The People of Pungesti Say “NO! Fracking!” ~ Chevron says, “F*&%! U! Fracking Is US!”

Lost?

Think Chevron + Ecuador= $19 Billion in Damages that Chevron refuses to pay.

For more interesting information about Chevron’s dealings with Indigenous people visit Amazon Watch http://amazonwatch.org/

Gee, I’m not wondering why the people of Pungesti are riled up about Chevron coming to frack in their farmlands.  Democracy Now! reported that Chevron had ceased operations as a result of Saturday’s protest–a protest that has been ongoing since October.  http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/9/headlines#12911

 But apparently Chevron, being Chevron, has started right back up–again.

According to IW, Industry Week, Chevron has resumed its fracking operation in Pungesti in spite of six weeks protest by hundreds of local people. Chevron has even managed to get policeman posted outside the homes of the villagers. I suppose that’s part of an effort to attempt prevent them from returning to their protest camp field. The usual things are being done to discourage the people from further protest–destruction of the on site protest camp, arrests and the tried and true ploy of, “Oh, look what we found. You are bad people.” Pick the illegal whatever object of your choice.

Information Source: http://www.industryweek.com/global-economy/chevron-resumes-shale-work-romania-despite-protest?page=1

According to Investment Watch the people of Pungesti are now basically under house arrest.  http://investmentwatchblog.com/s-o-s-pungesti-romania-people-under-terror/

 

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Images page source from Google https://www.google.com/search?q=pungesti+romania+protest&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=6eemUs3kMILV2AX9r4CwBA&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1600&bih=798

Yes, it is worth the effort to search the web for images in order to get a look at who is protesting in Pungesti—no, it’s not those crazy guys in black, it’s everyone from the grandmothers to the grandchildren.

Photographs http://www.nasul.tv/2013/12/08/fotografii-zguduitoare-pungesti-romania-7-decembrie-2013/

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Battle In Pungesti, Romania and Fight to save the Earth http://www.popularresistance.org/battle-in-pungesti-romania-and-fight-to-save-earth/

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More coverage from RT  http://rt.com/news/chevron-fracking-protest-clashes-884/

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Nasul TV coverage  http://www.nasul.tv/

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If anyone else following this protest has any new  information sources with English subtitles or coverage in English, please share. Thank you.

Patricia Gualinga Montalvo of Sarayaku, Ecuador speaks about The Living Forest, Laws, Oil Companies, International Allies and The Rights of Mother Earth. Translation provided.

Painted Hills, Grey @ eva wojcik

 Earth Day musing:   Yes, that little dark streak near the top is a human.  We are much like ants on Earth.  Unfortunately in many ways we’re lethal ants destroying everything in our path.

For those of you suffering from limited attention spans please do not let the length of this video deter you from hearing Patricia’s speech given at the Indigenous Environmental Network Conference on the Rights of Mother Earth Restoring Indigenous Life Ways of Responsibility and Respect.  There are several important things well worth learning in her speech and replies to questions. One very significant element is how a village of 1,200 has developed international alliances for support of all kinds.  I think it’s an art many others need to foster in their own communities.  We need to make the most of our common ground in order to protect Earth.  Respect, support, communication, tolerance for our differences  are not easy to acquire.  If the only thing we have in common is a love for Mother Earth–then we better make the most of it.  Unlike the Nature Conservancy I think we need to do a great deal more than enjoy picnics outside in order to ‘celebrate’ Earth Day.  The Tar Sands operation is just one hard harsh reality  we need to face head on.  Now, when it’s possible to picnic on the Tar Sands site then that would be something to celebrate indeed. We’re a long long way from that picnic. Presently I don’t think we’d be welcome at the Tar Sands site unless our baskets contained a few tons of solid gold currency.

