News Round-Up: October 12, 2011


Today’s Essential Reads


From Bath, England To Bath, New York Gas Drilling Is Fracking Up Our Planet

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is used in most parts of the world by an industry that has run amok.

Residents Oppose Injection Well Site

Several residents expressed their opposition to a proposed deep injection well in Brady Township, at yesterday’s Clearfield County Commissioners meeting.

Doctors Ask New York to Study Health Impacts Before Allowing Fracking

A group of doctors, nurses and environmentalists is calling on New York officials to study the health risks of gas drilling before allowing hydraulic fracturing in the state.

Excess Salt Blamed for Death of 29 Cows on Blackfeet Reservation

The Blackfeet Environmental Office is investigating the death of 29 cows on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, with toxic concentrations of salt in a reservoir the suspected cause early in the investigation.


In Pictures: Lawsuits Mount Against BP

In a key investigative report released on September 14, the US government heaped most of the blame for last year’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on BP. The British company now faces a raft of criminal and civil litigation and billions of dollars in potential damages.

FDA’s Bad Science: Agency Allows Unsafe Levels of Contaminants in Seafood

Is the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) looking out for your health? Not nearly enough.  According to our new study, published today in the scientific journalEnvironmental Health Perspectives.

ABC: Gulf Shrimpers Still Reeling, Is BP Spill to Blame?

The demise of the gulf’s minnowlike killifish could be the start of an ecological tsunami, experts are warning.

4 Dead Dolphins Wash Up on Gulf Coast Beaches in 5 Days; Deaths Part of ‘Unusual Mortality Event’

A dolphin carcass, bloated and violet in the morning sun, was found on Fort Morgan early Saturday, bringing the number lost since the BP oil spill to more than 400.


Radioactive ‘Hot Spots’ Detected in Tokyo

Japanese researchers discovered high levels of radioactive material in concentrated areas in Tokyo and Yokohama, more than 241 kilometers away from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, as increasingly thorough tests provide a clearer picture of just how far contamination has spread and accumulated after the March disaster.

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