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Can Activists Win the PR Battle With the Fossil Fuel Industry? – August 6, 2013

Growing state-corporate surveillance and repression could drive above-ground activism underground

In mid June, Bold Nebraska — a grassroots environmental organization opposed to construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline — obtained documents that detail how local and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as the company responsible for building the pipeline are working together to undermine peaceful political protest. The documents revealed that the company, TransCanada, had briefed the FBI as well as law enforcement officials — district attorneys, attorney generals and county sheriffs — in Oklahoma and Nebraska on the potential threat posed by environmental activists and local landowners. In their PowerPoint presentation the company suggested that district attorneys should explore “state or federal anti-terrorism laws” in prosecuting activists… more

by: Adam Federman

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TransCanada Is Spying on Keystone XL Opponents – June 20, 2013

Company has compiled dossiers on protesters and shared them with law enforcement

TransCanada, the company behind the construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, is stirring up trouble in Nebraska as it warns local law enforcement authorities that activists and landowners opposed to the project are a potential security threat. Documents obtained last week by Bold Nebraska, a group fighting the pipeline, reveal that the company has been circulating a power point presentation to various state and federal officials, including the FBI, which describes local landowners as “aggressive” and “abusive” and advises local officials on legal strategies for prosecution. Additional documents obtained this week show that Nebraska’s Attorney General’s office has shared confidential information about pipeline security with the Department of… more

by: Adam Federman

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John Davis Envisions Re-establishing Wildlife Corridors Across North America – March 5, 2013

Environmentalist embarks on 5,000-mile trek across the West to highlight the importance of habitat connectivity

John Davis is no stranger to long journeys. In 2011 he traveled by bike, boat, and foot from Southern Florida to the Canadian Maritimes to promote the creation of an eastern wildway — a continental scale conservation effort that would connect large protected habitats and allow for the reintroduction and movement of top predators like wolves and cougars. A vision of immense importance it is also one that can seem nearly impossible to enact. How does one even begin to create a wildway in close proximity to some of the most densely populated areas in North America? What about the thousands of miles of roads that act as lethal barriers to… more

by: Adam Federman

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New Book Examines the Future of Fracking – May 18, 2012

In Review: Under the Surface, by Tom Wilber

In 2004, Range Resources, a Texas-based oil and gas company, drilled its first exploratory wells in the Marcellus Shale, a vast geologic formation that stretches from the southern tier of New York State, through much of Pennsylvania, and into West Virginia and Ohio. The results were positive and the company kept quiet about its findings as it bought up mineral rights throughout the play. By 2008, just as the significance of the Marcellus was coming into public view, Range Resources had acquired drilling rights on more than 900,000 acres. Since then, the company has drilled more than 600 wells in the Marcellus Shale. In 2011 the company directed 86 percent of… more

by: Adam Federman

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Pressure Mounts on Khimki Developers – April 20, 2011

Russian activists have held off construction of a major highway through an old growth forest outside of Moscow much longer than most would have imagined. What began as a seemingly provincial standoff between an embattled newspaper editor and journalist – Mikhail Beketov – and the Khimki political elite has turned into a much larger struggle. (Beketov nearly paid with his life, however, his fingers smashed and his skull crushed. He remains brain dead and confined to a wheelchair.) Indeed a campaign to save a forest, ostensibly an environmental movement, has suddenly become the new face of Russian civil society. Of course this has raised the stakes. And with the construction… more

by: Adam Federman

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