October 21, 2011
Fracking Facility

Fracking Facility     Photo: K A/Google

EPA to Regulate Fracking Waste Water

New guidelines will target fluid disposal

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it plans to regulate the disposal of the fluid used in hydraulic fracturing—or fracking—the new and controversial technique used to access natural gas reserves. Fracking involves blasting underground gas deposits with water and chemicals. The EPA will offer guidelines, set to take effect in 2014, that will regulate what chemicals the wastewater can contain when it is sent to municipal processing facilities. The announcement was praised both by environementalist and the natural gas industry.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times


Cyclist Joe Papp

Cyclist Joe Papp     Photo: Ciclismoaldia/Wikipedia

Joe Papp Accepts 8-Year Doping Ban

Cyclists admits role in drug distribution ring

Joe Papp, the disgraced former cyclist who was found guilty of taking performance-enhancing drugs in 2006, on Friday accepted an eight-year suspension from cycling for his admitted role in a multinational drug distribution network. Papp told the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that he had purchased drugs from a Chinese distributor and supplied them to dozens of professional athletes. In September, he said that he had sold drugs to the husband of champion French cyclist Jeannie Longo. Papp is awaiting sentencing in a parallel prosecution brought by the U.S. attorney's office. He is believed to be cooperating with investigators in that case, too.

Read more at Velonation


Annapurna I

Annapurna I     Photo: Wolfgang Beyer/Wikimedia Commons

Korean Team Missing on Annapurna

Search teams en route

A Korean climbing team is missing on Annapurna after disappearing during a summit attempt. The team, led by mountaineer Park Young-Seok, has been missing since the afternoon of October 18, when they called base camp to say that they were ending their summit bid due to bad weather and rock fall. As of Friday morning, The North Face Korea and the Korean Alpine Federation had both dispatched search and rescue teams to the area. Annapurna I (26,545 feet) is the most dangerous of the eight-thousanders, with roughly one fatality for every three successful ascents.

Read more at the Miami Herald


Smog over LA

Smog over LA     Photo: steven.buss/flickr

CA Passes Greenhouse Gas Regulation

State is first to adopt cap-and-trade

On Thursday, California's Air Resources Board voted unanimously to adopt a system that will place limits on greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat climate change. The cap-and-trade program is an attempt to comply with a larger 2006 law that mandates California reduce carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The plan will take effect on Jan. 1st, 2013 and will be the first of its kind in the United States. 

Read more at the Los Angeles Times