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Warning: Language. Also, strange and a bit strained, but a noble effort.

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Facing South looks at the long term effects of Buccaneer Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon spill. Here’s few of the stats; follow the link for more.

Number of people who filed medical claims under the financial settlement reached with BP, citing breathing problems, eye injuries and other illnesses related to exposure to the spill’s pollution: more than 37,500

As of last year, number of studies published on physical health effects reported by people directly affected by BP’s spill: 2

Number of those studies that found a higher frequency of respiratory illness, headaches, skin rash, and cough: 2

In one study looking at the disaster’s effect on cleanup workers’ lungs, number of genes in human airway cells found to be affected by exposure to a chemical oil dispersant used on the Gulf oil spill — with many of those same changes also observed in lung diseases like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: 84

Buccaneer Petroleum, where the motto is “Safety Worst.”

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If the URL for Virginia’ major power company is dom.com, shouldn’t the URL for the Virginia state legislature be sub.gov?

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Ron Littlepage is not impressed with the oil industry’s Trojan horse of a fracking “regulation” bill.

The oil and gas industry, which sends copious amounts of cash to the campaign accounts of legislators, is in favor of fracking.

Never mind that with Florida ground zero for sea-level rise, we should be looking for completely clean alternative energy sources to reduce greenhouse gases.

And never mind that when fracking runs awry, which will surely happen sometime, Florida’s water supply and environment will absorb another damaging blow.

The bill is promoted as a way to set statewide standards for fracking. See above about lipstick and pigs.

What the bill does is take away the rights of local governments to control what goes on in their backyards.

Given the geology of Florida, I see visions of the biggest sinkhole yet.

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Did fracking open a wellspring of methane?

In October, a ruptured storage well in the Aliso Canyon oil field began spewing hundreds of thousands of tons of noxious gas into Los Angeles neighborhoods. Three months later, this massive leak still hasn’t been stanched. Thousands of people in the Porter Ranch area have been driven from their homes, schools and businesses by horrible smells and spiking levels of cancer-causing benzene.

State regulators don’t seem to know what caused the leak, or how to stop it. But newly uncovered documents show that hydraulic fracturing was commonly used in the Aliso Canyon gas storage wells – including a well less than a half-mile from the leak.

Follow the link. Get the fracks.

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The president of the Maine Nurses Association speaks out against the TPP and it’s protection of the corporacracy. A snippet:

Despite the promises and reassurances offered by the Obama administration over the past few months, including during the president’s State of the Union address, the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is even worse than prior reports had predicted.

Monopoly pricing protections for giant pharmaceutical firms in the Trans-Pacific Partnership could be a death sentence for countless patients in need of affordable medications around the world.

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This agreement is an all out assault on not only health and safety but also on the democratic rights of the American people to pass public protections. It’s another reminder that the pharmaceutical industry and other corporate lobbyists, who wrote many of these provisions, continue to dominate and corrupt our political system.

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What happens when a philosopher takes on frackers?

It was ultimately a Pyrrhic victory.

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. . . and they have a card that proves it.

Get out of Jail free cardU.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said that his hands were tied because, unlike other industries, the auto industry is not breaking any law by putting a potentially deadly product (GM’s faulty ignition switches–ed.) on the market.

So even though the settlement itself blames individuals for the problems at GM, there will be no trials or jail time for those who knowingly concealed information from the government about the deadly ignition switches for years. While the settlement celebrates GM for “terminating” the wrongdoers, in reality the guilty profited during a decade of delaying the recall, then left the company with golden parachutes.

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Warning: Language.

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