Stop the Frack Attack Prioritizes Male Entitlement over Saving the Planet

Dear Reader, do you believe women, including those who have been raped by men, have the right to not be forced to share their most intimate spaces with males?

If you believe women have the right to say no, you will not be allowed to table at the Stop the Frack Attack National Convention.

Why? Because evidently the right of males to colonize women’s most intimate and vulnerable spaces is more important to these organizers than the rights of women to say no.

What does this have to do with a conference on fracking? We believe that just as communities have the right to say no to fracking, so, too, women have that right.

As radical environmentalists (and radical feminists), we in Deep Green Resistance oppose any and all threats to the future of the planet. This includes the recent spread of hydraulic fracturing as a method of oil extraction, a particularly vicious expression of this culture’s contempt for the living world. Because of this, we were understandably excited when we saw that Denver would be host to the Stop the Frack Attack (STFA) National Convention this week, and immediately reached out to see about tabling and distributing materials for our organization. Unfortunately, the leaders of STFA made it very clear to us that feminist perspectives are not welcome at their event.

Deep Green Resistance (DGR) is being barred from STFA because, according to the organizers of this conference, we support a “gender binary.” This notion is absurd. No one in DGR supports the gender binary – in fact, we oppose it so strongly that we don’t think those who struggle to fit inside one suffocating category should mutilate their bodies to fit inside the other. Sadly, transgenderists seem to disagree.

The real reason for our being censored is simple: We don’t think one abolishes an oppressive system by creating more categories in between the powerful and the powerless. On every issue except gender, most activists agree with us. After all, Capitalist societies don’t have a “class binary,” but no one thinks that makes the proletariat any closer to liberation. The bloodthirsty Spanish colonizers had at least six racial categories in their so-called New World; did that stop the indigenous from being slaughtered? And if not, then why on Earth would a non-binary gender system do anything to stop men from raping and killing women?

DGR believes the ideal number of genders isn’t three, or four, or a dozen, or a million. It’s zero. We aim for a world where no one, male or female, is defined by a set of violent stereotypes called masculinity and femininity. And we can’t get there so long as these patriarchal, culturally constructed notions of Man and Woman are turned into essential aspects of human beings. Abolishing patriarchy means acknowledging that the social roles of this culture are not natural, not innate, and not acceptable – yet transgenderists are determined to naturalize the structure of women’s oppression by turning gender into an identity.

Critics of DGR like to portray us as somehow protecting or defending traditional definitions of gender, but nothing could be further from the truth. Deep Green Resistance encourages and supports anyone who resists the abusive and violent gender system – and the greatest example of such resistance is women saying no to men. Inside a political structure wherein people with penises are taught to disregard, belittle, and abuse people with vulvas – we call this structure “gender” – the truly non-conforming position for males is to defend and support those boundaries, not find new reasons for breaking them. Men force women to sacrifice their spaces every single day in this culture; doing the exact same thing while wearing lipstick and a dress doesn’t make it radical.

In a world teetering on the brink of destruction, we in Deep Green Resistance are absolutely amazed that an activist would turn his back on a committed environmentalist group solely because that group thinks rape victims shouldn’t have to shower and sleep with men. Sadly, many women in DGR are not surprised; they are very used to male activists putting the feelings of men above the physical safety and security of women. If the organizers of Stop the Frack Attack truly want to strike a blow against our restrictive and oppressive gender system, they could start by challenging their own entitlement and misogyny, clearly displayed here for all to see.

In the meantime, thank you to the STFA organizers for at least being clear about their solidarity with males.

Business and Government Continue Partnership to “Frack Over” Colorado

We don’t mean to be hyperbolic about the issue (in fact, that would be next to impossible), but the following editorial from the Boulder Daily Camera helps delineate how Colorado serves as another example of fascism. When government and industry work this closely together, there’s really no other way to describe the warm and cozy relationship.

Deep Green Resistance also notes with continued anger the assault on the rights of citizens to govern their localities, and serve as agents for their open landbase. We urge those who share this outrage to check out the possibilities offered by organizations such as the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.

 

Is Colorado’s fracking battle over?

Editorial: Is Colorado’s fracking battle over?
POSTED: 06/09/2015 08:00:00 PM MDT | UPDATED: ABOUT 14 HOURS AGO

Tiffany Taskey stands on a path just behind her family home in the Vista Ridge subdivision in Erie last fall with an Encana Corp. fracking well in the background. Encana closed down operations at the site after measurements showed noise levels that exceeded state-mandated levels. Encana said it would be back when it resolved its "low-frequency noise issues." Many residents said the well site was too close to their homes in any case. (Paul Aiken / Daily Camera)

Tiffany Taskey stands on a path just behind her family home in the Vista Ridge subdivision in Erie last fall with an Encana Corp. fracking well in the background. Encana closed down operations at the site after measurements showed noise levels that exceeded state-mandated levels. Encana said it would be back when it resolved its “low-frequency noise issues.” Many residents said the well site was too close to their homes in any case. (Paul Aiken / Daily Camera)

The national debate over hydraulic fracturing extends from one extreme to the other. New York state has banned the practice, while Texas recently passed a new law giving drillers carte blanche and local communities little recourse so long as a drilling site is “commercially reasonable.”

