Today’s Essential Reads
Last week’s oil industry conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Houston was supposed to be an industry confab just like any other — a series of panel discussions, light refreshments and an exchange of ideas.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a schedule to develop standards for wastewater discharges produced by natural gas extraction from underground coal bed and shale formations (“fracking”). No comprehensive set of national standards exists at this time for the disposal of wastewater discharged from natural gas fracking, and over the coming months EPA will begin the process of developing a proposed standard with the input of stakeholders – including industry and public health groups.
Voters in three Pennsylvania communities will decide whether or not to allow drilling in the Marcellus Shale. The referendums are the first time any Pennsylvania voters will weigh in directly on the controversial gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. It may also be the first time in the country, that voters get an up or down vote on energy development. Fracking uses high-pressure water, sand and chemicals to mine natural gas.
BP OIL SPILL:
The Obama administration on Tuesday proposed a new plan for offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Alaska, including the environmentally sensitive Arctic.
Mary Lee Orr, Executive director at Louisiana Evniromntal Action Network, Dr. Mike Robichaux, Ear, Nose, & throat Doctor seeing oil spill victims in Raceland, and Dr. Robert Dickey, Director of th FDA Gulf Coast Seafood Lab join Garland to speak of the health hazards from the BP Oil spill.
Evidence is mounting that the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster caused wide-ranging ecological damage in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
Just over a year ago I wrote a column that predicted the imminent demise of the BP brand. I pointed out that when a brand is positioned around associations like ’green’ and ’integrity’ and then commits the worst oil spill in modern times as a result of negligence and systemic mismanagement,the game is up.
Japan’s economy has suffered one unfortunate turn after another. But there may also be greater forces at work than simple bad luck.