News Round-Up: September 8, 2011


Today’s Essential Reads


New Texas Fracking Well Uses Propane Not Water

A Texas oil and gas company has just completed the successful trialing of an Eagle Ford shale hydraulic fracturing well using propane and butane instead of water.

Oil Industry Report Outlines How to Create Temporary Jobs While Permanently Destroying the Climate

The American Petroleum Institute released a report this morning outlining how the U.S. could create over one million jobs in the next decade through increased domestic drilling and use of tar sands. The solution? Open up every possible pocket of American soil and waters to drilling rigs — turning “drill, baby drill” into “drill, baby, drill, ’till there’s nothin’ left to drill.”

Shale Gas Exploration Opponents Join Forces

Jim Emberger, of the Taymouth Community Association, speaks at a gathering of over 20 community-based groups committed to working together to put an end to shale gas development plans in New Brunswick. At left is Armand Paul, of the Penniac Anti-Shale Gas Organization.

Protests Ignite Outside Marcellus Conference

While energy executives and legislators held discussion panels and information sessions at the Shale Gas Insight Conference inside, the scene outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center Wednesday was far from business-like. Hundreds of protesters gathered to voice their concerns over the potential environmental repercussions of hydraulic fracturing, aka “fracking.”


Spill Documentary Alleges Cleanup Cover-up

Since the earliest day of the 2010 Gulf oil spill, many in the environmental community waved red flags over the widespread use of Corexit to disperse the massive oil slicks.

BP Kept the Oil Flowing to Protect its Well, Class of Landowners Say

BP could have stopped the oil spewing from its broken wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico, but didn’t do so for fear it might damage the well and make it no good for future use, a class of landowners claims in Federal Court.

Arctic Oil Spill Cleanup Would Be Badly Hindered

Any response to a possible offshore oil spill in the Canadian Arctic would be severely hampered, even more so than previously thought, the World Wildlife Fund says.

Thousands Seek Jobs on the Coast

Hurricane Katrina, the BP oil spill and a nationwide recession have resulted in employment troubles across the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The unemployment rate has steadily increased in the coastal counties over the past four years, leaving thousands searching for jobs.


Cell Phone Radiation Dangers

The bloodstream brain barrier is often a special filter in the blood vessels from the brain in which keeps risky chemicals from reaching very sensitive brain muscle and triggering DNA breaks and also other damage.

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