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The Company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline Just Had 2 Major Spills*

The Company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline Just Had 2 Major Spills*

Millions of gallons of drilling fluids have spilled into Ohio’s wetlands.

By Fiona Macdonald

Environmentalists say their “worst fears” have been confirmed, with the company behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline getting caught producing two major spills in its latest project, just one month after construction started.

The Rover Pipeline will ultimately carry natural gas across Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, and Canada, crossing three major rivers in its path – but these latest incidents have caused millions of gallons of drilling fluids to flow into Ohio’s wetlands.

News of the leak came out this week thanks to regulatory filings obtained by the Ohio chapter of environmental group, the Sierra Club.

In the documents, Energy Transfer Partners – the company behind the Rover Pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline – confirmed receiving notice of these “inadvertent” environmental violations.

According to the paperwork, on 13 April 2017, 7.6 million litres (2 million gallons) of drilling fluids were detected spilling into a wetland next to the Tuscarawas River in Stark County by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

The drilling fluids covered an estimated 46,000 square metres (500,000 square foot) area of the wetlands and had “impacted water quality“, according to the report.

On 14 April 2017, another 190,000 litres (50,000 gallons) of drilling fluids were detecting, spilling into a wetland in Richland County in the Mifflin Township.

Drilling fluids themselves aren’t necessarily toxic or dangerous – you can think of them like a type of mud-based lubricant used to assist in the drilling of boreholes.

In this case, the fluid contained a type of clay known as bentonite, as well as mud and cuttings from the hole.

Those ingredients aren’t in themselves dangerous in small doses, but what’s concerning is that when they’re released on waterways and wetlands in large quantities, they can affect water quality and the fragile balance of local ecosystems.

Spokesperson Alexis Daniel told Bloomberg that the spills wouldn’t change the timeline of the US $4.2 billion pipeline, which is scheduled to be completed November 2017.

“Once the incidents were noted, we immediately began containment and mitigation and will continue until the issues are completely resolved,” she said.

Once it’s completed, the Rover Pipeline will cross some particularly important waterways in its 1,147-km (713-mile) length – including the Maumee, Sandusky, and Portage rivers, all of which feed into Lake Erie.

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the Rover Pipeline’s construction in February, and when it’s finished, it will transport an estimated 92 billion litres (3.25 billion cubic feet) of natural gas from the U,S,’ eastern shale to the market each day.

But the Ohio Sierra Club says these early spills are evidence that Energy Transfer Partners aren’t properly equipped to construct the pipeline without further environmental damage, and are protesting the continuation of the project.

“Construction just began just a few weeks ago, yet Energy Transfer has already spilled more than 2 million gallons of drilling fluids in two separate disasters, confirming our worst fears about this dangerous pipeline before it has even gone into operation,” director of the Ohio Sierra Club, Jen Miller, told Eco Watch.

“We’ve always said that it’s never a question of whether a pipeline accident will occur, but rather a question of when. These disasters prove that the fossil fuel industry is unable to even put a pipeline into use before it spills dangerous chemicals into our precious waterways and recreation areas.”

“Construction on the Rover Pipeline must be stopped immediately, as an investigation into Energy Transfer’s total failure to adequately protect our wetlands and communities is conducted,” she added.

To be fair, pipelines haven’t had the best environmental track record lately.

In December last year, as the Standing Rock protests continued over the Dakota Access Pipeline, a nearby pipeline spilled 176,000 gallons of oil into a creek just 2.5 hours away.

Worse, no one knows how long the pipeline was leaking before a local property owner noticed the spill.

That incident wasn’t associated with Energy Transfer Partners, but it’s just another sign that companies need to do a better job of monitoring and regulating these pipelines if they’re going to continue to build them.

Let’s hope the affected Ohio waterways can be cleaned up quickly, and that these notices from the Environmental Protection Agency are enough to keep Energy Transfer Partners vigilant throughout the rest of construction.

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Related Topics:

2010 Gulf Oil Spill Caused Widespread Land Loss*

DAPL is Just the Beginning of the end in the Largest Native American Land Grab in 100 Years*

BNP Paribas Latest Bank to Dump Dakota Access Pipeline*

Portland Votes to Divest from All Corporations*

Buffet, Gates Foundation, Bono’s RED and the Dakota Access Pipeline

Spain Follows Iceland and Arrests Top Bankers*

Spain Follows Iceland and Arrests Top Bankers*

By Ariana Marisol

Spain is following in Iceland’s footsteps by charging their top bankers for failings that led to the loss of millions of Euros for smaller investors.

