Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Fracking fight

New debate over gas drilling brewing in Maryland

Washington Post

Washington Post

Maryland regulators are paving the way for energy companies to begin fracking in the state once the state moratorium ends in the fall of 2017, while state lawmakers opposed to the controversial drilling method are making plans to permanently ban it during the next legislative session. The state has outlined proposals with faster permitting and looser requirements for buffers to protect areas near the sites.

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As sea rises, Hudson River wetlands may expand

Science Daily

In the face of climate change impact and inevitable sea level rise, Cornell and Scenic Hudson scientists studying New York's Hudson River estuary have forecast new intertidal wetlands, comprising perhaps 33 percent more wetland area by the year 2100.

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N.C. residents want help with contaminated water

Raleigh News & Observer,

Janice Whitley’s husband, Bennie, loved to brag about the quality of the well water at their home just outside the city limits of east Raleigh, N.C. But low-level concentrations of four carcinogenic chemicals were found in some neighborhood wells in 2012.

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