Western Intelligence Convinced Pakistan’s ISI Hid Bin Laden

Sources: Construction of the Bin Laden villa was completed in 2005 with the full knowledge of former ISI officials who actually lived close to the facility.
Sources: Construction of the Bin Laden villa was completed in 2005 with the full knowledge of former ISI officials who actually lived close to the facility.

NSNS – Washington – Top officials in Pakistan’s Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) have known since 2003 that a plot of land was being converted to a villa to hide Osama bin Laden, according to US and Western European intelligence sources.

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NYT: Shipping Industry Faces Increased Scrutiny

With globalization comes increasing shipping pollution. According to the International Maritime Agency, the shipping industry’s annual emissions might be as much as 1,260 million tons of carbon dioxide. That equates to 3.9 percent of the global output of carbon dioxide, an amount higher than the carbon footprint for aviation. Last month U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon convened a group that concluded that a levy on shipping should be one of the sources for a $100 billion fund for developing nations to address climate change. See DCBureau’s groundbreaking series:  No Safe Harbor.

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AP: Natural Gas Drilling: 80 Chemicals Possibly Contaminating Water Systems

Photo: Hey Paul
Photo: Hey Paul
More than two years after the start of a natural gas drilling boom, Pennsylvania is making public a complete list of the chemicals used to extract the gas from deep underground amid rising public fears of potential water contamination and increased scrutiny of the fast-growing industry.

It counts more than 80 chemicals being used by the industry in a process called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” as it pursues the gas in the mile-deep shale. The mixture of chemicals breaks up the shale some 5,000 to 8,000 feet down and props open the cracks to allow the gas trapped inside to flow up the well to the surface.

Some of the chemicals being used are associated with neurological problems, cancer and other serious health effects, although state and industry officials say there is no evidence that the activity is polluting drinking water.

Environmental advocates, however, worry the chemicals are poisoning underground drinking water sources.

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ENS: Animal Waste on Factory Farms Comes Under Closer EPA Scrutiny

Photo: Nigel Monckton
Photo: Nigel Monckton
The Environmental Protection Agency, in a legal settlement that could affect the entire U.S. meat industry, has agreed to identify and investigate thousands of factory farms that have been avoiding government regulation for water pollution with animal waste.

Factory farms, also known as concentrated animal feeding operations, CAFO’s, confine animals on an industrial scale and produce massive amounts of manure and other waste. They apply liquid animal waste on land, which runs off into waterways, killing fish, spreading disease, and contaminating drinking water.

More than 30 years ago, Congress identified factory farms as water pollution sources to be regulated under the Clean Water Act’s permit program. But a Bush administration regulation allowed large facilities to bypass government regulation by claiming, without verification, that they do not discharge into waterways.

The settlement, which challenged the Bush administration loophole, requires the EPA to propose a rule on greater information gathering on CAFO’s within the next 12 months.

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