Environmental Must-Reads – October 25, 2012


Oil spill truth leaks out

A CACHE of newly uncovered documents from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico – including gruesome photographs of a dead whale – are raising questions about the environmental cost of the disaster and the price tag the oil company will have to pay to set it right.

Louisiana Seeks Jury Trial on $1 Billion Claim Against BP

Louisiana asked a federal judge to order a separate jury trial against BP Plc (BP/) over the $1 billion in economic oil-spill losses that the state claims BP has stopped paying.

Texas farmers face off against Keystone pipeline

Construction continues on TransCanada’s Keystone XL oil pipeline. The 1,179-mile-long pipeline will stretch from Canada to southern Texas, delivering oil to refineries there. But there is an outcry among Texans who do not want pipelines snaking along their property – and who fear the environmental risks of potential spills.

Protesters gather at MLA offices to demand more action against pipelines

British Columbia’s seasoned environmental movement is putting the pressure on all politicians to take a hard stand against oil pipeline projects in the province, including pushing for more from its usual allies.

Enbridge to Increase Oil Flow through Straits of Mackinaw

The same company responsible for the worst inland oil spill ever wants to increase the amount of oil going through its pipeline under the Straits of Mackinaw.

Chronicle of a Sperm Whale Death Unsolved

On June 15 2010, about 77 miles from the Deepwater Horizon accident site, the crew of the NOAA research vessel Pisces came across a dead sperm whale, floating in the water. The whale was rotting, had probably been dead for a few days to a week, was likely a sub-adult, and parts of its carcass had been eaten by sharks.

Enbridge’s Hidden Agenda to Export Dangerous Tar Sands Through Ontario Exposed

Enbridge’s real plan for Line 9 was revealed yesterday in a document filed with the National Energy Board (NEB), which shows Enbridge plans not only to reverse the flow of oil through the pipeline to Montreal, but also to change what the pipeline can carry from normal oil to more dangerous tar sands oil, and dramatically expand the amount of oil carried by the pipeline.

Groups Petition U.S. EPA for Public Reporting of Chemical Releases from Fracking and Other Oil and Gas Operations

The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), along with 16 other local, regional and national organizations petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today to require the oil and gas extraction industry—including companies engaged in fracking—to report to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). The oil and gas extraction industry has long used and released large amounts of TRI-listed toxic chemicals, and this has dramatically increased in the last decade with the rapid spread of horizontal hydraulic fracturing.

Constitution Pipeline: Promise or Disaster?

Oneonta, NY (WBNG Binghamton) They stood on either side of the street, divided by beliefs, but connected by passion.

Wineries and Breweries Call on Gov. Cuomo to Ban Fracking

Today at Gov. Cuomo’s wine and beer summit, breweries and wineries who were invited gathered to call on him to ban fracking. They also promised to raise the issue inside the summit, making the argument that allowing fracking to go forward would undercut their industries.

100+ Protest Leasing of Publicly-Owned Land for Fracking

Today, more than 100 people from Michigan protested against the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) auction of publicly-owned mineral rights to oil and natural gas companies. MDNR leased more than 190,000 acres of mineral rights from counties across the state. The average parcel of mineral rights sold for around $18 per acre, while many parcels sold for as low as $2 per acre.

‘Fracking’ disclosure rule approved at energy conference

MOAB — Utah has joined a growing list of states that require energy companies to disclose which chemicals they employ in a controversial process used to stimulate oil and natural gas production.

U.S. Outlier in New Push to Reduce Gas Flaring

An international coalition led by the World Bank is calling for state-backed and private oil producers to reduce “gas flaring” by an additional 30 percent over the next five years, saying that doing so would be equivalent to taking 60 million cars off of the roads.

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