News Round-Up: November 2, 2011


Today’s Essential Reads


Cuadrilla Admits Fracking Was ‘Probable’ Cause of Earthquakes

Tremors in Lancashire earlier this year were sparked by drilling for shale gas but are unlikely to happen again, company report says.

Geologist Urges Testing for SA Fracking

A geologist specialising in groundwater studies said on Wednesday that testing should be done to determine if fracking in SA could work. After surveying fracking operations in the United States, he was convinced that it posed no threat to American groundwater supplies.

Air Pollution Limits for Shale Wells

Most of the environmental concerns related to an expected drilling boom in Ohio are focused on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in which millions of gallons water and industrial chemicals are injected deep underground to break apart shale rocks and free trapped oil and natural gas.

Two Big Decisions Loom on the Fate of Drinking Water for 15 Million People Living Near the Marcellus Shale

Decisions about whether to allow fracking in NY, PA, NJ and DE may be decided in just a few weeks.


Transocean Demands BP Cover Gulf Oil Spill Costs

Transocean Ltd has asked a federal judge to order BP Plc to cover damages and other costs arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

BP Spill, Drilling Risks Take Center Stage

About a year and a half after the BP oil spill devastated much of the Gulf of Mexico, the House will examine offshore drilling and lessons learned from the disaster at three separate hearings Wednesday.

Senate Votes to Audit BP Claims Fund

The fund that compensates businesses and people hurt by last year’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico would be audited under a measure the Senate approved Tuesday.

CEOs of Gulf Oil Spill Companies Decline to Testify Before House Committee

Top executives at BP and several contractors blamed in a recent federal report for last year’s massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill have declined invitations to testify before the House Natural Resources Committee Wednesday.


Signs of Possible Nuclear Fission at Fukushima Plant

Signs of a possible nuclear fission have been detected at Japan’s damaged Fukushima power plant raising fears of further radiation leaks.CEOs of Gulf Oil Spill Companies Decline to Testify Before House Committee

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