Environmental Must-Reads – November 5, 2012


Gas pipeline connecting under river

MARYSVILLE — When Dave LaPointe, of Marysville, built his house in the 1000 block of River Road in 1955, there was only one pipeline in the neighborhood. On Sunday, he quickly counted off at least five other pipelines in the immediate area.

Mo. plays role in fracking boom with silica sand

ST. LOUIS (AP) Missouri drillers haven’t been able to take advantage of the hydraulic fracturing revolution that has driven down natural gas prices across the country, but other companies are experiencing an economic heyday by supplying an ingredient that is playing a big role in the fracking boom.

Japan plans gas pipeline from Russia

TOKYO, Nov. 4 (UPI) — Three Japanese firms are planning an 870-mile-long, offshore pipeline to bring natural gas from Russia’s Sakhalin Island, the Asahi Shimbun reported Monday.

Fossil Fuel Industry Tries to Silence Bill of Rights Amendment Against Toxic Fracking Wastewater Injection Wells

Ohio is referred to as a “battleground state” due to its status as a “swing state” in presidential elections. But another important battle is brewing in the Buckeye State, also set to be settled in the voting booth.

This battle centers around a Community Bill of Rights referendum in Mansfield, Ohio, and will be voted on in a simple “yes/no” manner. Mansfield is a city with roughly 48,000 citizens located 80 miles southwest of Cleveland and 66 miles northeast of Columbus, right in the heart of the Utica Shale basin.

Gas well worker pinned, injured by 12,000-pound tiller

An equipment operator at the Sandra Parr gas well in Brooke County, W.Va., was injured Sunday when a 12,000-pound forklift overturned, trapping him. He was in stable condition Sunday evening after being flown by helicopter to a hospital in Pittsburgh.

Findings: New Zealand coal company ignored methane warnings before mine explosion killed 29

WELLINGTON, New Zealand –  A New Zealand coal mining company ignored 21 warnings that methane gas had accumulated to explosive levels before an underground explosion killed 29 workers two years ago, an investigation concluded.

Judge’s say on spill deal likely not final say

There’s little doubt a federal judge will give final approval following a hearing this week to a multibillion-dollar settlement between BP and victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The bigger question is whether the deal survives on appeal.

Shell urged to pay Nigeria $5bn over Bonga oil spill

Nigeria’s oil regulator has asked industry giant Shell to pay $5bn (£3.2bn) for a spill off the country’s southern coast last December.

The disclosure was made during a parliamentary hearing on the matter.

Shell gets hard, cold lessons in Arctic

Chukchi Sea, Off the coast of northern Alaska — On an all-but-invisible horizon, light gray mist meets dark gray water as tiny, dry snowflakes and ice crystals swirl across the deck of the drill ship Noble Discoverer. Just another day at the office, 400 miles above the Arctic Circle.

Options few for displaced residents

BAYOU CORNE — Now living three months as an evacuee as a result of the sinkhole emergency in the swamps of northern Assumption Parish, Carl Dugas said he is running out of patience but knows he won’t be returning to his home of almost 30 years.

Op-Ed: Altered environmental laws pose risk to Canada warns Ecojustice

Calgary – As the controversial Canada-China Investment Treaty may become a reality, Ecojustice, one of Canada’s foremost independent non-profit organizations, encourages passionate Canadians to support the environmental integrity of Canada.

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