Today’s Essential Reads
Local groups in northeastern Ohio opposed to hydraulic fracturing are staging a protest rally and march this week.
A MAJOR report compiled for the European Parliament has called for much stricter regulation of “fracking” for shale gas and oil, including a possible ban on the use of chemicals in the controversial process.
Late yesterday, the Sierra Club submitted technical comments on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) new standard for hydraulic fracturing on public lands.
BP OIL SPILL:
President Barack Obama today signed an executive order setting up the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council to oversee restoration efforts funded under recent legislation designating 80 percent of fines from the 2010 BP oil spill to the five Gulf States.
The British oil major has sold some of its deep-water assets in the Gulf of Mexico to raise money to invest in development.
The federal government is signaling its willingness to go to trial against BP and accuse the oil giant of gross negligence in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, legal experts said in analyzing a new Justice Department court filing.
Scientific testing has confirmed a link between oil from the massive BP spill and tar found on Alabama beaches after Hurricane Isaac.
Japan on Tuesday marked the 18-month anniversary of the tragic earthquake and tsunami that triggered the devastating nuclear accident in the country’s northeast. With his prefecture still reeling from the crisis, Fukushima Gov. Yuhei Sato spent the day in Beijing, where he went to ask Chinese aviation officials to restart a suspended flight service between Shanghai and Fukushima, hoping to give the local economy a boost. But the meeting was abruptly canceled.