Today’s Essential Reads
The bidding war for oil and gas leases in northeast Ohio has substantially increased the potential windfall for rural landowners, if a lease offer letter obtained last week by The Athens NEWS is any indication.
Energy companies have been pouring millions of dollars into television advertising, lobbying and campaign contributions as the administration of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo enters the final phase of deciding when and where to allow a controversial form of natural gas extraction that is opposed by environmental groups.
To what lengths are we willing to go to gain access to new fuels? In Comment this week, Elizabeth Kolbert writes about hydraulic fracturing—fracking, for short—the process by which shale gas is extracted from the earth.
Protestors greeted lawmakers on their return to the Capitol for a special legislative session Sunday night.
BP OIL SPILL:
Two more dead dolphins washed ashore in a 24-hour period ending Sunday, said Mobi Solangi, director of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies.
Two more dead dolphins have washed ashore in Mississippi, but scientists hope an ailing dolphin found in neighboring Alabama will provide answers about what is killing the marine mammals in the Gulf of Mexico.
There is something odd happening here in Brazil. There is an oil spill – courtesy of Chevron – off the coast here. That’s not the odd part. In fact, it increasingly seems like a normal occurrence. Chevron has thus far lied about the oil spill and has shown a lack of preparation in dealing with it. But there’s nothing strange about that, either.