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Why the US Plastics Industry Loves the Fracking Boom

Why the US Plastics Industry Loves the Fracking Boom
Looking for another reason to worry about fracking? We're going to bubble-wrap the entire planet with the overabundance of plastic it produces.
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$67B Tunnel Plan Moving Forward Without Permits or Plans to Pay for It

$67B Tunnel Plan Moving Forward Without Permits or Plans to Pay for It
California Gov. Jerry Brown's administration is stepping up its efforts to fast-track the Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the peripheral tunnels, as revealed in a memorandum sent to Department of Water Resources. Delta advocates criticized the memo for being the latest in a series of actions taken by the Brown administration to rush the construction of the peripheral tunnels before permitting of the process is complete — and before any financial plan or agreement to pay for the tunnels, estimated to cost $67 billion or more, is in place.
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Despite CA's Drought, Oil Industry Spokesperson Admits to Projected Increase in Fracking Water Use

Despite CA's Drought, Oil Industry Spokesperson Admits to Projected Increase in Fracking Water Use
Tupper Hull, spokesman for the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) and former press spokesman for the Westlands Water District, admitted in an interview on National Public Radio (NPR) what the anti-fracking community has known for a long time – once they figure out how to make the Monterey Shale economically viable, the water usage will ramp up significantly.
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That's A Wrap! CO Legislators Leave for the Year with Loads of Unfinished Business

That's A Wrap! CO Legislators Leave for the Year with Loads of Unfinished Business
A legislative year-end recap of Colorado's congressional session. The year ended with surprising bipartisan accord, though much was left on the table, including a fracking bill that would've put the health of citizens first over the oil industry's rampant abuse of the state's natural resources.
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American Colleges are Becoming Fracking Prostitutes

American Colleges are Becoming Fracking Prostitutes
Lackawanna College, a two-year college in Scranton, Pennsylvania, has become a prostitute. The administration doesn’t think of themselves or their college as a prostitute. They believe they are doing a public service. Of course, streetwalkers and call girls also believe they are doing a public service.
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Oil Lobby Sets New Spending Record in Sacramento

Oil Lobby Sets New Spending Record in Sacramento
The new numbers for the amount of money spent on lobbying in Sacramento in the first three months of 2014 just came in from the Secretary of State's Office, and guess who finished first?
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Oil Train Carrying Crude from ND Fracking Operation Explodes in VA

Oil Train Carrying Crude from ND Fracking Operation Explodes in VA
A train carrying oil exploded in Lynchburg, VA Tuesday, spilling at least 50,000 gallons of crude, much of it into the James River. DeSmogBlog has learned that the train was carrying oil gleaned from the Bakken shale in North Dakota, a fracking operation that would likely be on the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline.
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How the Fracking Boom Increases Production of Disposable Plastics

How the Fracking Boom Increases Production of Disposable Plastics
Natural gas contains many of the vital raw materials that are used to manufacture plastics and chemicals. Experts are predicting enormous increases in production of those plastics most often used in disposable consumer packaging and single-use products.
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Fracking Boom Town Lacks Equipment to Fight Toxic Explosions and Spills

Fracking Boom Town Lacks Equipment to Fight Toxic Explosions and Spills
Residents in the heart of this oil-and-gas boom town for years have watched drilling operations advance toward their homes, moving in from the high-plains grasslands, then farm fields, then strip-mall suburbs. At public commission meetings and town-hall gatherings residents have raised concerns about air quality, water contamination, noise and traffic. In recent weeks, city authorities have given them something else to worry about: toxic explosions and spills local safety officials admit they are unprepared to handle.
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CO Awash in Anti-Fracking Ballot Initiatives

CO Awash in Anti-Fracking Ballot Initiatives
Colorado voters who try to figure out all the proposed statewide ballot initiatives to regulate drilling and fracking are in for a real challenge. So far, 11 ballot initiatives have been proposed on the subject for the November vote, with many of them extremely similar to each other.
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