News Round-Up: August 22, 2012


Today’s Essential Reads


Gareth Hughes: Fracking Not a Sensible Choice for NZ

Former Environment Minister Nick Smith needs to get his fracking facts right if he is to be taken seriously on the issue. His article ‘Fracking the sensible choice for NZ’ published in the NZ Herald and other papers across the country contains a serious misrepresentation.

Drilling, Fracking Among Points of Contention at Sportsmen’s Forum

Incumbent State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, and challenger Mike Huckleberry, D-Greenville, went head-to-head Monday evening in a forum sponsored by the the Mid-Michigan United Sportsmen’s Alliance (MMUSA).

Wilson Joins Anti-Fracking List

The Village of Wilson joined the list of more than 100 New York municipalities to ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking.) a natural gas drilling technique under review by Gov. Cuomo’s administration. At last month’s meeting, the Village Board passed a resolution banning the importation and treatment of toxic wastewater produced as a result of the process.

As Decision Nears on Gas Drilling, Ad War Heats Up in New York State

As Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration finishes up new regulations on where and how to allow hydraulic fracturing in New York State, groups on both sides of the issue are turning to the airwaves in a late-inning effort to press their cases.


Spill Deal Leaves Matters Unsettled for Some

Danny Hatcher had more questions than answers after he got a letter explaining proposed compensation for persistent respiratory problems and fatigue he attributes to working on a cleanup crew after the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

Two Gulf Coast Activists Honored by Tides and Jane Bagley Lehman Award

The Jane Bagley Lehman Awards recognize individuals who exhibit a deep commitment to the public interest, and whose work demonstrates innovative approaches to social change.

In the Icy North, Risk of an Arctic Oil Disaster Looms

Across the nation’s breadbasket, many farmers are out of time waiting for cooling rains to salvage crops blistered by one of the hottest and driest summers on record. But up in the frigid arctic, another battle with nature is playing out; the race against ice. It’s part of a $4 billion gamble by Shell Oil to drill in the pristine but harsh waters off the Arctic wildlife refuge, a dangerous bet that pits our thirst for dirty fossil fuels against an increasingly vulnerable and changing biogem world.

BP Recalling Gas Sold in Northwest Indiana After Drivers Report Problems

BP is recalling unleaded regular gasoline that was shipped from the company’s Whiting fuel storage terminal between Aug. 13 and 17 after motorists throughout the region began experiencing problems with hard starting or getting their cars to start at all.


Most Fukushima Quake Deaths Were Elderly

Most of the people who died in the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis were elderly, an agency report says.

Add comment

Stuart H. Smith is an attorney based in New Orleans fighting major oil companies and other polluters.
Cooper Law Firm

Follow Us

© Stuart H Smith, LLC
Share This