To listen to Gov. John Hickenlooper, the debate in Colorado is all but over, with the industry having won a Texas-style victory. At a joint appearance with Sen. Cory Gardner last month in Denver, Hickenlooper suggested fracking opponents no longer have the enthusiasm or support to put regulatory measures on the ballot, as they did a year ago before the governor brokered a last-minute deal to remove them.

“There will be proposals, but I don’t think there will be something that will be funded to any significant extent, and therefore I don’t expect something to get on the ballot,” Hickenlooper said, according to the Durango Herald.

Boulder Congressman Jared Polis, who backed the ballot proposals and then agreed to remove them a year ago, says it’s too early to say what might be proposed for the 2016 Colorado ballot.

“Given the pending Fort Collins and Longmont lawsuits that will hopefully confirm local authority to regulate fracking, and that we are 18 months out from the 2016 election, I can no more predict whether a ballot initiative is needed or would be viable in 2016 than I can predict who is going to win the World Series that year,” Polis told the Daily Camera. “But if the governor is clairvoyant, I’d love to schedule a trip to Vegas with him soon.”

Polis sees more uncertainty in the outcomes of the Fort Collins and Longmont appeals than we do. A Boulder County judge overturned Longmont’s fracking ban last July. A Larimer County judge overturned Fort Collins’ five-year fracking moratorium in August. Everywhere it has contested such community actions, the Colorado Oil & Gas Association has won, citing preemption by the state, which “fosters” oil and gas development by statute.

Until now, there has been an uneasy but delicate balance between the state’s ability to preempt local limits on fracking and the traditional right of localities to engage in land-use regulation. But if the alliance between the state government and the oil and gas industry prevails in the Longmont case, it could change all that. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, representing the state, and the Colorado Oil & Gas Association, representing the industry, are contending in that case that state law implicitly preempts all local regulation in this area. If the appellate court agrees, the COGCC would have “exclusive authority” to permit and regulate fracking.

The deal Hickenlooper brokered to get the fracking measures off last year’s ballot relied upon a task force to find a compromise. One member of that task force, former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Kourlis, daughter of former Republican Gov. John Love, proposed that the legislature change the state’s official posture from fostering oil and gas development to administering it, making it less of an industry enabler and more of an impartial arbiter. Thirteen of 21 task force members supported that proposal, but that was one vote short of the two-thirds majority needed to make it an official recommendation.

A cynic might contend that this is exactly the outcome Hickenlooper, a former geologist in the oil business, wanted all along. The citizen initiatives were removed from the ballot and no meaningful changes were imposed on the industry.

Last month, the state of New York issued a 2,000-page report, the result of six years of work, describing the concerns that underpin its fracking ban. It cited a lack of sufficient data on a host of fracking impacts, including air quality, climate change, drinking water, surface spills, earthquakes and community impacts such as traffic, road damage and noise.

While the industry claims, for example, that fracking fluid has never polluted underground drinking water, a study last month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found chemicals used in fracking fluids in the drinking water of three Pennsylvania households. Methane was also detected in those families’ water. A powerful greenhouse gas, methane leakage rates into the atmosphere during fracking are only just now becoming the subject of serious study.

Fracking has been a boon to the Colorado economy and a major contributor toward meeting America’s goal of energy self-sufficiency. While we join many critics in looking forward to the day when clean energy takes over from fossil fuels, we recognize we are not there yet. But that does not mean that the state needs to be in bed with the industry it is supposed to be regulating. That’s never a good idea.

The political center of gravity in Colorado is nowhere near New York’s, but it’s a little troubling that Hickenlooper seems to want to push it toward Texas on this issue. The recent troubles in Erie illustrate the potential problems when oil drilling is located less than 1,000 feet from people’s homes. Common sense suggests local communities should have some control over such land-use issues.

Colorado has a history of greater concern for the environment and for local control than the governor seems to appreciate. If the industry wins from the courts the right of implicit state preemption in all matters relating to oil and gas development, we hope the governor’s declaration of surrender on behalf of those who would regulate fracking more stringently proves premature.

—Dave Krieger, for the editorial board. Email: kriegerd@dailycamera.com. Twitter: @DaveKrieger

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado’s Front Range is Under Fracking Siege

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Unless you live in a cave (lucky you!), you’ve probably heard about the recent explosion in efforts to drill for the natural gas that lies deep beneath our feet. The entire oil & gas industry seems to be descending upon Colorado, exploring and drilling thousands of new wells. A number of reasons have been cited for the burst in activity, including the belief that because natural gas burns cleaner than conventional coal, it is a feasible “fuel of the future”.

We’d like to add ourselves to the list of people calling bullshit on this claim.

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