News bites: U.S. to seek dismissal of 'fracking' lawsuit

The U.S. is seeking to dismiss a “fracking” lawsuit. Here’s Bloomberg:

“The U.S. government said it will ask a judge to dismiss a New York lawsuit that seeks to force a fuller environmental review of how natural-gas extraction could affect 9 million water drinkers in the state.

“The U.S. plans to ask U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn, N.Y., to dismiss the case on the grounds that the state can’t prove injury and doesn’t have the right to sue federal agencies, according to a letter filed with the court yesterday.”

Natural-gas “fracking” has increased demand for sand, a vital ingredient in the drilling technique, NPR reports.

An Interior Department scientist who was recently suspended received a letter from the department’s inspector general saying he will be questioned about his work on a controversial polar bear study, NPR reports. Interior has said his suspension is not related to the study.

Exxon Mobil is trying to secure the necessary permits to replace a segment of pipeline that ruptured last month, spewing an estimated 42,000 gallons of oil into a Montana river, the Billings Gazette reports.

Vermont officials found a radiation-tainted fish near the state’s controversial nuclear power plant, Reuters reports.

The Guardian examines the lasting effects of two Shell oil spills in the Niger delta.

Tokyo Electric Power says it has discovered a deadly radiation reading in Japan, according to Bloomberg.

A Swedish man was arrested for trying to build a nuclear reactor in his kitchen.

As part of its plan to wean off nuclear power, Germany will boost clean energy research by 75 percent, Bloomberg says.