Oil Spills, Fracking Blowouts & Pizza?

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The Green Divas have teamed up with Lynn Hasselberger of myEARTH360 to produce a roundup of the week’s top environmental news.

There was a lot of environmental news this week, and not all of it was bad, but some of it was just . . . weird. Listen to this week’s GD myEARTH360 podcast to hear the report . . .

More Oil Spills, Fracking Blowouts, Heated Political Climate Debate & Pizza?

Some of what’s been going on in environmental news this week, gives a whole new meaning to the phrases, “oily discharge” and “passing gas” …

What side effects can we expect from the incessant gas, oil and chemical spills?

Are these dirty energy mishaps happening on a more and more frequent basis?

The good news is that lawmakers are pushing stricter legislation on Capitol Hill that would grant states more oversight power for chemical facilities. Let’s hope they get somewhere with that.

In the WTF category, Chevron gave out free pizza coupons to a community as feel-good compensation for a recent fire and gas well explosion … ?

Climate change has been getting more media attention recently with winter storms across the U.S., the California drought and President Obama’s $2 billion+ pledge for California and the U.S. Climate Resilience Fund (to help prepare communities for consequences of extreme weather events), not to mention the extreme heat in Australia, and John Kerry calling climate change “perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.”

Discouraging news for parents: Researches found six additional chemicals that can hamper normal brain development. These chemicals include manganese and fluoride (found in drinking water); the remaining chemicals are found in solvents and pesticides. No surprise that rates of autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia have soared in recent years.

Fracking Well Blowout Causes Oil And Chemical Wastewater Spill In North Dakotashutterstock_163135541

An oil well owned by Whiting Petroleum Corp. started leaking hydraulic fracturing fluid and spewing oil late on Thursday, after a blowout that company and state officials said may take “a couple more days” to clear up, according to Friday reports in Reuters.

The well lost control after a blowout preventer failed, and began leaking between 50 and 70 barrels (2,100 to 2,940 gallons) per day of fracking fluid — a mixture of generally classified chemicals, water, and sand — and 200 barrels (8,400 gallons) per day of oil, the Reuters reports said. As of Friday, fluids from the leak were being collected and trucked from the site. Whiting is maintaining that none of the liquids entered the water, though some oily “mist” did spray onto the frozen creek.

“This [leak] is a large one and also a health and human risk, it’s a big one,” Lynn Helms, the head of the state’s Department of Mineral Resources, said in a conference call.

“Pressure and control of a well is essentially priority number one for oil and gas companies.” Read the full story…

MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” Covers Court Ruling Finding Keystone XL Routing Unconstitutional

“TransCanada has no approved route in Nebraska… the pipeline project is at a standstill in this state,” stated David Domina, attorney for landowners who sued over the process that granted eminent domain authority to TransCanada for routing its proposed Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska.

“Citizens won today. We beat a corrupt bill that Gov. Heineman and the Nebraska Legislature passed in order to pave the way for a foreign corporation to run roughshod over American landowners,” said Bold Nebraska director Jane Kleeb.

On Feb. 19, Nebraska District Court Judge Stephanie Stacy ruled that LB 1161 is unconstitutional; the law fast-tracked approval of the Keystone XL pipeline route in Nebraska, and wrested the power of eminent domain from the Public Service Commission — as designated under the state’s constitution — and gave it to Gov. Dave Heineman, who gave KXL the green light. Read the full story…

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Gingrich calls for Kerry to resign over climate change speech

Newt Gingrich on Monday called on Secretary of State John Kerry to resign over Kerry’s recent comments equating the threat of climate change to terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. In a series of tweets, the CNN host and former GOP presidential candidate said Kerry — whose name he misspelled “kerrey” — is out of touch with reality. Read the full Washington Post story…

For more details on these and several other stories (some of which are actually good news!), please see the original GD myEARTH360 report for this week . . .


Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing

Summerannie Moon
Summerannie M4 years ago

thank you!

Dimitris Dallis
Past Member 4 years ago

Thank you for the article Divas :)

Anne K.
Anne K4 years ago

Thank you

Teresa W.
Teresa W4 years ago

Yes, Spring, thinking that free pizza would recompense them an oil spill is ridiculous.

Jennifer H.
Jennifer H4 years ago

It is the oil company's way of saying we can do what we want and you can't do anything about it. Irresponsible and disrespectful.

Leanne B.
Leanne B4 years ago

Pizza is an insult to victims and just shameful. If utility company's would maintain infrastructure instead of just creaming off profit for shareholder's an CEO's all would be better off. Greed and the damage of free market capitalism with little to no government oversight to keep them in check is harming many!

Edo R.
Edo R4 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Spring Green
.4 years ago

It seems that the pizza compensation was the most ridiculous gesture ever, but it was also the best thing for bringing these dangerous spills and practices to light. Let's hope now people will stand up and ask for more safeguards and regulations to protect themselves and their families.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.