Coal Ash Protest at Governor’s Mansion Tomorrow

NC Residents to Call on Gov. McCrory and Duke Energy to Come Clean on Coal Ash

Toxic coal ash from one of Duke Energy’s 32 toxic coal ash lagoons has poisoned the Dan River. Now is the time to finally come clean. Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration should stop treating polluters as “partners” and “customers.” Duke Energy must clean up the Dan River and all of its toxic coal ash lagoons — at no cost to taxpayers or electricity ratepayers. McCrory must protect our water supplies. Gov. McCrory must also come clean on his own personal financial ties to Duke Energy by disclosing the value of his Duke Energy stock. Learn more [ http://www.ncwarn.org/?s=McCrory ] about McCrory’s conflict of interest. Concerned North Carolina citizens will rally tomorrow in front of the Governor’s Mansion in favor of clean water and clean government. Wear blue if possible! Who: NC WARN, Greenpeace, ProgressNC Action, Action NC, Clean Water NC, North Carolina Students for Climate Action, the Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association, and a coalition of concerned environmental, social justice and good government activists [ http://www.ncwarn.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/sharkad.png ]

What: Protest, rally and press conference When: Wednesday, March 5 Rally at 4:45 pm Press conference at 5pm Where: Across the street from the Governor’s Mansion 200 N. Blount St. Raleigh, NC 27601 For more information: Nick Wood — nick@ncwarn.org [ mailto:ncwarnnick@gmail.com ] or 919-616-0889

Seminole Tribe leads protest walk against gas-fired power plant

Originally posted on Climate Connections:

By Eileen Soler, February 25, 2014. Source: The Seminole Tribune
The West County Energy Center hard fought by Everglades Earth First! from 2006-2008. It is said that the proposed Hendry County Energy center is to be a carbon copy of this plant.  Photo: Earth First! Newswire

The West County Energy Center hard fought by Everglades Earth First! from 2006-2008. It is said that the proposed Hendry County Energy center is to be a carbon copy of this plant. Photo: Earth First! Newswire

BIG CYPRESS — Plans are in the works for Tribal members, environmental activists and all friends of nature to let their feet do the talking against a massive Florida Power & Light (FPL) plant that could be built on property a stone’s throw from the Big Cypress Reservation.

Carrying banners, more than 200 who oppose the plant will begin walking April 17 from Big Cypress Reservation to the seat of Hendry County government, the LaBelle Courthouse Complex at 25 E. Hickpoochee Ave.

Demonstrators hope to bring widespread attention and support for the Seminole Tribe v. Hendry County case set to be heard at the…

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Donate to BREDL’s Anti-fracking Billboard Fund

February 24, 2014

  UPDATE the cost of the BB for 2 months space &  plus the vinyl and work putting it up the grand total is $1200 . Every Dollar donated goes to the sign , 100% . Donate to BREDL online here.

 

We need your help with our Billboard Fund .Lee Co NC say No to fracking ,  Cumnock Preservation Association are the Lee Co branch just one of many branches in NC working with BREDL.org . Continue reading

Tell Wildlife Resources Commission to Stop Wolf Killings!

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Contact NC Wildlife Resources Commission and tell them to ban hunting for coyotes in Red Wolf Territory, especially at night-time when they cannot be distinguished from endangered red wolves!

Block e-mail: gordon.myers@ncwildlife.org, mallory.martin@ncwildlife.org, chris.dillon@ncwildlife.org, erica.garner@ncwildlife.org, wrccomments@ncwildlife.org

Director’s phone: 919-707-0151, Gordon Myers

Fewer than 100 red wolves remain in the wild. And if we don’t act soon they will continue to be shot and killed.

In the past year alone, 14 red wolves have met untimely deaths in the North Carolina woodlands where they are making their last stand. The most recent victim – a radio-collared wolf found shot to death only last month – is the seventh to die from bullet wounds.

And the bloodshed could escalate dramatically if North Carolina state officials continue to permit hunting for coyotes in red wolves’ tiny habitat – including hunting with spotlights at night. Smaller than gray wolves, these wolves are barely larger than coyotes, and share coyotes’ coloring.

It’s hard to distinguish between a coyote and a red wolf under ideal conditions. At night, it’s all but impossible.

