News Round-Up: October 19, 2011


Today‘s Essential Reads


Albany Bans Hydrofracking

High-volume hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, is officially banned in Albany after the Albany Common Council voted against it Monday night.

Does New York City Really Need a New Natural Gas Pipeline, At the End of The High Line?

With all the rightful focus the environmental community is placing on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, you’d be forgiven for not hearing about another contentious proposed pipeline, also designed to transport a fossil fuel with serious potential for water and climate problems. New Yorkers, in particular, pay attention. There are echoes of Jane Jacobs versus Robert Moses here.

Fracking Meeting Shares Concerns

Citizens concerned over hydraulic fracking met again in Marietta to update their concerns over the proposed practice in Ohio.

To Frack or Not to Frack. Is That the Question?

In the gas industry’s pursuit of natural gas, New York State is on the verge of allowing high volume hydraulic fracturing of shale formations or fracking.  The State, in rdsgeis (revised draft supplement GEIS), estimates huge economic benefits for the State, including 50,000 new jobs.


New Orleans Film Festival Best Bet, Day 6: Oil-spill doc ‘The Big Fix’ Gets an Encore Screening

Eco-documentarian and Mandeville High School product Josh Tickell’s film — which helped open the film festival on Friday — gets an encore screening.

Shrimpers Raise Concerns About Dismal Season

Mississippi shrimpers say this season is one of the worst ever. And they’re pleading for emergency assistance.

Occupy Wall Street Should Target Environmental Offenders

The Occupy Wall Street movement has pitched a broad tent: Its central pole may be the grotesque power wielded by America’s banks, but it finds room for grievances ranging from exorbitant student debt to the death penalty. This eclecticism has contributed to OWS’ success. Not only has it managed to attract the entire spectrum of disenfranchisement, it has also exposed the linkages that connect America’s ailments. The protests have helped us see bank deregulation, foreign wars, unemployment, and numerous other ills as products of corporate influence.

National Conference on BP Oil Spill in the Gulf to be Held at National Aquarium, Baltimore

As the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill continues, scientists are increasingly committed to quantifying long-term effects. Since 2010, independent researchers have been collecting data to quantify chronic impacts of this disaster on natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico.


Picture Japan: Noda in Seoul, Fukushima Award, Yasukuni Prayers

Workers from Fukushima arrived in Oviedo, Northern Spain, on Tuesday, as representative of the “Fukushima heroes.”

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