News Round-Up: July 22, 2011


Today’s Essential Reads


Controversial Frack Fluid Treated in N.S.

While the province continues to review the potential of fracking in Nova Scotia, waste water from similar operations in New Brunswick is being treated here.

Dryden Residents Tell Board to Ban Fracking

About 150 residents, who filled every seat and spilled out the door of the town board’s meeting room, told their elected officials to ban hydraulic fracturing in their town, by a three-to-one margin.


Michigan Fracking Regulations Called Inadequate

While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency studies the impact of natural gas hydrofracking, states are left to regulate the practice on their own. In Michigan conservationists warn that current rules do not adequately protect the state’s enormous water resources from the controversial drilling technique.

Morgantown to Keep Gas-Drilling, Fracking Ban in Place

Morgantown isn’t considering repealing its ban of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — in the city and up to a mile beyond its borders, city officials said Thursday.


Bill Would Steer Money to Restoration Projects in Gulf

A bill with bipartisan support in Congress would require most of BP oil spill fines be used for restoration projects in Florida and other Gulf states.

U.S. Delays Final Report on BP Oil Spill Probe

A U.S. team probing the causes of lastyear’s massive BP oil spill has delayed the release of its final report inorder to more fully weigh the evidence, investigators said on Friday.

BP Works to Clean Spill After Pressure Test Fails

Cleanup crews were still at work July 20 on a spill of mostly methanol and produced water after an 8-inch pipeline near the Lisburne Production Center in the Prudhoe Bay field burst during a maintenance-related pressure test.

Scuba Team Discovers Damage from BP Oil Spill in FL

During scuba assessments on July 12th 2011, the Florida panhandle shallow seafloor sediment shows signs of widespread presence of dispersed oil.


Independent Probe, Manager’s Firing Raise Questions About ‘Safety Culture’ at DOE’s Nuclear Waste Site

More than six years ago, a Department of Energy official wrote to Bechtel National, the company in charge of the design and construction of the most expensive environmental remediation project in the world.

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