News Round-Up: February 23, 2012

Today’s Essential Reads

FRACKING:

NY Court Decision Bolsters Anti-Fracking Movement

A New York court decision has bolstered a movement among towns determined to prevent the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas within their borders.

Fracking Fluid Rules Expected by Year’s End

Alberta’s energy regulator expects to have rules in place by the end of the year that would make companies publicly disclose ingredients in hydraulic fracturing fluids.

Oil and Gas Industry Spends Big in Ohio Politics

Even before “fracking” became a buzzword and drilling in the Marcellus and Utica shales the hope for areas’ economic rebirth, the oil and natural gas industry was a big spender in Ohio politics.

Commission Candidates Grilled on the Big Issues

With such a large slate of candidates for Athens County commissioner, a candidates forum Tuesday night at the Athens Community Center saw very few fireworks, though the evening’s conversation did touch upon some of the most controversial issues facing the county.

Wyoming, Industry Recommend Reviewers of EPA’s Pavillion Report

Wyoming and oil and gas industry officials have recommended a number of experts, including four from Wyoming, to review the controversial U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report of well water contamination near Pavillion.

BP OIL SPILL:

BP, Anadarko Petroleum Liable for Pollution Law Violations, Judge Rules

BP Plc (BP\) and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC) are liable for Clean Water Act violations, a judge ruled, allowing the U.S. to seek fines of as much as $1,100 per barrel of oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

Coastal Restoration: A Smart Investment

With a potential BP settlement for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill possible as early as this week, Gulf Coast communities are speaking up, urging Congress to quickly pass the RESTORE Act. Passage of this bill would ensure that fines for the spill are dedicated to restoring the communities, environment and economy of the Gulf.

BP Spill Victims Still Feel Economic Impact

Oyster boats are docked after waterways where oysters are harvested were shut down due to the BP Plc Deepwater Horizon offshore oil well spill in Empire, Louisiana, U.S., on May 1, 2010. Photographer: Derick E. Hingle/Bloomberg

RADIATION:

Arnie Gundersen at the Japan National Press Club

The Japan National Press Club hosts Arnie Gundersen. Over 80 journalists were present where questions were asked regarding the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi and the ongoing risks associated with the GE Mark 1 BWR nuclear reactors.

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