Today’s essential reads.
While fracking has the potential to create vast new American energy supplies, Inhofe’s claim that it is completely without risk is either stunningly ignorant or intentionally dishonest. Just yesterday, a blowout at a Pennsylvania natural gas well engaged in fracking spilled thousands of gallons of toxic chemical-laced water, “contaminating a stream and forcing the evacuation of seven families who live nearby as crews struggled to stop the gusher,” the AP reported.
Hundreds of small and medium-scale earthquakes have been rattling the area around Guy, Ark., and residents say wastewater injection wells being drilled in their area are to blame.
Today is Earth Day. All across the country, people will be spending the weekend celebrating Mother Earth with festivals, tree-planting ceremonies or simply trying to be a bit ‘greener’ by turning off a light, recycling a bottle or using less water. Ironically, for folks living on the Gulf coast, the third week of April marks a decidedly ‘ungreen’ anniversary – it has now been one year since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, heralding the biggest oil spill in history and the beginning of one very long summer.
Despite calls from Washington and beyond to guarantee that another BP-style oil spill will not happen again, Congress has done “zero” on the issue in the year since the tragic events in the Gulf of Mexico, a leading House Democrat told us on ABC’s “Top Line” today.
More than 200 million gallons of oil leaked into the Gulf, as engineers raced to plug the well. The disaster also raised many questions about deepwater drilling for the future. Joel Achenbach has reported extensively on all this for The Washington Post. He is the author of a new book chronicling this, “A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea.” He joins us now.
One year ago the supposedly impossible happened. A modern, well-equipped deepwater rig blew up, killing 11 workers and spilling 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, where nearly all of it remains.
Relatives flew over Gulf of Mexico waters on Wednesday where 11 oil rig workers died a year ago, residents gathered in quiet prayer vigils onshore and President Barack Obama vowed to hold BP and others accountable for “the painful losses that they’ve caused.”
A somber twilight ceremony was held on the Grand Isle beach Wednesday, a reminder of the 11 lives lost in last year’s Deepwater Horizon explosion.
Fuel of the Fukushima nuke plant’s No. 1 reactor could be melting, an official said on Wednesday at Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the operator of the crippled plant.