News Round-Up: January 26, 2012


Today’s Essential Reads


Fracked-Off: Gas Extraction ‘Causes Quakes’

A new technique to extract lucrative hard-to-reach natural gas is causing earthquakes across Middle America, literally.

Group Gathers To Hear Concerns On Fracking

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.

Writers On The Range: Let The EPA Finish Its Work In Pavillion, Wyoming

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.

What’s Shakin’?

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.


Fla. Hotel Sues BP Over Oil Spill Claim

A landmark Tampa Bay area hotel claims BP has failed to pay an oil-spill claim of more than $5 million.

U.S. to Sell 38 Mln Acres in Gulf of Mexico for Oil Drilling

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.

Exclusive: Chevron to Face Criminal Charges Over Brazil Spill

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.

Obama Administration Purposely Misled Public about Gulf Oil Spill Estimates

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.


Take a Look Inside a Fukushima Nuclear Reactor [VIDEO]

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.

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