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Love Letters to Earth

On February 14 people everywhere express their love with actions, flowers, cards, gifts and more.  Some people express their love for Earth by protesting its ongoing destruction by our continuing dependence on oil for meeting our energy needs.  Some write these lovers off as foolish hippies and idealistic tree huggers but they are neither foolish nor idealists. These are the hardcore realists of our world.  Today there is another effort underway to stop the Keystone XL pipeline development yet again in spite of the public outcry.  If you’ve signed any petition for this effort previously I’m sure your email box is currently awash in urgent requests for your signature again because big oil and its supporters don’t give up. Their intention is to wear everyone down until big oil gets its way AGAIN. Apparently the American government has learned nothing from the BP oil spill and its continuing consequences in the Gulf of Mexico.  There is an upside to all this lobbying for more pipelines and greater development of an oil project that is already the size of Great Britain–more people are learning about the Tar Sands. And more people are saying NO to it and to big oil.  Change makes many uncomfortable but change we must–or kill the only planet that supports us with air to breathe, water to drink, and soil for food.  Nature is not dependent upon us. We are dependent upon nature for our survival. As you drive along in your car fueled by oil you may feel far removed from the heartbeat of the world. Everything except your next chore of the day may be far from your mind. But consider how different your daily life would be if there was no clean air to breath, no clean water to drink, and no fresh food in your grocery store. Shall we all live on little purple pills popped into our mouths while we breathe through gas masks? Shall we? Isn’t it time to write your own “love letter” to Earth? Folks–big oil has to “go.” It’s literally killing people and the Earth.  It will kill you and your loved ones–make no mistake about it. And the people who own and operate big oil will also die by their own actions. Denial will not prevent their demise.  So, take some time and figure how you can show some love.  

Indigenous protest at Durban. Climate  Conference

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Ecuador

Nigeria

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Chevron Receives Gulity Verdict!

Finally some accountability for BIG OIL for knowingly dumping toxic waste into the waterways of Ecuador!  For more about this historic judgement visit Amazon Watch at:

 http://amazonwatch.org/news/2011/0214-statement-on-ecuador-court-ruling-against-chevron

18 years of denial, media spin, and underhanded dealings even when the proof of contamination was out in the open for anyone willing to look to see.  What does it take to get corporations to behave properly? Will 9 Billion dollars put a dent in their profits? Does the guilty verdict  send a clear message to stop being amoral, greedy and indifferent to the environment and the people who fight to protect it?

More legal information at Turtle Talk

http://turtletalk.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/ecuadorean-judge-orders-chevron-to-pay-9b-in-damages-for-polluting-lands-of-indigenous-peoples/

Also, there’s news coverage on Democracy Now! which reports that Chevron refuses to pay and calls the verdict “unenforceable.”  

www.democracynow.org 

So where does BIG BUSINESS get off with REFUSING to pay for their deliberate wrongdoing? Are they above the law? Apparently the people who run Chevron believe they are. Yes, let’s not forget that oil companies are run by people–not robots.

Itching to engage in satirical delights?

Are you totally fed up with advertising spin campaigns employed by corporations like BP and Chevron to greenwash their deadly dirty profit at all cost ventures and desire an outlet for venting frustration with all this manipulative garbage constantly being thrown across every television and video screen–YouTube included (so sad) –at us? Want to fight advertising spin fire with your brand of flaming satirical blowtorch?  Or do you just enjoy dipping into delicious satirical delights? Got a soft side for sarcasm that bites bones and tears away dead flesh? Hmm, this is beginning to sound a tad like a Zombie thrill movie advertisement–but no matter.  Amazon Watch has got one heck of a no punches pulled, direct in their faces counter-attack video-poster contest going in response to Chevron’s ad campaign to greenwash their terminally toxic ventures in Ecuador.  There are all kinds of entries in this contest. You can vote for your favorites AND you can enter your own creation! Oh yeah! This is all out Word-Art Warfare! Surf the link for some very serious satirical inspiration for fighting back with the enemy’s own weapons! You won’t regret it.

 

Click on the photograph to enjoy and engage in the sumptuous satirical slapping of Chevron Thinks We’re Stupid Spoof Ad Contest. 

Here’s one video–alert–there are a  few tough & rough words spoken.

or visit    www.ChevronThinksWereStupid.org

or  www.FunnyorDie.com

or click on the  photo of the canoes at the top of my sidebar to discover what the people of the Amazon are  Watching.

Satire Lives! And I had about given up all hope.  If you enter the contest  please post a link to your entry here.  It’s time to slice and dice the spin machine!

Shanti Om

ps.  She is so cute as she reads the teleprompter.  I wonder if it tells her when to smile and blink. What do you think? What a lot of $$$!!!! Now that’s PROFIT.

