Today’s Essential Reads
About a dozen citizens attended an Athens City Council meeting Monday night united in their opposition to horizontal hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), and urged the body to adopt an ordinance prohibiting the gas drilling technique within the city.
The final shale gas subcommittee report reflecting how the industry and state regulators complied with recommendations is due in 90 days, but environmental groups are doubtful about progress.
One of the more recent environmental problems in the last five years has been the explosion of natural gas drilling that relies on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a process that involves taking chemicals and high pressure to break up layers of rock to get at the natural gas below. The problem is when the fracking fluids make their way to sources of drinking water, the results can be flammable.
BP OIL SPILL:
UCSB Marine Science Institute’s research professor of oceanography Uta Passow and her team received a $22.5 million grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to continue research on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill for another three years.
A panel of nationally recognized scientists and engineers recommended today that officials abandon their traditional methods of mitigating the impact of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and instead recognize that the spill is only one of a number of threats to the gulf ecosystem.
Seafood from the Gulf of Mexico is safe to eat and the water is clear after the BP oil spill, but a biological study released Monday shows that effects of the oil on a small Louisiana marsh fish could be an early sign of trouble ahead for fish populations.
Japan faces the prospect of removing and disposing 29 million cubic metres of soil contaminated by the world’s worst nuclear crisis in 25 years from an area nearly the size of Tokyo, the environment ministry said in the first official estimate of the scope and size of the cleanup.