08 Jun '11, 2am

New Orion article by Sandra Steingraber: "The fossil fuel-based economy is breaking hearts all over the fracking place"

New Orion article by Sandra Steingraber: "The fossil fuel-based economy is breaking hearts all over the fracking place"

In today's Wild West, energy corporations are the new outlaws by Sandra Steingraber Published in the May/June 2011 issue of Orion magazine LAST NOVEMBER, at the annual meeting of the Northern Plains Resource Council, which took place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Billings, Montana, I watched a cowboy cry. As someone born east of the Mississippi, I’m aware that I may have my vocabulary words mixed up here. The crying man called himself a rancher, not a cowboy. But he had the hat. The legs in the blue jeans were bowed. And he said things like, Sometimes you have to ride with the brand, and sometimes you have to speak yer mind. Which sounded like cowboy talk to me. What had him choked up was the ongoing ruination of the West caused by fossil fuel extraction. Coal mining. Coal-bed methane. Oil wells. Oil sands pipelines from Canada. And the newest atrocity: high volume, slickwa...

Full article: http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/6...

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