News Round-Up: August 2, 2012


Today’s Essential Reads


Luzerne Doctor Sues Over Bans in New Fracking Law

A Luzerne County physician claims in a federal lawsuit that Pennsylvania’s new oil and natural gas drilling law will force him to violate ethical rules in treating his patients.

Don’t Frack With Us: SAFE Group Rallies Against Hydraulic Fracturing In Illinois

On Monday afternoon, a group of protestors outside the James R. Thompson Center called for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in southern Illinois.

Fracking Opponents Put Pressure on NY Governor

Opponents of shale gas drilling that involves blasting chemical-laden water deep into the ground are asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top campaign contributors to pressure him to ban the practice in the state.

Group to Cuomo: ‘Ban Fracking Now’

Citizens, clergy rally in Mount Kisco, demanding a complete ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas drilling.


Ken Feinberg: “I Overpromised” to Victims of Gulf Oil Spill

In his new book “Who Gets What,” renowned lawyer Kenneth Feinberg confesses a cardinal sin in his handling of the claims process for the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

‘Hands Across the Sand’ Events Scheduled for Saturday; Groups Take Stand Against Offshore Oil Drilling

Two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill wreaked havoc on the Gulf of Mexico and Florida’s multimillion dollar tourism industry, worldwide opponents of off-shore oil drilling will once again join hands Saturday for the third annual “Hands Across the Sand” event.

Brazil Court Orders Suspension of Chevron, Transocean Operations

A Brazilian court has ordered Chevron Corp and Transocean Ltd to suspend all oil production and transport operations in Brazil while prosecutors investigate a November oil spill, a decision that could halt nearly 10 percent of all offshore drilling operations in South America.

Refinery Issues, Oil Spill Aid Late July Fuel Spike

Stomach-churning, highs and lows, instability. No, not the roller coaster ride at a county fair last month, but rather the painfully volatile cost of gas.


Kids’ Safety Key Worry in Fukushima

A year and half after the start of the nuclear crisis, many who attended the government’s latest public hearing on energy policy in Fukushima on Wednesday still expressed concern about the impact of radiation on their children.

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