We are rapidly depleting many of the world's most important aquifers. NASA reports, "Nearly all of these underlie the word’s great agricultural regions and are primarily responsible for their high productivity." Further declines threaten both our food supplies and our security.
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In a July letter, the company requested a five-year pause in its leases to drill in the Arctic, as they're set to expire in 2017. Shell has already spent eight years trying to develop oil in the region without success.
Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) sent a letter on Wednesday to the state's Department of Environmental Protection, saying his subcommittee was launching an investigation into the adequacy of Pennsylvania's laws governing fracking waste disposal.