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Pa. grand jury report on fracking: DEP failed to protect public health

Pa. did not protect people from fracking dangers

A Pennsylvania grand jury report two years in the making slammed the Department of Environmental Protection for failing to protect the public from the health effects of fracking.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who sent investigators across the state to investigate the industry, announced the findings at a press conference Thursday in Harrisburg. The grand jury said the risk of fracking should fall on the industry and on regulators but DEP “did not take sufficient action in response to the fracking boom.”


Reuters: Millions of abandoned oil wells are leaking methane, a climate menace

Millions of abandoned oli wells spewing methaneIn May 2012, Hanson and Michael Rowe noticed an overpowering smell, like rotten eggs, seeping from an abandoned gas well on their land in Kentucky. The fumes made the retired couple feel nauseous, dizzy, and short of breath.

Regulators responding to the leak couldn’t find an owner to fix it. J.D. Carty Resources LLC had drilled the well near the Rowes’ home in 2006 - promising the family a 12.5% royalty and free natural gas, which they never got. But Carty went bust in 2008 and sold the site to a company that was later acquired by Blue Energy LLC. Lawyers for both companies deny any responsibility for the leak.


Cristobal will move into Canada as widespread severe storms impact the Great Lakes region

Cristobal will move into Canada bringing huge storms to Great Lakes regionWhat's left of Cristobal has survived its long trek up the Mississippi River Valley, causing widespread flooding. Now, Cristobal is heading into Canada as an extra-tropical storm, bringing widespread thunderstorms to the Great Lakes region.

"As the remnants of Cristobal lifts very quickly to the north, the system will bring strong severe storms to portions of the Great Lakes, more specifically Michigan and Ohio this afternoon," CNN meteorologist Haley Brink says. "Due to the speed of this system, severe damaging winds may be the more widespread threat through the afternoon and evening hours, with tornadoes also possible."


1 Million Species Face Extinction, and the Pandemic Tells Us Why

One million species face  extinction

A million species across the world are in danger of going extinct. This was the prediction of an international panel of scientists, convened by the United Nations, published in a report last year.

The chair of the UN panel was a British chemist and atmospheric scientist named Sir Robert Watson, Sir because he was knighted in 2012 for his service to the realm. Say what you like about the English: over there they give folks knighthoods for being smart and honest and working for the government at the same time. Over here, people like that get fired.

Watson said this when the report was published: “The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.”

TVNL Comment: Over here, science has become extinct as well.



Russia declares state of emergency over Arctic Circle oil spill caused by melting permafrost

Oil spill caused by melting snowMelting permafrost caused a fuel tank holding 21,000 tons of diesel oil to collapse in Russia's Arctic Circle, leading to a 135-square mile oil spill.

According to Rosprirodnadzor, the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources, 6,000 tons spilled onto the ground, another 15,000 tons into the water. Oil products got into the Ambarnaya and Daldykan rivers and in almost all their tributaries.

The spill occurred in the city of Norilsk, Russia, at a power plant operated by Norilsk-Taimyr Energy Co., a subsidiary of Nornickel. The town is located above the Arctic Circle in Russia’s far North.


Climate change is turning the snow in Antarctica bright green. Scientists are able to see it from space.

Green snow in Antarctica

The snow in Antarctica is turning green and scientists say climate change may be to blame.

According to a study published in the peer-reviewed Nature Communications, microscopic algae blooms across the surface of the snow is slowly turning Antarctica’s wintry, white landscape green. Although microscopic, scientists say they're able to see the "green snow" from space when the algae blooms en masse.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge and the British Antarctic Survey created a large-scale map of green snow algae along the Antarctic Peninsula coast using a combination of satellite data and on-the-ground observations over the course of two summers.


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