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Dakota Access Pipeline

Mountaintop Removal Mining

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"To paraphrase the Christian Bible (Matthew 16): For what is a man profited if he shall make beaucoup bucks
while transforming the planet into a cesspool."  — G.E. Nordell

                              

       "We are the only species able to change the natural world, so we must be stewards of the world."
       — primatologist Jane Goodall

       "If you've seen one redwood tree, you've seen them all."
       — Ronald Reagan [1911-2004]

       "Treat the earth kindly, my friends, and it will give you comfort, security, and all [that] a man may need. If you plant a flake of gold in the earth, will anything come of it? But plant a seed and it will repay you many times over."
       — Louis L'Amour [in "The Comstock"]

       "Science has proven the existence of global warming. So our position is like the moment in the old tales when you smell the dragon. The only question is which way to run – run or die!
       Mankind must reverse global warming or die."
       — G.E. Nordell

Union of Concerned Scientists re global warming
American Forests [est. 1875]
       Save The Redwoods League [est. 1918]       
SafeClimate        Grist: A Beacon In The Smog weblog [est. 1999]
Eco Timber flooring [est. 1992]
       Lester Brown's Earth Policy Institute [est. 2001] based in Washington, DC

Center for EcoLiteracy [est.1995]        Arbor Day - Plant a tree!        Earthweek: A Diary of The Planet - ecological news site 
    [est. 1988]

envirofinder search engine
U.S. Forest Circus {satirical website}
Clean Beaches Coalition [est. 1998]
Basel Action Network - against 'Toxic Trade'
W.W.F. Intl. Conference on Climate Change [Nov-Dec 2005] in Montreal, PQ Canada
'The Bush Record on the Environment' at N.R.D.C.
"An Evangelical Declaration On The Care of Creation"
EarthJustice: Because the earth needs a good lawyer [est. 1971]
The Grantham Prize: Honoring Exceptional Environmental Journalism
EarthShare, based in Bethesda, MD
Friends of The Earth USA [est. 1969] offices in DC & CA
Friends of The Earth Intl. [est. 1971] is based in The Netherlands
Center for Biological Diversity [est. 1989] is based in Tucson, Arizona
Blacksmith Institute anti-pollution solutions [est. 1999] based in New York City
African American Environmentalist Association [est. 1985] of Washington, DC
Environmental Defense Fund [est. 1967] based in New York City & Washington, DC
State of California Climate Change Portal
Sierra Club - Rio Grande Chapter [] based in Santa Fe, New Mexico
CELDF: Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund [est. 1995] based in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania
Environment News Service [est. 1990]

Action Network Environmental Defense

League of Conservation Voters [est. 1969] headquartered in Washington, DC

Climate Central [est. 2008] website

The U.S. Census Bureau no longer provides a real-time population clock (2010).
display of today's U.S. population estimate
display of today's world population estimate

Selected Books on the Subject of the Earth's Biosphere

Selected Movies on the Subject of the Earth's Biosphere

WMail Essay #28 [October 2002] "Waste Not, Want Not"
WMail Essay #60 [June 2006] "Climate & Politics"
WMail Essay #66 [December 2006] "Cooling The Planet"
Working Minds Essay #104 [May 2013] "No Water For You"
Working Minds Essay #108 [July 2015] "Civilization Is Imploding"


fresh local produce
Natural Farming Dept.
“Food is an important part of a balanced diet.” ~~ Fran Lebowitz

