News Round-Up: July 27, 2012


Today’s Essential Reads


ABC, NBC Mostly Ignore Fracking; CBS Airs 6 Times More Negative Stories

Contaminated water, health problems, and now … earthquakes? Fracking, a way to get natural gas out of layers deep within the earth, has been blamed for it all and the liberal news media have been consistently against the method, rarely showing supporters or mentioning any upside of the process.

California Regulators Take Heat Over Fracking

California oil regulators on Wednesday capped a series of seven public meetings on hydraulic fracturing with a Sacramento session, pledging to use thousands of public comments to guide their efforts to write rules for the controversial method of oil extraction.

Court Rules for Towns in Pennsylvania Fracking Suit

A Pennsylvania court overturned key parts of the state’s new natural gas development law that would have stripped municipalities of zoning rights and handed state agencies sole authority to determine where the controversial practice of high-volume hydraulic fracturing should occur.


Report Slams Companies’ Focus in Gulf Spill

Two of the main companies involved in the disastrous 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill were more focused on personal injury risks than the potential for a major accident, a federal agency said in a report released Tuesday.


After Fukushima, Nuclear Power on Collision Course With Japanese Public

On March 11, 2011, Japan was hit by a massive earthquake — measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale — and a tsunami with waves up to 65 feet high, leading to a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. As a result, Japan’s 54 nuclear power plants were taken offline for safety checks. The last one was powered down on May 5, 2012.

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