Today the residents of the Barnesville area are concerned but that patient concern is wearing thin and more militant action has been discussed.
The destruction of the total biomass of the planet is fueled by the immense profits available under capitalism for the private exploitation of natural resources.
On this day in 1945, the Manhattan Project came to an explosive end as the first atom bomb was successfully tested in New Mexico.
Environmentalists and rank-and-file railroad workers took to the streets protesting continued transportation of oil trains.
This incident offers further vindication for what environmentalists have been saying all along: that accidents are unavoidable in this ecologically sensitive region.
They say that Oak Flat will be "damaged" by the mine. "Damaged" is an understatement. A two mile wide, 1,000 foot deep crater will result from the mining.
If life on earth is to survive then we must reorient the means by which we survive currently toward keeping a balance with nature.
Held by 350.org and the Sierra Club, the event marked the two-year anniversary of the disaster, the Lac-Megantic, Quebec, oil train explosion that killed 47 people.
They plan to note that oil-laden trains are so dangerous that transporting oil across the continent by train should be severely curtailed, if not ended.
A divided Supreme Court ruled against the Obama administration's attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.