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Forum Post: Meanwhile, Back in Frackademia.

Posted 5 years ago on June 12, 2013, 2:57 p.m. EST by shoozTroll (17632)
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The University of Tennessee's Cumberland Forest will be fracked for fun and profit.

the Cumberland Forest owned by University of Tennessee-Knoxville will be leased off to the oil and gas industry this August in a new form of "frackademia" - and one of the top financial beneficiaries will be the family of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, who sits on UT-Knoxville's Board of Trustees.




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[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33496) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

This is legitimately huge news.

We formally launched today that we're teaming up with CREDO and Rainforest Action Network to train 100,000 Americans in peaceful civil disobedience to stop the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline - and our first civil disobedience action is this Monday in Chicago.

Let's let the world know ASAP: sign up for our Thunderclap campaign here to let all your friends know it's coming.

Thank you for all you do to make this movement real.


John Sellers, The Other 98%

[-] 0 points by gameon (-51) 4 years ago

aint it great, the prez is going to circumvent congress and our system of govt. oh happy day s/o

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33496) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 years ago

Just how is the prez circumventing?

Got nothing to say about Boner or Bitch or Ayn Ryan or or or or?


[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33496) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 years ago

I have just left the historic Old North building at Georgetown University where under a blazing hot sun President Obama delivered a rousing speech laying out his second-term plans for climate action.

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What I added to the letter:

PS - Get all members of government ( state and federal ) to work on ending the export of Oil Gasoline LNG - as this is being done for Fossil Fuel Profits "ALONE" and seriously undermines the efforts to reduce Atmospheric Pollution - we need to reduce drilling and fracking ( as we move to end it completely ) NOT EXPAND. You want natural gas??? Work on getting/making it safely for our environment = AIR SOIL & Ground water. Capture sewer gas and landfill gas and create gas with recycling bio material = waste from farm crops and such ( then recycle the plant matter back to the fields as NATURAL Fertilizer ).

End Fossil Fuel subsidies and double down on clean tech green tech - Power generation - Fuel - transportation - Industry.

[-] 0 points by Nevada1 (5843) 5 years ago

Shameful. The greed infection continues to spread.

[-] 5 points by shoozTroll (17632) 5 years ago

The fact that so few notice it is pretty shameful too.



And of course a petition.


I'm sure some of the forum detractors will tell you it doesn't matter, but it does. Petitions are one of the few things that do.

[-] 3 points by Narley (272) 5 years ago

Shooz, for all our differences, this is one issue we seem to agree on 100%. Fracking has the potential to destroy our waster systems. Where I live there is an underground river, called the Edwards Aquifer, ir supplies water to millions of people and agriculture. I have nightmare about fracking polluting the aquifer and making the water unusable.

Fracking is one of the few issues I’m willing to join in public protests, and even riots if that’s what it takes. WE HAVE TO STOP FRACKING, any way we an.

[-] 3 points by shoozTroll (17632) 5 years ago

What differences?

Did you miss the thread on acid jobs?

If you think "normal" fracking is bad, you missed a big thread.


[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

In March, the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) obtained 273 pages of internal UT-Knoxville communications records via Tennessee's Open Records Act. The records revealed that regardless of the environmental community's stance on the campus drilling proposal, "their actions will not sway the Governor's resolve/support" for fracking the Cumberland Forest.

Given the Haslam family's industry connections, the statement is unsurprising. In addition to the family ties, the emails also show one of the key behind-the-scenes pushers of fracking on UT-Knoxville's Cumberland Forest land was Bryan Kaegl.

People need to examine who the hell it is they are hiring. You really are marrying the family.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 5 years ago

Who said it was just the Chinese who tend to marry for social position and economics?

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

I know, right? You have emails, you have proof and yet, they keep on rolling right through.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 5 years ago

That's what happens when you have the backing of the Koch's and their legislative arm, ALEC.

Speaking of fracking, were you surprised by how quickly "acid jobs" in California were buried around here?

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

Not at all.

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (5843) 5 years ago

Agree, so many people have their head in a hole in the dirt. They will squawk when it finally hurts them, but then it will be to late.

And yes, petitions are of great importance.