Last year, Iceland jailed nine of its top bankers for a total of 46 years for crimes relating to the 2008 economic crash.

Last year, Spain’s Supreme Court ruled that there were “serious inaccuracies” in the listing that led investors to back certain banks. Because of this, the bank has had to pay out millions of Euros in compensation.

Wolf Street explains,

“As part of the epic, multi-year criminal investigation into the doomed IPO of Spain’s frankenbank Bankia – which had been assembled from the festering corpses of seven already defunct saving banks – Spain’s national court called to testify six current and former directors of the Bank of Spain, including its former governor, Miguel Ángel Fernández Ordóñez, and its former deputy governor (and current head of the Bank of International Settlements’ Financial Stability Institute), Fernando Restoy. It also summoned for questioning Julio Segura, the former president of Spain’s financial markets regulator, the CNMV [National Securities Market Commission] (the Spanish equivalent of the SEC in the US).”

“The six central bankers and one financial regulator stand accused of authorizing the public launch of Bankia in 2011 despite repeated warnings from the Bank of Spain’s own team of inspectors that the banking group was ‘unviable.”

The court is questioning why they allowed Bankia to sell shares in an initial public offering in 2011, less than a year before Bankia’s porfolio of bad mortgage loans forced the government to seize control of it. There is evidence the regulators had “full and thorough knowledge” of Bankia’s plight. After its nationalization, it reported a €19.2bn ($24.7bn) loss for 2012, the largest in Spanish corporate history.

Internal emails and documents played a huge role in bringing down the central banking officials to task for the failure of Bankia. Inspectors who brought issues to the attention of superiors were allegedly ignored.

While Spanish judges are generally reluctant to sentence first-time financial criminals to prison, actions are being taken against the wrongdoings and wrongdoers of Bankia.

Meanwhile, taxpayers in the United States have yet to see Big Bankers criminally responsible for the financial ruin of millions of citizens brought to any semblance of justice.

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Related Topics:

Iceland Jail Top Bankers For 46 Years, Europe ‘Outraged’*

Five Spanish Banksters Jailed*

100,000 Bankers Lost Their Jobs in 2015*

Bankers Arrested In Nine Countries

Hiding in the U.S Ireland to Prosecute Top Banker for Destroying Their Economy*

Judge Calls for U.S. Marshals and FBI to Arrest Congress and the President*

Royal Bank of Scotland VP arrested on $10mn Fraud*

Occupy World: Blue Eagles vs. Racketeering Bankers*

Only 3 Countries Left Without a ROTHSCHILD Central Bank!*

Baron Rothschild Indicted in France for Fraud*

What Will Unfold as Greece Hires a Rothschild as Debt Advisor*

Hungary Becomes First European Country to Ban Rothschild Banks*

Rothschild Bank under Criminal Investigation over Missing $4bn in Global Corruption Probe*

Rothschild Bank Now Under Criminal Investigation*

Rothschild Demands Western Nations Invade Syria*

Rothschild Makes Dismal Admission — His Financial World Order Now “Threatened”*

Vaccine Induced Chronic Fatigue Syndrome*

Vaccine Induced Chronic Fatigue Syndrome*

By Christina England

Every two years, for the past twenty years, a group of approximately 70 scientists have met at different locations around the world to discuss the effects that aluminum has had on living things.

In March 2017, they met in Vancouver, Canada, for this year’s meeting, titled The 12th Annual Keele Meeting on Aluminum, which was sponsored by the Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute (CMRSI).

One of the scientists who spoke at the conference this year was keynote speaker Dr. Romain Gherardi, from the Neuromuscular Pathology Expert Centre at Paris-Est Créteil University (UPEC).

According to Ms. Celeste McGovern, who reported on the conference and the presentations, Dr. Gherardi had given an extremely frightening overview of the most novel and profound aluminum research related to vaccination.

She wrote:

“Aluminum oxyhydroxide (Alhydrogel) and aluminium hydroxyphosphate (Adjuphos), are nano-materials widely used as immune stimulants or “adjuvants” of vaccines. Children have received them in increasing doses from the hepatitis B shot on their day of birth, in diphtheria-tetanus shots given repeatedly in their first six months of life and in pneumococcal, meningitis, HPV vaccines and more.

In at least seven different countries, patients with myalgic chronic fatigue syndrome have been described after they received one of these aluminum-containing vaccines. In France in the late ’90s, Gherardi began taking biopsies of the deltoid muscle of these patients and he discovered lesions in these – clumps of aggregated aluminium hydroxide engulfed in white blood cells called macrophages — at the injection site. Subsequent studies in mice found that aluminum in these cells slowly migrates to their brains where it seems to prefer to settle, permanently. He called the phenomenon Macrophagic Myofasciitis (MMF).”

