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Bear-Trap Saboteur in New Mexico Prevents Capture of Wild Bear

Posted: August 22, 2013 by earthfirstdurango in Uncategorized

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bearhuntSaboteurfrom North American Animal Liberation Press Office

A dangerous bear that broke into a house and bit the homeowner remains on the loose today in the Sandia Heights neighborhood east of Albuquerque, partly because someone sabotaged a Department of Game and Fish trap intended to catch the bear.

The Department has video of someone deliberately sabotaging a baited bear trap set at the home of the man who was bitten by the bear early Friday morning. The person who sabotaged the trap has put area residents in danger and could face charges if apprehended. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Department at (505) 222-4700.

The Department needs to catch the offending bear to prevent anyone else from being injured by it. The state Department of Health also requires that any wild animal that bites a human to be killed and tested for rabies.

Friday’s incident…

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Unpublicized Arson & Coyote Release: 1999

Posted: August 22, 2013 by earthfirstdurango in Uncategorized

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by Peter Young / Animal Liberation Frontline

Occasionally an Animal Liberation Front action (or one that bears its mark) will go both unclaimed and unnoticed by nearly everyone. An attempted arson and release of 20 coyotes at the USDA Predatory Research Facility in Millville, Utah was just such an action.

On August 1st, 1999; persons unknown cut their way into locked coyote pens and released 20 coyotes. Subsequently, a fire was set near a building, but failed to do damage.

An employee at the facility bluntly explained how the liberators got through the perimeter fencing: “They pretty much cut their way through”

The only known mention came in a small Logan, Utah newspaper, whichreported the incident. There was no claim of responsibility, and to my knowledge, the action was never reported in any animal rights media source.

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Navajo Generating Station poisoning Navajoland and Grand Canyon

Navajo Generating Station poisoning Navajoland and Grand Canyon

Documents reveal theft of Navajo water rights and secret government by non-Navajos in key Navajo Nation positions — working in collusion with dirty coal

By Ed Becenti, Dine’, Censored News

“This is all evidence of the ‘shadow government’ at work. The non-Navajo controlled ‘secret government’ that ultimately rules us.” —Ed Becenti, grassroots Dine’

Here are three important documents. This is a fight for the very soul of our tribal government. The first is from Bennie Williams (who was recently forced to retire as Water Code Administrator by Tariq.) It his statement of concern to the Resources Committee about the harassment and retaliation over 2.5 years from mostly Najam Tariq, who basically destroyed Bennie physically, mentally, and emotionally.

The second is an August 8 memo from Jack Utter to Fred White and Katherine Benally about the continuing contempt of Tariq against the Resources Committee’s directives.

The third, dated for next Monday the 12th of August, is Fred White’s memo on how he’s going to fix the problems arising from the unlawful takeover of the Water Code by Tariq 2.5 years ago. He’s taking responsibility for the Water Code in his office, and appointing Tariq to be Water Code supervisor. The word is that if Fred succeeds with this bogus memo, Tariq is going to serve termination papers on Jack Monday or shortly thereafter.

This is all evidence of the ‘shadow government’ at work. The non-Navajo controlled ‘secret government’ that ultimately rules us through People like Pollack, etc. Tariq is their most visible agent. No respect for the Navajo people, for our caring elected leaders, for right over wrong, it’s just about abuse, exploitation, and control.

Tariq is an alleged thief and exploiter of the Nation. He controls the DWR like his own little Pakistan. The ‘shadow government’ has to be brought to a halt here, as a lesson to Pollack, Hoover, Navajo Generating Station, Salt River Project, Jon Kyl, and others.  The Navajos are going to govern themselves, not the infiltrators into our tribal government.

Click here to read more, including the documents, at Censored News

Active natural gas drilling in the Uinta Basin in northeast Utah, east of the town of Ouray. Drilling locations appear as bright spots, each typically 1-1/2 to 3 acres in size, connected by a network of gravel roads and pipeline corridors. Image: Flickr/John Amos

Active natural gas drilling in the Uinta Basin in northeast Utah, east of the town of Ouray. Drilling locations appear as bright spots, each typically 1-1/2 to 3 acres in size, connected by a network of gravel roads and pipeline corridors.
(Image: Flickr/John Amos)

A new study reveals that Utah’s lax laws have led to large leaks of natural gas

By Stephanie Paige Ogburn and ClimateWire, Scientific American

Methane is being emitted from a natural gas field in Utah at a rate of 6.2 to 11.7 percent of production, according to research accepted for publication in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

The research adds one important data point to the ongoing question of how much methane, a greenhouse gas with a warming potential 25 times that of carbon dioxide, is emitted in the life cycle of natural gas production, transport and use. It was conducted by a team of scientists at the University of Colorado, Boulder, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Earth System Research Laboratory.

Study co-author Colm Sweeney pointed out the discrepancy between the emissions rate his research team measured and what U.S. EPA has said it estimates as an emissions rate for the natural gas production sector.

“The important point is that we saw something that was a lot larger than these inventory methods that EPA relies on,” he said.

EPA’s emissions rate for the production sector is 0.88 percent. It was revised downward this year from 1.4 percent.

