Today’s Essential Reads
Memories of November’s 5.6-magnitude earthquake are still fresh, and people are still searching for a culprit. Various news sources such as PeakOil.com, the Miller-McCune magazine and The Telegraph in the United Kingdom have suggested hydraulic fracturing could be the cause of a sudden surge in earthquake numbers in the last two years.
Over 100 people turned out Monday evening for a town hall meeting with Sen. Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano at the Penn Yan Village Hall. For about two hours, the lawmakers listened to several comments from people opposed to hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale in the Finger Lakes.
Concerns over the effect of hydraulic fracturing on the drinking water of a Native American reservation have prompted a Texas company to drop its bid for an Encana Corp. asset, the companies said.
Adelaide Park Gomer, president of the Park Foundation based in Ithaca, New York, received the Advocacy Award from Common Cause for her work fighting fracking. Gomer is as a knowledgeable and passionate defender of independent media, environmental sustainability, and higher education, as well as of democratic and transparent governance.
BP OIL SPILL:
BP’s Deepwater Horizon sparked criticism from regulators, investors, the public and media in the U.S. Yet many oil spills in the global oil & gas industry – before and after BP’s disaster – are largely overlooked in the U.S. and Europe.
Prosecutors say BP failed to apply the lessons learned from 2001, when a different pipeline froze and broke open, spilling thousands of gallons of crude oil.
Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft is in the financial fight of his life…a multi-billion dollar fight not only affecting Alabama, but the four other Gulf Coast states impacted by the oil spill.
The BP lead operator who found signs of a frozen pipeline on Alaska’s North Slope back in November 2009 testified in federal court Monday that he stumbled on the problem accidentally when he was checking other equipment with a hand-held laser device no bigger than a calculator.
Traces of radiation spilled from Japan’s hobbled nuclear plant were detected in baby formula Tuesday in the latest case of contaminated food in the nation.