July was another busy month over at RAN's Facebook page!
Here's a look at the month's most popular pictures.
3. The Bronze Panther for Third Most Popular Picture goes to ...
Tell the Snack Food 20 to cut conflict palm oil, not rainforests: http://www.ran.org/snack_food_20
2. The Silver Panther for Second Most Popular Picture goes to ...
... the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., reminding us what Independence Day really means.
1. And the Gold Panther for Most Popular Picture goes to ...
... Thomas Edison! This picture definitely stirred up some controversy over his business practices, and his treatment of Nicola Tesla—but he was right about the potential of solar power.
Photos Show Destructive Impacts Of Steam Injection At Chevron Oil Well, California Officials Forced To Intervene
"The only things of which we are certain are that this is a hazardous situation and that there is a correlation between [steam] injection, fracturing, and the surface expressions we're seeing," reads a statement issued August 12 from DOGGR supervisor Elena Miller.In the photos, steam can be seen coming out of a hillside, and a large dark spot indicates where one of the eruptions occurred: [caption id="attachment_15296" align="alignnone" width="494" caption="Steam pours out of a hillside near Chevron's Well 20. This is what the industry euphemistically calls a "surface expression.""][/caption] [caption id="attachment_15295" align="alignnone" width="495" caption="The blackened area indicates where steam, water, rocks, and other materials violently erupted from the ground."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_15297" align="alignnone" width="494" caption="Debris, including softball-sized rocks, flew as much as 50-60 feet through the air as a result of the eruption."][/caption] Robert David Taylor was checking on yet another surface expression when the ground opened up and swallowed him in June (Cal-OSHA is investigating Taylor's death). There seems to be a pattern here, one that Chevron was all too content to ignore until DOGGR officials forced the company to pay attention. Which begs the question: How many other "surface expressions" have occurred at Well 20 that Chevron hasn't told us about? And what was the toll on local wildlife and plant life of those incidents? Whatever is going on here, it certainly provides more evidence that Chevron puts production and profits ahead of the wellbeing of its own workers and the environment.
Rainforest Action Network believes that corporations should be allowed to extract and process mineral fuels only if they can do so without harming human health or contaminating the air, water, and soil, or failing to maintain ecological integrity, with an eye on impacts at all levels: local, regional, and global. This means achieving the following goals: 1. No water pollution: Protecting public health, the environment, and the climate from toxic, hazardous, and carcinogenic chemicals used in the extraction of fossil fuel energy resources; 2. Low emissions: Protecting public health, the environment, and the climate from pollutants emitted during the drilling and ongoing production of energy resources; 3. No-go zones: Protecting sacred areas, fragile ecosystems, high conservation and high carbon value areas, neighborhoods, drinking watersheds, and densely populated areas targeted for energy development; 4. Landowner Consent: Continuing to develop and then implementing laws and policies that make surface and mineral estates co-equal and ensure that landowners have essential rights to negotiate, including the right to say ‘no’ to energy development. 5. Indigenous Rights: Honoring the unique right of Indigenous Communities to free, prior, informed consent as defined in the United Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. Consent should be sought via a process that respects the traditional decision-making structures of the community. The process should be mutually agreed upon and recorded, while also complying with and building upon any applicable laws and regulations.We would love to hear your feedback on this policy.