News Round-Up: June 10, 2012


Today’s Essential Reads


City of Canandaigua Passes 12-Month Ban On Fracking

For at least one year, there will be no high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the City of Canandaigua.

Pennsylvania Fracking Can Put Water at Risk, Study Finds

Hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in Pennsylvania may contaminate drinking-water supplies, a study by Duke University professors concluded.

Underground Paths Boost Risk of Fracking Pollution: Study

Naturally occurring underground pathways may increase the risk of well water pollution from fracking, a process used to release natural gas from the ground, US scientists said on Monday.

New York Fracking Moratorium Causes Drilling Company To Shut Off Gas In Avon, NY

In the latest salvo in local battles over gas drilling, a company said Monday it’s shutting down wells and turning off the free gas to landowners in a western New York town that passed a moratorium on drilling.


BP Won’t Pursue Alaska Project In Current Form

BP PLC has decided not to pursue a huge oil project off Alaska’s coast in its current form.

Florida Readies for RESTORE Act Funds

Empty streets and barren beaches, hallmarks of what many have referred to as the “lost summer of 2010”. “Where was the harm done by the spill?” asks U.S. Senator Bill Nelson. “The harm was done to the people and the critters and the environment of the gulf.”

Nelson: Oil Spill Fine Assessment Should Be Expedited

The framework for how penalties assigned to BP in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has been established; now it’s just a matter of waiting for the fines to be assessed.

BP Oil Spill: Two Years Later, Dispersants’ Effects Still a Mystery

Two years ago this week, the wellhead that ruptured on the sea floor of the Gulf of Mexico, sending 4.9 million barrels of oil into the water, was capped. After three months, the end of the largest oil spill in the industry’s history was in sight.


Fukushima Watch: New Photos of the Day the Tsunami Hit

There have been scores of photographs and video footage showing the Fukushima Daiichi in its battered state after the nuclear power plant was pummeled by the tsunami last year. But images of the tsunami rolling into the plant have been scarce.

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