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds [est. 1998] in Mansfield, Missouri
Seeds of Change [est. 1989] 100% certified organic seeds, based in Southern California
BLACK STAR: very negative business reputation - delays, excuses, dead plants, nasty customer service workers  Farmer Seed & Nursery {div of Plantron, Inc.} in Minnesota :: negative business reputation
Organic Farming Works website [est. 2008] based in Minnesota
Organic Farming Works - Resources Page
NEON: The Northeast Organic Network [est. 2001] based at Cornell University
Center for Rural Affairs [est. 1973] based in Lyons, Nebraska
F.F.A.: Future Farmers of America [est. 1928] based in Indianapolis, Indiana
F.F.A. New Century Farmer Conference [July 2013] in Des Moines, Iowa
Intermountain Farmers Assn. [est. 1923] owns 24 stores in Utah, CO, NV, Idaho & NM
New Mexico Organic Farming Conference [Feb 2014 = #?] in Albuquerque, NM
Bee Culture: The Magazine of American Beekeeping [est. 1873]
National Honey Board [est. 2008] based in Firestone, Colorado
Friends of The Earth USA / Bee Bold Project

Richard 'Bug Man' Fagerlund of Veguita, New Mexico
'Ask The Bugman' websiteBugman's Bug Club [new 2013]Richard Fagerlund Page at Amazon

Mohamed Hijri "A simple solution to the coming phosphorus crisis" March 2012 TED Talk [in French w/English subtitles; 13:41]

American Tractors & Farm Equipment Page
at Spirit of America Bookstore

Working Minds / Movies About Health / Farming & Food Safety Dept.

Working Minds / Books About Health / Farming & Food Safety Dept.

                                          

Penton Media, Inc. [est. 1892] publishes a multitude of trade magazines, including these five (which are geared toward real farmers only).
Western Farm Press {AZ, CA}   •    Southwest Farm Press {KS, NM, OK, TX}   •    Delta Farm Press {AR, LA, MS, MO}
Southeast Farm Press {AL to WV}   •    Western Farmer-Stockman {CO, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY}


National Farmers Magazine [est. 1877] of the National Farmers Organization, based in Ames, Iowa
National Farmers
Magazine

print is available with membership, digital issues available online

publisher N.F.O. website
N.F.O. entry at Wikipedia

1944 cover of combined Farm Journal Magazine and Farmer's Wife magazine
Farm Journal
Magazine [est. 1877]

subscribe at Amazon
12 issues/year for $26.95

magazine website

Organic Farming Magazine [] subscription
U.K.-based
Organic Farming
Magazine

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3 issues/year for $45.72

U.K. magazine website

Modern Farmer Magazine [est. 2013] subscription
Modern Farmer
Magazine

international farming news

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4 issues/year for $29.97

Modern Farmer Media website

Successful Farming Magazine [] subscription
Successful Farming
Magazine

subscribe directly
13 issues/year for $15.95

magazine website

Farm and Ranch Living Magazine
Farm & Ranch Living
Magazine [est. 1978]

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7 issues/year for $17.98

magazine website

                                          

Genetically-Modified Organisms {G.M.O. food products} are the opposite of natural farming practices
The The Monsanto Company, Inc [est. 1901] is the biggest purveyor of G.M.O. foods and other G.M.O. products, so Monsanto is the focus of the anti-G.M.O. movement.
The first requirement is for American food packaging to display G.M.O. ingredients, followed by federal laws to regulate testing and environmental protection.

BLACK STAR: supposedly formed as a rebuttal to the documentary film "Food, Inc." backers include cattlemen, pork farmers, corn growers, Dupont, and Monsanto  'Food Dialogues' propaganda campaign of U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance [est. 2011] {partly funded by Monsanto}

March Against Monsanto [May & October 2016] in over 400 cities in over 50 countries

                                          

logo for the National Farmers Union [est. 1902] - 'United To Grow Family Agriculture'
National Farmers Union [est. 1902] based in Washington, DC
official websiteWikipedia

Oregon Farmers Union [est. 1906]
Utah Farmers Union [] based in Lehi, Utah

Kansas Farmers Union [] branch of the National Farmers Union [est. 1902]            Nebraska Farmers Union [] branch of the National Farmers Union [est. 1902]            American Farmers & Ranchers Insurance of Oklahoma [est. 1906] branch of the National Farmers Union [est. 1902]            South Dakota Farmers Union [est. 1914] branch of the National Farmers Union [est. 1902]            Texas Farmers Union [est. 1914] branch  of the National Farmers Union [est. 1902]

