Today’s Essential Reads
Ohio lawmakers have put a temporary ban on fracking after experts say it is certain that recent fracking in the Buckeye State caused an outbreak of earthquakes.
Federal regulators are considering retesting water supplies at a small town in Pennsylvania that residents say have been contaminated by natural gas drilling.
If you’re like me, when you first saw the headline about fracking, you went and looked at it because of the obvious Battlestar Galactica reference. That’s not the case here, however, and in this case it’s a real problem that studies are only now bringing to light. Recent information suggests that there might be a connection between the practice of hydraulic fracturing and earthquakes in an Ohio town, as reported by the Youngstown Vindicator.
Council asked the city’s planning commission Thursday night to look into prohibiting the dumping of fracking waste in Ontario. The request came as a result of local concerns about two proposed brine-disposal injection wells to be drilled on the north side of Mansfield.
BP OIL SPILL:
An oil spill cleanup worker has filed a lawsuit against his employer after he suffered respiratory failure as a result of exposure to oil products. Luke Boudreaux filed the lawsuit against Craig Creppel and the DRC Group on Dec. 29, 2011 in federal court in New Orleans.
Halliburton Co. (HAL) denied BP Plc (BP/)’s accusation that engineers destroyed testing evidence to keep it from being used in litigation over the Gulf of Mexico rig blast that triggered the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
We’re pleased to see the Gulf Coast Claims Facility resuming payments to BP oil spill victims after only a brief halt. But the halt itself indicates that the victims are still not getting the priority they deserve.
Last year (actually a couple of months ago), someone shared an article on a Columbia Journalism Review critique of an Associated Press article on possible cancer risks from Fukushima. The review points out that the article gets the facts right, but spins the message. For example, the title of the article is “Future cancers from Fukushima plant may be hidden.” The first line of the article says, “Even if the worst nuclear accident in 25 years leads to many people developing cancer, we may never find out.”