Today’s Essential Reads
Proposed federal rules for the oil and gas industry practice of hydraulic fracturing will get a two-month delay, officials with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Monday.
Lawmakers, lobbyists and state regulators have hinted since April that a community’s viewpoint on hydraulic fracturing could be taken into account when deciding where to drill for gas.
Defending the Obama administrations drive for federal regulation of fracking, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said on Monday that the United States must toughen up its rules to protect the environment.
BP OIL SPILL:
A few months ago, an advertisement arrived in the mail, informing me I might be eligible for some BP oil spill money.
The meandering Tropical Storm Debby shut down much of the Gulf Island National Seashore, but its waves and wind also may be churning up tar balls, officials said Monday.
The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill temporarily worsened existing manmade problems in Louisiana’s salt marshes such as erosion, but there may be cause for optimism, according to a new study.
A heavily damaged reactor building at the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has a slight tilt, but the tilt does not pose a risk to the integrity of the building, according to the plant’s operator.