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union serving New Mexico & Colorado & Wyoming [est. 1907] branch of the National Farmers Union [est. 1902]            Montana Farmers Union [est. 1916]  branch of the National Farmers Union [est. 1902]            North Dakota Farmers Union [est. 1927] branch of the National Farmers  Union [est. 1902]

                                          

American Farm Bureau Federation [est. 1919] based in Washington, DC
official websiteWikipedia
Idaho Farm Bureau Federation [] based in Pocatello, Idaho
Kansas Farm Bureau Federation [est. 1919] based in Manhattan, Kansas
North Dakota Farm Bureau [est. 1941] based in Fargo, North Dakota
Oregon Farm Bureau [est. 1919] based in Salem, Oregon
South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation [est. 1917] based in Huron, South Dakots
Texas Farm Bureau Federation [est. 1933] based in Waco, Texas
Utah Farm Bureau Federation [est. 1916] based in Sandy, Utah
Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation [est. 1920] based in Laramie, Wyoming


Oil Pipelines & Hydraulic Fracturing Dept.

Working Minds / Worry About / Hydraulic Fracturing Page
was split off in Spring 2014

Working Minds / Worry About / Pipeline Disasters Page
was split off in Spring 2015


Dakota Access Pipeline Dept.

D.A.P.L. Standing Rock September 2016 sunrise at protester camp         D.A.P.L. Standing Rock September 2016 protesters chasing security trucks away         D.A.P.L. Standing Rock November 2016 protesters confront security Humvees         D.A.P.L. Standing Rock December 2016 winter at protesters camp
D.A.P.L. Standing Rock February 2017 protesters camp set on fire         D.A.P.L. Standing Rock February 2017 protesters facing riot police

  • 2017 June 14: U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider its environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline, saying that the Army Corps did not adequately consider the effects of a possible oil spill on the fishing and hunting rights of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe; this opened up the possibility that the pipeline could be shut down at a later date.


    Mountaintop Removal Mining Dept.
    U.S. Dept. of The Interior / Office of Surface Mining Reclamation & Enforcement
    Sierra Club 'Dirty Coal' pages
    West Virginia Highlands Conservancy [est. 1967]
    Natural Resources Defense Council [est. 1970] Mountaintop Removal Mining Dept.
    Appalachian Mountain Advocates [est. 2002] based in Lewisburg, WV
    Coal River Mountain Watch [est. 2002] based in Naoma, WV
    'i Love Mountains' coalition website [est. 2006] based in Boone, NC
    Alliance for Appalachia [est. 2008]
    Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards [est. 2009] based in Big Stone Gap, Virginia


    Water Dept.
    nifty tools to measure garden hose output
    Freeflo: A Global Water Network [est. 2008]
    Waterwise home & office water distillation systems
    Affordable Water Co. [est. 1956] in Dayton, Ohio
    Water Quality Assn. based in Illinois
    water.org
    Oceana Foundation: Protecting The World's Oceans [est. 2001]
    Save Our Groundwater [est. 2001] based in New Hampshire
    Sweetwater Alliance [est. 2002] based in Duluth, Minnesota
    Amigos Bravos - Friends of the Wild Rivers - Because Water Matters [est. 1988] based in Taos, NM

    Clean Water Network [est. 1992] is based in Washington, DC
    Florida Clean Water Network [est. 1994] in Navarre, Florida

    Selected Books on The Water Crisis

    suggested by a young 4-H member  filtered water bottles info at The Water Page U.K. website

