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Buried Secrets/ Gas Drilling’s Environmental Threat

Gas Drilling Companies Hold Data Needed by

Researchers to Assess Risk to Water Quality

by Abrahm Lustgarten
ProPublica

.Photo by Abrahm Lustgarten/ProPublica

For years the natural gas drilling industry has decried the lack of data that could prove—or disprove—that drilling can cause drinking water contamination. Only baseline data, they said, could show without a doubt that water was clean before drilling began. (mais…)

BP’S TEXAS CITY REFINERY

Authorities Give Conflicting Accounts of Latest Toxic

Releases From Texas City Refineries

by Marian Wang
ProPublica

.BP’s Texas City refinery (Abrahm Lustgarten/ProPublica)

BP’s troubled Texas City refinery as well as another refinery operated by Valero Energy Corporation have reportedly released more than 150,000 pounds of pollutants into the air after power troubles forced emergency shutdowns at several refineries in the area. That figure is expected to grow as the companies restart their equipment and file more emissions reports with regulators. (mais…)

BURIED SECRETS

Deteriorating Oil and Gas Wells Threaten Drinking Water,

Homes Across the Country

Gas company employees must test this temporary vent to see if it’s safe for Nick Kellington and his family to visit their home. The Kellingtons were evacuated after gas from a nearby abandoned well caused a small explosion in West Mifflin, Pa. (Nicholas Kusnetz/ProPublica)

by Nicholas Kusnetz
ProPublica

A version of this story was co-publishedwith the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

In the last 150 years, prospectors and energy companies have drilled as many as 12 million holes across the United States in search of oil and gas. Many of those holes were plugged after they dried up. But hundreds of thousands were simply abandoned and forgotten, often leaving no records of their existence. (mais…)

OIL COMPANIES, VIOLATE FOREIGN LAWS

Evidence Undercuts Oil Companies’ Argument That

Disclosures Would Violate Foreign Laws

by Marian Wang
ProPublicaoil-companies-campaign-against-climate-change

As we’ve noted, oil companies have been lobbying against a provision in Dodd-Frank that would require them to disclose their payments to foreign governments. Some have argued that the rule would conflict with some host countries’ non-disclosure laws. (mais…)

GOLFO DE MEXICO LIMPIO DE CRUDO

FINALIZAN LAS LABORES DE LIMPIEZA DEL CRUDO EN EL

GOLFO DE MÉXICO

Con RT

La costa del Golfo de México en Florida ya está limpia del derrame de petróleo que tuvo lugar el pasado abril en la plataforma Deepwater Horizon.

De los estados más afectados por la catástrofe -Misisipi, Florida, Alabama y Luisiana-, solo quedan labores de limpieza en el litoral del último, según ha declarado el representante oficial del Centro de Información Conjunta de la plataforma (Deepwater Horizon Incident JIC), Mike Hvozda. (mais…)

THE WAR OIL

Oil Companies That Gave ‘Bonuses’ to Libya Also Lobbied Against

Disclosure Rules

by Marian Wang
ProPublica.

Black smoke billows from a petrochemical factory on fire following clashes between pro- and anti-Qaddafi militants close to the eastern Libyan oil town of Ras Lanuf on March 12, 2011. (Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images)

Multinational companies operating in Libya have had to deal with many obstacles, including a government rife with corruption that often asked for what amounted to bribes. (mais…)

OIL SUBSIDIES

GOP Proposes $1.6 Billion Cut to EPA Budget, Defends

$4 Billion in Oil Subsidies

by Marian Wang BP
ProPublica

Republicans unveiled a budget plan on Wednesday that proposed a $1.6 billion cut to the Environmental Protection Agency, an agency whose authority they have sought to curtail, while business trade groups have complained about the burden placed on them by agency regulations. Politico also reported that the GOP’s proposal would hit the Energy Department hard, with a proposal to cut energy efficiency and renewable energy programs in half. (mais…)