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Gas Company Bans 7-Year-Old and 10-Year-Old From Discussing Fracking For The Rest of Their Lives


As part of their family’s settlement with gas driller Range Resources Corporation, two children, ages 7 and 10, in Mount Pleasant, Pa., are legally forbidden from speaking about fracking for the rest of their lives.

The gag order is part of a $750,000 settlement the Hallowich family agreed to, after they became severely ill from water and air contaminated by shale-gas hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” at nearby site. Parents Chris and Stephanie Hallowich claimed their family was suffering from headaches, earache, burning eyes and sore throats after their water and air was contaminated.

In August 2011, they reached an agreement with Range Resources, but the settlement not only gagged the adults in the household, but also their two children. The Hallowich attorney, Peter Villari, called the gag on minor children is an unprecedented extension for a nondisclosure agreement. It raises the question of whether the kids will suffer long term effects from the water and air pollution as they grow up.

Part of the agreement stated that the family’s health was not affected by the drilling operations. Villari said if the Hallowich family did not agree to that, the settlement would never have gone forward.

A spokesperson for Range Resources said, “clearly the Hallowichs were not in an ideal situation in terms of their lifestyle. They had an unusual amount of activity around them. We didn’t want them in that situation.”

While the spokesperson said the settlement shouldn’t apply to the Hallowich children, the hearing transcript says the order not only applies to the minors in the family, but the company “would certainly enforce it.”

Range Resources in an independent oil and gas firm headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. The company’s net income 67.5 million.

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Balcombe Anti Fracking Protest Going Strong

Fracking company Cuadrilla Resources are trying to start drilling in Balcombe, West Sussex and the community is trying to stop them. Over 250 people stopped 15 trucks bring on equipment on Day 1 (Thurs). On Day 2 more than 100 police were used to break the blockade and escort trucks onto the fracking site. On Day 3 the community continued to resist attempts to force trucks through the blockade but gave up early afternoon. On Day 4 Cuadrilla did not attempt to bring any trucks onto the site. On Day 5 Cuadrilla continued to try to push trucks through the blockade and the community have continued to resist. Camp is still going strong and renewed efforts are being made to defend Balcombe. See Fracking In Balcombe: A Community Says No for background to issues involved.



Day 8 Today we have seen a new tactic by the protestors trying to stop lorries into the Cuadrilla site. Say hello to Big Red 🙂


A permanently immobilized old fire engine sat in the entrance to the fracking site.  Its with a fond nostalgia that I look at these scenes. So reminiscent of the 1990s and all the anti road protests going on.  It is good what with the fight against austerity going on in so many ways that there are people out there who are still prepared to put their liberty on the line for environmental issues, that occasionally come out second place in hard times like this.

Of course the truth still remains that without learning to live on this planet in a sustainable and ecological manner then we are all doomed no matter what socio economic system we use.  This frackin is a perfect example of the crazy world we live in where profit is put before safety, community and sustainability. Instead if fracking is allowed wholesale in the UK we will be facing pollution of our water table on a massive scale nevermind all the droughts brought on by the sheer quantities needed to frack. Then of course there will be the earthquakes, the destruction of grren belt land and the inevitable health problems that will arise in highly fracked areas due to the radioactive isotopes and other pollutants that are mixed in with the water they use.

I saw a poll in the Daily Mirror a couple of days ago about if you thinking the government should go ahead with fracking or not. At the time of viewing I saw a resounding 93% said NO to fracking in this country. So there is hope yet. Lets hope we see that 93% turn from just opinion into action. The protest right now is needing more bodies and supplies so if you can help please get down there. Otherwise look up any  anti fracking groups near you or even form your own if you feel your community could be under threat from this latest attempt of the capitalists to squeeze mother earth dry.

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Cannabis Plants Cover German Town As A Result Of Guerrilla Gardening Campaign

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In a stroke of genius German guerrilla gardening collective A Few Autonomous Flower Children have covered the town of Gottingen in Cannabis plants after spreading 7 kilos of seeds around the place.  This was done in protest of German anti marijuana laws.

Cannabis plants are sprouting up all over a German town after pro-marijuana supporters planted tens of thousands of seeds last month.

Supporters of the group A Few Autonomous Flower Children spread several kilograms of seeds around the university town of Gottingen last month.

They say they are protesting its ‘demonization’ in Germany’s ‘restrictive drug laws’.

Scores of the plants have sprouted all over the town this week to the fury of the local police and council.

A website shows dozens of photos of the cannabis plants blooming in public parks, allotments, gardens and window boxes all over town – with some even growing outside the local police station.

Police have been ripping out the illegal plants on sight but the sheer number of blossoming plants became noticeable in the past week.

A police spokesman said 70 plants had been removed so far – including the ones outside the police station – adding: ‘Everything that looks like cannabis is torn out.’

She confirmed that officers were expecting to see a huge rise in the number of cannabis plants in public areas, adding: ‘Officers have been told to be vigilant and destroy any plants they see.’

A spokesman for A Few Autonomous Flower Children said: ‘We can’t set eyes on this useful and beautiful plant because it’s absolutely forbidden in Germany to grow it.’

She added: ‘This action is a big deal – people (from A Few Autonomous Flower Children) really put effort into it.’

Local Marcus Baum said: ‘The cannabis plants are sprouting up everywhere.

‘They removed the ones from the police station very quickly, but the plants are coming up in parks and gardens everywhere.

‘Some are even growing in window boxes.’

This is a great idea and should be spread far and wide. Wherever the failing war on drugs raises its ugly head there should a gathering of pot head pixies to spread some planty goodness and relax people’s angry minds.  For sure I could go on a rant here about all the amazing properties of this ancient and sacred plant but that has been done many a time before. Instead lets just raise a spliff in celebration and congratulate A few Autonomous Flower Children on a job well done.

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