NYT: N.Y. Assembly Approves Fracking Moratorium

The New York Assembly voted for a temporary moratorium on natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing with horizontal drilling. The Senate has already passed a similar bill. The Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York is asking Governor David Paterson to veto the bill.

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NYT: Despite Gains, Night Raids Split U.S. and Karzai

Increased night raids by Special Operations forces are putting pressure on the Taliban, but the increase in civilian casualties is causing problems for the Karzai government. Afghan President Karzai has asked NATO to stop the raids, but U.S. General David Petraeus believes these military actions are successful. At a NATO meeting in Lisbon this week, the United States is presenting a plan to withdraw combat troops by 2014.

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Telegraph: Britain will not defeat Taliban and should open talks, says head of Army

General Sir David Richards, head of the British Army, said Sunday Britain and its allies will not defeat the Taliban and should soon open peace talks with insurgents in Afghanistan. He said he believed the time had come for negotiations with Nato’s enemies to pave the way for eventual withdrawal of troops. “There’s always been a point at which you start to negotiate with each other,” Gen Sir David said.

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AOL: Civil and criminal investigations on Gulf spill are being pursued

Attorney General Eric Holder, during a visit to the Gulf today, announced that civil and criminal investigations about the spill are under way. Prosecutors are examining thousands of pages of e-mails, repair logs and other documents to see whether oil giant BP and its contractors have willfully violated federal safety regulations.

“If it turns out to have been misleading conduct, false statements, concealment or withholding of information, then there’s a whole laundry list of other charges that could materialize,” said David Uhlmann, former head of the Justice Department’s environmental crimes section.

During the announcement, Holder said prosecutors will be focus on violations pertaining to the Clean Water Act, Oil Pollution Act, Migratory Bird Treaty, and the Endangered Species Act.

President Obama has asked Congress for $10 million to finance the investigations.

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