News Round-Up: October 21, 2011


Today’s Essential Reads


Earthquake In South Texas: Fracking Fluid at Fault?

A 4.8 magnitude earthquake struck an area of South Texas today that is a center point for natural gas and oil production in the Eagle Ford Shale. The quake’s epicenter was here in the unincorporated community of Campbellton in Atascosa County near Karnes County. You can see numerous wells in the county in this map from the Texas Railroad Commission. (

Residents Concerned About Fracking

A group of Cochrane-area residents is trying to raise awareness about a commonly used technological practice it believes is dangerous to both people and to the environment.

New Brunswick Premier Feels Pressure from Shale-Gas Fracking

The Premier of New Brunswick, whose Progressive Conservative government earlier this month passed its one-year anniversary of being sworn in, risks becoming embroiled on multiple fronts as he tackles some of the hot-button topics that hurt his predecessor.

Niagara Falls, NY, Considers Treating Fracking Waste as Critics Raise Objections

The city that put Love Canal and Superfund in the environmental lexicon may get back into the business of dealing with toxic waste — this time willingly. It is considering whether to truck in and treat wastewater left over from natural gas drilling.


Gulf Oil Spill Photographs Show Man’s Influence On Environment (PHOTOS)

The fragile state of our environment has been a continuous thread throughout my work. For this series of photographs, I spent two months in the Gulf on assignment for Greenpeace photographing the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

BP Spill Posed Bigger Risk to Seabirds Than Believed: Researchers

Last year’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico put at risk a much larger portion of a far-ranging northern seabird population than previously thought, according to new Canadian research.


Fukushima Is Forever

We’ll be grappling with radiation danger for years to come.

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