News Round-Up: August 17, 2011


Today’s Essential Reads


Worries on Rise About Windsor Oil Well

For Gene Fatton, concern about a new oil well in Windsor is not just about fracking. He’s afraid the well could be drilled outside his window, possibly degrading his property values and water quality.

7 Ways the Oil and Gas Industry is Buying Fracking Policy (and What You Can Do About It)

Sometimes reality is stranger than science fiction. That’s the case with hydraulic fracturing, or fracking — a dangerous technology that’s much like setting off a giant pipe bomb four or five miles underground. Millions of gallons of water, chemicals and sand are injected deep into shale rock formations at high pressures to break open the rock and release the gas.

‘Fracking’ Ramps Up on Blackfeet Reservation

On the evening of Aug. 31 at the Beaver Painted Lodge building of the Blackfeet Community College in Browning, Destini Vaile plans to show a film called “Gasland.” Released last year, the documentary critically examines the impacts of natural gas drilling through the process of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

State Should Get Fracking Cleanup Money First

A common-sense proposal by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli would at least put some financial protections in place to protect citizens if, and most likely when, something goes awry during the natural gas removal process known as hydraulic fracking, or hydrofracking.


Oil Spill Report Calls for Better Emergency Procedures

The flag state for the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last year wants improved procedures for activating emergency systems and maintaining fail-safe devices meant to prevent blowouts like the one that led to the massive BP oil spill.

Black Oil Spill Victims Demanding Compensation For Their Losses

Black Gulf oil Spill VictimsBlack businesses and residents along the Gulf of Mexico are urging British Petroleum to live up to its promise that it would compensate them for their losses due to the oil spill.

Dolphins Tested for Oil Spill Impacts

Dolphins near Louisiana’s Grand Isle are being tested for exposure to oil from last year’s BP spill, wildlife officials say.

Toxic Tide: Discovering the Health Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster, Part 2

Sick residents have questions and scientists are looking for answers; might the BP spill be behind a wave of illness?  We hear how clean-up workers and coastal communities might have been exposed in part two of Jeff Young’s report Toxic Tide — Discovering the Health Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster.


Fukushima Now Radiating Everyone: SBS Exposes ‘Unspeakable’ Reality

SBS exposes unspeakable human rights violations in Japan while U.S. media remains silent.

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