Today’s Essential Reads
But, as Shakespeare once wrote, “…all that glisters is not gold.” The ground began to shake, meetings were called, John researched the problem and Janice set out with petitions among her neighbors. Their fears of cross-burnings in the South had been replaced with fears of death by fracking.
Last Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its final research plan to study the effects of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water and its long-term impacts on the environment.
In response to public concern over expanding shale exploration and “fracking” oil-extraction methods, the U.S. Interior Department plans to begin forcing oil companies to document the chemicals they use in the drilling process.
It’s one thing to say that Pennsylvania has become a battleground in the debate over natural gas extraction. But it’s quite another to actually endorse and employ counterinsurgency tactics to fight opponents of hydraulic fracturing, the controversial process used to extract the gas from the ground. But that appears to be exactly what industry insiders called for at a recent conference.
BP OIL SPILL:
The U.S. Coast Guard and BP PLC have agreed on a plan to determine when oil spill cleanup work can stop along sections of the Gulf Coast, the company said Wednesday.
The Baton Rouge Area Foundation says it did not mishandle claims made by those who have sought money from a $100 million fund established by BP to offset income losses caused by the federal drilling moratorium put in place following the last year’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
BP workers are still picking up oil from last year’s disaster in the Gulf, unearthed and washed up on Fourchon Beach after Tropical Storm Lee.
The state of Louisiana has refused to sign off on a Coast Guard-BP plan to transition from a cleanup program to a long-term recovery in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, charging that the plan leaves coastal beaches and wetlands vulnerable to continued oil contamination with no guarantee that BP will be required to pay for future cleanups.
Plant Status Sustained nuclear fission did not occur at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear energy facility last week, Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said, confirming earlier reports from Tokyo Electric Power Co. Plant employees detected a trace amount of radioactive xenon-135 gas in the reactor 2 containment vessel last week, which led to initial concerns there might have been an ongoing nuclear reaction in the vessel.