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New study demonstrates toxic impacts of hydrofracking fluid on forest life

Hydraulic fracturing itself may not directly contaminate groundwater supplies, as the oil and gas industry has steadfastly maintained for years, but the wastewater associated with the controversial process can be very hazardous to forest life, at least according to a new study produced by a U.S. Forest Service researcher.

Activist Biggers fights uphill battle against dirty coal

Jeff Biggers, a civil rights activist and cultural historian, watched helplessly a dozen years ago as the hollers of Eagle Creek, Illinois — a corner of the Shawnee National Forest and his family‚Äôs home for roughly 200 years — were blasted away, the forested hills bulldozed by companies harvesting the lucrative coal seams underground — a scene from Avatar playing out before the movie was made.

Hate Crimes Send Message that Demands Response

As they raped her, tortured her, beat her and forced her to eat animal and human feces, Megan Williams says her captors told her:...