouse on an updated endangered species list. The decision could have profound impact on energy development in Western states. The energy industry is now making a push to keep the bird off the list.
That's because the grouse, a ground-dwelling, two-foot-tall bird with brown and white feathers, has a massive habitat, running from California to Colorado and all states further north of that, encompassing 2.4 million acres. The total area of federal oil and gas leases currently on hold in Wyoming alone while the federal government mulls the decision is 10,000 acres.
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'Whistling' Volcanic Lightning Heard Halfway Around the World - AccuWeather.com

The Earth sings every day, with an electric chorus. With the right tuning, radios can eavesdrop on this sizzling symphony of crackles, pops and whistles — the melody of millions of lightning bolts.
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Are Transition Plans Code for Climate Change Backtracking?

Are Transition Plans Code for Climate Change Backtracking? | One World Enviromentalism | Scoop.it
The USDA Forest Service is pushing through the sale of nearly 6,200 acres of Tongass rainforest's old growth timber for 10-15 years of logging. Only a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department investigation is forestalling the tragic event....
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Fee on oil transported by rail a key issue in state budget debate

Fee on oil transported by rail a key issue in state budget debate | One World Enviromentalism | Scoop.it
With a Sunday deadline for a state budget agreement, a proposed fee on oil transported by rail cars across California has emerged as a major target for opposition by oil companies and business lobbyists.
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UOG: Hawaii Plant Extinction Prevention Program Training on Guam to Help Prevent Extinction of Guam’s Rare Plants

UOG: Hawaii Plant Extinction Prevention Program Training on Guam to Help Prevent Extinction of Guam’s Rare Plants | One World Enviromentalism | Scoop.it
Pacific News Center - The most breaking news, local news and sports news for Guam and the Marianas, along with K57 Interviews.
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Local Advocates Praise EPA Clean Power Plan

Local Advocates Praise EPA Clean Power Plan | One World Enviromentalism | Scoop.it
The Environmental Protection Agency announced new rules to limit carbon emissions on Monday.
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FIS - Worldnews - Conservationists to sue NMFS over protection of pinto abalone

FIS - Worldnews - Conservationists to sue NMFS over protection of pinto abalone | One World Enviromentalism | Scoop.it
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Tiger Bomb - YouTube BigCat Rescue

Lion Cut performs their song "Tiger Bomb" edited by Andrea Seamans. Give a listen and let us know if we should invite them out for a purr-formance! www.lionc...
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Washington Department of Wildlife Secretly Sends Aerial Gunners for Wolf Pack

Washington Department of Wildlife Secretly Sends Aerial Gunners for Wolf Pack | One World Enviromentalism | Scoop.it
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If grizzly bears returned, would Californians be safe?

If grizzly bears returned, would Californians be safe? | One World Enviromentalism | Scoop.it
Things could get a little bit wilder in California in the not-too-distant future.
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Western Watersheds Project Not Backing Down in Wyoming Lawsuit

Western Watersheds Project Not Backing Down in Wyoming Lawsuit | One World Enviromentalism | Scoop.it
News Release. WWP refutes rancher claims and files counterclaims- Jackson, WY—A month ago the Western Watersheds Project was sued by a group of Wyoming ranchers who alleged the group trespassed in ...
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Thank you Western Watersheds Project for fighting for all of us and our water resources!  Way to go!

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Neonics and genetically engineered crops to be phased out at national wildlife refuges

Neonics and genetically engineered crops to be phased out at national wildlife refuges | One World Enviromentalism | Scoop.it
These elements of "industrial agriculture" not needed at refuges- Pressure to ban neonictinoid pesticides and mobilization against GE crops has been growing. The U.S. government is perceived by man...
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Letter: An unlikely environmental hero

Letter: An unlikely environmental hero | One World Enviromentalism | Scoop.it
For those in the environmental community, there is a sense that the environmental battles fought in the recent legislative session require that special recognition be given to the person who did the most to promote awareness of threats to environmental and wildlife conservation in Kansas.The legislator most deserving of this award is Sen. Larry Powell, R-Garden City, chairman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee.
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SSSR release on the Augusta-Hudbay agreement

SSSR release on the Augusta-Hudbay agreement | One World Enviromentalism | Scoop.it
The following comes from Save the Scenic Santa Ritas' press release on the impending Hudbay takeover of Augusta Resource Corp.:
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Official on key EPA fracking advisory board has suspect degree

Official on key EPA fracking advisory board has suspect degree | One World Enviromentalism | Scoop.it
An official on the Environmental Protection Agency’s hydraulic fracturing scientific advisory board got a doctorate degree from an unaccredited, shuttered online correspondence school that congressional auditors targeted a decade ago in an investigation into diploma mills.
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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Threatened Marbled Murrelets From Clearcutting on Liquidated Oregon State Forests

Logging of Parcels Liquidated from Elliott State Forest Will Harm Marbled Murrelets,
Other Wildlife, Water and People
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