Today’s Essential Reads
Filmmaker Josh Fox released a short documentary, dubbed “The Sky is Pink,” about the energy sector’s campaign for natural gas and criticisms about his Oscar-nominated film Gasland.
Southern Cape Land Committee says poor and landless also need a voice in debate on use of hydraulic fracturing to exploit shale gas in water-scarce region
A University of Texas report on hydraulic fracturing now dogged by revelations that the lead author is paid by the gas industry has cropped up in a larger geopolitical battle over natural gas drilling in Eastern Europe.
It’s been one year since the town board of Dryden, a rural community near Ithaca with a population of 14,000, passed a zoning ordinance prohibiting oil and gas drilling, including hydraulic fracturing, so-called fracking. While they await the appeal of a lawsuit by an oil and gas company which had leased Dryden land, and wait for the state to decide its position on fracking, townspeople look back on a year in the spotlight.
BP OIL SPILL:
As sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico struggle for survival, it is clear that the worst of the covered up 2010 BP oil catastrophe Gulf Operation in and along the Gulf of Mexico coast is yet to come, according to New Orleans-based environmental attorney Stuart Smith, commenting on a new scientific research report.
Assumption Parish officials have ordered immediate evacuation of Bayou Corne area and Louisiana’s governor has declared a state of emergency following two months of residents reporting “strong diesel” odors, earth tremors and finally, an expanding 200 ft. by 200 ft. sinkhole that engulfed trees early Friday morning and that officials now call a “slurry area.” The area has allegedly been highly polluted by oil and gas companies.
Environmentalists and fishing industry veterans say it could be years before they know the full impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago.
Oil and gas companies are doing a terrible job of disclosing climate and deepwater drilling risks, even in light of the tragic Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to a new report.
Video footage released Monday shows the head of the Fukushima nuclear power plant shouting “We have a big problem, a big problem!” as a reactor exploded after last year’s quake-tsunami disaster.