News Round-Up: April 17, 2012


Today’s Essential Reads


As Air Pollution from Fracking Rises, EPA to Set Rules

The rush to capture natural gas from hydraulic fracturing has led to giant compressor stations alongside backyard swing sets, drilling rigs in sight of front porches, and huge flares at gas wells alongside country roads.

Fracking for Oil Causes Earth to Shake, Rattle and Roll, Studies Report

Two separate studies are providing insights into the earth-shaking consequences of the controversial gas extraction process known as fracking.

U.S. Has A Natural Gas Problem: Too Much Of It

There’s a boom in natural gas production in the United States, a boom so big the market is having trouble absorbing it all.

Big Oil, Environmentalists at Odds Over Drilling Tech

A new spin on technology used in drilling for oil and natural gas is causing quite a stir in Wayne County, Ill.


Oil Spill Cleanup 2 Years Later: Only 2 to 3 percent of Mississippi Shoreline Actively Being Cleaned of Oil

Only 2 to 3 percent of Mississippi’s shoreline, including the barrier islands, remain to be cleaned of oil material from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that started on April 20, 2010, said a BP official.

Fla. AG Asks Federal Court for ‘Methodical Review’ of BP Settlement

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi last week asked a federal court in Louisiana overseeing the Gulf oil spill litigation to review a pending settlement before granting preliminary approval.

Coast Man Takes Worries to BP’s London Meeting

A South Mississippi man spoke in London at BP’s annual shareholders meeting and invited company officials in the United Kingdom to come to the Gulf Coast and investigate lingering effects of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, which happened two years ago this week.

Congress Stifles Bill to Funnel Spill Fines

A bipartisan push to set aside billions in fines from the BP oil spill for Gulf of Mexico restoration remains stalled in Congress as the disaster’s two-year anniversary nears.


Senator Calls for US Help in Fukushima Cleanup

Senator Ron Wyden was the first U.S. Senator to get a look inside Japan’s Fukushima nuclear energy plant. Wyden discusses what he saw inside the plant and whether or not imported food from Japan is safe to eat.

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