News Round-Up: August 8, 2011


Today’s Essential Reads


Groups to Obama: Use ‘Any Legal Means’ to Halt Fracking

A coalition of environmental groups is pressing President Obama to use every tool at his disposal to halt the controversial natural-gas extraction method known as “hydraulic fracturing.”

Nozzolio Wants Fracking Buffer for All Finger Lakes Watersheds

Republican Senator Mike Nozzolio says he wants the State Department of Environmental Conservation to ban hydraulic fracturing in all Finger Lakes watersheds.

Facts on Drilling Show a Different View

A new group has formed in Dryden dedicated to providing us with “the unemotional facts” about gas drilling. They say they want to educate us because up to now we have been exposed to only one side of the issue — the “emotional” side.

Let’s Heed These Protesters’ Concerns

The provincial government would be wise to heed the protesters who rallied recently in front of Province House to express their concerns about hydraulic fracturing as a means of exploring natural gas. Islanders are fully dependent on groundwater, and government should always err on the side of caution when it comes to protecting it.


Anti-BP Sit-In Protest Ends With 3 Arrests in New Orleans

The day before yesterday, on August 4, 2011, one year after the President of our United States stood on national television and said that 75% of the oil that had spewed into our Gulf was gone, I was booked into the New Orleans Parish Police lock-up with the charge of Criminal Trespassing. The day before, I had been called by the Louisiana State Police Department to come to a meeting with them to discuss the Non-violent Direct Action Protest that myself and a united group consisting of environmentalists, community organizers, fishermen and clean-up workers, had organized in front of the British Petroleum offices, which are on the 13th and 14th floor of 1250 Poydras in NOLA.

Recreational Fishermen Are Still Suffering From Spill

Writing to inform the public of BP’s nonpayment of recreational fishing claims in Mississippi and along the Gulf Coast. BP does not realize how much recreational fishermen rely on the natural resources of the coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Lingering Impact of Oil Spills

On July 26, 2010, while oil from the largely publicized British Petroleum (BP) oil spill was still pouring out into the Gulf of Mexico, quite a bit farther north in Michigan, an Enbridge pipeline ruptured spilling tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo River by way of Talmadge Creek.

Arctic Open for Exploitation: Obama Administration Grants Shell Approval to Drill

Less than a year and a half after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration has bucked warnings from environmentalists to grant preliminary approval to oil giant, Royal Dutch Shell, to drill off the Arctic coast. Exploratory drilling will occur just north of the western edge of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in the Beaufort Sea, home to bowhead and beluga whales, seals, walruses, polar bears, and a wide-variety of migrating birds.


Japan Held Nuclear Data, Leaving Evacuees in Peril

The day after a giant tsunami set off the continuing disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, thousands of residents at the nearby town of Namie gathered to evacuate.

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