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Blog Posts: July 2010

July 20th, 2010

Nothing Natural About Extracting Gas

Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” — the process by which natural gas is extracted from rock formations — has been the focus of critical attention in recent weeks.

There’s been quite a lot of talk about natural gas lately. In particular, hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” — the process by which natural gas is extracted from rock formations — has been the focus of critical attention in recent weeks. Our report and fact sheet can fill in any blanks on the subject. This method of extraction has allowed access to gas that was previously out of reach. Since the early 2000’s, companies have positioned themselves in various locations around the country where natural gas is abundant — from the Barnett Shale formation in Texas to the Marcellus Shale formation, which covers parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Maryland, and has attracted the most attention. Read the full article…

July 15th, 2010

Virginia Falls Off the Wagon

Last week, among government workers of the commonwealth of Virginia, the hot topic around the water cooler is most certainly the water cooler itself. Governor Bob McDonnell proudly defied one critical portion of former Governor Timothy M. Kaine’s plan to “green” Virginia by reversing Kaine’s ban on bottled water. (GULP!)  One step forward, two steps back. At a time when many cities across the country are moving forward by reconsidering their relationship with bottled water, McDonnell wants to move all of Virginia backward. Virginia is a bottle-aholic. Read the full article…

July 14th, 2010

Rep. Cao Refuses to Support Atlantis Shutdown

Last week, A Community Voice Louisiana — a New Orleans nonprofit — met with Representative Joseph Cao (R-LA) to ask him to shut down BP Atlantis. He refused to take action, leaving other concerned community leaders wondering why their representative is not joining others in Congress who have urgent questions about safety on the rig. Read the full article…

July 13th, 2010

UN Prepares to Vote on Water as a Human Right

The United Nations General Assembly is developing a resolution that would declare “safe and clean drinking water and sanitation” a human right. In times when more people have cell phones than access to a toilet, such a distinction is necessary to put priorities in order. “For several years, international and local community groups fighting for water justice have been calling for the UN to recognize once and for all that water and sanitation are human rights,” says Maude Barlow, chair of Food & Water Watch. “It’s time politics caught up with reality.” Read the full article…

July 12th, 2010

Is BP the Fox Guarding the Henhouse?

[Originally posted on Huffingtonpost.com on July 11, 2010]

The Administration this week demanded that BP present them with detailed plans surrounding their newest Gulf oil cleanup strategy, including information on the company’s plans for limiting dispersant usage. While this is a timely order, especially in light of BP’s announcement that many Gulf responders were exposed to a now-discontinued version of Corexit (a controversial dispersant linked to chronic health problems that BP used in cleanup efforts despite orders to stop), it’s unlikely that BP’s response will answer another, more critical question:

Why should BP provide information on their dispersant usage when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stopped demanding this information, and until now, BP has willfully and without consequence defied much of what the EPA has demanded they do? Read the full article…

July 9th, 2010

Don't Delay It, Terminate It!

If nothing else, Governor Schwarzenegger has given us the gift of the endless parody. Even before he was the Governator, we enjoyed snickering at his larger than life caricature. His performance as Governor, however, has been far from funny. Ratcheting up a $19 Billion deficit while pushing public safety professionals out of their jobs, laying off teachers, slashing health and social services, and kicking family farmers where it hurts most has been a real tear-jerker. Read the full article…

July 8th, 2010

Renew America’s Water

Since much of the country is experiencing a record-breaking temperatures this summer, it seems like yet another good opportunity to talk about water. While you’re sweating profusely and in desperate need of hydration, think for a moment about the water you’re drinking and how you get it. Even though we have one of the most accessible and safe water systems in the world here in the U.S., it’s falling into a state of disrepair. Many of the individual systems that carry our water are outdated. Old drinking water pipes lose 1.7 trillion gallons of treated water a year, while sewage overflows and storm runoff continue to be a problem. Remember the water main break in Boston recently? We need to turn our attention to how we can prepare our water infrastructure for the future. We need to Renew America’s Water.

Read the full article…

July 6th, 2010

Completing the Water Cycle

Food & Water Watch proudly supports Michiel Roodenburg and Joost Notenboom as they embark on their adventure to Cycle for Water. These two young men are bringing critical attention to global water issues by completing a challenging mission: they will carry water from the northern tip of Alaska to the southern tip of Argentina — on their bicycles. Their goal is to raise awareness around water issues by traveling from the town of Deadhorse in Alaska’s North Slope to Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego on eco-friendly bamboo bicycles. Michiel and Joost planned this fantastic journey to symbolize the completion of the natural water cycle and to remind people that there are currently over 1 billion people without access to safe drinking water. Read the full article…

July 2nd, 2010

And the Race is On!

If you were willing to try your luck in the office World Cup pool, here’s a little contest that might be equally exciting.  See if you can pick which genetically engineered food will enter the marketplace first: Frankenswine or Arnold Schwartzensalmon.  We have some other great names for a similar and unfortunate creation.  Currently, the competitors are neck and neck.  Both “food products” are in the queue at the Food and Drug Administration – after a ten year haul – waiting to be approved for our tables.

Read the full article…

July 1st, 2010

Shout Out for Global Justice

Maude Barlow participated in "Shout Out for Global Justice" in Toronto.

Food & Water Watch Board President and internationally renowned water activist Maude Barlow engages in very important efforts on behalf of social justice throughout the world.  As the national chairperson for the Council of Canadians, she recently led a group of progressive leaders in challenging the agendas of the G8 and G20 meetings. A capacity crowd of 2,700 turned out for Shout Out for Global Justice, an event held in Toronto’s Massey Hall, before they took to the streets to march to join tens of thousands of people to demand water and climate justice.

The event had an incredible line-up of powerful speakers, and was viewed by web-cast in communities across Canada and at the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit.  You can view Maude’s speech from the web-cast and check out photos from the event.  In order to highlight Maude’s critical efforts, we encourage you to visit to the Council of Canadians website to find out more.

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