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OKC Stifles Dissent on Lake Hefner Fracking Proposal

OKC Stifles Dissent on Lake Hefner Fracking Proposal
When it comes to basic democratic principles and the freedom of political expression, the public meeting Thursday to discuss a proposal to allow fracking adjacent to Lake Hefner was a complete sham. Democracy is NOT alive and well in Oklahoma City, folks.
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Top Five UK Fracking Moments of 2014

Top Five UK Fracking Moments of 2014
DeSmog UK has compiled a list of the top 5 fracking moments of 2014 for our #FrackingFriday series.
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Fracking Bans in Quebec and New York Should Give B.C. Premier Christy Clark Pause

Fracking Bans in Quebec and New York Should Give B.C. Premier Christy Clark Pause
Two big blows to the natural gas industry have come in less than 24 hours, with both the province of Quebec and New York state effectively banning shale gas extraction over concerns with the process of hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a. “fracking”). 
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State Dept. Selects Chevron as Finalist for "Corporate Excellence" Award

It's hard to believe, but the Obama administration has selected Chevron, the San Ramon-based corporate giant known for environmental destruction and the violation of human rights throughout the world, as a finalist for its "corporate excellence" award!
According to a State Department news release, "The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs has announced the selection of nine finalists for the Secretary of State's prestigious 2014 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE)."
The Secretary of State has awarded the ACE since 1999 to recognize American companies that
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New Report Highlights Fracking's Global Hazards

New Report Highlights Fracking's Global Hazards
A new report, issued the same day the latest round of global climate negotiations opened in Peru, highlights the fracking industry's slow expansion into nearly every continent, drawing attention not only to the potential harm from toxic pollution, dried-up water supplies and earthquakes, but also to the threat the shale industry poses to the world's climate.
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CU Regents Unconvinced About Divesting in Fossil Fuels - Buffaloes Soldier On

CU Regents Unconvinced About Divesting in Fossil Fuels - Buffaloes Soldier On
The University of Colorado this month provided a great lesson on the difficult question of how best to address climate change. It came not from the science or politics department but from the board of regents.
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Grand Canyon wolf visit signals possible Colorado comeback for the species

FRISCO, Colo. — As the Grand Canyon’s new lone wolf howls at the silvery moon from the Kaibab Plateau this winter, biologists hope to learn more about how the West’s great predators may someday recolonize their ancestral hunting grounds — including Colorado.
The last time a wolf peered over the edge of the canyon was nearly a lifetime ago — 70 years, biologists say. But in early October, a solitary wolf from the northern Rockies turned up in northern Arizona after wandering at least 450 miles. The long-distance journey — along with similar treks by
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New Report: Fracking a Violation of Our Basic Human Rights

New Report: Fracking a Violation of Our Basic Human Rights
A hard hitting report commissioned by the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation was delivered this week to David Cameron and called on the government to investigate the impact of fracking on basic human rights.
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Roan Plateau Drilling Deal Hailed as Win-Win Energy and Environment

Roan Plateau Drilling Deal Hailed as Win-Win Energy and Environment
FRISCO, Colo.  — A 15 year battle over fossil fuel drilling on northwest Colorado’s remote and rugged Roan Plateau ended last week with the type of compromise that’s rare in energy showdowns.
Under the court-approved deal, the Bureau of Land Management will develop a new plan for the Roan that would protect the most important natural areas atop the 34,000 acre plateau while enabling some drilling in other areas, especially around the base of the plateau.
Energy companies agreed to avoid building roads and drill pads in the plateau’s most sensitive
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How Americans Came to Oppose Fracking

How Americans Came to Oppose Fracking
by Walter Brasch
 
For the first time since high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as nonconventional fracking, was developed, more Americans oppose it than support it.
According to a national survey conducted by the independent non-partisan Pew Research Center, 47 percent of Americans oppose fracking, while 41 percent support it. This is a 7 percent decline in support from March 2013, and a 9 percent increase in opposition.
The poll also reveals those who support fracking tend
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