News Round-Up: June 26, 2012


Today’s Essential Reads


Officials Delay Release of Draft Federal Fracking Rules

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.

New York Fracking Plan Could Create Conflict for Town Boards

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.

New Jersey Senate Bans Treatment of Fracking Waste

New Jersey legislators approved legislation on Monday banning the treatment or storage of fracking waste in the state.

U.S. Needs Federal Fracking Rules: Salazar

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.


Pressing BP to Pay for Lost Revenue

A few months ago, an advertisement arrived in the mail, informing me I might be eligible for some BP oil spill money.

BP Oil Spill Hastened Loss of Louisiana Marshes, Study Says

The 2010 BP oil spill accelerated the loss of Louisiana’s delicate marshlands, which were already rapidly disappearing before the largest oil spill in U.S. history, a new study reports.

Tropical Storm Debby May Churn Up Tar Balls from Oil Spill

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.

BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Exacerbated Existing Environmental Problems in Louisiana Marshes

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.


Japan Reactor Building Is Tilting but Not a Risk, Operator Says

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.

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