Today’s Essential Reads
Before allowing Marcellus Shale gas extraction on their land, property owners should spell out, in the lease agreement to drill, what kind of water testing is done before — and after — drilling.
Though several states, including Michigan, have decided to require natural gas companies to disclose the chemicals they use in hydrofracking, many of those state regs have loopholes in them.
Although Utica shale is around 8,000 feet down, “fractures produced in the well might extend directly into shallow rock units that are used for drinking water supplies,” according to geology.com. Pipe casings fail, fluid spills happen, etc.
The oil and gas boom in South Texas that requires millions of gallons of water per well is revving up in the midst of a record drought.
BP OIL SPILL:
Five of the 57 ingredients in dispersants approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use on oil spills are linked to cancer, finds a new research report based on data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by environmental groups on the Gulf of Mexico.
BP has landed itself in a new public relations disaster in the US after accidentally shooting dead a polar bear at one of its Alaskan oil fields.
In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP sought and obtained permission to use dispersants, detergent-like compounds, to break up the 200 million gallons of Louisiana sweet crude, into tiny droplets that would mix throughout the water column, trying to lessen the immediate impact of the oil slick on fragile coastal ecosystems.
Nobody knows the source of the oil bobbing to the surface near BP’s infamous Macondo well. That’s all the more reason to find out as quickly as possible.
Twelve nuclear power plants along the Eastern Seaboard are getting ready to shut down operations in the event that Hurricane Irene makes conditions too dangerous.