Protestors charged with trespassing for trying to close their bank accounts last Saturday:
Oh come on, who needs clean water?
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania environmental regulators said Wednesday they have given permission to a natural-gas driller to stop delivering replacement water to residents whose drinking water wells were tainted with methane.
Residents expressed outrage and threatened to take the matter to court.
Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. has been delivering water to homes in the northeast village of Dimock since January of 2009. The Houston-based energy company asked the Department of Environmental Protection for approval to stop the water deliveries by the end of November, saying Dimock’s water is safe to drink.
If the feds won’t do it, at least some of the state attorneys general will look into prosecuting the banks:
Investigators with the state attorney general’s office have subpoenaed Bank of America Corp. in connection with the sale and marketing of troubled mortgage-backed securities to California investors, according to a person familiar with the probe.
The state is trying to determine whether the bank and its Countrywide Financial subsidiary sold investments backed by risky mortgages to institutional and private investors in California under false pretenses, according to the person, who was not authorized to speak publicly and requested confidentiality.
The subpoenas, which were served Tuesday, come as talks continue for a broad foreclosure settlement by a coalition of state attorneys general and federal agencies. California walked away from those discussions with major banks more than two weeks ago, saying what the banks were offering was not enough and the state would pursue its own investigations.
California has left the door open to signing on to a bigger settlement, and the BofA subpoenas were seen as a move to exert further pressure on the bank. The person familiar with the matter would not say how much the securities in question cost investors.
I still haven’t heard anything approaching a logical explanation for Obama’s neglect of judicial nominations:
To make a casual prediction, Barack Obama’s legacy as president will have as much to do with the federal bench as much as it will with the Affordable Care Act. For a variety of reasons, Obama has been far less aggressive in filling judicial vacancies than his predecessors. If he wins re-election, this isn’t a huge problem – he has four more years with which to fill the federal judiciary and balance its rightward tilt. But if he loses, we can expect President Romney/Perry to stack the lower courts – and eventually, the Supreme Court – with a variety of conservative ideologues. In other words, because of Obama’s neglect, we stand a good chance of giving conservative ideologues the tools they need to dismantle the welfare state, and leave liberals in a losing battle against right-wing legal theories.
It was about seven years ago that I was trying to get funding to do this very thing in Philadelphia, and people thought I was crazy.