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“Frack-Free NC” is a network of grassroots organizations who believe that shale gas development using “fracking” and horizontal drilling cannot be done without bringing harm to our waters, land, air, communities and public health. We are working to keep North Carolina frack free. Learn more...

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Pipeline Firms Are Abandoning Oil & Gas Lines, Leaving Landowners To Deal With The Mess

By Kate Wheeling, Clean TechnicaMarch 13, 2021

Some years ago, David Howell got a call from a landowner in Central Texas who had 300 feet of an old oil pipeline buried under his property. It was clearly no longer in use. The area around the pipeline was overgrown and the signage had faded […]

Environmental advocates cheer Delaware River Basin Commission’s ban on fracking

By: Lisa Scheid, The Reading EagleMarch 1, 2021

A decision last week by the Delaware River Basin Commission would ban fracking through the Delaware River watershed, including Berks County.

There had been a temporary moratorium instituted in 2010, but that was recently challenged in court. The ban is also likely to face legal challenges.

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‘Environmental justice is racial justice’: Bush calls for environmental racism study to direct federal aid

By: Nassim Benchaabane, St. Louis Dispatch PostJan 29, 2021

A bill by U.S. Rep. Cori Bush aims to tackle environmental racism by creating a sweeping study of factors — from lead pollution to food deserts and police killings — that disproportionately affect public health in Black neighborhoods across the country.

The study would create […]

‘No more broken treaties’: Indigenous leaders urge Biden to shut down Dakota Access pipeline

By Nina Lakhani, The GuardianJanuary 23, 2021

This story was originally published by The Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Indigenous leaders and environmentalists are urging Joe Biden to shut down some of America’s most controversial fossil fuel pipelines, after welcoming his executive order canceling the Keystone XL (KXL) project.

Activists praised the president’s […]

What the environmental justice movement owes Martin Luther King Jr

By: Paola Rosa-Aquino, GristJanuary 21, 2019

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is mostly remembered for his role in the civil rights movement and nonviolent protests, but environmental justice groups also see their cause reflected in his work.

The day before he died, for example, King helped rally striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee. In addition […]

‘I’ll be fierce for all of us’: Deb Haaland on climate, Native rights and Biden

The 60-year-old congresswoman from New Mexico will next month become the first Native American cabinet secretary in US history, when she takes responsibility for the country’s land and natural resources as head of the Department of the Interior under Joe Biden. Haaland is a member of the Laguna Pueblo, one of 574 sovereign tribal nations located across 35 states. According to the 2010 census, 5.2 million people or about 2% of the US population identifies as American Indian or Alaskan Native – descendants of those who survived US government policies to kill, remove or assimilate indigenous peoples. Come January it will also be Haaland’s job to uphold the government’s legally binding obligations to the tribes – treaty obligations which have been systematically violated with devastating consequences for life expectancy, political participation and economic opportunities in Indian Country. […]

Another Pipeline Victory for North Carolina – MVP Southgate Permit Denied!

The cancelling of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) in July was a major win for thousands of eastern North Carolinians, and we celebrated another victory this month when the NC Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) denied the Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate extension’s 401 Water Quality Permit!

Clean Water for NC signs on to the […]

Duke, Dominion Cancel Plans for Unjust Atlantic Coast Pipeline

FrackFree NC joins with ally organizations in front of NC DEQ to urge officials to cancel ACP! June 30, 2020

The cancelling the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a victory for justice of many kinds! Environmental Justice, because the African American and Indigenous communities along the pipeline route can breathe easier that this massive project […]

NC Environmental Justice & Equity Advisory Board to Call “Special Meeting” on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Just moments into its May 18th NC EJ & Equity Advisory Board meeting, the Board’s Chairman Johnson announced that special meeting on the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline will be held as soon as possible.

The meeting was called in response to a letter sent by the FrackFreeNC Alliance, Friends of the Earth, Redtailed Hawk Collective, […]

Federal Pipeline Safety Agency’s Dangerous Response to COVID-19

Over the past few weeks, we have all felt the impacts of the coronavirus impact, sacrificing public gatherings, visiting with family and friends, income, and much more to stop the spread of COVID-19. But the pandemic and the reponse by one federal agency may force some communities to pay an even larger price.

The […]