Sweeney said the method his team uses, flying over a basin with instruments to get a total methane emissions rate, could be used to verify the rates EPA uses.

However, the researcher was quick to caution that those concerned about leak rates from natural gas production should not try to use the numbers from the Uinta Basin, the Utah gas field where these measurements were taken, as representative of leak rates from all gas fields.

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New Mexico is the Driest of the Dry

Posted: August 7, 2013 by earthfirstdurango in Uncategorized

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by Julie Cart / LA Times

Scientists in the West have a particular way of walking a landscape and divining its secrets: They kick a toe into loamy soil or drag a boot heel across the desert’s crust, leaning down to squint at the tiny excavation.

Try that maneuver in New Mexico these days and it yields nothing but bad news in a puff of dust.

Across the West, changes in the climate are taking a toll. Almost 87% of the region is in a drought.

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Video Report: Church Rock Uranium Tailings Spill Remembered

Posted: August 6, 2013 by earthfirstdurango in Uncategorized

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Text, photos and video by ERIC SHULTZ

Most of us age 50 and over remember where we were when the TMI2 reactor at Three Mile Island melted down. During the subsequent 34 years, greater catastrophes such as Chernobyl and Fukushima have elicited technocratic responses similar to the one that declared TMI an important lesson for continuing our nuclear industries rather than proof of their inevitable injuriousness to life. Each of these debacles has been worse than those before. Assurances that Fukushima did not release as much radioactive material as Chernobyl rest on the implicit assumption that the Japanese disaster is over, when in fact its reactor cores having melted through their containment pose the most lasting and intractable challenge yet. And the enormous effort by nuclear technology apologists to darn the frayed fabric of public acceptance following such spectacular events may have had the side effect of distracting attention from…

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Tar Sands Stock Tanks After Direct Action in Utah

Posted: August 6, 2013 by earthfirstdurango in Uncategorized

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by Lauren Berlekamp / Ecowatch.com

utahtarsands-500If you are thinking about investing intar sands oil in Utah—think again.

US Oil Sands’ stock price fell further down the road to failure when a group of nonviolent activistsgathered last weekat the site of the first proposed tar sands mine in the country. Dozens of people peacefully overtook the operations, effectively shutting down for the entire day road construction of the Seep Ridge Road expansion project and work at the mine in Utah’s Book Cliffs. 

According toKCSG Television, the company’s stock price on the Toronto Stock Exchange had closed July 26 at $0.115. After the direct action enforced a full-day shutdown the following Monday, July 29, US Oil Sands’ stock price had dropped to $0.10, down 50 percent from the company’s 52-week high.

“Investors have taken notice that these tar sands and oil shale projects in Utah will be…

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Plan would expand range in Arizona for gray wolves

Posted: August 6, 2013 by earthfirstdurango in Uncategorized

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from the AP

MexicanGrayWolf_(c)RobinSilverFLAGSTAFF, Ariz.—The federal government is floating a plan that would let endangered Mexican gray wolves roam north toward Flagstaff and across Arizona for the first time in generations.
The Arizona Daily Sun reports (http://bit.ly/1bZONIg) that the government’s wolf reintroduction program has limited the animals to a recovery area that straddles the Arizona-New Mexico state line, where they have struggled to gain a foothold. Currently, any wolf leaving the recovery area is captured and returned.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a draft of proposed changes last month that, if put into effect, would let wolves roam from western Arizona to eastern New Mexico between Interstates 40 and 10.

The draft includes potential wolf reintroduction sites in northern Arizona on the Tonto National Forest, throughout the Sitgreaves National Forest and other public lands, as well as private lands where there’s a participating landowner. The Apache tribe…

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US Border Patrol Violates O’odham Rights

Posted: August 6, 2013 by earthfirstdurango in Uncategorized

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by Ofelia Rivas / O’odham VOICE against the WALL

Native American "Shadow Wolves" Track Smugglers and Immigrants Through Desert

The O’odham are Indigenous people, members of the Tohono O’odham Nation, a federally-recognized Indian reservation in Pima and Maricopa County of Southwestern Arizona, having continually since time immemorial conducted and practiced the Him’dag, the O’odham Way of Life, hereby declare that the United States Government Department of Homeland Security, Border Patrol Forces with malicious intent and with armed aggression have:
 
1. Violated O’odham Rights to Life;
 
by continuous monitoring and surveillance in communities on the entirety of O’odham lands, restricting free movement within communities and entire lands, armed abuse and violent attacks on O’odham members, and driving through yards and fenced-in areas at high speeds endangering lives of O’odham.   

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Video: Activists Shut Down First Tar Sands Mine in Utah

Posted: August 6, 2013 by earthfirstdurango in Uncategorized

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by Main Canyon / Peaceful Uprising

Respect Existence, or Expect Resistance!

Earlier this week activists converged at PR Springs, site of the first proposed tar sands mine in the United States. They shut down work at the mine, and road construction, for the entire day.

 

For more information visit:http://www.peacefuluprising.org/actioncampaction

Please LIKE and SHARE to let US Oil Sands know–if you build it, WE WILL COME!

Check out Climate Justice Activists Occupy Two Tar Sands Mining Sites in Utah for an earlier report on this action.

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