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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

News Round-up

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2009 at 1:10 PM

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I'm trying to get back to a more regular blogging schedule.  I'm going to try to start posting more items about a wider range of environmental topics, so please feel free to send me tips whenever you get them.  My email is

Duh: Drilling is bad for local water supplies.  Yeah, we get it, but this piece is actually pretty informative.  The reporter lists Arkansas as one of the states where fracking has poisoned water wells.  I've heard numerous complaints about this over the past year or so, but if you have any specifics let me know.

Will this really help?... regulate all the trucks that are carrying waste from one part of the state to another?  It looks like ADEQ thinks so.  Check out Michael Wickline's story from a couple days back about a legislative panel's decision to allow the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission to regulate the transportation of oil and gas industry fluids.  This has been a sticking point for a lot of local residents.  The highway dept. has said they can't regulate the trucks and it's not ADEQ's job either.  The AOGC is currently policing themselves on drilling sites across the state.  Is this another case of foxes watching the henhouse?

Green envy? Everybody wants to be green these days.  Industries like coal. natural gas and nuclear power want to be categorized as "renewable" now that federal tax dollars are up for grabs and quotas have been set  Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying.  

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