Today’s Essential Reads
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
BP OIL SPILL:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.