    Brita Bottle Water Filtration System  Brita™ Bottle Water Filtration System
    single 24-ounce bottle with filter (blue or violet) for $8.50
    twin-pack 24-ounce bottles (two color choices) for $14.99
    3-pack 20-ounce bottles & 6 filters (2 blue, 1 green) for $22.42
    two replacement filters for $6.88
    Rubbermaid Filtration Personal Water Bottles  Rubbermaid™ Filtration Personal Water Bottle
    single 20-ounce bottle with filter (black, green or purple) for $9.99
    single 20-ounce bottle with filter (blue) for $9.99
    two replacement filters for $9.99
    Bobble Bottles Reusable Water Bottle  Bobble Bottles™ Reusable Water Bottle
    single 18.5-ounce bottle with filter (six color choices) for $9.47 to $14.90
    replacement filter (10 color choices) for $6.53 to $11.84

                                  

    August 2017 oil train derailment in Pennsylvania
    aerial view of burning C.S.X. tankcars & residential structures at Hyndman, Pennsylvania in August 2017


           Residents of the small town of Hyndman (pop. 800) in Bedford County near the Maryland border were awakened about 5 a.m. on Wednesday August 2nd by the sound of C.S.X. tank cars derailing and crashing into each other. The freight train was transporting hazardous materials - mostly refined petroleum, but also liquid petroleum gas and molten sulfur - when at least 32 cars careened off the tracks, igniting fires in some rail cars and a garage and damaging other structures.
           Residents were soon ordered to evacuate, though some remained locked inside their homes. Officials arrived around Noon, but could do little because the fires were still burning. No injuries were reported.
           Amtrak suspended passenger train service between Pittsburgh and Washington, DC, providing buses to take travelers between the two stations.

    February 2017 Oroville Dam evacuation

    Oroville Dam February 9: damage to spillway          Oroville Dam February 12: further damage to spillway           Oroville Dam February 13: after use of the emergency spillway

           Heavy rains over Northern California on Wednesday 8 February 2017 filled Oroville Lake to overflowing. By next day, workers at Oroville Dam had opened the spillway (to the left of the main dam) and discovered that it was damaged: a crater about one-third down had opened up, and was about 200 feet wide and thirty feet deep (see first photo). Officials hoped that using the spillway would lower the lake's content enough, but the damage grew worse - 500-feet wide and 45 feet deep (see second photo) - and threatened power lines. So the flow on the spillway was reduced early on February 11, forcing overflow to the auxiliary (emergency) spillway, which had never before been used. Fearing a possible 30-foot vertical breach of either spillway (causing 'uncontrolled flooding'), officials ordered evacuations in Butte, Sutter, and Yuba counties. As many as 200,000 residents were forced from low-lying homes and farms.
           Erosion on the dirt and rock hillside below the emergency spillway (see third photo) caused officials to change tactics and increase flow on the main spillway. After rain runoff subsided and lake content fell below the lip of the emergency spillway, officials examined the two spillways and deemed both safe for the time being. The mandatory evacuation order was lifted at Noon on Tuesday February 14. The crater in the main spillway and erosion below the emergency spillway are being filled with large rocks as a temporary solution.
           The earthen-fill Oroville Dam across the Feather River was completed in 1968 and is the tallest dam in the U.S.A.; it produces electricity and doles out water for agriculture; the main dam was not in danger during this episode. Local groups applied for upgrading the emergency spillway to concrete in 2005, but the $100M project was denied (Bush administration).
           What's next? Heavy rains are expected Wednesday February 15.

    June 2016 oil train derailment in Columbia River Gorge

    KGW-TV helicopter shot of smoke rising from the Union Pacific Railroad train derailment near Mosier, Oregon in June 2016           next-day aerial photograph of the Union Pacific Railroad train derailment near Mosier, Oregon in June 2016, provided by the Washington State Department of Ecology

