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A bankruptcy judge in Detroit has ruled that there is not an enforceable right to free and affordable water, therefore contradicting the United Nations declaration that water is a basic human right.

We have blogged about this issue recently

Today in Salon, author Lindsey Abrahams details how in a classic shock doctrine move, corporations are privatizing water systems around the world and are declaring “No Money, No Water”

Photo: Detroit Water Brigade

Photo: Detroit Water Brigade

Water is the New Oil: How corporations took over a basic human right

Salon Lindsey Abrams
Water has become a commodity, Karen Piper tells Salon, and the world’s poor are paying the price

When you talk about human rights, not to mention human necessities, there’s not much more fundamental than water. The United Nations has even put it in writing: it formally “recognizes the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.”

That’s the theory, at least. In practice? Well, on Monday, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes arrived at a different conclusion from that of the U.N., in a ruling on Detroit’s hotly contested practice of cutting off water access to tens of thousands of residents who can’t pay their bills. “It cannot be doubted that water is a necessary ingredient to sustaining life,” Rhodes conceded. Yet there is not, he continued, “an enforceable right to free and affordable water.” Water, in the eyes of the court, is apparently a luxury.

 

 

 

A bankruptcy judge in Detroit has ruled that there is not an enforceable right to free and affordable water, therefore contradicting the United Nations declaration that water is a basic human right.

We have blogged about this issue recently

Today in Salon, author Lindsey Abrahams details how in a classic shock doctrine move, corporations are privatizing water systems around the world and are declaring “No Money, No Water”

Photo: Detroit Water Brigade

Photo: Detroit Water Brigade

Water is the New Oil: How corporations took over a basic human right

Salon Lindsey Abrams
Water has become a commodity, Karen Piper tells Salon, and the world’s poor are paying the price

When you talk about human rights, not to mention human necessities, there’s not much more fundamental than water. The United Nations has even put it in writing: it formally “recognizes the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.”

That’s the theory, at least. In practice? Well, on Monday, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes arrived at a different conclusion from that of the U.N., in a ruling on Detroit’s hotly contested practice of cutting off water access to tens of thousands of residents who can’t pay their bills. “It cannot be doubted that water is a necessary ingredient to sustaining life,” Rhodes conceded. Yet there is not, he continued, “an enforceable right to free and affordable water.” Water, in the eyes of the court, is apparently a luxury.

 

 

 

A bankruptcy judge in Detroit has ruled that there is not an enforceable right to free and affordable water, therefore contradicting the United Nations declaration that water is a basic human right.

We have blogged about this issue recently

Today in Salon, author Lindsey Abrahams details how in a classic shock doctrine move, corporations are privatizing water systems around the world and are declaring “No Money, No Water”

Photo: Detroit Water Brigade

Photo: Detroit Water Brigade

Water is the New Oil: How corporations took over a basic human right

Salon Lindsey Abrams
Water has become a commodity, Karen Piper tells Salon, and the world’s poor are paying the price

When you talk about human rights, not to mention human necessities, there’s not much more fundamental than water. The United Nations has even put it in writing: it formally “recognizes the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.”

That’s the theory, at least. In practice? Well, on Monday, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes arrived at a different conclusion from that of the U.N., in a ruling on Detroit’s hotly contested practice of cutting off water access to tens of thousands of residents who can’t pay their bills. “It cannot be doubted that water is a necessary ingredient to sustaining life,” Rhodes conceded. Yet there is not, he continued, “an enforceable right to free and affordable water.” Water, in the eyes of the court, is apparently a luxury.

 

 

 

Vineyards around Seneca Lake. Wikipedia via EcoWatch.

Vineyards around Seneca Lake. Wikipedia via EcoWatch.

The Finger Lakes region of NY, one of the most beautiful regions of the state, has been fighting for a while now against the development of its underground salt caverns for the storage of fracked gas from Pennslyvania. Those in the fight cite the many reasons not to store this volatile gas underneath any community, least of one of the treasures of the state.

Despite their efforts, federal regulators have approved the expansion of methane gas storage.

FERC Approves Methane Storage Project in Finger Lakes Region of New York
By Peter Mantius, EcoWatch, October 5, 2014.

Brushing aside warnings of dangerous geological risk, federal regulators say construction can start immediately on a methane gas storage project next to Seneca Lake that has galvanized opposition from wine and tourism businesses across the Finger Lakes in upstate New York.

The Sept. 30 decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) represents a major breakthrough for Houston-based Crestwood Midstream. The company has been waging a five-year campaign for permission to convert long-abandoned lakeside salt caverns into a regional storage hub for both methane gas and liquid petroleum gas, or LPG, from fracking operations in Pennsylvania.

Read the whole article here.

On this first Friday of October 2014-We are pleased to be opening our new office in Buffalo, New York!  Our space includes new photo gallery ¡Buen Vivir! -exhibiting the photos of Orin Langelle.  The Gallery is having its grand opening this evening as well, part of the Buffalo and Allentown First Fridays gallery walk!