Continuing on the subject of MMF, she explained that:

“MMF mainly manifests as joint and muscle pain, fatigue and weakness, cognitive dysfunction, including attention and memory impairment and sleep disturbances. And many MMF sufferers eventually develop one of more than 100 different autoimmune disorders from alopecia to multiple sclerosis, sometimes years after the initial illness. So MMF is described as a facet of “autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants” (ASIA) identified by leading Israeli immunologist Yehuda Shoenfeld in 2011.”

She stated:

“But the MMF picture is still developing.  Another French researcher, Jérôme Authier, presented his group’s findings published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine this year showing that neuro-imaging of MMF patients’ brains by PET-scan reveals distinct patterns of impaired glucose metabolism in multiple regions of their brains.

New research presented by Housam Eidi of the University of British Columbia also looked at mouse brain function and aluminium (Al) concentration long after injections. Surprisingly, the researchers found the lowest dose of Alhydrogel exerts the greatest neurotoxic effects. And small particle size seems to be critical for this brain damage, Eidi explained”

Ms. McGovern’s information is further supported by the work of Dr. Sarah Myhill, a private medical practitioner from the U.K. who is particularly concerned that multiple vaccinations could be causing an epidemic of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

Concerns About Too Many Vaccinations Being Given Together

In 2016, Dr. Myhill, a professional who in principle is not opposed to vaccination, wrote an article titled Vaccination: Pros and Cons.

In her article, she discussed whether multiple vaccinations and the overuse of antibiotics were responsible for the gradual erosion of the immune system.

On the subject of CFS, she stated that:

“Vaccinations are a two-edged sword because whilst they have the potential to prevent illness, they can certainly cause flares of CFS. Indeed, I have several patients with CFS dated from vaccinations such as flu or hepatitis B. However usually this has been on the background of overwhelming stress.” 

She continued:

Gulf War Syndrome.

GWS is a classic example of a CFS with several causes. One probable cause was the many vaccinations that the soldiers received in one day. Some said they had 14 injections at one session. It is perfectly possible that this could have caused some sort of immune disruption resulting in CFS. (own emphasis)

This information we know to be true, because in his witness statement, Gulf War veteran, Mr. Richard Turnbull, told the court that he had received the following vaccinations and a few that he could not remember:

  • Anthrax
  • bubonic plague
  • cholera
  • typhoid
  • yellow fever
  • hepatitis A
  • hepatitis B
  • meningitis

We also know that his list of vaccinations should have also included the now discontinued MMR vaccination, Pluserix, and the pertussis vaccination.

This information is supported by the original supply agreement between the U.K. government and SmithKline & French, which shows that SmithKline & French agreed to distribute 1,400,000 Pluserix vaccinations (Urabe MMR) to the U.K. for use on the U.K.’s babies and the armed forces.

The agreement, which was signed in August 1988, stated:

“This Agreement’s designated contract reference is N1D0288.

SK&F have agreed to supply and NHS have agreed to purchase for onward sale to United Kingdom Health Authorities and the Armed Forces 1,400,000 doses of “Pluserix” (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine at a cost of 3.80 per dose (exclusive of value added tax) to NHS of as NHS shall require to facilitate the United Kingdom Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccination campaign which commences on 3rd October 1988. The supply of vaccine shall be upon the terms of this agreement.”

See: Gulf War Syndrome: Documents Prove UK and US Military Personnel were Injected with Untested Vaccines for more information.

In her summary, Dr. Sarah Myhill stated that:

My concerns about vaccinations. My philosophy is always ‘mimic Nature’. A vaccination will never produce the same strength of immunity as getting the real infection. My worries are: The insidious erosion of the immune system. Giving vaccinations may block very useful cross immunity to other viruses. For example, there are some viruses which cause cancer. I do not wish to inadvertently block immunity to one of those! We are constantly meeting new viruses and our bodies have to learn to cope with them. We have no idea of what long term problems we are storing up.”

She could be correct because more and more of the vaccinations that are being recommended by our governments today contain aluminum as an ingredient. According to the free eBook published by the CMSRI, vaccines can induce autoimmune diseases in genetically prone individuals.

Toxic Amounts of Aluminum in Vaccinations

Dr. Robert Sears is another professional who is exceptionally worried about the effect aluminum is having on our health. In his paper, titled Is Aluminum The New Thimerosal?, Dr. Sears explained that aluminum is added to vaccinations to help them work more efficiently.

