Standing Rock: The Environmental and Social Justice Consequences of Fracking and the Dakota Access Pipeline

“You can live without money. You can live without oil. But you can’t live without water.”

 – Standing Rock Youth [1] 

In May of 2016, a multi-billion dollar corporation, Energy Transfer Partners, began construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project, despite long standing opposition from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota. The DAPL, also known as the Bakken Oil Pipeline, is designed to extend 1,168 miles across North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois, crossing through communities, farms, tribal lands, sensitive natural areas and wildlife habitat. It is intended to carry crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Illinois where it will link with another pipeline that will transport the oil to terminals and refineries along the Gulf of Mexico. [2] 

If construction is completed, the pipeline is expected to carry approximately 500,000 barrels of crude oil daily from North Dakota to Illinois, crossing underneath Lake Oahe and the Missouri River a half-mile upstream from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation.  [3] The Missouri River is the main source of drinking and irrigation water for the 8,200 residents of the Standing Rock reservation.  The pipeline would pump an estimated 17,000 gallons of oil per minute underneath this water source, which would be devastated by a spill or leak. [4] This project poses serious environmental threats and will disturb burial grounds and sacred sites on the Tribe’s ancestral Treaty lands. [5] On July 26, 2016 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave its approval to run the DAPL underneath Lake Oahe, in violation of federal law. One day later, on July 27th, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed a complaint in federal courtseeking an injunction to halt construction. [6] The Tribe’s legal action has been followed by a rapidly growing movement of peaceful support.  A timeline and collection of articles chronicling events is available here.

 

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Agrochemicals and the cesspool of corruption

Glyphosate has entered the food chain in an unremitting and unending fashion. It is showing up in the urine of 97% of European adults – It was, until recently, declared by the WHO as a ‘probable carcinogen’. Just to make it real easy to give you and your family cancer it is heavily promoted in almost every garden center in small one gallon containers with its own integrated pressure sprayer!
ALL our food which is not from an organic source is in danger of becoming contaminated with this deadly poison and it just gets more ubiquitous on a daily basis.  Time to get very angry with these diabolical companies – especially Monsanto and its new parent company Bayer.
As you all may know by now I am nearly 100% organic.
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Colin Todhunter

(RINF) – In her recent open letter to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason documents what amounts to a cesspool of corruption surrounding sections of the agrochemicals industry and the regulation of glyphosate (as found in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup).

As with all her previous ‘open letters’ to officials, Mason cites ample sources to support her arguments and claims, not least those about the health- and environment-damaging impacts of glyphosate, a highly financially lucrative product for Monsanto. Readers may access these sources by consulting her original 15-page letter to the EPA here: open-letter-to-us-environmental-protection-agency-about-glyphosate-and-the-international-monsanto-tribunal

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The great awakening has begun

I was just thinking all the same thoughts as outlined below and was about to write an article on this. Now I dont have to! (ed.)

Tim Bryant, Guest
Waking Times

Browsing through history, it’s very clear that the world has undergone many monumental shifts in society that have uprooted it’s very foundation in place of new seed.

A paradigm shift is a fundamental change in approach or underlining assumptions. For example, when Pythagoras proposed that the Earth was round instead of flat, the foundation of science and people’s understanding of the world was completely changed. Similarly, when the Industrial Revolution took place there was a complete shift in manufacturing, lifestyle, and economics.

A paradigm shift can literally shake a society to its core, taking it off its current path and putting it on a brand new one. Though it might appear the opposite in the corporate controlled mainstream news, it appears that the entire world is in the very early stages of a paradigm shift. These shifts take place in many of the worlds most basic elements and redefine how life functions.

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Glyphosate Contaminates the Global Ecosystem: The Damning New PAN Report

By Catherine J Frompovich

PAN, the Pesticide Action Network International, issued a 96-page report dated October 2016 titled “GLYPHOSATE” that every person on the planet ought to be concerned about, especially if you are using it in agriculture and farming; as a homeowner on your weeds; or as an unsuspecting member of society who unknowingly is forced to eat food crops sprayed with it!

According to that Report’s Summary, glyphosate—Roundup—Monsanto are synonymous with the number one selling herbicide used in genetically modified crop agriculture, even though glyphosate is manufactured by many companies in other countries.

The herbicidal action of glyphosate is primarily due to its capacity to block the production of essential amino acids in plants and some microorganisms through a pathway called “shikimate”, which is present only in plants.  Thus it was sold as ‘safe’ for animals and humans. [1]

The World Health Organization’s IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) classified glyphosate as probable carcinogen [Group 2A] in 2015!  How come it took so long? I find myself asking. Continue reading “Glyphosate Contaminates the Global Ecosystem: The Damning New PAN Report”

Pharmaceutical drugs in tap water

This article comes from the US but a similar situation exists here, viz. the words of the professor from Brunel University, London quoted below. All the same chemicals are used here and the water purification at municiple level cannot deal with these substances as they often are very minute in size and cannot be extracted. Add all the very toxic agricultural chemicals (some of these can be extracted) and it would seem that we would be well advised to take the advice below and filter our water at all times with the best system  can afford.

(NaturalNews) If you drink tap water, there’s a good chance you’re taking in all sorts of pharmaceutical drugs at the same time. Massive doses of prescription drugs pass through people’s bodies and into the sewage system. These chemicals are very stable and make their way back into the water supply, unchanged. If you don’t use appropriate, lab-validated water filters, you could be drinking a bizarre cocktail of drugs on a daily basis. Without even knowing it, you could be taking birth control, statins, SSRIs, psychotics, or any other popular chemical that is now pervasive in the water supply. These second hand medications could be interfering with your hormones, weight modulation, sleep patterns, temperament, cognitive function, ability to handle stress, etc. Continue reading “Pharmaceutical drugs in tap water”

Fukushima radiation has contaminated entire Pacific Ocean

The nuclear disaster has contaminated the world’s largest ocean in only five years and it’s still leaking 300 tons of radioactive waste every day.

An energy map provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows the intensity of the tsunami in the Pacific Ocean caused by the magnitude 8.9 earthquake which struck Japan on March 11, 2011. Thousands of people fled their homes along the Pacific coast of North and South America on Friday as a tsunami triggered by Japan's massive earthquake reached the region but appeared to spare it from major damage. REUTERS/NOAA/Center for Tsunami Research/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

What was the most dangerous nuclear disaster in world history? Most people would say the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine, but they’d be wrong. In 2011, an earthquake, believed to be an aftershock of the 2010 earthquake in Chile, created a tsunami that caused a meltdown at the TEPCO nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. Three nuclear reactors melted down and what happened next was the largest release of radiation into the water in the history of the world. Over the next three months, radioactive chemicals, some in even greater quantities than Chernobyl, leaked into the Pacific Ocean. However, the numbers may actually be much higher as Japanese official estimates have been proven by several scientists to be flawed in recent years.

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