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Shutting the Spigot on Private Water: The case for the World Bank to Divest

A Report by Corporate Accountability International

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Will New Federal Law Facilitate Privatization of US Water?

By Carey Biron, Mint Press News | 30 May 14

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major piece of legislation funding the development and improvement of water-related infrastructure passed Congress last week for the first time in nearly a decade, and President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill soon.

Yet public interest groups warn that a key provision in the law would complicate public investment in drinking water and wastewater systems in big cities and [...]

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Video on Fracking Resistance in Dryden, NY- another legal strategy asserting rights

Federal report gauges U.S. impacts of global warming

Doyle Rice, USA TODAY 12:06 p.m. EDT May 6, 2014

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Global warming is affecting where and how Americans live and work, and evidence is mounting that burning fossil fuels has made extreme weather such as heat waves and heavy precipitation much more likely in the USA, according to a massive federal report released Tuesday at the White House.

 

“Climate change is here and now, and not in some distant time or [...]

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Railroads Defend Secrecy as Accidents Raise Concerns

Jad Mouawad The New York Times Published: 15 April 2014 10:36 PM Updated: 15 April 2014 10:36 PM

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Emergency workers examined the aftermath of a train derailment and fire in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, last July.

U.S. railroads have long operated under federal laws that shield them from local or state oversight and provide a blanket of secrecy over much of their operations. But now a rapid rise in the number of trains carrying crude [...]

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Terrifying Worldwide Water Privatization Strategy

Back in 2011, we were made aware of this article which links the World Bank with several transnational corporate entities, including Nestle, to private water worldwide, but especially targeting countries with a lower socioeconomic status. I was then informed by an expert source that it was not being spearheaded by the World Bank, but rather the World Economic Forum.

Then the other day, Nickie Seckera of Community Water Justice, who has been resisting Nestle’s expanding empire over the [...]

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Anacortes Mayor Gere Wants Open and Transparent Government

Alliance for Democracy note: Mayor Laurie Gere defeated incumbent Mayor Dean Maxwell, 62 percent to 38 percent of the vote. Mayor Maxwell had promoted a water agreement with Tethys Enterprises in order to build the largest bottling plant in North America, which would have been entitled to five million gallons of water per day. The bottling plant had been a hot issue that worked against the vote for Mayor Maxwell.

Mayor Gere ready with plan for 2014

First-Year Outlook [...]

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Q&A: High Court Wades Into Logging’s Muddy Waters

The Supreme Court Monday heard arguments in a case that looks at the regulation of muddy water that flows off logging roads. The case was originally filed in Oregon, by an environmental group that said logging roads in state forests were violating the Clean Water Act.

EarthFix journalist Amelia Templeton has been following the case and joins me now.

Beth: So, the regulation of muddy logging roads sounds like a pretty obscure legal issue. Why are environmental groups following this [...]

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2011 Earthquake Linked to Groundwater Extraction – 2 articles

Manmade quakes: Spanish 2011 deadly tremor caused by water extraction – study Deadly 2011 earthquake linked to groundwater extraction

By Deborah Zabarenko | Posted 2012/10/21 at 5:47 pm EDT

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2012 (Reuters) — An earthquake that killed nine people in Spain last year may have been triggered by decades of pumping water from a nearby natural underground reservoir, suggesting human activities played a role in moving Earth’s crust, scientists reported on Sunday.

The study [...]

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Democrat David Pearson and GOP Raymond Wallace vie for House District 24 seat

By Rachel Ohm | 10-11-12 | Morning Sentinel

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A Democrat opposed to an east-west highway in northern Maine and an incumbent Republican who wants more information about the project’s impact are competing for a state Legislative seat to represent an area that includes Athens and Harmony.

 

 

Democrat David B. Pearson, 63, of Dexter, faces incumbent Republican Raymond Wallace, 67, also of Dexter, in the race for House District 24 seat, which [...]

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