During his research, he came across a number of extremely worrying documents, including one written by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN). Describing the document in depth, Sears wrote:

“The source of the daily limit of 4 to 5 mcg of aluminum per kilogram of body weight quoted by the ASPEN statement seems to be a study that compared the neurologic development of about 100 premature babies who were fed a standard IV solution that contained aluminum, with the development of 100 premature babies who were fed the same solution with almost all aluminum filtered out. The study was prompted by a number of established facts: that injected aluminum can build up to toxic levels in the bloodstream, bones, and brain; that preemies have decreased kidney function and thus a higher risk of toxicity; that an autopsy performed on one preemie whose sudden death was otherwise unexplained revealed high aluminum concentrations in the brain; and that aluminum toxicity can cause progressive dementia.”

He continued:

“However, none of these documents or studies mentions vaccines; they look only at IV solutions and injectable medications. Nor does the FDA require labels on vaccines warning about the dangers of aluminum toxicity, although such labels are required for all other injectable medications. All of these studies and label warnings seem to apply mainly to premature babies and kidney patients. What about larger, full-term babies with healthy kidneys?”

He explained:

“However, these documents don’t tell us what the maximum safe dose would be for a healthy baby or child, and I can’t find such information anywhere. This is probably why the ASPEN group suggests, and the FDA requires, that all injectable solutions be limited to 25 mcg; we at least know that that level is safe.”

If this information is correct, then why do so many of the recommended childhood vaccinations include far above the recommended amounts of aluminum?

According to Dr. Sears, the levels of aluminum included in childhood vaccinations are as follows:

  • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis): 170–625 mcg, depending on
    manufacturer
  • hepatitis A: 250 mcg
  • hepatitis B: 250 mcg
  • Hib (for meningitis; PedVaxHib brand only): 225 mcg
  • HPV: 225 mcg
  • Pediarix (DTaP–hepatitis B–polio combination): 850 mcg
  • Pentacel (DTaP–Hib–polio combination): 330 mcg
  • pneumococcus: 125 mcg (emphasis added)

These levels far exceed the safe levels recommended by ASPEN, especially when you consider that a newborn baby is vaccinated with the hepatitis B vaccine, containing 250 mcg of aluminum, at birth!

In fact, according to Dr. Sears, the FDA stated that:

“Although aluminum toxicity is not commonly detected clinically, it can be serious in selected patient populations, such as neonates (newborns), and may be more common than is recognized.” (emphasis added)

Since his paper, which was written in 2008, there are even more vaccinations containing aluminum.

Terrifying Neurodegenerative Plague Expected to Affect One in Two Americans

According to Ms. McGovern, no one can say how many of the one to four million Americans and millions more globally are suffering from serious chronic fatigue due to aluminum poisoning.

She continued with the following statement:

“No one can say how many of the current 50 million cases of autoimmune disease in America are a long-term fallout from shots taken years ago.

Terrifying as that is, there were two more days of this research presented.  A 2017 study in the Journal of Translational Medicine from Exley’s lab demonstrated the presence of some of the highest contents of aluminum ever observed in brain tissue in every section of tissue sampled from brains of patients with familial early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. So, could it be that when aluminum migrates from vaccines to brains it is somehow associated with Alzheimer’s disease, the terrifying neurodegenerative plague that is expected to affect one in two Americans by 2050?

Read Scientists Prove Link Between Aluminum and Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease for further information.
The 12th Annual Keele Meeting on Aluminum is one of the many events sponsored by the Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute (CMSRI), a medical and scientific collaborative that was established to provide research funding for independent studies on causal factors underlying the chronic disease and disability epidemic.

For evidence-based research on aluminum, visit the GreenMedInfo.com Research Dashboard.

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FDA Approves Lyme Disease Vaccine Testing on Humans*

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Varicella Occurring From Chickenpox Vaccination*

H.R. 1313 Bill Would Require Medical Procedures Like Vaccines as Requirement for Employment*

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ACLU Files 13 Lawsuits against Government Related to Travel Ban*

ACLU Files 13 Lawsuits against Government Related to Travel Ban*

By Yessenia Funes

 

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) officially filed 13 separate lawsuits today (April 12) after the federal government did not respond to its 18 Freedom of Information Act requests for information on the administration’s “Muslim ban” in February.

The lawsuits demand records from local U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Department of Homeland Security offices to learn how specific municipalities (including Baltimore, Detroit and Seattle) implemented the travel ban on-the-ground at airports and other ports of entry.

