Dec 17, 2015

U.K. allows fracking beneath national parks

British lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favor of allowing fracking under national parks, despite earlier promises of a ban. Legislators voted by 298 to 261 in favor of extending legislation to permit fracking 1,200 meters below national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty and ...

Aug 27, 2015

Fracking caused Canadian quake: media report

Fracking by a Canadian subsidiary of Malaysian oil and gas giant Petronas triggered one of the world’s largest earthquakes linked to the controversial practice, according to a report Wednesday by Canada’s public broadcaster. The British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission said it has linked ...

Jun 19, 2015

Big injections of wastewater trigger quakes: study

The more oil and gas companies pump their saltwater waste into the ground, and the faster they do it, the more they have triggered earthquakes in the central United States, a massive new study found. An unprecedented recent jump in quakes in America’s heartland ...

Dec 18, 2014

Cuomo to ban fracking; health officials deem it unsafe

The New York state health department said fracking for natural gas can’t be done safely, dooming prospects that Gov.Andrew Cuomo will end a six-year moratorium. Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said at a Cabinet meeting in Albany on Wednesday that studies on the extraction ...

Promised Land

Aug 13, 2014

Promised Land


You can never be sure which Gus Van Sant you’re getting when you are about to watch a film by this stylistically promiscuous director. Will it be the sympathetic chronicler of outsider teens (“My Own Private Idaho,” “Paranoid Park”); the maker of mordantly funny ...