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Is explosive crude oil traveling through your community?

Trainloads of crude oil from the Bakken shale in ND do pass through the Valley — and these trains travel through the center of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, often right next to the Lehigh River. This raises major safety concerns and … more

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Photos of recent crude oil derailments

Most trains reach their destinations safely, of course. Derailments are not common, but— but when a train carrying explosive crude or natural gas does derail and catch fire, the results can be disastrous, as the photos below show. December 2013 … more

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PennEast Pipeline – Considerations for Communities

PennEast is a high-volume, high-pressure pipeline designed to transport natural gas from the fracking fields of northern PA through the Lehigh Valley and on to markets in other areas [perhaps overseas]. As with any major construction project, impacts on natural resources … more

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‘America the Beautiful’ (not) by Willie Nelson

Check out Willie Nelson’s YouTube video on mountaintop removal mining: More info: Focus On… Mountaintop Removal mining (MTR)

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Social Research | Social Justice Conference

A unique and excellent addition to the Lehigh Valley’s offerings, the Social Research Social Justice Conference began in 2003 as a collaboration between faculty and students in the Department of Media and Communication at Muhlenberg College, with the goal to … more

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PA Judge: Corporations Are Not “Persons”

A New Civil Rights Movement: Liberating Our Communities from Corporate Control Pennsylvania judge holds that corporations are not “persons” under the Pennsylvania Constitution By Thomas Alan Linzey, Esq., Executive Director, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund March 28, 2013—To protect small … more

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Turn Down the Heat infographic

Posted in Biodiversity, Climate, Demand Reduction, Economic Justice, Energy, Environmental Justice, Food, Fossil Fuels, Human Rights, Precautionary Principle, Renewable Energy, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Stewardship, Sustainabilty & Health, The Commons, The World, Unsustainable Energy, Water & Watersheds |

Five Looming Curses of Privatization

by Paul Buchheit With the breakdown of the private financial industry, and with the decision by corporations to stop meeting their tax responsibilities, and with the dramatic surge in tax haven abuse, less tax revenue is available to state and … more

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Sustainability Questions for Students & Educators

To make good decisions about sustainability, people need to know the facts. Here are some questions that have arisen and might be suitable for class projects or independent study: What steps can local & county government take to produce immediate reductions in … more

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‘Progress’, a poem by Lisa J. Parker

…on the human effects of coal mining and other resource extraction industries: Progress In a ton of black gold boring through the fatness of the Blue Ridge on the Clinchfield freight lines, three generations are trapped. The first generation talks … more

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