“CBP has a long history of ignoring its obligations under the federal Freedom of Information Act, a law that was enacted to ensure that Americans have timely access to information of pressing public concern,” said Mitra Ebadolahi, a staff attorney with the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, in the press release.

The public has a right to know how federal immigration officials have handled the implementation of the Muslim bans, especially after multiple federal courts have blocked various aspects of these executive orders.”

President Donald Trump issued the controversial travel ban via executive order on January 27. After the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled against it, the Trump administration released a second version on March 6. Federal judges also stopped implementation of that one.

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Related Topics:

Trump Signs New Travel Ban Executive Order*

European Parliament Votes to End Visa-Free Travel for Americans*

Court Of Appeals Unanimously Rejects Trump’s Travel Ban: Full Ruling*

On Heels of Travel Ban Hearing, GOP Lawmakers Push Bill to Split Up 9th ‘Circus’ Court*

High Court Denies Trump Request to Immediately Restore Travel Ban*

DHS Suspends Trump’s Travel Ban, Reverses Visa Cancelation; Vows to Fight*

CDC Gives Itself the Right to Test, Quarantine Travelers without Due Process, Informed Consent*

 

How One Small Tribe Beat Coal and Built a Solar Plant*

How One Small Tribe Beat Coal and Built a Solar Plant*

Ash blows over the Moapa River Indian Reservation on April 7, 2011

By Yessenia Funes

Tucked between scattered red desert rocks, the Moapa Band of Paiutes dwells on a little over 70,000 acres in southeastern Nevada. It’s a small tribe with a population of no more than 311, but those numbers haven’t stopped its members from shutting down a giant coal generating station to protect their health and land.

While President Donald Trump is attempting to revive the coal industry, the Moapa Band has proven how dangerous that industry can be to health. Tribal members suffer from high rates of asthma and heart disease, though the tribe’s small size makes it difficult to accurately quantify. The coal-fired Reid Gardner Generating Station sits outside the Moapa River Indian Reservation, just beyond a fence for some tribal members who have had to deal with the repercussions of its air pollution and toxic coal ash waste for 52 years.

“The whole tribe was suffering from it,” says Vernon Lee, a tribal member and former council member who worked at the plant 15 years ago.

“It’s just bad stuff. We all knew that.”

Coincidentally, the day after the station last stopped operating (on March 17), the Moapa Band of Paiutes launched the Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project, the first-ever solar project built on tribal land, in partnership with large-scale solar operator First Solar. Companies started approaching the tribe about leasing its land around the same time their organizing took off, and things essentially fell into place.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid joins Moapa Band of Paiutes Chairwoman Aletha Tom, First Solar CEO James Hughes, LADWP director of power system planning and development Randy Howard, and the Moapa Band of Paiutes Tribal Council to break ground on the 250 MW Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project March 2014.

 

Despite all this—and the impending closure of the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station in Arizona, also run by NV Energy and impacting Navajo Nation members who work there or live nearby—President Trump is pushing forth with a coal-first energy agenda.

His signing of the Energy Independence Executive Order on March 28 repealed former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which took hard steps to reduce coal production and transition into cleaner forms of energy production. Coal emits carbon dioxide at roughly twice the rate of natural gas (though natural gas emits methane, a more potent greenhouse gas).

And his administration is supportive of producing and handling coal on Native American land, as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has made clear in his previous capacity as a Montana congressman. He worked closely with the Crow Nation to protect their livelihood: coal.

As for the Moapa? They reaped no benefits. The station didn’t generate power for their homes; it didn’t employ its members either. The last tribal member to work for the generating station was Lee, and NV Energy fired him in 2002.

All the plant could offer the Moapa were problems with their lungs and hearts. Still, they persevered and fought until the plant was shut down.

Vickie Simmons grew up off and on the reservation. She’s the vice chairwoman of the tribe and spent scattered years of her youth there.

She thanks the “off” moments for her good health, believing that if she had spent more of her childhood there, she might not have been so lucky—as many others around her were not.

Like her brother.

He was only 31 when he died of an enlarged heart. Simmons will never really know, but she thinks it had to do with the plant. Her brother had worked there for 10 years. Another community member who also worked there died of the same thing not long after, she says.

But the tribe’s prevalence of cardiovascular and respiratory issues are consistent with what is generally caused by air pollution, says C. Arden Pope III, an environmental epidemiologist who currently teaches economics at Brigham Young University but has served on the EPA Science Advisory Board and chairs the EPA Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis.

