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A feeling of desperation is sweeping over Japan as news from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power site worsens with high levels of radiation now showing up in groundwater. International Atomic Energy Agency monitors are urging a wider evacuation zone beyond the Japanese government’s evacuation perimeter.
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Reuters reports that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Tuesday said the department is considering forcing companies to reveal “fracking” fluids used to extract national gas on federal land. Disclosure would help federal agencies like Interior and the EPA assure the public that this extraction method does not harm the environment and the public.
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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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The New York Times compares the cultural differences among supporters of natural gas drilling and the opponents. In Louisiana, residents overwhelmingly support the gas industry despite several incidents while Pennsylvania is divided over whether or not costs to the environment and drinking water are worth the monies paid to state and local governments and residents for gas drilling rights.
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