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Rest in Peace?

Residents outside of Aztec, New Mexico are less worried about resting in peace and more worried about living in peace.

Since energy giant BP has bought up the majority of the mineral rights in the area, homeowners have had little say in the oil tycoon’s decision to drill a well in their own backyard.

With wells as close as 150 yards to peoples’ backdoors and coupled with the poor maintenance and upkeep BP is known for, homes are being infiltrated with toxic chemicals.  In many cases, residents can’t even leave their house without seeing and feeling the toxic scar of the oil and gas industry.

Residents of Aztec are being subjected to this nightmare so BP can frack the earth. Read the rest of this entry »

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Global Community Monitor staff’s recent visit to fenceline communities in West Virginia was not just an opportunity to train residents to use Bucket Brigades to identify and stop chemical threats at their doorstep but also a trip to the birthplace of one of the most important pieces of chemical disaster legislation in the US: EPCRA.

While the issue of averting a chemical disaster is one that reaches as high as federal legislation, it is one that was spawned by a local disaster.  In fact, the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) was added to Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), (colloquially known as Superfund), as a response to both the 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy in India and a similar incident that happened in Institute, West Virginia the same community that GCM is now helping a generation later. Read the rest of this entry »