This map shows the toxic pollution over the Moapa River Indian Reservation, as well as its proximity to the Reid Gardner Generating Station. Image courtesy of the Sierra Club

 

Coal releases heavy carbon dioxide emissions, but it also emits a cocktail of pollutants dangerous to health: sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury, particulates and fly ash that is then placed into nearby ponds. Lee calls them “chemical soup ponds.” These pollutants can lead to respiratory issues, heart problems, as well as neurological and developmental damage.

Pope has examined the health of the Moapa Band. Back in 2012, he attempted to conduct a study on the tribe but was unable to establish conclusive findings because the tribe’s numbers are so small. Then, there was the issue of no valid control group because, as Pope put it, “they all lived so very close to the power plant that…they were all being exposed.”

Still, Pope did collect a lot of data, and the health impacts were enough for him to have a strong opinion about how the generating station was impacting their health:

“Do I think that the exposure to air pollution likely had adverse impacts on their health? The answer to that is yes.”

And he says that their high rates of respiratory and cardiovascular issues are in line with greater empirical research on air pollution. Without a conclusive study, however, it was difficult for government officials to take tribal members seriously.

“But we wouldn’t care,” chairwoman Simmons says.

“We smelled it and felt it.”

Then, in 2010, they met Vinny Spotleson, who was working with the Sierra Club at that time. That changed everything.

It all started with letters. That’s how tribal members first thought they’d give the EPA and state agencies like the state’s Division of Environmental Protection a piece of their mind.

“People wrote [many] letters,” Simmons tells me, adding that they never got a response.

When they met Spotleson in 2010, Simmons realized that they finally had the support needed to be taken seriously by officials. Before then, Simmons says government agencies would shoot back with numbers from air quality reports she and other Moapa people didn’t fully understand. But Spotleson introduced them to lawyers and scientists. From there, all the Moapa had to do was tell their stories. Simmons remembers Spotleson telling her, “Just say how you feel, and they’ll never be able to prove you wrong.”

Their work kicked off in 2010 when the Reid Gardner Station was planning to expand its coal ash landfill and add new evaporation ponds. The purpose, per a 2008 proposal, was “to maintain the effective management of the wastewater evaporation process, and to provide adequate landfill space for fly ash, bottom ash and solids from the evaporation ponds.” These landfills and ponds present water pollution risks, as well as potential spills.

So with the help of the Sierra Club, the Moapa Band of Paiutes entered into a legal battle against the Bureau of Land Management for approving the expansion project in Moapa Band of Paiutes, et al v. BLM, et al. Part of their campaign involved growing public awareness. The residents in Las Vegas whose homes were powered by the plant had no idea where it was or that it even existed—much less what it was doing to the Moapa.

“We did see a lot of people in the community, in Las Vegas, in southern Nevada, really engaging and making this campaign their own,” says Elspeth DiMarzio, another Sierra Club campaign organizer who worked with the Moapa.

“Once they were aware of the issue, they could see that their neighbours in Moapa were suffering because of an energy that they were receiving.”

The issue drew even more attention on Earth Day 2012 when the tribe and its allies walked 50 miles from the Reid Gardner Generating Station to the federal building in Las Vegas over a course of three days.

“Everybody hung in there,” says Lee, who walked.

“We had our support groups and vans and elders.” One kid was no older than 12, Lee tells me. The oldest man was 70. Lee was roughly 46 at the time.

The Culture Walk on Earth Day April 22, 2012, where the Moapa Band of Paiutes and its allies walked 50 miles from the coal power plant to the federal building in downtown Las Vegas

 

Still, the tribe ultimately lost that case in 2013—but they didn’t lose everything.

Legislators introduced Senate Bill 123 in February 2013, which would require certain utilities (like NV Energy, the one behind Reid Gardner) to reduce their coal-based greenhouse gas emissions by eliminating at least 800 megawatts of electricity by 2019 and replacing part of that lost energy with 350 megawatts of renewable energy like solar or wind. This came after these three years of organizing by the Moapa and its allies.

By April, NV Energy gave its support for SB 123. In June 2013, the bill became law—with a stamp of approval from NV Energy and the Moapa.

The plant shuttered for good March 2017 without its 40 employees losing their jobs, as they were reassigned to other positions within the company. And its last generator? It retired nine months before schedule as NV Energy found that exhausting its coal inventory as soon as possible made more financial sense than dragging it out until the end of 2017, as originally planned.

“We are proud to be moving our state toward a more balanced and less carbon intense generation portfolio through coal-generation retirement and renewable energy development while keeping prices low for our customers,” said Starla Lacy, the utility’s vice president of environmental services, in a press release.

“The renewable energy capacity NV Energy has secured for customers has seven times the capacity of the generating unit that was taken off the grid today.”

