News Round-Up: December 2, 2011


Today’s Essential Reads


Landowners Pan Latest Delay in NY Gas Drilling

The natural gas industry and landowners hoping to share its profits are frustrated by the state’s latest delay in allowing drilling, but environmentalists say more time is needed to study the issue.

Forum on Fracking Raises Many Questions for Locals

The potential impact of hydrofracking on Bedford’s water supply was discussed at the Katonah Village Library Thursday night. By Lisa Buchman Email the author 5:30am.

New York City Fracking Hearing Draws Opposition

A final hearing on proposals to lift a ban on drilling for natural gas in New York state drew a crowd of protesters on Wednesday opposing further energy development there.

State Rep. Robert F. Hagan (D-60) says he’s “seen firsthand what overzealous industry types can do to my city and community when there is much money to be made at the expense of others,” and wants the speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, William Batchelder, to hold “bipartisan hearings regarding shale gas production in our state.”



BP Spill Fund Raises Limits for Shrimp and Crab Losses

Under a new formula announced on Wednesday by Kenneth R. Feinberg, the administrator of the $20 billion fund set up by BP for victims of the 2010 oil spill, shrimp and crab fishermen along the Gulf Coast may be eligible for settlement payments significantly larger than what they were previously offered.

BP Spill Fund Doubling Compensation to Crab and Shrimp Fishermen

Kenneth Feinberg, administrator of the $20 billion BP victim fund from the 2010 oil spill, has announced that crab and shrimp fishermen along the Gulf may be eligible for much larger settlement payments than previously offered.

Email Citing Concerns Debated at Oil Spill Trial

Two months after one of the biggest oil spills ever on the North Slope, a BP operator sent an email to managers with a long list of mechanical, management and staffing issues at the production center for the Lisburne oil field, home to the pipeline that ruptured.

BP Plugs Spill Bill With Gas Deal

BP announced a sale Thursday of its natural gas liquids business in Canada to Plains All American Pipeline for $1.67 billion.


The Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) is once again trying to mislead the public on the severity of the situation at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.

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