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Posts marcados ‘ACCIDENT’

Buried Secrets / Gas Drilling’s Environmental Threat

Response to Pa. Gas Well Accident Took 13 Hours

Despite State Plan for Quick Action

by Nicholas Kusnetz
ProPublica

.The outside of a natural gas drill site owned by Chesapeake Energy in Leroy Township, Pa., on April 20, 2011. (The Daily Review-C.J. Marshall/AP Photo)

When Chesapeake Energy lost control of a Marcellus Shale gas well in Pennsylvania on April 19, an emergency response team from Texas was called in to stop the leak. By the time the team arrived more than 13 hours later, brine water and hydraulic fracturing fluids from the well had spewed across nearby fields and into a creek. (mais…)

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NUCLEAR CRISIS

House Calls for Drastic Cuts in Hospital Preparedness Funding

by Sasha Chavkin
ProPublica

 

On Thursday, we reported that the U.S. health system is unprepared to respond to a major nuclear emergency as a result of inadequate capacity to treat a large number of radiation injuries, aging stockpiles of a key medication, and limited emergency preparedness drills for hospitals. Hours after our story ran, the House of Representatives passed a budget measure that would cut the federal Hospital Preparedness Program by $185 million, a 44 percent reduction from last year’s budget. (mais…)

GULF OIL SPILL

Furious Growth and Cost Cuts Led To BP Accidents Past and

Present

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

by Abrahm Lustgarten
ProPublica

A ProPublica and PBS FRONTLINE investigation.

Jeanne Pascal turned on her TV April 21 to see a towering spindle of black smoke slithering into the sky from an oil platform on the oceanic expanse of the Gulf of Mexico. For hours she sat, transfixed on an overstuffed couch in her Seattle home, her feelings shifting from shock to anger. (mais…)