Today’s Essential Reads
Air and water pollution from natural- gas and oil production using hydraulic fracturing moves across state lines, so the drilling should be regulated by the federal government, a Cornell University scientist said.
Over the past decade, natural gas production in the United States has exploded, with the nation becoming the world’s top producer of the hydrocarbon.
International petroleum group Shell could spend up to 200 million US dollars (about 1.4 billion rand) in the exploration phase of its plans to extract shale gas in the Karoo.
A national treasure that provides delight to many Alabamians and a habitat for wildlife is at risk.
BP OIL SPILL:
Oil major BP may face a federal investigation on whether company officials deliberately lied to the government about estimates relating to the size of the Gulf of Mexico spill. According to sources quoted by the Wall Street Journal, investigators are looking into statements made by BP’s executives, trying to see if they provided the best estimates regarding the rate at which oil was leaking from the well.