Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rise of the Resistance Camps

Guest Blog Post by Erica Jacquinot 

I think its pretty safe to say we’ve all heard about Standing Rock. If you haven’t, you should so Google it. For those that went to Standing Rock, they describe the experience as life changing, spiritual and heart breaking all at the same time. Something I can personally attest to because that’s what I felt when I went. The feelings that Standing Rock invoked travelled across the country like a wave and sparked a new fire of resistance against the fossil fuel industry and protection of indigenous rights. Thousands upon thousands held rallies, protests, benefits and marches all around the world. The outpouring of support was incredible, like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Something I don’t even think Standing Rock knew was that it was becoming the blue print of how people were going to get serious about fighting the fossil fuel industry.

In February 2017 the camps at Standing Rock were evicted by the U.S. government. It was devastating to those that supported the cause. Some even think that Standing Rock is forever over and ended as a lost cause, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. As it stands right now there are 15 camps that have popped up in Standing Rocks image. To define for those of you who do not know what "these camps" are, they are a group of people living on a piece of property close to places where the fossil fuel industry is destroying the Earth. They fight through peaceful actions and prayer, they spread awareness about the problems of the fossil fuel industry. They are a community standing together against giants to protect air, land and water. Five of the camps are in the UK fighting fracking, these camps are not on a property that anyone can come and stay on but they conduct themselves as a tight group, call themselves a camp and fight everyday against the fossil fuel industry. Two camps are in Canada. These camps are indigenous led camps fighting pipelines and fuel pump stations destroying their native waters and lands. The rest are in the U.S. taking the spirit of Standing Rock and using it to resist the destruction of the Earth by corporations. Most camps are native led and all camps have taken a stand against the fossil fuel industry. There’s even a camp about to start in a small village in Kenya, Africa. This is how far this resistance as reached.

There’s no sugarcoating this issue and I’d be lying if I didn’t say there were many who oppose these camps. But I think most would agree that if we had the option to use green fuel sources and they were the same price as dirty fuel sources we would probably use them. Maybe I give people the benefit of the doubt and I can’t speak for all but if you had the choice to use solar or wind power over paying your electric company, I think you probably would. The problem is that these resources just aren’t available to us on a reasonable scale that consumers can actually utilize. And let’s get real, we’re talking about having civilizations on Mars, we can nuke an entire country from existence, we have technology that would blow the minds of most, YET we’re using an ancient practice of energy. Last I checked this isn’t the industrial revolution anymore. The answer is real simple, the oil and gas industry keeps the wealthy rich and the rest of us oppressed. And do not think for one second that this isn’t a form of oppression. To keep freedoms from people, basic human rights like a clean environment, giving us no choice but to be at the whim of their choices and pay our money for it. That’s oppression at it’s finest.

These camps stand for something. They stand for you, whether you believe in it or not. They stand for this Earth and the need for change. And change IS needed. Even if you’re one of those people that doesn’t believe in climate change, do you believe in pollution? Do you believe in clean water or air? Do you think animals shouldn’t suffer from drought and destruction? These are real questions you have to ask yourself and stop trying to jump on a side you’ve heard in a political campaign or on the news. You don’t have to believe 100% in the views of scientists or environmentalists to want water or food that isn't poisoned. But you do have to believe in something, and these camps are ground zero for that. They believe in the sense of community Standing Rock gave to us. A community that spans across the globe and says “Hey we exist, and we want to be free.” Free from toxic chemicals, polluted air, poisoned animals and waters. We want to be free of the oppression of corporate greed. If this is you’re belief please support these camps, go and stay at them, start one yourself. Here’s a link for more info on the camps. It’s my hope that these camps keep coming and continue to teach us what side we should be on.

Monday, March 13, 2017

How Much Water Does Texas Use for Oil & Gas Drilling?

Click on the map above and click on the blue pins.  Each blue in is an oil or gas spill. 
Does the average person in Texas aware of the volume of water used by oil and gas drilling?
Each oil & gas fracking well uses averages 2-6 million gallons of water pumped underground.  

According to Wikipedia:

From January 2011 through May 2013, oil & gas fracking rigs in the Eagle Ford Shale region of Texas used approximately 19 billion gallons of water for its 4,300-plus wells. That's was the highest water use of any fracking region in the country.

In 2012 it was estimated that each fracked well in the Barnett Shale of Texas used 2.8 million gallons; in Eagle Ford Shale of Texas, 4.3 million per fracked well; and in Haynesville Shale region of Texas, 5.7 million gallons per fracked well.

A 2013 study published in Environmental Science and Technology looked at past and projected water use for fracking in the Barnett, Eagle Ford, and Haynesville shale plays in Texas, and found that fracking in 2011 was using more than twice as much water in the state as it was three years earlier. In Dimmit County, home to the Eagle Ford shale development in South Texas, fracking accounted for nearly a quarter of overall water consumption in 2011 and is expected to grow to a third in a few years, according to the study.

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