Posts Tagged ‘toxics’

MONDAY — Get on the bus and rally against fracking!

Are You Fracking Mad?

Then Get On The Bus!


Protect Our Water

From Fracking

Food & Water Watch is coordinating a bus to Albany to make sure Governor Cuomo and our legislators know that New Yorkers don’t want the gas industry fracking with our water.

Josh Fox – Director of Gasland will be there!

Will you?

Monday, April 11, 2011
Bus leaving from Brooklyn 6:30 am

For more information or to reserve your seat please contact

Eric Weltman, Food & Water Watch Organizer at 718-943-9085


A world obsessed with “stuff”

Thanksgiving is nearly here. If you’re reading this post, this likely makes two simultaneous, possibly-panic-filled thoughts jump into your head: (1) how am I EVER going to get all of my outlining done?; and (2) time to get the ball rolling on holiday gift shopping [and possibly (3): how can I have a delicious, meat-free Thanksgiving].

As you begin thinking about consuming, Annie Leonard at The Story of Stuff Project has made a new short film about the environmental impacts of the electronics which fill our lives: The Story of Electronics.  You can check it out below.

And if you are looking for some holiday gifts that are not planned for obsolescence, be sure to check out the Handmade Cavalcade (featuring local, handmade gifts) on December 5 in NoLita, and the great assortment of recycled gifts available at Uncommon

GASLAND: Screening and Pipeline Discussion, Saturday, 11/6 (4-7:30)

Gasland Screening & Pipeline Discussion

Saturday, November 6, 2010 – 4:00pm

NO Gas Pipeline is pleased to announce the screening of GASLAND in Jersey City!

On Saturday, NO Gas Pipeline will be hosting a screening of GASLAND, the documentary which exposes the dangerous drilling practice known as “Fracking” which is used to extract natural gas from shale.  Fracking is polluting our water supply with toxins – Fracking is happening in the Marcellus Shale (adjacent to New Jersey) and it endangers our water supply.

The increase of the supply of natural gas in the region is the major reason why Spectra Energy wants to build a pipeline through the middle of Jersey City.

There will also be a panel discussion featuring Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy,  Councilman Sottolano, Councilman Fulop, Councilwoman Richardson, Councilman-At-Large Velazquez and Mike Benard, Founder of

Date:  November 6
Time:  4:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Doors Open 3 PM


Loew’s Jersey Theatre
54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ 07306 (map)


$10 Donation
Children under 15 accompanied by an adult are free

Please consider that your online donation of at least $10 will give you admittance to see Gasland. Click here or the “Donate” button below to donate by credit card, debit card or by PayPal. Print and bring your donation receipt as proof of donation.

About the film:

“The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.”

Editorial note: And if you’re looking for a tasty vegetarian Indian meal after the show, BLS ELS blogger recommends Sapthagiri, right down the street from the theater!

Environmental stories in the news today…

Putting the heat on UBS to stop financing mountain-top removal. Pressuring investors to take action on environmental issues by making the “business case” for environmental protections is strategy that has met with some success.  Today, World Radio Switzerland had a story about mounting pressure on UBS to stop financing mountaintop removal mining (no pun intended).  If you love mountains, be sure to check out the story.

Mercury exposure lawsuit begins in New Jersey. A day care that was built in a former thermometer factory in Franklin Lakes, NJ resulted in over 100 children being exposed to high levels of mercury.  A trial will start tomorrow that will determine whether or not defendants are liable for long-term health monitoring costs.   More details are available in the full story.

Outlook not so good for next month’s climate change summit in Cancun. The last pre-convention meeting of the delegates to the UN Climate Change Summit (taking place in November in Cancun) concluded this past Saturday in China.  Unfortunately, with disagreement among countries still running rampant, the outlook for any concrete steps coming out of the Cancun summit is bleak.  Read more from the WSJ by clicking here.

And don’t forget to check out the videos from yesterday’s Global Work party!