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View Diary: Live Q & A: Michael Brune, Exec. Director of the Sierra Club (45 comments)

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  •  Fracking and the tar sands (3+ / 0-)
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    RosyFinch, cacamp, ParkRanger

    There's growing awareness about both issues.

    The Club is strongly opposed to the expansion of drilling and oil infrastructure investments in the tar sands. Tar sands development take us EXACTLY in the wrong direction. We're part of a huge coalition of groups working on this, from RAN to IEN, NRDC, OIl Change International and others.

    Re: fracking. This is also a huge concerns. It may be true that natural gas burns more cleanly than coal or oil, but that doesn't mean that people should have to sacrifice their drinking water or air quality at the same time. The Club is working to force disclosure of the toxic chemical used in fracking, and then to eliminate the use of those chemicals. We're also working to close the "Halliburton loophole" that gas extractors enjoy - loopholes in the Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Air ACt, Clean Water, etc. Finally, we're pushing for much tighter regs at the state and federal level and if they're not adopted, moratoria to be established until public health can be protected.

    •  I helped found IEN (0+ / 0-)

      and it seems they've been fighting a pretty lonely battle up there in Canada. It would be nice if some of you more estabilshed (and richer) groups would throw a few coins their way. Just sayin :)

      But thank you for the work you're doing on both issues.

    •  Check out the Sierra Club Hydrofracking Team (1+ / 0-)
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      One of the Club's newer teams has been recruiting new people and spreading the word about the dangers of fracking.

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