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RAN's Pictures of the Month: July

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 ... 


... these adorable (and threatened) orangutans.

Tell the Snack Food 20 to cut conflict palm oil, not rainforests:

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. 

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Photos Show Destructive Impacts Of Steam Injection At Chevron Oil Well, California Officials Forced To Intervene

Even after a sinkhole filled with poisonous gas, super-heated steam and hot water opened up beneath 54-year-old Robert David Taylor, killing the veteran oilfield worker, Chevron continued its use of steam injection at Well 20 near Taft, CA. Then a major eruption occurred just a few weeks later at the same well, finally prompting California officials to step in and order a stop to Chevron’s use of the dangerous technology. According to, there was a "violent eruption" near Well 20 on August 5th. A report by the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) says that softball-sized rocks, fluid, steam and other materials shot out of the ground with such force that some rocks flew as far as 50-60 feet through the air. No one was hurt in this particular incident, but DOGGR officials ordered Chevron to stop using steam injection at Well 20 pending an investigation. BakersfieldNow also got a look at photos of these “surface expressions,” an industry euphemism for when super-heated steam injected deep underground to loosen up oil finds its way to the surface. The August 5th eruption was not the only surface expression to have occurred since Taylor’s death on June 21st — there were two others on August 3rd. This is what has DOGGR officials so concerned:
"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.""]taft-sinkhole-4[/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."]taft-sinkhole-5[/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."]taft-sinkhole-3[/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.

RAN's Position On Hydrofracking

Citizen protesting hydro fracking in NYWe have grown increasingly concerned about the prevalence of hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking,' a technique used to mine natural gas. We've watched movies like Split Estate and Gasland, which explain the serious health risks associated with fracking, and we've been hearing and reading about thousands of people across the US who are turning out to public meetings and hearings to say "No" to fracking in their community. Having taken a look at the issue, we developed the following policy position:
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.

Chevron Needs To Get To Work

Change Chevron image: Getting to work cleaning up Chevron stations for 10/10/10 Why did we get to work to clean up Chevron stations today as part of the 10/10/10 Global Work Party? The answer is pretty simple: Chevron refuses to clean up its own messes, so we wanted to set a good example for the company to follow. According to a new scientific analysis released last month, the 18 billion gallons of toxic oil waste polluting Ecuador's rainforest could lead to as many as 10,000 Ecuadoreans dying of cancer by 2080 — and that’s even if Chevron cleans up its mess in Ecuador immediately. That number could rise exponentially if Chevron doesn’t take action. But so far the company has refused to get to work. That’s why we sent teams to temporarily shut down all 10 San Francisco Chevron gas stations for “cleaning” of oil spills. Check out the pics: Our activists were at the Chevron stations to confront the company on its pollution in Ecuador, and on its pollution in communities around the world, from California to Ecuador to Nigeria. While Chevron refuses to take responsibility for this pollution, the company is actively working to stall climate and clean energy policies that would get us off of dirty fossil fuels once and for all. Chevron needs to clean up its own mess, and to stop standing in the way of those of us who are getting to work to make the clean energy future a reality. After shutting down the stations in San Francisco, we headed to Lafayette, CA — home of Chevron CEO John Watson. If ever there were a guy who needs to get to work, John Watson is that guy. Unfortunately, he recently told an interviewer that he thinks it will take “generations” for us to make the switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy. This is clearly not acceptable: There are 30,000 Ecuadoreans living amongst Chevron’s toxic pollution, and the entire world is threatened by global warming. Lives are at stake. So we stopped by Watson’s house at the end of the day and dropped off our cleaning supplies, as a not-terribly-subtle suggestion that the CEO get to work. Check out the video.

There were, of course, more 7,000 work parties in about 180 countries today. Around 1,200 of those work parties were in the U.S., which easily dwarfs the number of astroturf events organized by the American Petroleum Institute this summer, and is nearly double the 642 Tax Day Tea Parties organized this spring with the support of Fox News. Check out the highlights from around the world on

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