Today’s Essential Reads
The shale gas energy industry needs to put in place better practices and reporting about “fracking” before public concerns delay or even stop use of the technology that has created a boom in U.S. natural gas production, according to the MIT professor who led President Obama’s subcommittee on shale gas.
When it comes to the controversial gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, the Republican Party itself appears fractured — especially in the critical swing state of Ohio.
Niagara Falls City Council Members unanimously passed two resolutions opposing hydraulic fracturing in the city and New York State Monday night, saying they wouldn’t make the same tragic environmental mistakes of the past.
Maryland opponents of a controversial drilling technique want to asses a $10 per-acre fee on land leased for extracting gas.
BP OIL SPILL:
A settlement agreement BP announced late last week could give the more than 6,000 Floridians with claims pending and those whose claims have been denied the chance to have them assessed under new criteria.
Hundreds of thousands of people living along the US Gulf Coast have hung their economic lives on lawsuits against BP.
Nearly two years after the worst oil spill in U.S. history, BP has reached a $7.8 billion partial settlement that it hopes will help put the incident behind them. But as Mark Strassmann reports, it’s not over yet.
As five-year-olds charge through the corridors of a kindergarten in northeast Japan at lunchtime, teacher Junko Kamada says she is still unsure if their food is safe a year after the Fukushima nuclear accident.