Science Lags as Health Problems Emerge Near Gas Fields

Great story from ProPublica about the continuing dangers people face from living near gas fields and hydraulic fracturing.

Check out this list of symptoms a woman had after walking outside near a leaking tank of natural gas condensate.

"The next morning Wallace-Babb was so sick she could barely move. She vomited uncontrollably and suffered explosive diarrhea. A searing pain shot up her thigh. Within days she developed burning rashes that covered her exposed skin, then lesions. As weeks passed, anytime she went outdoors, her symptoms worsened. Wallace-Babb’s doctor began to suspect she had been poisoned."

Read the whole story here.

A video preview of our new podcast with Bob Alvarez, a senior scholar at the Institute of Policy Studies, about the dangers of how spent nuclear fuel rods are stored in the U.S. To hear more of this great discussion and learn what a solution is for the problem of nuclear fuel rods, go listen to the full podcast.


Released emails reveal that the British government launched a PR campaign specifically to play down the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The business and energy departments approached British energy companies like EDF, Areva and Westinghouse to come up with a plan to prevent the nuclear situation at Fukushima Daichi from doing damage to plans for new nuclear stations. The emails, which the Guardian got a hold of, show a fear of the “anti-nuclear chaps and chapesses,” as one official put it. They were particularly concerned about what comparisons to Chernobyl might do to the public image of the nuclear energy industry. View the emails here. (AP Photograph.)

Is New Mexico's Los Alamos Lab Really Safe? →

Time interviews Peter Stockton, one of our senior investigators and an expert on nuclear safety.

Frac! Energy Department Scientists Wonder "What the Eff Am I Really Here For"?

(via POGO’s blog)