"Drilling Down: Learning Too Late of Perils in Gas Well Leases"

Many landowners who sign leases with oil and gas companies as the "fracking" boom rolls through Texas, Colorado, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia think the lease terms pay them well and protect them from damage. Investigative reporters from the New York Times got the leases and read the fine print. They concluded that many of the leases victimize landowners.

Source: NY Times, 12/02/2011

EPA Proposes Regulating Ship Ballast Water To Battle Invasive Species

"TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The Environmental Protection Agency proposed stricter requirements Wednesday for cleaning ballast water that keeps ships upright in rolling seas but enables invasive species to reach U.S. waters, where they have ravaged ecosystems and caused billions of dollars in economic losses."

Source: Wash Post, 12/01/2011

Deadlines for Plans To Reduce Regional Haze Finally Established

On Nov. 9, 2011, EPA signed a consent decree that requires the agency to receive from and approve a State Implementation Plan for DC, VI, and 43 states that don't have a fully approved one. Each state can determine how it wants to reduce haze. In some cases, the plan will rely on actions already taken, such as reductions in emissions from power plants or vehicles.

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