We hope to post photos soon- meanwhile here is a blurry selfie in which we are pleased to congratulate ourselves on our hard fought for new space!

GJEP Buffalo Office Staff- Right to Left: Jay Burney, Sara Sullivan, Anne Petermann, Sara Palmer, and our new sign!

GJEP Buffalo Office Staff- Right to Left: Jay Burney, Sara Sullivan, Anne Petermann, Sara Palmer, and our new sign!

 

Link to the photo gallery opening here (Climate connections 26 September 2014: Langelle Photography opens new gallery, launches updated website

 

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On this first Friday of October 2014-We are pleased to be opening our new office in Buffalo, New York!  Our space includes new photo gallery ¡Buen Vivir! -exhibiting the photos of Orin Langelle.  The Gallery is having its grand opening this evening as well, part of the Buffalo and Allentown First Fridays gallery walk!

We hope to post photos soon- meanwhile here is a blurry selfie in which we are pleased to congratulate ourselves on our hard fought for new space!

GJEP Buffalo Office Staff- Right to Left: Jay Burney, Sara Sullivan, Anne Petermann, Sara Palmer, and our new sign!

GJEP Buffalo Office Staff- Right to Left: Jay Burney, Sara Sullivan, Anne Petermann, Sara Palmer, and our new sign!

 

Link to the photo gallery opening here (Climate connections 26 September 2014: Langelle Photography opens new gallery, launches updated website

 

Gallery-Poster-CC

 

20141003_161002

On this first Friday of October 2014-We are pleased to be opening our new office in Buffalo, New York!  Our space includes new photo gallery ¡Buen Vivir! -exhibiting the photos of Orin Langelle.  The Gallery is having its grand opening this evening as well, part of the Buffalo and Allentown First Fridays gallery walk!

We hope to post photos soon- meanwhile here is a blurry selfie in which we are pleased to congratulate ourselves on our hard fought for new space!

GJEP Buffalo Office Staff- Right to Left: Jay Burney, Sara Sullivan, Anne Petermann, Sara Palmer, and our new sign!

GJEP Buffalo Office Staff- Right to Left: Jay Burney, Sara Sullivan, Anne Petermann, Sara Palmer, and our new sign!

 

Link to the photo gallery opening here (Climate connections 26 September 2014: Langelle Photography opens new gallery, launches updated website

 

Gallery-Poster-CC

 

20141003_161002

On this first Friday of October 2014-We are pleased to be opening our new office in Buffalo, New York!  Our space includes new photo gallery ¡Buen Vivir! -exhibiting the photos of Orin Langelle.  The Gallery is having its grand opening this evening as well, part of the Buffalo and Allentown First Fridays gallery walk!

We hope to post photos soon- meanwhile here is a blurry selfie in which we are pleased to congratulate ourselves on our hard fought for new space!

GJEP Buffalo Office Staff- Right to Left: Jay Burney, Sara Sullivan, Anne Petermann, Sara Palmer, and our new sign!

GJEP Buffalo Office Staff- Right to Left: Jay Burney, Sara Sullivan, Anne Petermann, Sara Palmer, and our new sign!

 

Link to the photo gallery opening here (Climate connections 26 September 2014: Langelle Photography opens new gallery, launches updated website

 

Gallery-Poster-CC

 

20141003_161002

On this first Friday of October 2014-We are pleased to be opening our new office in Buffalo, New York!  Our space includes new photo gallery ¡Buen Vivir! -exhibiting the photos of Orin Langelle.  The Gallery is having its grand opening this evening as well, part of the Buffalo and Allentown First Fridays gallery walk!

We hope to post photos soon- meanwhile here is a blurry selfie in which we are pleased to congratulate ourselves on our hard fought for new space!

GJEP Buffalo Office Staff- Right to Left: Jay Burney, Sara Sullivan, Anne Petermann, Sara Palmer, and our new sign!

GJEP Buffalo Office Staff- Right to Left: Jay Burney, Sara Sullivan, Anne Petermann, Sara Palmer, and our new sign!

 

Link to the photo gallery opening here (Climate connections 26 September 2014: Langelle Photography opens new gallery, launches updated website

 

Gallery-Poster-CC

 

20141003_161002

On this first Friday of October 2014-We are pleased to be opening our new office in Buffalo, New York!  Our space includes new photo gallery ¡Buen Vivir! -exhibiting the photos of Orin Langelle.  The Gallery is having its grand opening this evening as well, part of the Buffalo and Allentown First Fridays gallery walk!

We hope to post photos soon- meanwhile here is a blurry selfie in which we are pleased to congratulate ourselves on our hard fought for new space!

GJEP Buffalo Office Staff- Right to Left: Jay Burney, Sara Sullivan, Anne Petermann, Sara Palmer, and our new sign!

