In at least four states that have nurtured the nation’s energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling, and pollution was confirmed in a number of them, according to a review that casts doubt on industry suggestions that such problems rarely happen.
The Associated Press requested data on drilling-related complaints in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia and found major differences in how the states report such problems. Texas provided the most detail, while the other states provided only general outlines. And although the confirmed problems represent only a tiny portion of the thousands of oil and gas wells drilled every year in the United States, the lack of detail in some state reports could help fuel public confusion and mistrust.
U.S. arms maker declines order from Pakistan: A Utah-based gun manufacturer has turned down a $15 million deal to supply Pakistan with precision rifles, citing concerns that they could eventually be used against U.S. troops. Mike Davis, sales manager at Desert Tech, said the company was on a short list for a contract.
Sex offender barred from the bar: Guy Padraic Hamilton-Smith graduated in the top third of his law school class at the University of Kentucky, but the state Supreme Court blocked him from taking the bar exam because he is a registered sex offender. In the first case of its kind in Kentucky, the court rejected the bid and a move by the state Office of Bar Admissions to create and endorse a blanket rule that would have kept all registered sex offenders from gaining access to the bar.
Housewarming: In an unprecedented gesture, new Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) opened Gracie Mansion to about 5,000 New Yorkers.