News Round-Up: November 8, 2011


Today’s Essential Reads


Debate on Fracking: Was Syracuse Right to Ban the Controversial Natural Gas Drilling Process?

We’re broadcasting live from Syracuse, which recently became the third city in New York state to ban the natural gas drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The Syracuse Common Council voted unanimously last week to ban fracking within city limits.

More Than 10,000 People Encircle the White House Asking the President to Say No to the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

One year from the Presidential election, over 10,000 citizens encircled the mile and a quarter circumference of the White House three times around with lots of people to spare.  They had come from all parts of the country, many from swing states wearing Obama buttons next to their Stop Keystone XL buttons.

OK Earthquakes – God or Man Made?

Okalahoma had the largest earthquake in its recorded history Saturday, a 5.6 on the Richter scale. It appears that Oklahoma has always had a few quakes each year — on average though they were few in number and small in intensity.

Report: Natural Gas Fracking Triggered Earthquakes in the UK

A report released by Cuadrilla Resources confirms that hydraulic fracturing, called “fracking,” triggered a series of minor earthquakes in northwest England. The report found that the earthquakes set off by the fracking, which is used to extract natural gas from shale, were between 1.5 and 2.3 on the Richter scale. This would place the seismic events in the category where they would be large enough to be recorded, but unlikely to be felt.


BP’s Gulf Oil Second Wave 100 Miles From Shore, ‘Big Fix’ Splashes LABP’s Gulf Oil Second Wave 100 Miles From Shore, ‘Big Fix’ Splashes LA

Attorney Stuart Smith said Saturday that public concern is escalating as scientists fear fresh BP oil is surfacing at the Deepwater Horizon site is 100 miles from shore and critically acclaimed oil “spill” documentary “The Big Fix” premieres November 12th through the 14th in Los Angeles. The ongoing gushing oil into the Gulf, Corexit carpet-bombing of the region, and subsequent Gulf holocaust comprise not only the nation’s largest eco-catastrophe to date, but also one of the world’s largest and most sinister human rights violations, all exposed in “The Big Fix” that Mr. Stuart says the nation needs to see to stop the government’s irresponsible cover-up.

BP Wants US Probes Barred From Oil Spill Suits

The companies involved in the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history are trying to prevent government investigations blaming them for the disaster from being used against them by the people and businesses who are suing them.

Federal researchers will visit Terrebonne Parish this week in search of clean-up workers willing to participate in a study into the long-term health effects of last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill.


BP will no longer be responsible for cleaning up oil that winds up on shores of the Gulf Coast unless officials can prove it comes from the company’s well that blew out in 2010, causing the worst offshore spill in U.S. history, according to a plan approved by the Coast Guard and obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday.



Consequences of Fukushima Continue to Grow

Women from 28 prefectures in Japan from Hokkaido to Okinawa sat in front of METI in Tokyo for a week.

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