links for 2011-06-27

  • As America's nuclear power plants have aged, the once-rural areas around them have become far more crowded and much more difficult to evacuate. Yet government and industry have paid little heed, even as plants are running at higher power and posing more danger in the event of an accident, an Associated Press investigation has found.
  • New York state will have a streamlined process to get new and improved power plants approved and homeowners will have an easier way to pay for energy-saving home improvements under a bill passed by the Legislature on Thursday.
  • Even before voting on a much touted agreement to cap local property taxes, New York lawmakers have approved legislation to carve out an exception for teachers' pensions.
  • Fishermen are gearing up and hunters are taking aim – for Marcellus Shale gas drilling.
  • A wave of pharmacy robberies is sweeping the United States as desperate addicts and ruthless dealers turn to violence to feed the nation's growing hunger for narcotic painkillers.
  • Two unexpected gushers in northeastern Pennsylvania are helping to illustrate the enormous potential of the Marcellus Shale natural gas field.