GJEP Buffalo Office Staff- Right to Left: Jay Burney, Sara Sullivan, Anne Petermann, Sara Palmer, and our new sign!

 

Link to the photo gallery opening here (Climate connections 26 September 2014: Langelle Photography opens new gallery, launches updated website

 

Gallery-Poster-CC

 

20141003_161002

On this first Friday of October 2014-We are pleased to be opening our new office in Buffalo, New York!  Our space includes new photo gallery ¡Buen Vivir! -exhibiting the photos of Orin Langelle.  The Gallery is having its grand opening this evening as well, part of the Buffalo and Allentown First Fridays gallery walk!

We hope to post photos soon- meanwhile here is a blurry selfie in which we are pleased to congratulate ourselves on our hard fought for new space!

GJEP Buffalo Office Staff- Right to Left: Jay Burney, Sara Sullivan, Anne Petermann, Sara Palmer, and our new sign!

GJEP Buffalo Office Staff- Right to Left: Jay Burney, Sara Sullivan, Anne Petermann, Sara Palmer, and our new sign!

 

Link to the photo gallery opening here (Climate connections 26 September 2014: Langelle Photography opens new gallery, launches updated website

 

Gallery-Poster-CC

 

20141003_161002

On this first Friday of October 2014-We are pleased to be opening our new office in Buffalo, New York!  Our space includes new photo gallery ¡Buen Vivir! -exhibiting the photos of Orin Langelle.  The Gallery is having its grand opening this evening as well, part of the Buffalo and Allentown First Fridays gallery walk!

We hope to post photos soon- meanwhile here is a blurry selfie in which we are pleased to congratulate ourselves on our hard fought for new space!

GJEP Buffalo Office Staff- Right to Left: Jay Burney, Sara Sullivan, Anne Petermann, Sara Palmer, and our new sign!

GJEP Buffalo Office Staff- Right to Left: Jay Burney, Sara Sullivan, Anne Petermann, Sara Palmer, and our new sign!

 

Link to the photo gallery opening here (Climate connections 26 September 2014: Langelle Photography opens new gallery, launches updated website

 

Gallery-Poster-CC

 

20141003_161002

On this first Friday of October 2014-We are pleased to be opening our new office in Buffalo, New York!  Our space includes new photo gallery ¡Buen Vivir! -exhibiting the photos of Orin Langelle.  The Gallery is having its grand opening this evening as well, part of the Buffalo and Allentown First Fridays gallery walk!

We hope to post photos soon- meanwhile here is a blurry selfie in which we are pleased to congratulate ourselves on our hard fought for new space!

GJEP Buffalo Office Staff- Right to Left: Jay Burney, Sara Sullivan, Anne Petermann, Sara Palmer, and our new sign!

GJEP Buffalo Office Staff- Right to Left: Jay Burney, Sara Sullivan, Anne Petermann, Sara Palmer, and our new sign!

 

Link to the photo gallery opening here (Climate connections 26 September 2014: Langelle Photography opens new gallery, launches updated website

 

Gallery-Poster-CC

 

20141003_161002

On this first Friday of October 2014-We are pleased to be opening our new office in Buffalo, New York!  Our space includes new photo gallery ¡Buen Vivir! -exhibiting the photos of Orin Langelle.  The Gallery is having its grand opening this evening as well, part of the Buffalo and Allentown First Fridays gallery walk!

We hope to post photos soon- meanwhile here is a blurry selfie in which we are pleased to congratulate ourselves on our hard fought for new space!

GJEP Buffalo Office Staff- Right to Left: Jay Burney, Sara Sullivan, Anne Petermann, Sara Palmer, and our new sign!

GJEP Buffalo Office Staff- Right to Left: Jay Burney, Sara Sullivan, Anne Petermann, Sara Palmer, and our new sign!

 

Link to the photo gallery opening here (Climate connections 26 September 2014: Langelle Photography opens new gallery, launches updated website

 

Gallery-Poster-CC

 

20141003_161002

On this first Friday of October 2014-We are pleased to be opening our new office in Buffalo, New York!  Our space includes new photo gallery ¡Buen Vivir! -exhibiting the photos of Orin Langelle.  The Gallery is having its grand opening this evening as well, part of the Buffalo and Allentown First Fridays gallery walk!

We hope to post photos soon- meanwhile here is a blurry selfie in which we are pleased to congratulate ourselves on our hard fought for new space!

GJEP Buffalo Office Staff- Right to Left: Jay Burney, Sara Sullivan, Anne Petermann, Sara Palmer, and our new sign!

GJEP Buffalo Office Staff- Right to Left: Jay Burney, Sara Sullivan, Anne Petermann, Sara Palmer, and our new sign!

 

Link to the photo gallery opening here (Climate connections 26 September 2014: Langelle Photography opens new gallery, launches updated website

 

Gallery-Poster-CC

 

20141003_161002