Friday, September 12, 2014

Wilkesville man reported missing

Virgil Cottrill
MACARTHUR – The Vinton County Sheriff’s Office has issued a missing person advisory for Virgil Cottrill, 83, of Wilkesville who reportedly left his home at 4 a.m. on Saturday to see a relative but didn’t arrive.

Cottrill has gray hair, blue eyes and is 6 feet 2 inches tall and was last seen driving a maroon Ford F150 pickup truck with a cap on the bed.

Anyone with information regarding Cottrill’s whereabouts is asked to contact the sheriff’s office, 740-596-524 or dial 911.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fracking Wastewater Pits Draw Fine for Toxic Releases

Facility in Utah doubles in size without a proper permit for emissions of volatile organic compounds, including benzene, toluene and xylene.

Oil and gas wastewater facility run by Danish Flats Environmental
A commercial facility that disposes of oil and gas waste in Eastern Utah has been fined $50,000 for releasing excessive amounts of benzene and other volatile organic compounds without a state air emissions permit.

Read more at InsideClimate News:

Oil and Gas Wastewater Pits Draw Fine for Toxic Releases | InsideClimate News

Gun-toting militia confronts bat researchers

Nogales International | Posted 1 week ago
By Jonathan Clark

SONOITA, AZ - A group of heavily armed militiamen confronted a team of scientists who had been studying bats in a cave near Sonoita last week, apparently mistaking them for illegal border-crossers or drug-smugglers.

Various so-called militia groups have congregated in Arizona and Texas in what the groups leaders claim is a response to a flood of immigrants.

One such group was led by former Gilberton, Pa. Police Chief Mark Kessler. Kessler was fired by the city council after posting a profanity-filled video in which he fired automatic and threatened Secretary of State John Kerry.

In a June 28 posting on Facebook, Kessler urged his followers to join him in Arizona saying “Bring your gear, armor, helmets, first aid kits, MRE’s or canned food along with a lot of bottled water, but most important your ‘rifle, side arm’s and ammo!” 


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ferguson protests continue 3 weeks after Michael Brown's killing

FERGUSON, MO. - According to Democracy Now, protesters marched in Saturday, three weeks after the police killing of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown. The officer who killed Brown, Darren Wilson, remains on paid leave as he faces a grand jury investigation.

Read more:
Ferguson Protests Continue 3 Weeks After Michael Brown's Killing

Stopping a massive mountaintop removal coal mine

The environmental advocacy group EarthJustice is in court defending the EPA’s veto of a permit for one of the largest proposed mountaintop removal sites in history, the Spruce No. 1 mine in West Virginia.

Read more about the lawsuit:

Stopping A Massive Mountaintop Removal Coal Mine | Earthjustice