Today’s Essential Reads
First, the scientific credibility of a recent University of Texas study on fracking was questioned. Now, there are concerns centered on the special panel convened to review the study’s findings.
A retired aerospace executive — appointed to review a controversial study on hydraulic fracturing after it was disclosed the author has strong industry ties — has strong industry ties himself.
A high-pressure burst of natural gas at a well operated by Canadian energy giant Encana Corporation in Colorado killed one man and injured three other workers on Wednesday, the company and local authorities said.
When Jamie Frederick bought her home outside Youngstown, Ohio, a little more than three years ago, she was unaware that her neighbor had already leased his land to a natural gas company. Neither did she know that the gas company had already fracked the shale beneath her home.
BP OIL SPILL:
Chevron , the No. 2 U.S. oil company, has appealed against an injunction banning it and its drilling contractor Transocean Ltd from operating in Brazil while civil and criminal charges over an oil spill last November are judged.
Government regulators issued a final set of safety rules for offshore drilling, fine-tuning a series of emergency measures put in place after the BP oil spill in 2010.
State Attorney General Pam Bondi says a proposed settlement with BP over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill may leave Floridians shortchanged.
Two years after the worst oil spill in U.S. history, 10 new studies are revealing the long-term impact of the BP oil spill. The Gulf of Mexico’s ecosystems absorbed the insult of 4.9 million barrels of crude oil. It’s estimated 102 species of birds have been harmed.
A cofounder of a group of retirees who have volunteered to help contain the Fukushima nuclear crisis is seeking U.S. pressure to get the central government to act more swiftly in addressing the dangerous situation.