News Round-Up: October 27, 2011


Today’s Essential Reads


N.Y. Advisory Panel Delays Report on Fracking

In a sign that New York State may have to slow down a bit before authorizing a new kind of natural gas drilling, an advisory panel is delaying its recommendations on how the state should pay for new staff members to enforce regulations on the drilling operations.

Plans Pulled for Disputed Oil, Gas Wells in Southern Monterey County

A fight over fracking — a controversial method of drilling for oil and natural gas — looming in southern Monterey County won’t happen.

Concerns About Fracking Process

News about fracking and wind farms have upset many local people. Perhaps this is partly because it is very confronting to see the impact of our energy use on our own doorstep. We can’t hide from our fears when our lifestyle puts at risk our own countryside, rather than that of people thousands of miles away, or generations in the future.

Forest Hills Council Votes to Ban Natural Gas Drilling

Borough council last week approved a ban on natural gas drilling in the borough.


Post-Spill, GOP Still Pushes ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’

It’s still “drill, baby, drill.” After the nation’s largest offshore oil spill and a series of pipeline breaks, Republican presidential candidates are pushing an aggressive policy of oil and gas drilling that echoes the party’s rallying cry from four years ago.

Feds Approve New BP Drilling in Gulf

The federal government today gave BP approval to launch its first deep-water drilling since the lethal blowout of its Macondo well a year and a half ago.

Fox Downplays Huge Profits Of Big Oil

In June last year, Fox News’ Sean Hannity was claiming that BP’s voluntary agreement to set aside $20 billion to compensate people and businesses affected by the oil spill might cause them to go “bankrupt.” Several Fox News figures complained about this “shakedown,” and claimed BP was being “looted” and “persecuted.”

Sen. Bill Nelson said His Battle for BP Video Allowed Scientists to Calculate Deepwater Horizon Flow

It’s been a year and a half since oil suddenly gushed from the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig into the Gulf of Mexico.


TEPCO Workers Navigate Debris to Inspect Condensers in this Fukushima Nuclear Power Station Video

Want to know what it is like to work in a reactor building at Fukushima? Check out this video.

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