News bites: Oil prices rise on Syrian tension, the latest on Japan’s nuke disaster, and more

Reuters reports that oil prices climbed to a six-month high on the prospect of a U.S. military strike against Syria’s government.

The Associated Press reports on the leak of contaminated water from Japan’s wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Reuters reports on the Chinese government’s probe of executives at state-owned oil giant PetroChina.

Bloomberg looks at the health effects of coal plant development in a Chinese region.

The San Francisco Chronicle
reports on an oil production technique used in California called “acidizing.”

“Companies trying to pry oil from a vast shale formation beneath Central California have been pumping powerful acids underground to dissolve the rock and free the petroleum within,” the paper reports.