News Round-Up: August 6, 2012


Today’s Essential Reads


Josh Fox Releases New Short Documentary on Fracking

Filmmaker Josh Fox released a short documentary, dubbed “The Sky is Pink,” about the energy sector’s campaign for natural gas and criticisms about his Oscar-nominated film Gasland.

Another Group Comes Out Against Karoo Fracking

Southern Cape Land Committee says poor and landless also need a voice in debate on use of hydraulic fracturing to exploit shale gas in water-scarce region

Long Arm of University of Texas Fracking Report Reaches Eastern Europe

A University of Texas report on hydraulic fracturing now dogged by revelations that the lead author is paid by the gas industry has cropped up in a larger geopolitical battle over natural gas drilling in Eastern Europe.

Dryden, NY: A Year at the Center of Debate Over Fracking

It’s been one year since the town board of Dryden, a rural community near Ithaca with a population of 14,000, passed a zoning ordinance prohibiting oil and gas drilling, including hydraulic fracturing, so-called fracking. While they await the appeal of a lawsuit by an oil and gas company which had leased Dryden land, and wait for the state to decide its position on fracking, townspeople look back on a year in the spotlight.


BP’s Corexit Gulf Catastrophe Reality: Worst to Come, Says Attorney Stuart Smith

As sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico struggle for survival, it is clear that the worst of the covered up 2010 BP oil catastrophe Gulf Operation in and along the Gulf of Mexico coast is yet to come, according to New Orleans-based environmental attorney Stuart Smith, commenting on a new scientific research report.

Bayou Tremors, Methane Leaks Months Before Oil Catastrophe, Evacuation Ordered

Assumption Parish officials have ordered immediate evacuation of Bayou Corne area and Louisiana’s governor has declared a state of emergency following two months of residents reporting “strong diesel” odors, earth tremors and finally, an expanding 200 ft. by 200 ft. sinkhole that engulfed trees early Friday morning and that officials now call a “slurry area.” The area has allegedly been highly polluted by oil and gas companies.

Counting the Cost of the Deepwater Horizon Spill

Environmentalists and fishing industry veterans say it could be years before they know the full impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago.

Oil Companies Still Hiding the True Risks of Deepwater Drilling from Investors

Oil and gas companies are doing a terrible job of disclosing climate and deepwater drilling risks, even in light of the tragic Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to a new report.


TEPCO Video Shows Tensions as Fukushima Crisis Unfurls

Video footage released Monday shows the head of the Fukushima nuclear power plant shouting “We have a big problem, a big problem!” as a reactor exploded after last year’s quake-tsunami disaster.

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