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"The Science Beneath the Surface: A Very Short Guide to the Marcellus Shale"

By Don Duggan-Haas, Robert M. Ross, and Warren D. Allmon
Paleontological Research Institution, $18 (paperback)

Reviewer: SUE SMITH-HEAVENRICH

If you are looking for a quick reference to shale, this is it.

October 14, 2014

DEADLINE: The National Press Foundation 6th all-expenses-paid Cancer Issues program for journalists.

The National Press Foundation is accepting applications until Oct 14th for its 6th all-expenses-paid Cancer Issues program for journalists. The Cancer Issues 2014 program takes place December 7 – 10, 2014 at the NPF office in Washington, DC.

September 24, 2014

Estimation of Community Exposure to Toxic Releases: A Perspective from the Geography of Public Health

This free webinar from the Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and EPA's TRI Program, Noon - 1:30 p.m. EDT, will feature Dr. Jamison Conley, associate professor of geography at West Virginia University.

Firm Seeks To Silence Fracking Pollution Concerns with Defamation Suit

The video of Steve Lipsky setting his drinking water on fire nearly went viral on You Tube. The fracking company he thinks caused the problem is suing him for defamation. Now that case is headed for the Texas Supreme Court. Oral arguments are scheduled for December 4.

Congress Doesn't Want You To Read These Reports

More evidence of Congress' ineffectiveness comes in its ongoing failure to keep its secrets actually secret. Its official policy is to keep the Congressional Research Service from publicly releasing the handy explainers it produces at taxpayer expense. Thanks again to the Federation of American Scientists' Government Secrecy Project for unauthorized publication of these reports.

Shouldn't "Trade Secrets" Face a Sunset in Interests of Public Health?

One of the oldest tricks U.S. industry has used to hide the potential harm to public health done by chemicals it puts into the environment is to claim that their identities are trade secrets via a loophole established under the antiquated Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976. On August 21st, a coalition of groups petitioned EPA for toxic trade secrets to have an expiration date.

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