News Round-Up: April 24, 2012


Today’s Essential Reads


Public Outcry in New York Over Fracking Breaks State Record

A four-year-old hydraulic fracturing study by New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation has broken a state record: It has drawn more public reaction than any other issue in the agency’s history.

Environmental, Legal Expert Speaks About Recent ‘Fracking’ Legislation

Michael Krancer, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), spoke and answered questions about Act 13  —a new state law establishing regulations over the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, process being used to drill natural gas out of the Marcellus Shale deposit in many northern and western Pennsylvania counties— at a town hall meeting in Packard 101 Friday.

Tepid Applause by NJ Environmentalists for New EPA Fracking Rules

The federal government yesterday adopted new regulations to curb air pollution from drilling operations for natural gas caused by hydraulic fracturing, a step welcomed by environmentalists in New Jersey.

EPA To Slash Air Pollution From Natural Gas Wells

The White House set the first-ever national standards to control air pollution from gas wells that are drilled using a method called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, but not without making concessions to the oil and gas industry.


BP Oil Spill Creating Diseased And Deformed Fish, But ‘Experts’ Still Want Us To Eat It

Would you eat fish that had large open sores, strange black streaks, lesions, parasitic infections, chewed-up-looking fins and gashes all over it? Those are the type of grouper and red snapper that some fishermen in the Gulf are catching two years after the disastrous oil spill–and yet, so-called experts are telling us it’s OK to eat these diseased and deformed fish.

New Survey Details BP Oil Spill’s Human Health Damages

People living along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle continue to suffer health problems as a result of the BP oil disaster, according to a new survey conducted by the Louisiana Environmental Action Network.

Oil Well Blowout: Deepwater Horizon Damage

Oil and dispersants from the April 20, 2010, explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig may cause environmental damage for years. But sympathy for the Gulf of Mexico’s dolphins, turtles, fish and shrimp has a much shorter half-life.

Fishing Industries Impacted by BP Oil Spill Two-Years Later

Two-years later, experts say the coastline and the wetlands are recovering, and at rates faster than expected. On the other hand, the fishing industry is struggling to get back to where it was in the days before the spill.


Some Japanese Towns to Stay Dangerously Radioactive for at Least a Decade

(CBS News) As Japan continues to clean up after the deadly earthquake and tsunami that killed nearly 16,000 people on March 11, 2011, one thing is clear: something went really wrong at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, and the people who lived nearby will suffer for decades as a result.

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