environment

The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers
11:11 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Slideshow: With Gas Boom, Pennsylvania Fears New Toxic Legacy

The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers
11:10 am
Mon May 14, 2012

With Gas Boom, Pennsylvania Fears New Toxic Legacy

NPR

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:55 am

In Pennsylvania, there's an industrial revolution going on. Battalions of drilling rigs are boring into the earth to extract natural gas from an underground layer of shale called the Marcellus formation.

And as the wells multiply all along the western end of the state, people worry they may be facing another toxic legacy.

The first one came from coal mining. All over the state, you can see bright orange rivers and streams. The aquatic life was killed by acidic runoff from abandoned mines.

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Asbestos/Lead Workshop
9:44 am
Mon May 14, 2012

DEQ to Hold Asbestos and Lead Workshop May 23

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is going to hold a free workshop about asbestos and lead regulations on May 23. It will summarize changes in asbestos regulations and any changes in rules for lead-based paint. The workshop is open to the public. 

All Things New Orleans
12:04 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

New Orleans' Jazzfest and the Oil Spill

On this week's episode we'll take a look at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival from several different points of view. Plus Eve Abrams investigates Shell Beach, Louisiana during the second anniversary of the BP oil spill.

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Gulf Oil Spill
9:23 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Engineer Arrested, Feds Probe BP's Spill Response

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — By arresting a former BP engineer, federal prosecutors are showing their hand in the Gulf oil spill case. They have been probing whether BP PLC and its employees broke the law by intentionally lowballing how much oil was spewing from its out-of-control well. The arrest came two years and four days after the drilling-rig explosion. 

Reports
6:00 am
Wed April 25, 2012

BP Settlement Hearing Set in Federal Court

BP is heading back to federal court in New Orleans on a proposed settlement over its oil spill two years ago. Shrimp processors are objecting to some terms.

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BP Oil Spill
5:49 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Marine Life Shows Signs of Trouble Two Years After BP Spill Began

April 20th marked the two-year anniversary of BP’s Macondo Well explosion, which set off one of the worst oil spills in our nation’s history, causing extensive damage to marine and wildlife habitats, and to the coastal communities which depend upon them.  The full impacts of the disaster are still unfolding, but in Shell Beach, Louisiana, there are signs of how marine life is reacting to the oil and the dispersants which flooded their waters two years ago.

Eve Abrams visited Campo’s Marina, as boats needing gas, ice and bait pulled in and out along the bayou.

The Disappearing Coast
5:06 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Two Years Later, BP Spill Reminders Litter Gulf Coast

Pictured here on April 13, 2011, Barataria Bay — part of Louisiana's Barataria Basin — was one of the hardest hit areas in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. Today, obvious signs of the spill have faded, but communities are still reeling from its effects.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 5:17 pm

It's been two years since the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 rig workers and unleashing the worst oil spill in U.S. history. The oil has long stopped flowing and BP spent billions of dollars to clean up oiled beaches and waterways, but the disaster isn't necessarily over.

Oil fouled some 1,100 miles of Gulf Coast shoreline, but today, in most spots, you can't see obvious signs of the spill. In Orange Beach, Ala., the clear emerald waters of the Gulf roll onto sugar-white sand beaches.

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BP Oil Spill
6:00 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Senator Landrieu Says Oil Spill Recovery Has Been Slow

Two years after the deadly Deepwater Horizon explosion, Louisiana’s Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu says the recovery has been slow. The senator receives hundreds of calls a month reporting troubles still caused by the BP oil spill.

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Gulf Oil Spill
10:25 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Scientists: Fish are Sick Where BP's Oil Spill Hit

BARATARIA BAY, La. (AP) — Two years after the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, scientists say they're finding trouble with sick fish that dwell along offshore reefs and in the deep waters — especially in places where the oil spill hit the hardest.

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