For the animation addicts among us–

Real time Avatar–Explore Amazon Watch

On artistatexito’s riverblog is a story being told and retold in so many ways everywhere. These are stories of wanton destruction of the Natural world to the view that human life is totally expendable in all the spheres in which politicians and profiteers strive to conquer and control everything and everyone  that opposes their greed driven agendas.  James Cameron’s film Avatar brought all sorts of people into the screenlands to see the big beautiful blue people confront the might of industrial development backed by military support. Who did you root for? Hmm? Is there anyone out there who did not want the beautiful blue people  to succeed in protecting their world from gross exploitation? Now imagine that the people are not big and blue and startling beautiful exotic beings but ordinary brown-skinned people who have been living in the rainforests all their lives.  Does their lack of intriguing  physical appearances change how we view the same conflict and issues?  Do we support them less because they are not creations of movieland but are flesh and blood human beings? Well such real people in Ecuador have been waging a legal war with the oil giant Chevron for over 17 years.  Other indigenous people have been and are currently engaged in similar struggles to protect their homes which have importance for the health of the entire Earth. Is everyone and everything expendable for profit? If you’re thinking so what am I supposed to do? I’m just one person with no connections to anyone important. Well we are all important. We are all connected. One thing we call all do is share information. Knowledge is power.  The more of us who are aware and know what’s happening–the more difficult it becomes for the insanity to continue. We can imagine better ways of living in which everyone and every living thing WINS! The way things have been and are does NOT have to continue.  Person by person we are those who dream, imagine and can create wonderful new ways to live.  We begin by supporting each other through awareness, tolerance and mutual respect. We can support each other by sharing knowledge.  

Oil is a limited resource. We must cease being dependent upon it.  The video from Amazon Watch is direct and to the point.

More about Amazon Watch can be found via the link on the sidebar. Click the photograph and visit the Amazon’s issues and people.

We are all connected. We are all related.

You can raft to artistatexito’s riverblog —http://artistatexit0.wordpress.com/

Watching in the Amazon and beyond

 Think that just plugging that spilling in the Gulf of Mexico is the only problem of big oil companies? Oil companies which by the way want nothing more than for everyone to remain DEPENDENT on the black gold they mine and want to continue mining until THEY have alternatives ready to roll for their profit machines.  Want to know how oil companies deal with local populations then just click  to  http://www.amazonwatch.org/  the site of Amazon Watch where there much to ‘wow’ about regarding Chevron’s tactics for legal evasion of responsibilty for their well informed and deliberate toxic adventures in Ecuador. Or check out what’s spilling in Peru.

Ecuador has an interesting idea–keeping its oil in the ground. No kidding– http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/11/ecuadorian_activist_heads_to_cop15_with

And there’s always the ongoing long term despair of the people of the Niger Delta to consider when continuing our addiction to that “Texas Tea”…… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conflict_in_the_Niger_Delta

“I want to ride my bicycle. I want to ride my bike.”

Oh and on A Small Town Dad’s blog is his incredible art regarding the ongoing spilling.  Thanks to Bliss for posting her version and linking.

http://asmalltowndad.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/man-up-and-fix-it-oilspill/

Blissbait’s version  http://blissbait.wordpress.com/2010/06/25/welcome-this-processing-loon-says/

Hearts that Endure

It’s been one of those mornings when I wish I did not listen to KKFI’s journalistic offerings like Democracy Now and Alternative Radio–why? Because when you get around the mainstream media’s insane–yes, I’m wanting to take it beyond just soft fluff peddling to INSANE due to the ongoing denial of the realities of war, human suffering via unnecessary poverty, and environmental degradation.  To get a little ‘balance’ on my plate–otherwise what’s the point of doing anything but hiding out in the most remote region harboring a rare supply of CLEAN drinking water?–I roamed over to Alileilani’s postings about her journey to Ecuador for a little ‘hope’–and found true substance and positive reality–under attack by our worldwide context at large indeed–and yet–holding the promise of potential positive paths for even the likes of us who play the web lines on a daily basis.

Need to feed your soul? Need to warm your heart? Need to know that there are good things in this dysfunctional world? Need to learn that LIFE is possible without all the things we’re blitzed to buy, use, dispose of and replace again and again?

Engage another way of really living rather than reactionary existing at  

http://pachamamaayni.wordpress.com/

I warn you–reading this could change you in unexpected ways.

Meet some very rich people, the Achuar,  in Ecuador at http://pachamamaayni.wordpress.com/ —  people living in harmony with their earth and each other, people who know more about loving hearts than, well, apparently the entire industrialized world complex…who knew?

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