Posts tagged environment
Posts tagged environment
Water & Wastes Digest, “Nestle Sued for Falsely Advertising Poland Spring Water”
While this 2003 lawsuit was settled, the company still continues to use the same sources for bottled water after agreeing to step up quality controls and pay $10 million over the course of five years in discounts to consumers and contributions to charities.
How is this relevant? Well, it’s the brand of choice for Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. who grabbed a huge gulp of Poland Spring while delivering the GOP’s State of the Union response. Considering he said, “When we point out that no matter how many job-killing laws we pass, our government can’t control the weather — [Obama] accuses us of wanting dirty water and dirty air,” I’m assuming he’d like to know what this private sector corporation discovered in their own water. I also thought he’d be interested in the lack of regulation to keep Poland Spring and Nestle from bottling water from above a trash dump and below a field treated with human shit, and selling it as “pristine spring water” that “tastes just like it did when we found it.” Somehow, I doubt that.
tl;dr version: Yeah, there could be poop in that. But it’s okay, because it’s private sector poop!
To highlight the imminent “auctioning” off of hundreds of acres overlapping the Thunder Basin National Grasslands, concerned citizens will act out the melodrama of the BLM’s fire sale of our nation’s natural resources to highly profitable companies, promulgating the false perception that coal is cheaper than clean, renewable energy. Dressed as auctioneers, villains and citizen referees, activists will “blow the whistle” on the nation’s giveaway of our collective capital at a time when basic services and education are being cut.
CHEYENNE, WY – Prompted by an “auction” of a 243.03 acre tract overlapping the Thunder Basin National Grasslands that contains some 401.83 million tons of mineable coal, on May 17th, citizens will act out the melodrama that the cozy relationship between government and the fossil fuel industry has made the norm – of the government effectively giving away our natural resources to highly profitable companies. The BLM lease process is non-competitive and results in coal being sold for about 17% of the price of Appalachian coal. This subsidy of some $28.9 billion over the last 30 years, has promulgated the false perception that renewable energy is more costly than fossil fuels, and has undervalued our land, water, air, climate and health. This giveaway has starved the Nation and the States of capital needed to invest in our infrastructure, education and future at a time of deep government cuts.
The street theater will feature an auctioneer, “King Coal;” signs calling for an end to government subsidies to profitable King Coal; foul flags; whistles and dozens of activists in referee shirts who think the government should get a fair price for its natural resources and that these coal subsidies are out of bounds of honest politics.
This action is part of an ongoing campaign to expose - and stop - the government giveaways to the fossil fuel industry.
What: Activists and street theater actors playing an auctioneer and “King Coal” protesting the Government’s $29 billion give away to profitable coal companies.
Who: Concerned U.S. citizens and representatives of High Country Rising Tide, WildEarth Guardians, 350.org, Powder River Basin Resource Council, Sierra Club, Greenpeace and CO-FORCE.
Where and When: The fun will begin on Thursday, May 17th at 9:30 a.m in front of the BLM Office at 5353 Yellowstone, Cheyenne, WY 82009.
Tim DeChristopher says “This coal auction is another example of how the corporate control of government has locked the public out of the decision making process for public land and resources. That lack of democracy just means that citizens have the responsibility of working outside of official processes to stand in the way of injustice…”
Wyoming’s governor persuaded the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to postpone an announcement linking hydraulic fracturing to groundwater contamination, giving state officials — whom the EPA had privately briefed on the study — time to attempt to debunk the finding before it rocked the oil and gas industry more than a month later, an investigation by The Associated Press has found.
During the delay, state officials raised dozens of questions about the finding that the controversial procedure that has become essential to unlocking oil and gas deposits in Wyoming and beyond may have tainted groundwater near the gas patch community of Pavillion.
Gov. Matt Mead contacted EPA Director Lisa Jackson and persuaded her to hold off any announcement, according to state emails and an interview with the governor. The more than 11,000 emails made available to AP in response to a state records request show that Wyoming officials took advantage of the postponement to “take a hard line” and coordinate an “all-out press” against the EPA in the weeks leading up to the announcement Dec. 8.
So screw science and the health of Wyoming’s people whenthere’s money to be made:
Meanwhile, the chief state regulator of oil and gas development fretted over how the finding would affect state revenue. And even as the state questioned the EPA’s science, there were internal doubts about how effective those objections would be.
"It’s already too late. The White House has already seen the report with conclusions," wrote Gary Strong, an engineer with the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, following a presentation by EPA deputy assistant regional administrator Martin Hestmark.
I really don’t know what to say, other than I am not surprised.
This is what we’re facing as environmental protections are stripped and things like fracking continue.