News bites: NY state report calls fracking safe, Shell's mishap fuels Arctic drilling fight, and more

The New York Times reports on an unpublished analysis by New York state officials that’s favorable towards hydraulic fracturing, the controversial natural gas development method.

The paper got its hands on the research summary as the state considers whether to allow gas development. From the story:

The analysis and other health assessments have been closely guarded by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his administration as the governor weighs whether to approve fracking. Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, has long delayed making a decision, unnerved in part by strident opposition on his party’s left. A plan to allow a limited amount of fracking in the state’s Southern Tier along the Pennsylvania border is still seen as the most likely outcome, should the drilling process receive final approval.

The Associated Press has obtained a federal report on a 2011 oil spill in Montana that befouled a long stretch of riverbank and killed wildlife. From AP:

Delays in Exxon Mobil Corp.'s response to a major pipeline break beneath Montana's Yellowstone River made an oil spill far worse than it otherwise would have been, federal regulators said in a new report.


The damage could have been significantly reduced if pipeline controllers had acted more quickly, according to Department of Transportation investigators.

Bloomberg reports that Shell’s latest Arctic mishap – the grounding of the Kulluk drillship – is fueling debates about whether oil-and-gas drilling should be allowed in federal waters off Alaska’s coast.

Reuters looks at a study on the costs of delaying a global greenhouse gas emissions deal.