News Round-Up: April 13, 2012


Today’s Essential Reads


Fracking Causes the Most Harm to Earth

While the combustion of all fossil fuels adds to the greenhouse gasses, generally coal is dirtier than oil, which has more emissions than natural gas. Generating electricity from coal produces the largest greenhouse gas footprint, specifically in the form of carbon dioxide, of all the fossil-fuel resources in our energy portfolio.

Former Texas Mayor Shares First-Hand Experience with Hydraulic Fracturing

Cal Tillman, former mayor of the small Texas town of Dish, was in Gaylord Saturday to share what his negative personal experience with the gas industry may mean for Northern Michigan.

Details Emerge on Cuomo’s Plan to Allow Limited Fracking in New York

New details are emerging on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s reported plan to allow limited natural gas hydrofracking in his state. Among the details reported by a long-time area environmental journalist: initial wells would be located in Broome County, along the Pennsylvania border and the gas-rich Marcellus Shale region.

Blackfeet Women Make Pilgrimage to Call Attention to Hydraulic Fracturing on Native Land

Since Pauline Matt started walking a week ago, she’s been blistered, sunburnt, bug-bit and blessed.


US Navy Ship Collides With Oil Tanker in Gulf

A U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer was left with a gaping hole on one side after it collided with an oil tanker early Sunday just outside the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

Before A Spill, Group Documents Marine Life in NJ

In the distance loomed the huge metal tanks storing oil and gasoline near the water’s edge. But right on the shoreline of the Raritan Bay, amid the deep green sea lettuce washing up in the waves, there were bait fish, clams, mussels, and shrimp, with shorebirds swooping down low in search of a quick meal.

Anglers, Guides Say Trout Problem the Result of Oil Spill

As BP’s oil approached the coast in 2010, many marina operators and fishing guides who had been wiped out by Hurricane Katrina found themselves looking back at that disaster with something akin to longing.

Fruit Helps US Test Oil Spill Response Off Miami

Grapefruit, oranges and limes will float across part of Biscayne Bay on Thursday to test federal plans to protect shorelines that would be vulnerable to damage from an offshore oil spill in the Caribbean Sea.


‘Severe Abnormalities’ Found in Fukushima Butterflies

Exposure to radioactive material released into the environment have caused mutations in butterflies found in Japan, a study suggests.

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