News Round Up: May 4, 2011


Today’s essential reads.


Woman Tests Positive for Radiation Poisoning After Well Fracked

Radiation is threatening the lives of Americans not only due to Big Energy’s Gulf oil and its Fukushima fallout, but also due to Big Energy’s fracking. Crystal Stroud’s fracking radiation was documented in a prepared statement and read Thursday at Bradford County commissioners’ meeting.

No Exceptions For Fracking Moratorium

Oil giant Shell will not be exempt from the moratorium on applications for shale gas exploration in the Karoo, according to the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR).

Water worries

Does hydraulic fracturing contaminate groundwater? Oil industry officials say no. But there are many skeptics out there who say we have reason to be concerned.

Nearly half of Energen’s shareholders support greater transparency in fracking

Echoing sentiments expressed to the Colorado Independent by U.S. House Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., more than 49 percent of the shareholders of an oil and gas company in the Permian Basin of West Texas recently asked for more transparency in hydraulic fracturing operations.


BP Claims Office Closing

The Gulf Breeze office of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility — which processes claims for those who say they were damaged by last year’s BP oil spill — will close on Monday, according to GCCF spokeswoman Amy Weiss.

BP Is Fined $25 Million for ’06 Spills at Pipelines

BP will pay $25 million in civil fines to settle charges arising from two spills from its network of pipelines in Alaska in 2006 and from a willful failure to comply with court orders to properly maintain the pipelines to prevent corrosion, federal officials announced on Tuesday.

The F Word: Is BP Too Big To Fail?

Now to the opposite of cuts. Over a year after the biggest oil spill in US history and even as criminal investigations continue, BP is still receiving millions of dollars in government contracts.

Rising Gas Prices Alter Debate on Offshore Energy Exploration

Just one year after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon killed 11 and triggered a massive oil spill, there’s little appetite among legislators for new safety regulations. Instead, a single concern is prompting a drive for more drilling: $4-a-gallon gas.


Heat Waves Putting Pressure on Nuclear Power’s Outmoded Cooling Technologies

Power generated from coal, natural gas and nuclear withdraws more freshwater per year than the entire agricultural sector; nuclear uses the most.

Japan buys other types of fuel to substitute for nuclear energy

Global LNG supplies remained in tight range after Japan began buying it to replace nuclear energy after the devastated quake.

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