Today’s Essential Reads
The practice of hydraulic fracturing — pumping fluid into underground rock to push up natural gas — has its detractors, especially among environmentalists. But it’s becoming clear that whatever its drawbacks, “fracking,” as it’s called, is producing a lot of gas — maybe too much gas.
Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have laid to rest concerns about peaking oil and gas supplies for a generation, but they have also made the search for comprehensive policies to restrain greenhouse gas emissions more urgent.
Following examples set by Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi, Patrick McElligott embarked on a hunger strike to raise awareness about the practice of hydraulic fracturing, demanding a sit-down with elected officials to discuss its dangers.
You’d almost have to have been living under a rock not to have heard of the controversy “hydraulic fracturing” is creating in New York.
BP OIL SPILL:
The state’s new 50-year, $50 billion draft plan for coastal protection and restoration does not do enough to replace rapidly disappearing marshes in eastern Terrebonne that protect bayou communities, residents told state officials Tuesday.
Federal criminal charges may be pending for key individuals involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board might use some of the $30 million it got from BP PLC to buy naming rights for the New Orleans Arena, where the NBA’s Hornets play.
BP America Inc. Chairman and President Lamar McKay will be the first witness at the February trial to determine liability for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, plaintiffs’ lawyers said.
Japan’s energy minister admitted on Tuesday that no records were kept of top level discussions in the critical early days on how to respond to the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 25 years.