Defenders’ legal team is fighting to stop coyote hunting in red wolf territory. A legal ruling is expected in the coming months.  Read the North Carolina lawsuit here. Continue reading

Interview with Rod Coronado on Indigenous Resistance and Animal Liberation

 

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from Profane Existence

This interview was conducted over email by Comrade Black. Information on upcoming tour dates can be found at the end of the interview.

PE:  For those unfamiliar with your past, could you introduce yourself?

YES SIR, INMATE #03895-000…oh wait, sorry, old habits…

Hi my name is rod and I’m from the desert southwest, but live in the great lakes bioregion now. I’ve spent my life fighting for the earth and animals and have just finished a 5 year period of federal supervision that prevented me from being involved in environmentalism or animal issues. I’ve spent a total of 6 years in prison for actions related to the protection of animals, and am now moving forward in my life with new strategies and tactics, that are both effective and legal. Though I walked a controversial and radical path, I no longer advocate illegal activity. That’s a personal decision that I made before with very intense personal consequences, so I’m not doing that anymore. I’m doing what a lot of people are doing now, and that’s struggling to find a way to help stop some horribly violent federal and state policies that currently are allowing for the killing of wolves and other wildlife.

PE: What have you been doing these last 7 years while on probation? Other than helping wolves, what else are you doing these days with your life?

180px-RodCoronadoTrying like hell to stay out of prison. When you’ve made a mark for yourself like I have in the law enforcement community, it gets real easy to get back into trouble. So I did what I had to do, I severed allcontacts with the activist world, didn’t email, phone, write or do any social media with anyone with an activist past history and just worked my job at a brewery where I’m a server. I also was a big part of my children’s lives. I wasn’t in prison. I was a present father, raising children, teaching them to love life and nature. Loving life myself. I went kayaking when I could. We played in lakes and rivers, camped. I did what Geronimo and others like him had to do when they were forced to surrender and live on the rez. I will still be a father, but now ts time to stand up for the wild once again. Continue reading

Grocery Cook Fired for Hurting North Carolina Governor’s Feelings

Dear Governor McCrory, we’d like to share this quote with you:

“Remember this. The people you’re trying to step on, we’re everyone you depend on. We’re the people who do your laundry and cook your food and serve your dinner. We make your bed. We guard you while you’re asleep. We drive the ambulances. We direct your call. We are cooks and taxi drivers and we know everything about you. We process your insurance claims and credit card charges. We control every part of your life.

We are the middle children of history, raised by television to believe that someday we’ll be millionaires and movie stars and rock stars, but we won’t. And we’re just learning this fact. So don’t fuck with us.” -Chuck Palahniuk

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is a lot of things, but not a job creator. After 45-year-old Drew Swope, a grocery store cook, said a mean thing to him, McCrory kinda got him fired, according to the News & Observer. As far as we can tell, Swope’s comments weren’t “death threats” mean, or even “personal attack” mean. It was more on par with “I disagree with you politically and your economic policies aren’t doing anything to bring manufacturing jobs back to North Carolina” mean. There are two versions of the story:

  • According to Swope, he approached McCrory to see if he needed help when the governor entered his store on Sunday. After realizing who he was — the governor, and a man he disagrees with politically — Swope said, “Thanks for nothing.” McCrory got mad, started yelling about how he was the customer and then complained to Swope’s boss. “I did speak out of turn,” Swope admitted, but he was surprised the governor “had me excluded from the workplace because I upset his feelings.”
  • According to the governor and his communications director, McCrory never yelled, and Swope made an “obscene gesture” at McCrory. Swope also posted on a January Facebook page protesting the governor’s visit, suggesting protesters kick an effigy of the governor in the groin — apparently that counts saying “things about physically harming the governor as well.”

Swope’s boss said the governor was polite, and he fired Swope because you’re not allowed to be rude to customers. Fair enough. But the Republican govenor should have a lot of experience dealing with people who don’t like him. The state’s Moral Mondays rallies, which protest the Republican-led legislature’s cuts to Medicaid and unemployment benefits, among other things, don’t like him either. Back in July, McCrory said, “I went out and talked to several of them and they were not very respectful. They did not represent the majority of those who call themselves moral by cussing me out.”

On Monday McCrory reiterated the same sentiment — mean people get to him. “Sure, sure, I hide my thin skin most of the time,” he told WBTV. “Everyone likes to be liked. Name calling and swearing and shouting and screaming is not the way I think good political dialogue should go.” We’re not sure where complaining to someone’s boss falls in that dialogue, either.

