Today’s Essential Reads
A U.S. Geological Survey scientist Friday said large earthquakes in unusual places like Virginia and southern Colorado earlier this week aren’t typically associated with the controversial natural gas drilling process called hydraulic fracturing.
Voters in State College will be asked in November to ban the extraction of natural gas within borough limits.
A Canadian company plans to recycle water used in hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — in the Fayetteville Shale and sell it to the companies that use the process to drill for natural gas.
Companies drilling for oil and natural gas in shale formations in Ohio might soon face air pollution limits on new wells.
BP OIL SPILL:
I am astonished that the Obama administration plans to renew the sale of leases for oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
The oil company BP accidentally shot a polar bear near one of its oil fields in Alaska and then monitored the animal as it later died, it has emerged.
“A White House investigation … uncovered a culture of complacency, cost-cutting and systemic failures and companies unprepared to deal with accidents and consequences.” That was how ABC News on January 18 summed up the findings of the US inquiry into last year’s disaster at BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
Businesses and individuals suing BP Plc (BP/) and other companies involved in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill won a federal judge’s approval to seek punitive damages in pursuing claims of economic and environmental losses.
The earthquake Tuesday in the Eastern United States was felt at 13 locations with nuclear power plants, from North Carolina to Michigan, but reactors shut down at only one, North Anna in Virginia, 10 miles from the epicenter. There was no damage to nuclear systems at any of the sites, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.