News Round-Up: June 23, 2011


Today’s essential reads.


Hydraulic Fracturing Case Study Locations Selected

The U.S. EPA has identified seven case study sites as the next step in its congressionally mandated hydraulic fracturing study. The sites will help the agency assess potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. EPA will begin field work in some of the selected regions this summer.

Fracking Aurora Is A Natural Gas: Kenny Be’s Worst-Case Scenario

On Thursday, June 23, 2011, the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission will explain how hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations on the former Lowry Bombing Range comply with Arapahoe County’s 2007 Sustainable Growth Objectives.

Calling For Checks And Balances

A retired EPA Scientist draws a big crowd in Vestal to raise a question of responsibility in the debate surrounding hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

Legal Issues Abound When it Comes to Marcellus Drilling

Questions surround drilling’s impact on water, how waste is managed and how the drilling is regulated.


How Gulf Spill Estimates Got It So Wrong

Marine oil spills are usually measured by the amount of oil floating on the surface. But the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico—from a deep-sea well required a different approach. Find out how one fluid-dynamics expert caused estimates to rise sharply practically overnight.

BP and Transocean Still Pointing Fingers Over Oil Spill

Fourteen months after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill started, BP (NYSE: BP ) and Transocean (NYSE: RIG ) are still arguing publicly about who is at fault. Like a quarrel between third-graders, the two companies are pointing fingers at each other, saying, “He did it.” No one wants to take full responsibility, and Transocean would just as soon make sure the disaster remains known as the “BP Oil Spill.”

Southwest Florida Residents Gather to Protest Drilling

Last year’s BP oil spill is still in the forefront of Southwest Florida residents’ minds as they prepare to take a stand against offshore drilling this weekend.

Economists Look at Oil Spill Revenue Losses

The complex task of determining how much revenue, whether it be sales taxes or hunting and fishing license fees, that Florida lost due to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill began Wednesday.


Could Nebraska Flooding Create a Nuclear Safety Risk? (VIDEO)

Ray and Sharon Perrigo want granddaughter Peyton Venneman to remember the facts of the flood of 2011. Ray says “there’s just been so many rumors flying around about this flood thing about what’s going to happen and its all “if” or this “could.”

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