Bakken Oil Boom Brings Growing Pains to Small Montana Town

81001_990x742-cb1233334.jpgAt the edge of a farmer's wheat field outside the prairie town of Bainville, Montana, Justin and Mandy Tolbert's 36-foot camper sat in a rented lot. For more than 20 months, the Tolberts lived in the camper with their six children, ages 5 to 12, and Justin's adult cousin.

At night, a jumble of pillows and cushions on the floor served as sleeping space. In August, when temperatures approached 100°F, the camper cooked. In January, the temperature dipped to -20°F, freezing the pipes and leaving the family without water for days.

"The hardest part [is] winter, when they cannot get outside to play," Mandy Tolbert said about her children. "It's not like a house where they can run around."

The Tolberts are far from poor. Justin makes more than $200,000 a year as an oil pipeline welder in the Bakken oil field. The family owns a two-story home with an in-ground pool in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They drive a $50,000 four-wheel-drive van.

The Tolberts moved here in 2012 as part of a massive migration of workers chasing their fortunes in the Bakken shale, where a revolution in drilling technology led by fracking has pushed United States oil production to a 24-year high.

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Organizer Training Summit This Saturday!

Are you ready to ban fracking in Orange County? Food & Water Watch has been successful in passing fracking bans across the country because we organize in tandem with communities to hold governments accountable to the people. Everywhere we go, we make sure folks get the organizing tools and trainings they need to win these campaigns. This month, we are bringing the Organizer Training Summit to Orange County. 

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Drought Forces Evacuation of California Trout Hatcheries

IMG_6865Garyandfish-600x250.jpgFire Earth blog posted this article about trout hatcheries being evacuated due to California drought.

California wildlife officials are evacuating Millions of young rainbow trout, salmon and steelhead from hatcheries near Sacramento to save the fish from rising water temperatures caused by worsening drought.

They are moving rainbow trout out of the American River Hatchery, having released salmon and steelhead from Nimbus Hatchery into state waterways, according to reports.

California is now in its third year of a catastrophic drought. The entire state is currently under some level of drought, ranging in severity from moderate to exceptional.

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OCICE to Host Interfaith Prayer Vigil for the Earth

earthSymbols.jpgOCICE will host a Prayer Vigil for the Earth on Saturday, June 21 ~ the Summer Solstice.

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5th Annual Faith Leaders' Luncheon Registration is Closed

The online registration page for the 5th Annual Faith Leaders' Luncheon is now closed.

You may register on-site at the Jain Center of Southern California.  For location and event details, please visit the Event page.


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