The Moapa didn’t stop with the closure of the plant. In August 2013, they launched another lawsuit: Moapa Band of Paiute Indians, et al v. Nevada Power, et al. Here, they demanded that the company compensate them for all they’d suffered as a result of it. The tribe won that case in 2015. They secured a $4.3 million settlement to go toward clean-up, a wellness centre and water rights.

And while no amount of money or dealings could bring back the people families have lost, the shutdown of the plant, as well as the tribe’s victory, signaled a new chapter for the Moapa. The solar project is just the cherry on top.

The tribe now leases its land to Capital Dyanmics, which owns the Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project. The plant provided 115 construction jobs for tribal members and employs two permanently as field technicians.

The power goes to Los Angeles, and the tribe receives revenue from leasing their land. But they’ve been discussing and attempting to find bidders for two other solar projects with the thought of launching one that would bring that power into their homes.

They have a new revenue stream and are still deciding on the best way to use it.

“We’ve never been in this position before or had these [solar] projects before,” Simmons says.

“It’s hard to take off and start spending everything we do have because we want to plan and spend accordingly.”

The Moapa went from suffering at the hands of coal to benefiting from the profits of renewables—a feat President Trump made sound impossible with statements like ones he made in October 2016 on the campaign trail that “solar is very, very expensive” and “wind is very problematic.”

In addition, moving away from coal is not a choice that is always so simple for indigenous people given their historical relationship with energy development.

“The moment extraction begins, a social life develops around it, which replicates the paternalism of the federal government, structural inequality and processes of colonialism that are long standing,” says Andrew Curley, a developmental sociologist who is a member of the Navajo Nation.

Even for the Moapa, who weren’t reliant on the plant, the situation is complicated because the snowball effect of their success brings increased stress to the nearby Navajo, who are losing their main source of income and employment in the shutdown of the Navajo Generating Station.

“It’s very complicated,” Curley says. “There’s not one firm understanding of coal. There are people who have been displaced and marginalized and impacted through negative health risks associated with coal and the dispossession of land and resources. Then, people who have benefited with jobs, livelihoods.”

What’s not complicated is the turn of the energy industry. Energy generated by coal has declined by 53 percent from 2006 to 2016. Renewables, on the other hand, increased by 35 percent between just September 2015 and 2016, according to the 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report.

“I am very worried about our planet, especially with Trump in there rolling back all the pollution things,” Lee tells me. But he’s not worried about himself; he’s worried about the future generations and how this shift in energy policy could impact their future. He doesn’t want to see more communities go through what the Moapa—and countless others—have gone through. Neither does Simmons.

“I hope that the same that happened to our reservations,” she says, “could happen to other communities—Native American or non-Native American.”

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Southern Nevada Coal Power Plant Shut Down amid Pressure from Native American Tribe*

Crispus Attucks: A Black and Native Shared Narrative*

Mark Zuckerberg is Suing to Force Native Hawaiians off their Ancestral Land to Build his Island Resort*

Trump to Privatize Native Land*

30,000 Disappeared in Mexico, 855 Mass Graves Found in 9 Years*

30,000 Disappeared in Mexico, 855 Mass Graves Found in 9 Years*

Over 80% of the cases of disappearances are concentrated in 11 out of the 31 states in the country.

 

Relatives welcomed the report as an improvement on the usual work of the CNDH.

Between 2007 and September 2016, a total of 855 illegal mass graves were found across Mexico according to the official estimate, while a staggering 30,000 people were reported disappeared, according to a report by the National Commission of Human Rights.

“Despite this alarming estimate, Mexico has still not realized how serious the situation was of disappearances,” said CNDH state official Ismael Eslava, adding that over 80% of the cases were concentrated in 11 out of the 31 states in the country: Guerrero, Nuevo Leon, Veracruz, Zacatecas, Coahuila, Colima, San Luis Potosi, Durango, Jalisco and Sonora.

Most of them are related to confrontations between rival drug cartels, sometimes with the support of authorities, said the report, which based its conclusions on over 500 requests before state and federal courts to find their relatives.

Collectives of relatives have welcomed the report as an improvement on the usual work of the CNDH, often criticized for reluctantly investigating the cases of disappearances or human rights abuses, especially when they involve local or federal authorities.

The relatives of the victims complained that they have to carry out the search themselves for their loved ones, as the state fails to guarantee justice. However, running such investigations usually exposes them to death threats and other risks.

