News Round Up: April 15, 2011


Today’s essential reads FRACKING: Feds Receive Thousands of Anti-Drilling Comments Environmentalists said they delivered a record 30,000 public comments opposing natural gas drilling near the Delaware River to federal regulators on Thursday. Is Natural Gas All It’s Cracked Up to Be? Natural gas has a reputation as the least environmentally damaging fossil fuel, but a new study from Cornell University paints a slightly different picture. Study leader Robert Howarth told the BBC that, in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, gas from shale rocks—undergoing a boom in production in the U.S.—is “quite likely as bad [as] or worse than coal.” Professor Blasts DEP, Drillers University of Pittsburgh professor Conrad “Dan” Volz continues to present his research findings that discharges from treatment plants accepting Marcellus shale waste water endanger public health, even though an Indiana County plant has threatened litigation. BP OIL SPILL: Terrebonne, Lafourche Prepare for Oil-Spill Suits Government agencies in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes are gearing up for a potential legal battle with the companies linked to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the months-long spill. Gulf Residents at BP meeting: We Were Treated Like ‘Criminals’ “It’s humiliating! They treated us like we were criminals,” said Tracy Kuhns, who had traveled from Barataria Bay, La. to attend BP’s annual shareholder meeting in London on Thursday. Endangered Sea Turtles Dying in High Numbers Along Mississippi Gulf Shore Locals say wildlife is still dying in high numbers as a result of the BP oil spill. At the same time, BP has more cash than it did before the spill. BP Oil May Have Added to Uncertain Future of Mississippi River Shrimp This amazing and still-mysterious life cycle put the Ohio River Shrimp, Macrobrachium ohione, in harm’s way last summer as a tsunami of BP oil lapped endlessly at the Mississippi’s mouth and Louisiana shores. BP Oil Disaster at One Year: Assessing Impacts on Marine Mammals According to a recent study, on average, only one in fifty whales and dolphins that die at sea are recovered on the Gulf’s shores. JAPAN NUCLEAR CRISIS: Earthquake, Tsunami Hit Japan Photo gallery of the crisis Anti-Nuclear Advocates Protest About 20 environmental activists yesterday urged the government to stop the operation of nuclear power plants in the country.

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