Today’s Essential Reads
Niagara Falls, New York – With an end to New York’s statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing in sight, residents of Niagara Falls were alarmed to learn that wastewater from the controversial natural gas drilling practice could soon be shipped by truck or rail to their city and treated at the local wastewater treatment plant, just a few miles upstream from the massive Niagara Falls international waterfall.
Opponents of a planned drilling operation near Lake Ainslie confronted Nova Scotia Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau prior to his appearance at a local seafood festival on Saturday.
The long line of tanker trucks waiting to unload at the Devco No. 1 injection well shows that business is good at the underground-disposal site.
BP OIL SPILL:
While the source of the oil bubbling up around the Deepwater Horizonsite remains a mystery, a Louisiana State University scientist says further chemical analysis has confirmed that the oil originated in BP’s well, and not from other nearby sources, as federal officials have suggested.
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center scientists will compare bugs and spiders from areas hit by the 2010 BP oil spill to those in oil-free areas to learn more about effects of the spill.
Shortly after we began finding and reporting the presence of large oil slicks in the Gulf in the vicinity of last year’s Deepwater Horizon explosion, On Wings Of Care received an invitation from Captain Jonathan Burton of the US Coast Guard in Morgan City, LA to meet with them and discuss a possible collaboration for monitoring oil and other spills of hazardous substances or illegal activities in the offshore areas of the Gulf of Mexico. We had a very productive and interesting meeting together at the US Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit in Morgan City on September 13.
In the contaminated no-go zone around the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, a small proportion of residents are refusing to leave their homes.