News Round-Up: August 1, 2011


Today’s Essential Reads


Unlike BC, Wyoming Won’t Allow Fracking Secrets

The chemicals used to extract shale gas continue to be a closely guarded corporate secret in British Columbia. But in Wyoming, disclosure of those chemicals is the rule. And that’s a practice environmentalists want to import to this province.

First Ever Action Training Camp Against Hydraulic Fracturing Takes Place

They came in one by one from Kentucky, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Maine. More than 50 people both young and old are camping out in tents as they attend the first ever anti-fracking action training camp in Pulteney.

EPA Proposes New Rules on Emissions Released by Fracking

Prohibited from regulating hydraulic fracturing under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the EPA took to the air yesterday, proposing federal regulations to reduce smog-forming pollutants released by the fast-spreading approach to gas drilling.

Concerns Aired on Fracking

Sen. Harris Blake, Rep. Jamie Boles and Rep. Mike Stone spent the better part of two hours trying to assuage the fears of about 130 concerned residents during a question-and-answer panel discussion of the issue sponsored by Save Our Sandhills, a nonprofit environmental group.


Devastating Report Exposes Unequal Treatment of BP Illness Claims

Kenneth Feinberg, administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) set up in the aftermath of the BP drilling disaster, has broken with his own past practices ? disregarding the evidence compiled by scientists and the experience of Gulf Coast residents ? and refused to pay health claims filed by Gulf Coast residents.

Okaloosa Looks to Use BP Money for Storm Water Work

Projects aimed at improving water quality are expected to have a better chance of getting funded with BP oil spill recovery money, Okaloosa County officials say.

Crab Fishermen, Dealers Still Struggling

Mysterious bacterial infections that weakened some Louisiana crabs, causing more to die before reaching their markets than usual, appear to have subsided as scientists predicted.

White House Receives Blueprint for Bringing Gulf of Mexico Back to Health

As Senators consider bill on oil spill penalties, conservationists urge lawmakers to invest fines in Gulf’s natural systems and communities that need them


Protesters Rally in Fukushima Against Nuclear Power

An estimated 1,700 people rallied in the capital of Japan’s Fukushima region, home to a crippled atomic power plant, on Sunday, calling for an end to nuclear energy, local media reported.

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