Tuesday, July 22, 2014

RCJ editorial: frack sand mining less controversial than Powertech

South Dakota Proppants says it has found sand deposits about 15 miles southwest of Hill City that it says is of sufficient quality to be used in the fracking process. And because the proposed mine’s location is close to the Bakken oil fields, it would give SDP an advantage over competitors. The company has secured 1,750 acres of claims in the area it wants to mine. The company would have to get an operating permit from the state Board of Minerals and Environment and water permits from the state Water Management Board, a process that could take at least two years. The estimated jobs and annual revenues of the proposed sand mine compares favorably with the more controversial proposed Powertech in situ uranium mine near Edgemont. [Rapid City Journal editorial]
Even if the GOP-owned Board of Minerals and Environment approves this mine near Pe'Sla and Jewel Cave National Park, the most realistic way to get the sand to the Bakken is to haul over Forest Service roads to US16 then load it onto rail cars at the siding in Newcastle, Wyoming. Tourists and locals would suffer the biggest headaches.

The new Rapid City Pierre and Eastern Railroad is owned by the same multinational as the rail link handling Powder River coal with access to the siding in Newcastle, Genesee and Wyoming, but RCPE has no track going north to the frack zone.

US85 north of Belle Fourche is already crumbling and over capacity so adding more traffic is senseless.

Santa Fe County rallied to stop basalt mining on La Bajada: will enough people in Custer or Pennington Counties care enough to protect the Black Hills?


More South Dakota fracking news linked here.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Montana official: expanded PRTC 'airspace grab'

It costs about $42,000 an hour to fly an Ellsworth Air Force Base B1-B bomber.

Even the earth hater At-large US Representative from Montana running for US Senate opposes the expansion of the Powder River Training Complex where an increased nuisance from the aircraft based near Rapid City, South Dakota would further threaten sage grouse habitat.
But the prospect of bombers roaring over rural communities 240 days a year has drawn resistance, with one Montana official referring to the proposal as a federal government “airspace grab.” Montana Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division Administrator Debbie Alke said she’s been told by Air Force officials that a final environmental study of the proposal will be released next month. [Matthew Brown, Billings Gazette]
Flights have been added to serve the ecocide taking place in the Bakken oil fields in the news for killing a record number of non-union workers. Small airports are concerned that a proposed increase in military traffic could be even deadlier.

Sure is curious how South Dakota's junior US senator favors federal land grabs at his donors' behest and for his TransCanada sponsors while raising money protecting them from environmental protection.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Lujan Grisham: immigrant girls being raped

There are 23 tribes and pueblos in New Mexico.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham said immigration authorities will start giving migrant girls as young as 9 years old pregnancy tests in light of many reports of girls being raped on their way to the United States. “We are seeing 11-year-old girls testing positive for being pregnant, so we need to start testing them even younger now,” Lujan Grisham said, adding that she believes the children need access to doctors. Last month, agents arrested as many as 2,000 child immigrants a week. [Santa Fe New Mexican]

Rich women have full reproductive rights while women at lower income levels do not.
While the measure is only a municipal ban, not a statewide ban, it would affect women far outside of Albuquerque. Neighboring Texas enacted a 20-week ban on abortions earlier this year, so most women across Texas and New Mexico have to drive to Albuquerque for an abortion if a difficult situation arises late into her pregnancy. [Laura Bassett, Huffington Post]
Roman Catholic Archbishop Michael Sheehan of Santa Fe is urging Albuquerque parishioners to vote for the ban on late-term abortions, which does not include any exceptions for things like rape, fetal anomalies or threats to the mother’s life. If the referendum passes, a legal challenge is expected. Attorney General Gary King, a Democrat, has said he believes the law is unconstitutional. [AP, Santa Fe New Mexican]
If passed, this law would have a chilling effect on the Establishment Clause, too.

King has announced his intention to run for governor, a seat now held by catholic earth hater, Susana Martinez. Martinez is considered by some to be veep material on the 2016 earth hater party presidential ticket.
The diocese of Gallup, N.M., has formally started the process of bankruptcy, citing the costs incurred by a growing number of sex-abuse claims. On Nov. 12, the diocese filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Albuquerque, N.M., Bishop James Wall said in a letter to parishioners that was posted on the diocesan website Nov. 11. [National Catholic Reporter]
How can you make this shit up?

Friday, July 18, 2014

kurtz hits the big 6-0

Happy Birthday: Harriet Nelson, Nelson Mandela, John Glenn, Hunter S. Thompson, Richard Branson, Ricky Skaggs, Vin Diesel, and this interested party.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Santa Feans want to decriminalize cannabis

ProgressNow New Mexico and Drug Policy Action need at least 5,763 valid signatures from registered voters within city limits to force a vote on their proposal. They turned in 7,126 signatures. The proposed initiative, which mirrors an initiative that the groups also are trying to get on the ballot in the city of Albuquerque, calls for making the penalty for possession of an ounce or less of marijuana and possession of marijuana-associated paraphernalia a civil infraction punishable by a fine of no more than $25. [Santa Fe New Mexican]
Back in February Kevin Woster penned a remembrance of the SDSU Collegian from the early Janklow era: several old-timers wrote about their own memories of those days. This blog looked at it when KW put it up but it wasn't known until Herb called about his pending real estate sale that the thread had so many comments.

Getting Herb packed and loaded because he sold the ranch at Devils Tower took three days as did his exodus back to Indiana. He and his brother drove two rigs stacked to the moon. The trip from Rapid City to the ranch south of Santa Fe with a load of hay and a water tank strapped to the new trailer was long but uneventful.

Democrats fleeing red states is nothing new: for Herb it's out of the Wyoming frying pan into the Hoosier fire. For this blog it's simply a life-saving measure to flee the Nazi christofascist enclave that South Dakota and the Black Hills have become.