Today’s Essential Reads
A new technique to extract lucrative hard-to-reach natural gas is causing earthquakes across Middle America, literally.
Organizers of a meeting conducted Wednesday evening say they’re not opposed to the economic development improvement that could come with new oil and gas drilling techniques, they’re just concerned about the unknowns.
Over the last few weeks, the gas industry and their advocates have gone to great lengths to refute the Environmental Protection Agency’s draft report about the effects on groundwater of hydraulic fracturing – fracking — for gas in Pavillion, Wyo.
Ultra Resources uses chemicals in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to break open underground gas deposits. Then its crews get rid of the spent fluids by injecting them nearly three miles into the ground. It’s common practice in the industry, but it might be causing a side-effect that’s gotten fewer headlines than alleged groundwater contamination.
BP OIL SPILL:
A landmark Tampa Bay area hotel claims BP has failed to pay an oil-spill claim of more than $5 million.
The U.S. government on Thursday announced plans to sell 38 million acres in central Gulf of Mexico for oil exploration to increase domestic energy supplies.
A Brazilian prosecutor plans to file criminal charges against Chevron Corp and some of its local managers within weeks, adding the threat of prison sentences to an $11 billion civil lawsuit as punishment for a November offshore oil spill.
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) has accused the Obama administration of deliberately misleading the public about how much oil gushed from the ruptured BP well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
What’s it look like inside of a nuclear reactor? A recently released video from the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant in Japan can now show us.