Today’s Essential Reads
For at least one year, there will be no high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the City of Canandaigua.
Hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in Pennsylvania may contaminate drinking-water supplies, a study by Duke University professors concluded.
Naturally occurring underground pathways may increase the risk of well water pollution from fracking, a process used to release natural gas from the ground, US scientists said on Monday.
In the latest salvo in local battles over gas drilling, a company said Monday it’s shutting down wells and turning off the free gas to landowners in a western New York town that passed a moratorium on drilling.
BP OIL SPILL:
BP PLC has decided not to pursue a huge oil project off Alaska’s coast in its current form.
Empty streets and barren beaches, hallmarks of what many have referred to as the “lost summer of 2010″. “Where was the harm done by the spill?” asks U.S. Senator Bill Nelson. “The harm was done to the people and the critters and the environment of the gulf.”
The framework for how penalties assigned to BP in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has been established; now it’s just a matter of waiting for the fines to be assessed.
Two years ago this week, the wellhead that ruptured on the sea floor of the Gulf of Mexico, sending 4.9 million barrels of oil into the water, was capped. After three months, the end of the largest oil spill in the industry’s history was in sight.
There have been scores of photographs and video footage showing the Fukushima Daiichi in its battered state after the nuclear power plant was pummeled by the tsunami last year. But images of the tsunami rolling into the plant have been scarce.