A couple of weeks ago, the online news outlet Vox published an article headlined: “18 cities in Pennsylvania reported higher levels of lead exposure than Flint.” Below the headline is a preview image of a video, showing a woman holding up two bottles of brown tap water.
We work on serious things at Clean Water. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t stop to have some fun, especially around Halloween. And that got me thinking — if the fracking industry was a classic monster, who would it be? Can you support us with a gift today?Count Fracula? The Creature from the Frack Lagoon? The Fractom of the Opera? Or maybe Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? The public face of the industry is Dr. Jekyll. Friendly and reassuring, they explain how property-owners can make money by selling their mineral resources, and they tell states and communities that fracking will be a boon to the economy. But, when it’s too late, Mr. Hyde emerges and we see the industry evade taxes, and fight communities who try to enact common-sense zoning guidelines.
A first-person essay on Vox, “I love the Victorian era. So I decided to live in it,” has been blowing up the internet this week. In many ways the couple, who are trying to live with mostly Late Victorian period clothes, furniture, appliances and hobbies, come across as completely oblivious to the very real problems of that era like racism, imperialism, poverty, a rigid class structure, and rampant diseases. There have many excellent criticisms of the essay that I agree with, most of which center around privilege and class.
By Alex Maykowski, Michigan Program Intern
Every summer as a child I traveled up to my grandfather’s home in Northern Lower Michigan. As much as I enjoyed spending time with my grandfather, my favorite part of this tradition was always knowing that just a short walk away was a beautiful lake—a walk I’d make every day.
By Neil Bhaerman, Communications Associate - Follow Neil on Twitter - @neilanalien.
Hi, I want to tell you about a very important EPA rule that ensures that the Clean Water Act actually keeps our waterways clean.