News Round-Up: May 31, 2012


Today’s Essential Reads



Fla. County Approves Changes After Oil Spill Fraud

Amid a criminal investigation into the alleged misuse of funds paid by BP after the 2010 Gulf oil spill, a Florida Panhandle county made big changes Tuesday in the way it oversees spending for promotion of the area’s world-famous beaches.

Restore Act Supporters Coordinate Capitol Hill Lobbying Effort

This time there were no blue umbrellas, no Capitol rallies and no visits with congressional leaders. Women of the Storm, a group formed after Hurricane Katrina to advocate for post-storm assistance from the federal government, had a “virtual” lobbying effort Wednesday: using cell phones, social networks and email to reach the congressional members deciding whether to include the Restore Act in a pending transportation bill.

Officials Prepare for Hurricanes, Oil Spills

The beginning of hurricane season is Friday, and emergency responders are preparing for every contingency, including another oil spill.

Leases in Central Gulf on Sale to Oil and Gas Companies for the First Time Since the BP Oil Spill

The federal government is offering the central Gulf of Mexico for lease to oil and gas companies this month in the first lease sale of the area since before the BP oil spill.


Fukushima Govt Slams Evacuation Instructions

Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato has criticised the way the central government went about issuing evacuation instructions for residents at a hearing by the Diet’s Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (NAIIC).

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