EPA: Fracking Pollutes Drinking Water

After years of asserting that hydraulic fracturing has never tainted drinking water, the Obama administration issued a long-awaited study of the controversial oil and gas production technique that confirmed “specific instances” when fracking “led to impacts on drinking water resources, including contamination of drinking water wells.”

The conclusion was central to a nearly 1,000-page draft assessment issued Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency to address public concerns about the possible effects of fracking on drinking water.

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The Conservatives to take take away the right to decide on fracking wells away from local councils

The Sunday Telegraph reported that the Government plans take away the right of local council to decide on future shale gas production in their area.

Wasn’t this an attack on local democracy and devolution? Absolutely.

Charity Friends of the Earth, which leaked the letter show that the Tories plans to haveindustrial-scale shale gas fracking production in Britain “within 10 years”.
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Fracking firms’ tax haven ownership

This includes companies based in tax havens such as Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands, all of which were recently placed on an EU tax haven blacklist for being “non-cooperative” with efforts to combat tax avoidance.

45% of Cuadrilla is held by Riverstone Holdings through a Cayman Islands-based investment fund, while another 45% is held by Australian company AJ Lucas, which is 50% owned and substantially bankrolled by Kerogen Capital, registered in the Caymans.
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January Reading List

  1. Sir Peter to take on new role in the defence sector
  2. Breaking Taboos, BDS Gains Ground Among Academics
  3. No, Chancellor, 0.5% inflation is not “welcome news”
  4. It is ‘impossible’ for today’s big oil companies to adapt to climate change
  5. Leave fossil fuels buried to prevent climate change, study urges
  6. The wealth that failed to trickle down: The rich do get richer while poor stay poor, report suggests
  7. Rate of environmental degradation puts life on Earth at risk, say scientists 
  8. Why we must reject the dangerous delusions of Davos
  9. Is USAID Helping Haiti to Recover, or US Contractors to Make Millions? 
  10. New Oxfam report says half of global wealth held by the 1% 
  11. Revealed: how the wealth gap holds back economic growth
  12. Old ice in Arctic vanishingly rare
  13. Pentagon says air force’s ‘expanding drone fleet’ is unjustified and wasteful 
  14. Tory and Labour seats face fracking and groundwater concerns
  15. Fossil fuel firms accused of renewable lobby takeover to push gas 
  16. As inequality soars, the nervous super rich are already planning their escapes
  17. They Pretend to Think, We Pretend to Listen
  18. George Osborne urges ministers to fast-track fracking measures in leaked letter
  19. Social conscience is key to cutting household energy
  20. In depth: Infrastructure bill amendments on fracking, fossil fuels, and zero carbon homes
  21. MPs have given the thumbs up to fracking – but this one’s far from over
  22. Winning an Election Does Not Mean Winning Power
  23. How the CIA made Google
  24. Why is terror Islamist?
  25. The Myth of the Terrorist Safe Haven
  26. Their mantra was ‘Hope begins today’: the inside story of Syriza’s rise to power
  27. A State Licence to Rob the Public
  28. Can Cool Pope Francis Change the Catholic Church?
  29. Any Government Must Fund The NHS Properly
  30. Claims that climate models overestimate warming are “unfounded”, study shows
  31. 33 Latin American and Caribbean states endorse Austrian Pledge and call for negotiations on a ban treaty
  32. Islamic State: the unknown war 
  33. Why Is an Israeli Defense Contractor Building a ‘Virtual Wall’ in the Arizona Desert? 
  34. Five Years After: Long Live Howard Zinn 
  35. Pentagon Seeks 13% Weapons Increase as Obama Urges End to Cuts
  36. How America Could Collapse
  37. Fracking set to be banned from 40% of England’s shale areas
  38. Put the Pentagon On a Real Budget
  39. Don’t Blame Islam
  40. Cameron’s five-year legacy: has he finished what Thatcher started?


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October Reading List

  1. A Trillion Ways To Build a New Military Industrial Complex
  2. The Military Takes on Climate Change Deniers
  3. Amazon Must Be Stopped
  4. Japan’s Decision on Collective Self-Defense in Context
  5. Far-Right Birther’s Secret Funders
  6. Pinkwashing: Fracking Company Teams Up With Susan G. Komen to ‘End Breast Cancer Forever’
  7. Cut benefits? Yes, let’s start with our £85bn corporate welfare handout
  8. US firms could make billions from UK via secret tribunals
  9. Germany Can’t Manage Its Weapons
  10. Warmongering Hebrew University tries to muzzle Palestinian students
  11. Richest 1% of people own nearly half of global wealth, says report
  12. UK to allow fracking companies to use ‘any substance’ under homes 
  13. This One $486 Million Blunder In Afghanistan Sums Up The Disaster Of Military Spending
  14. The US and a Crumbling Levant
  15. Only 12% of drone victims in Pakistan identified as militants: report
  16. Does Rising Inequality Make a Democracy More Warlike?
  17. European banks and the global banking glut
  18. With US-led air strikes on Isis intensifying, it’s a good time to be an arms giant like Lockheed Martin
  19. Organised Hypocrisy on a Monumental Scale
  20. NASA Confirms A 2,500-Square-Mile Cloud Of Methane Floating Over US Southwest
  21. Netanyahu’s Not Chickenshit, the White House Is

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September Reading List

  1. How the west created the Islamic State
  2. Who’s Paying the Pro-War Pundits?
  3. The Pentagon’s $800-Billion Real Estate Problem
  4. Lefties and liberals still don’t do enough to stop wars
  5. How the super rich got richer: 10 shocking facts about inequality
  6. ISIS’s Enemy List: 10 Reasons the Islamic State Is Doomed
  7. Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault
  8. Democracy in the Twenty-First Century
  9. Israeli drone conference features weapons used to kill Gaza’s children
  10. New Report on Water Impacts of Shale Gas Development
  11. Behind the headlines: Fracking and water contamination
  12. Story of a War Foretold: Why we’re fighting ISIS
  13. Richard Brooks and Andrew Bousfield, 19th September 2014. Shady Arabia and the Desert Fix. Private Eye.
  14. “My childhood was not an episode from Downton Abbey”
  15. Russell Tribunal finds evidence of incitement to genocide, crimes against humanity in Gaza
  16. ‘Blood on their hands’: Glasgow activists shut down drone manufacturer
  17. Inequality is a choice: U.S. inequality in two shocking graphics
  18. Europe Tries to Stop Flow of Citizens Joining Jihad
  19. On the streets with the People’s Climate March
  20. The Great Frack Forward
  21. The Unaffordable Arsenal

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