US regulators proposed Friday that companies using fracking to explore for natural gas must disclose the chemicals they use, but only after they drill — sparking more ire from environmental activists.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) posted its new proposed rule Friday for hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells – bringing praise, criticism, relief and skepticism from different groups the rule could affect.
President Obama recently signed an executive order creating a task force to coordinate the efforts of several government agencies considering regulations on hydraulic fracturing. Though some have welcomed the order as a way to standardize myriad state approaches, federalization is far more likely to cause overregulation and a new open-ended political lever against our domestic energy supply.
The natural gas drilling process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is set to come to at least two Southern Illinois counties this summer. Speculation is underway in other local areas, too.
BP OIL SPILL:
A submerged oil mat filled with gooey tar remained buried under the sand east of Perdido Pass just north of Perdido Pass Bridge on Monday, while coastal officials devise a plan to get rid of it — just weeks before the summer tourists hit the beaches.
What shrimpers are hauling in depends on who you ask.
When the TransCanada men first came, Julia Trigg Crawford said, they were polite. They offered money. Seven thousand dollars to let the Keystone XL pipeline cross her family’s 600-acre farm on its way from the Alberta tar sands to the refineries on the Gulf Coast.
Now that the massive trial over liability in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster has been rescheduled for Jan. 14, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier released a list of dates when the parties to the case can get together each month through the end of the year to confer about progress in their work. Status conferences have been scheduled for June 15, July 13, Aug. 17, Sept. 14, Oct. 19, Nov. 16 and Dec. 18. All meetings are at 9:30 a.m. in room C-268 at federal court in New Orleans.
The utility in charge of the Japanese nuclear plant that suffered multiple meltdowns has named an outside candidate as its new chairman.