Cowichan Conversations: Toxic Algae Bloom Leaves 500,000 Without Drinking Water in Ohio

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Water shortages are a serious concern in the Cowichan Valley with record low levels in the Cowichan River threatening salmon survival. Water use regulations restricting use have been kicked into place throughout the valley as we pray for rain. Yes, it is a challenge and one that promises to become the norm ...

LeDaro: Fracking Causes Earthquakes

Fracking caused over 100 earthquakes in Ohio. State geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquake activity in the Marcellus Shale basin to hydraulic fracturing, confirming the suspicions of activists pushing for drilling limits in the interest of public health. State Oil & Gas Chief Rick Simmers told The Associated Press on Friday ...

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: U.S. election 2012: Rachel Maddow unloads on delusional Republicans

Rachel Maddow is my favorite American television host, political commentator and progressive. She’s the best. In this video, she unloads on Republicans and conservatives for their delusional reaction to the re-election of Barack Obama as the president of the United States. And she opens her smackdown in style: Ohio really did go to President Obama last ...

CuriosityCat: Presidential election: Trouble brewing in Ohio

Ohio Secretary of Sate Jon Husted Voting day  is not even here and lawsuits are flying thicker than bats in a musty cave. Ohio is the key state – the winner here most  likely will be the next president. And things are taking a very bad turn there right now, as this report explains: A ...

DeSmogBlog: Exposed: Pennsylvania Act 13 Overturned by Supreme Court, Originally an ALEC Model Bill

alec-exposed-600×400.jpeg On July 26, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled PA Act 13 unconstitutional. The bill would have stripped away local zoning laws, eliminated the legal concept of a Home Rule Charter, limited private property rights, and in the process, completely disempowered town, city, municipal and county governments, particularly when it comes to shale gas development. The Court ruled that ...

DeSmogBlog: American Nurses Band Together to Expose Health Risks of Fracking and Fossil Fuel Energy

Picture 2.png Nurses from the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) are proposing they take on a more prominent role in connecting the dots between human health and fossil fuel-based energy. Their public policy proposal, “Nurses Role in Recognizing, Education and Advocating for Healthier Energy Choices,” was passed by the American Nurses Association (ANA) House of ...

DeSmogBlog: ALEC Slips Exxon Fracking Loopholes into New Ohio Law

Exxon-Mobil-XTO-Energy-e1338448150794.jpeg This is a guest post by Connor Gibson, cross-posted from Greenpeace. Wake up and smell the frack fluid! But don't ask what's in it, at least not in Ohio, cause it's still not your right to know. Ohio is in the final stages of making an Exxon trojan horse on hydrofracking into state law, ...

DeSmogBlog: Fracking Industry Trying To Keep Doctors Silent About Chemical Dangers

doctor silence.jpg Polls conducted in recent years show that close to 80% of Americans trust their doctors. They believe, rightly so, that their personal doctors are looking out for their patients’ best interests, and that doctors will do what is necessary to get patients healthy. But what happens when a doctor is legally bound to ...

DeSmogBlog: Toothpaste More Dangerous Than Fracking, "Expert" Says

strawman-argument.jpg It's okay, people. We've been blowing this whole fracking thing way out of proportion. Dr. Barry Stevens of To-Be-Determined America sets the record straight in hopes that we'll re-align our focus and concentrate on the real issues at hand, which, by the way, is not fracking (Spoiler Alert: it's toothpaste). Over at OilPrice.com, Dr. ...

DeSmogBlog: Survey Says…Fracking IS Causing Earthquakes

oh-frack1.jpg A new report by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) says that the increased seismic activity taking place in certain areas of the United States is almost certainly the result of oil and gas drilling activities. The group has been studying dozens of earthquakes across America for the last 8 months and determined that the ...

DeSmogBlog: 72 Percent of Ohioans Want A Fracking Moratorium, Citing Need For More Study

The unconventional gas industry's latest rush in the United States will land it in the state of Ohio, but a recent poll shows that the state's residents are not rolling out the red carpet for an industry famous for threatening drinking water supplies, causing earthquakes, noise and air pollution and trying to proliferate global addiction ...

DeSmogBlog: Fracking Earthquakes Becoming Serious Cause for Concern

Fracking-illustration-001.jpg For the fracking industry, 2012 is off to a shaky start…literally. On New Year’s Eve 2011, a 4.0 magnitude earthquake was recorded in Ohio, one of the largest fracking-related quakes to date. According to reports, the quake was felt across hundreds of square miles in the state of Ohio, and scientists suspect it is ...

DeSmogBlog: Fracking Ohio’s Utica Shale to "Boost Local Economy"? A "Total" Sham

Total Energy Logo.jpg It is a well-known fact that the unconventional gas industry is involved in an inherently toxic business, particularly through hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"), which the EPA just confirmed today has contaminated groundwater in Wyoming. The documentary "Gasland," DeSmogBlog's report "Fracking the Future: How Unconventional Gas Threatens our Water, Health, and Climate," and numerous other ...

Art Threat: Engaged devotion and care – The terrariums of Paula Hayes

It might be because I just started paying attention, but it seems to me that terrariums are on the rise. These delicate glass globes filled with tiny gardens are like nature sent to earth from space. As we become more aware of our impact on the environment, it’s almost as through we have taken a ...

Art Threat: Put the Pocahontas back in the closet – Ethnic Halloween costumes challenged by Ohio student group

A recent article on CBC.ca reports that a campaign is underway to educate people in the US and Canada on the harms brought by “ethnic costumes” worn at Halloween. Costumes that crudely reflect already crude stereotypes of Arabs, Asians, Africans and others have been worn by children and adults with zeal and irony for many ...

Bill Longstaff: Busting the union-busting bills

Anti-union legislation has been all the rage in the U.S. following last November’s election of a number of right-wing governors. Most notorious is Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, infamous for his polarizing union law that strips most public employees of their collective bargaining rights. Ohio governor John Kasich hasn’t received similar attention, but his Bill 5 (SB5) ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Mysterious Fracking Memo Encourages Employees To Deceive Landowners

danger men.jpg The Associated Press is reporting some new details about the mysterious memo that surfaced earlier this year which encourages buyers of oil and gas leases to lie to landowners about the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The memo has yet to be authenticated, but the AP reports that the language in the memo ...