The meek shall inherit the earth. But not the mineral rights.
Oilman and miser J. Paul Getty said that. He was the richest man in America in 1957 but famously had a pay phone installed in his own home.
The sentiment is truer than ever. The rush to develop natural gas wells across the country has resulted in fracking-induced earthquakes in Ohio, in poisoned water wells in Wyoming and now, in the words of BLM Uncompahgre Field Manager Barb Sharrow, the “firestorm” in Paonia. (more…)
It’d be wrong to say Mountainfilm has finally grown up. It is 33 years old, after all. My 34 year-old daughter has comported herself as a grownup for at least the last 15 years.
Perhaps better to say Mountainfilm has come into its own.
This is not to say the behavior last weekend was always strictly adult. Eating ice cream with your fingers, for example. (more…)
So, Tim DeChristopher was found guilty last week of disrupting an oil and gas lease auction in Salt Lake City. (more…)
Tim DeChristopher came to Mountainfilm representing a new generation of environmental monkey wrenchers. At least he hopes there is a growing cadre of young activists behind him.
At a breakfast panel called “Three Generations of Monkey Wrenchers,” DeChristopher, 28 (and awaiting trial for disrupting a BLM oil-and-gas lease sale in Utah), was the one with the close-cropped head and burning dark eyes.
Sitting in the middle was Dave Foreman, at 63, the gray-bearded co-founder of 1980s eco-saboteurs Earth First! And next to Foreman was 90-year-old river rat, protest singer and sometime nudist Katie Lee, who fought with all she had (and still does) the early-60s damming of her beloved Glen Canyon of the Colorado.
Clean-cut University of Utah senior Tim DeChristopher didn’t know what he was going to do when he walked into a Bureau of Land Management oil-and-gas lease auction in Moab. He just knew he had to do something.
“I thought of yelling something or throwing a shoe,” he said after his December 2008 arrest. “What I did was far more effective than I could have been with a shoe.” (more…)