Today’s Essential Reads
A pro surfer from Santa Barbara, Calif., is adding another long-distance ocean voyage to his growing resume of environmental activism by paddling 250 miles through cold, sharky waters between Santa Cruz and Point Conception.
A new government assessment has identified two areas covering nearly all of Southern Maryland that have the potential for hydraulic fracturing to mine natural gas.
Conservation groups say a shale gas operation starting work in a Mid West nature reserve should have been assessed by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves high-pressure drilling into deep underground rock formations to mine for shale or methane gas. The drilling is vertical until it reaches the relevant rocks, when it will become horizontal. A mixture of water, toxic chemicals and sand is pumped into the rock and the gas released by enlarging small fissures is pumped back to the surface.
BP OIL SPILL:
Someone needs to get the U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Robert Papp, lessons in how to read a chart because he appears clueless about Alaska’s Arctic despite a recent over-flight.
As Hiroko Tabuchi reports in Friday’s New York Times, the Tokyo Electric Power Company released 150 hours of video this week that was recorded during teleconferences last year in the first days of the crisis at the utility’s nuclear plant at Fukushima.