Today’s Essential Reads
Wading into a controversial subject that has divided some who say that domestic energy production needs to be stepped up while others say the environmental risks are too great, North Carolina’s Attorney General Roy Cooper made some recommendations regarding the practice of “fracking,” a process involving water that is used to obtain natural gas from shale deposits underground.
Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law the nation’s first ban on a hotly debated natural-gas-drilling technique that involves blasting chemical-laced water deep into the ground.
Contrary to what you allege, scholarly research has found that the word “fracking” dates back at least 30 years. And here’s the real stunner: Long before it was commonly seen and heard in newspapers and “60 Minutes,” it was widely used among oil- and gas-industry trade journal writers.
BP OIL SPILL:
The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether BP executives lied to Congress about how much oil leaked in the company’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the investigation.
An internationally respected Nova Scotia-based scientist working for the federal government has been told his job is in danger, CBC News has learned.
Mikhail Fridman, a billionaire who has clashed with BP in a number of corporate governance disputes over the years, resigned Monday as chief executive of the British oil company’s joint venture in Russia.
Anadarko Petroleum Corp., in what will be the first case arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill to go to trial, argues a U.S. ban on deep-water drilling qualified as an act of God that allowed it to end a rig lease.
Across the vast Pacific, the mighty bluefin tuna carried radioactive contamination that leaked from Japan’s crippled nuclear plant to the shores of the United States 6,000 miles away — the first time a huge migrating fish has been shown to carry radioactivity such a distance.