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The entire nuclear fuel chain involves the release of radioactivity, contamination of the environment and damage to human health. Most often, communities of color, indigenous peoples or those of low-income are targeted to bear the brunt of these impacts, particularly the damaging health and environmental effects of uranium mining. The nuclear power industry inevitably violates human rights.

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Friday
Aug262016

North Dakota Oil Pipeline Battle: Who’s Fighting and Why

Jack Healy has published an overview in the New York Times regarding the conflict between the Dakota Access Pipeline for shipping crude oil, and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies, across whose Missouri River homeland the pipeline would cross.

Thursday
Aug252016

Bernie Sanders releases statement opposing Dakota Access Pipeline

As reported by KSFY:

BURLINGTON, V.T. (KSFY) - U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders released a statement Thursday supporting the efforts to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

“The major global crisis facing our planet today is climate change. The vast majority of scientists tell us that climate change is real, it is caused by humans and it is already causing devastating problems. They say that if we do not aggressively transition our energy system away from fossil fuels toward energy efficiency and sustainable energy, the planet we leave our children will be a much less habitable place.
 
“Like the Keystone XL pipeline, which I opposed since day one, the Dakota Access fracked oil pipeline, will transport some of the dirtiest fuel on the planet. Regardless of the court’s decision, the Dakota Access pipeline must be stopped. As a nation, our job is to break our addiction to fossil fuels, not increase our dependence on oil. I join with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the many tribal nations fighting this dangerous pipeline.”

[See additional posts, below, about this critical Native American environmental justice issue.]

Thursday
Aug252016

U.S. Court Judge in D.C. won't rule on Dakota Access Pipeline till Sept. 9th

As reported by PBS NewsHour.

For more info. about this Native American environmental justice crisis, see the web posts below.

Thursday
Aug252016

Deep concerns about Bakken crude oilfield wastes' hazardous radioactivity

It's not "just" the chemical toxicity of Bakken crude oil, and the risks that represents for human health, safety, and the environment. (See the posts below, re: the resistance of indigenous environmental defenders, as at Standing Rock Sioux Tribe lands, and their supporters, against the so-called Dakota Access Pipeline.)

It's not "just" the bomb train (or bomb pipeline) potential of the volatile Bakken crude oil.

It's not even "just" the climate chaos time bomb the burning of Bakken crude oil represents.

It's also the hazardous radioactivity of Bakken, and other, oilfield wastes:

Wednesday
Aug242016

Veterans from Standing Rock Sioux, other tribes march to Dakota Access Pipeline construction site

By Sara Berlinger | Posted: Wed 2:17 PM, Aug 24, 2016 | Updated: Wed 2:19 PM, Aug 24, 2016As reported by KFYR-TV:

CANNON BALL, N.D. - Veterans from Standing Rock marched to the Dakota Access Pipeline site together to show their opposition to the pipeline.

Veterans from other tribes participated as well.