         Shortly after 12-noon on Friday June Third, a Union Pacific Railroad train carrying crude oil derailed near the small town of Mosier, Oregon along the Columbia River Gorge. Sixteen railcars were off the tracks, and four were on fire. Much of the town was evacuated, twenty-three miles of the interstate were shut down, and alternate routes were soon choked with traffic.
         Little crude oil travelled through the gorge until 2012, when trains started transporting the commodity from the booming Bakken formation in North Dakota (made available by the new fracking processes) to a terminal near the coast. Since then, as much as sixty million gallons per week has moved down the rails on both sides of the Columbia River, sometimes on railroad trains more than a mile long.
         The interstate remained closed until late Friday night, and the flames weren’t fully extinguished until two o’clock in the morning. The Union Pacific Railroad agreed to halt its 'unit trains' carrying only crude oil, but did not extend the suspension to other freight trains. On Sunday evening, trains once again started rolling through town.
         On Monday afternoon, the town of Mosier swarmed with some two hundred workers from Union Pacific and the various state and federal agencies at work on the cleanup. Cleanup issues included a small spill of oil into the river, the removal of ten thousand gallons of oil from the town’s wastewater-treatment system, and the four burned railcars and 12 unburned rail cars.

    May 2016 Wildfires in Alberta, Canada

    smoke rising from the wildfires in Alberta, Canada in May 2016

           Wildfires erupted near Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada on Sunday May First and within days included a dozen fires surrounding the city. Officials ordered evacuation of the city of 88,000; some 17,000 residents quickly fled, most went south, some went north, many are still making plans or awaiting evacuation by air transport. By Friday, the flames were said to have burned 210,000 acres (also described as 850 km² or 328 square miles); officials reported that 1,600 homes and other buildings were destroyed within Fort McMurray, but there have so far been no deaths or injuries. Alberta declared a state of emergency that included fire restrictions over the entire province.
           UPDATE: The Alberta fires were reversed by winds, and are now heading for oil camps north of Fort McMurray; the fires have already burned 1,350 square miles of forest land.
    W.T.O.P News Radio in Washington, DC
    Posted by Dennis Foley on 1 May 2016 at 9:30 am

    CSX train derails in Northeast D.C., possible hazardous leak

         WASHINGTON, DC (WTOP) — A CSX freight train derailed near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station Sunday morning leaving several cars overturned and a hazardous leak.
         Upwards of 10 cars derailed from a train bound for Hamlet, North Carolina, from Cumberland, Maryland, about 6:40 a.m., and emergency responders were working to contain a leak throughout the morning.
         “CSX operations and hazardous materials personnel are working with first responders on the derailment this morning in Washington D.C.,” CSX said in a statement released about 8:45 a.m. “The safety of the community, first responders, and CSX’s employees is our highest priority.”
         The company said one derailed car is leaking sodium hydroxide, used primarily “to produce various household products including paper, soap and detergents.”
         Rhode Island Avenue was still closed in both directions from 4th to 12th streets in Northeast as of 9:15 a.m.
         The Red Line’s Rhode Island Station is also closed. Metro said it would establish bus shuttle service between the NoMa and Brookland stations.

    railroad cars from a C.S.X. train that derailed in Northeast Washington, DC on 1 May 2016 - looking south toward the Capitol Building          railroad cars from a C.S.X. train that derailed in Northeast Washington, DC on 1 May 2016 - looking north

         CSX released the following statement at 8:45 a.m.:
                    At 6:40 a.m. on May 1, a C.S.X. train traveling from Cumberland, Md. to Hamlet, N.C. derailed approximately
               10 cars near 9thStreet and Rhode Island Ave. near the Rhode Island Ave. Metro station. The CSX train had three
               locomotives and 175 total cars, including 94 loaded cars carrying mixed freight, and 81 empties. One derailed
               car is leaking sodium hydroxide, which is used to produce various household products including paper, soap,
               and detergents. CSX is working with first responders to contain the released product.
                    [C.S.X. is] grateful for the swift response from Washington D.C. first responders and other agencies. C.S.X. is
               working closely with them on this incident.
                    No injuries have been reported. [C.S.X.] will provide updates when available.


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    Working Minds / Worry About / Eco-News for 2001 to 2005
    was split off in Spring 2015


    Selected Books on the Subject of the Earth's Biosphere

    Selected Movies on the Subject of the Earth's Biosphere

                                       

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