How DENR ran interference for Duke Energy and let the Dan River spill happen

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) knew since at least last August that Duke Energy was illegally polluting the Dan River with coal ash, yet the agency did nothing about it.

That inaction proved to be disastrous, when seven months later, Duke Energy employees discovered the utility’s coal ash pond in Eden was leaking 30,000–39,000 tons of coal ash and contaminated material into the river, the third-largest such accident in North Carolina history.

In the weeks following the Feb. 2 spill, Duke Energy and DENR, under Gov. Pat McCrory—previously a 28-year employee of the utility—have come under federal investigation. The details of that investigation have not been released, but close observers think the probe will focus on how DENR used the federal Clean Water Act to run interference for Duke Energy.

“The Clean Water Act delegates responsibility and authority to this agency to enforce the law,” DENR Secretary John Skvarla said at a press conference last Wednesday, adding that DENR didn’t hesitate to “initiate action.”

However, DENR’s own data, collected from 2011–2013, shows that the groundwater near Duke Energy’s Dan River plant had been contaminated with toxic coal ash but the agency did nothing about it. Meanwhile, it used legal maneuvers to prevent citizens groups from suing the utility. Continue reading

Oil spill shuts down 65 miles of the Mississippi river

Originally posted on Climate Connections:

By Katie Valentine, February 24, 2014. Source: Climate Progress
In this aerial photo, river traffic is halted along the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Vacherie, La., due to a barge leaking oil in St. James Parish, La., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014.  Photo: AP PHOTO/GERALD HERBERT

In this aerial photo, river traffic is halted along the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Vacherie, La., due to a barge leaking oil in St. James Parish, La., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. Photo: AP PHOTO/GERALD HERBERT

An oil spill has shut down 65 miles of the Mississippi River in New Orleans, as authorities work to clean up the oil.

The spill occurred on Saturday when a barge carrying oil crashed into a tugboat between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Authorities closed the stretch of river on Sunday and still can’t say exactly how much oil was spilled, though a light sheen of oil is being reported. No injuries were reported from the crash.

In St. Charles Parish, public drinking water intakes along the Mississippi were closed as a precaution, but a news release Sunday assured the public that the water…

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Al Jazeera Reports on NC Coal Ash Spill & Investigation

Subpoena caps bad week for fossil fuel

by February 13, 2014 7:00PM ET
US attorney’s office seeks documents related to Feb. 2 spill of coal ash into a river in North Carolina
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The Dan River as it appeared after the coal ash spill Feb. 5, three days after the accident.

Gerry Broome/AP

Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into the massive coal ash spill into North Carolina’s Dan River, targeting both the energy company responsible for the ash pond that leaked and the state’s environmental regulator.

The subpoena of Duke Energy, the company at fault for the North Carolina spill, bookends a bad week for the U.S. fossil fuels industry, including a coal slurry spill in West Virginia and a fire at hydraulic fracturing well in Pennsylvania. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, pumps water and chemicals into the ground to release gas trapped in rock.

The coal ash spilled in North Carolina is a byproduct of burning coal to make electricity and contains harmful chemicals, including arsenic. So far, authorities do not believe the spill poses a threat to drinking water, although the ash spiked arsenic levels in the river, turning it into a chalky gray soup. Continue reading

BREAKING: Earth First! Disrupts Florida Power and Light Company

by Earth First! Newswire

All photos can be seen here!

Update 1:20 PM —  All locked-down protesters have been cut out and arrested. We don’t know yet what they are being charged with, but we expect they will need support.
Support our friends who have put their bodies on the line!  DONATE TO THE LEGAL FUND HERE to help folks get out of jail.

Update 1:00 PM — First person has been cut out of the lock-down and is now in police custody.

Lockdown at the front gate!

Lockdown at the front gate!

Update 12:20 PM — Sheriff Emergency Force Team has arrived on site.  Locked-down individuals have been told that if they do not unlock they will be charged with trespassing and resisting arrest nonviolently.

*More photos here. More to come!*

For Immediate Release—February 24, 2014:

Earth First! Disrupts Florida Power and Light in Protest Over Proposed Power Plant Near Seminole Reservation

Juno, FL – Over 80 activists with Earth First! groups from across the country converged at the Florida Power and Light (FPL) Headquarters this morning. Five protestors locked their necks together, disrupting business operations at the second largest energy company in the nation. Their primary concern is a proposal to construct a fossil fuel power plant in Hendry County, on the border of the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation. Continue reading

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