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Related Topics:

The U.S. Connection to the Violence in Mexico*

In Mexico Where Words Cost Lives*

Mexico’s Cardinal Sandoval Referred to the NWO Intent to Destroy the Family*

Eugenics of the UN, WHO and World Bank in Mexico*

Mexico Protest Blacked Out By Media

 

Quaker Oats Sued Over Glyphosate Found in ‘All Natural’ Foods*

Quaker Oats Sued Over Glyphosate Found in ‘All Natural’ Foods*

Quaker Oats, owned by PepsiCo, has been sued over its “all natural” oats containing high levels of glyphosate weed killer (sold as “Roundup” by Monsanto).

The New York Times, forever a defender of Monsanto and GMOs, is blatantly lying to its readers by claiming the glyphosate found in Quaker Oats is nothing more than “traces.” In reality, the glyphosate contamination of Quaker Oats was tested at alarming levels by a St. Louis laboratory using the ELISA technique.

Natural News recently reported those numbers in a previous article. They were also released by the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH-USA.org). The tests revealed glyphosate in whole wheat bread, bagels, hot cereals, coffee creamers, instant oatmeal and more.

Deadly glyphosate now being sprayed on oats, wheat, barley and other crops as a dessicant

Quaker Oats admits that its oats are sprayed with glyphosate by farmers. This fact is a total shock to most consumers who are completely unaware that glyphosate is now routinely sprayed on non-GMO crops. Via the NY Times:

In a statement, the Quaker Oats Company said that it did not add glyphosate during any part of the milling process but that it might be applied by farmers to certain grains before harvest… Oats are not a genetically engineered crop. But glyphosate is increasingly being used as a “dessicant” to dry out crops to speed harvesting.

The Quaker Oats company, apparently staffed by people who are scientifically illiterate, believes it can “wash off” the glyphosate even though it’s already soaked into the oats. As the NY Times continues:

The company said it puts the oats it receives through a cleansing process. “Any levels of glyphosate that may remain are trace amounts and significantly below any limits which have been set by the E.P.A. as safe for human consumption,” the company said.

But one thing I’ve come to learn as a food scientist — I’m the lab science director of CWC Labs and the author of Food Forensics — is that glyphosate survives food washing and food processing! That’s how it ends up fully intact in beer, cereals and other products.

“Glyphosate residues are neither removed by washing nor broken down by cooking. The herbicide residue remains on food for more than a year, even if processed, dried, or frozen.” – The Dirt Cure Growing Healthy Kids with Food Straight from Soil by Maya Shetreat Klein MD.

NY Times refuses to call out EPA’s criminal collusion with the biotech industry

The NY Times goes on to report:

A test paid for by lawyers for the plaintiffs, the Richman Law Group, found glyphosate at a level of 1.18 parts per million in a sample of Quaker Oats Quick 1-Minute. This is roughly 4% of the 30 parts per million that the Environmental Protection Agency allows in cereal grains.

However, what the NY Times deliberately fails to report is that the EPA colludes with Monsanto to artificially raise contamination limits to outrageous levels as a way to protect the interests of industry.

The EPA (see EPAwatch.org and ¬EPA.news), now known as the Environmental Pollution Agency, has also colluded with the nation’s worst industrial polluters to legalize the mass distribution of extremely toxic “biosludge” (recycled human waste and industrial waste) onto farm lands, crop soils, forage fields for dairy cows, children’s playgrounds and city parks. Read the book Science for Sale by Dr. David Lewis for the jaw-dropping details of the EPA’s “sludge magic” program rooted in total quack science.

Just as the EPA did with biosludge, it raises allowable glyphosate contamination limits to whatever numbers are desired by the biotech industry. The EPA is America’s most anti-science regulator, abandoning real science at every opportunity so that it can push a pro-industry agenda of the mass poisoning of the soils and crops. And the scientifically illiterate NY Times pretends that whatever level the EPA sets is rooted in the science of public safety. It isn’t. It’s actually rooted in protecting corporate interests while poisoning the entire food supply.

That’s exactly how glyphosate ends up in your Quaker Oats oatmeal, a product that used to be truly natural and safe to eat. Now, I wouldn’t touch Quaker Oats with a six-foot snake stick!

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Related Topics:

Quaker Oats Sued for Glyphosate in 100% Natural Products*

Alarming Amount of Glyphosates in the Foods you Eat*

Glyphosate in your Bread*

European Food Authority Concludes that “Glyphosate is Safe”

Glyphosate has been a Known Carcinogen Since the 1970s*

85% of Tampons, Pads and Other Feminine Care Products Contaminated with Monsanto’s Cancer-Causing, Endocrine-Disrupting Glyphosate*