Environmental Must-Reads – December 3, 2012


DEC: no fracking decision till health study is done

The Cuomo Administration says it won’t be ruling on whether to allow hydro fracking in New York until an on going health review is finished.

Science Museums Celebrate the Wonders of…Fracking?!

If oil companies designed the lessons contained in middle school science textbooks, it would be a national scandal. But helping to design scientific displays in natural history museums that host countless school field trips each year? Apparently, that’s just fine.

Fracking in Focus: Pittsburgh Filmmaker Chronicles Impact of Shale Gas Revolution

Sound-bite journalism dominates the broadcast news media’s coverage of top environmental issues. The heated debate on the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for the extraction of natural gas from shale gas plays is no exception.

Fracking chemical used in US linked to organ damage

An unidentified chemical used in fracking in the United States has triggered concern after it emerged it can cause kidney and liver damage.

Coughing, Headaches, Fatigue: Is Fracking to Blame?

As hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” spreads throughout the Buckeye State, so do questions about its affects on health. The process involves using water and sand mixed with chemicals to fracture shale formations and unlock reservoirs of oil and gas.

Gardeners: The pipeline will put our crops in jeopardy

It’s full steam ahead for plans to run a controversial natural gas pipeline through Floyd Bennett Field — a move members of the Floyd Bennett Gardeners Association say will kill their crops.

Archaeological concerns slow natural gas pipeline

Already delayed by slow permit approval, the proposed Tennessee Gas pipeline from West Milford to Mahwah is now being held up by federal officials because it would either run through or near historic areas, including Native American burial grounds.

2 injured Filipino oil workers off critical list – embassy

Two of the Filipino oil workers seriously injured in an oil platform fire off Louisiana’s coast made it out of the critical list, while a third Filipino remained in good condition, the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. said Monday.

PHL govt ready to provide legal help to Pinoys in US oil rig fire

Malacañang on Sunday reassured the Filipino workers involved in an oil rig blast and fire off the Gulf of Mexico that the government is ready to provide them legal assistance if they are in need of it.

Enbridge acknowledges fierce opposition to new pipeline

Executives of Enbridge Inc., one of the largest pipeline companies in the world, say their construction project across Lower Michigan has brought some of the toughest homeowner opposition they’ve ever encountered.

Exxon Mobil Baton Rouge Refinery Pipeline Leak Releases Benzene

About 10 pounds of benzene was released by a pipeline leak at Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM)’s Baton Rouge Refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, according to a report made to the National Response Center.

Monster Sinkholes An Indication That Major Earth Changes Are Coming Along The New Madrid Fault?

Michael Snyder: The most powerful earthquakes in the history of the United States happened along the New Madrid Fault in 1811 and 1812.  Those earthquakes were reportedly felt more than 1,000 miles away.  Scientists assure us that one day we will once again see very powerful earthquakes along the New Madrid fault.  It is only a question of when it will happen.

Mobile to Host Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council’s Meeting

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council announced that it will hold its first public meeting on December 11, 2012 in Mobile, Alabama.

For these spill victims, legalese is just one language barrier

Even the lawyers and accountants poring through the 1,200-page Gulf oil spill settlement sometimes grumble about deciphering the intentions in its legal language, and Vietnamese immigrant crabber Dung Tran faces an even more daunting language barrier.

Nigeria: Mobil Spends N70 Million to Clean Oil Spill

Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) says it has spent more than N70 million to clean up the recent oil spill from its facilities in Ibeno, Akwa Ibom.

UN expert:Japan’s view on Fukushima too optimistic

The United Nations’ special rapporteur on the right to health, Anand Grover, says the Japanese government should consult more with local communities to assess the real impact of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The winds of Fukushima

Over 18 months ago, the reactors at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station went into meltdown. Large amounts of radioactive material were released. And the world seems to have forgotten about it, or at least pretend that it’s all finished.

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