Stage could be set for ad­di­tional drilling

Tampa Bay Times - - Nation & World -

An in­ter­nal In­te­rior Depart­ment memo has pro­posed lift­ing re­stric­tions on ex­ploratory seis­mic stud­ies in the Arc­tic Na­tional Wildlife Refuge, a pos­si­ble first step to­ward open­ing the pris­tine wilder­ness to oil and gas drilling. The doc­u­ment pro­poses end­ing a re­stric­tion that had lim­ited ex­ploratory drilling to the pe­riod from Oct. 1, 1984, to May 31, 1986. It also di­rects the agency to pro­vide an en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment and a pro­posed rule al­low­ing for new ex­plo­ration plans. The doc­u­ment, a copy of which was ob­tained by the New York Times, was first re­ported by the Wash­ing­ton Post. The Arc­tic refuge, which cov­ers more than 30,000 square miles, has been closed to com­mer­cial drilling for decades be­cause of con­cerns about the im­pact on po­lar bears, cari­bou and other an­i­mals.

PENN­SYL­VA­NIA: A son of for­mer Penn State Univer­sity as­sis­tant foot­ball coach Jerry San­dusky pleaded guilty Fri­day to charges he pres­sured a teenage girl to send him naked pho­tos and asked her teen sis­ter to give him oral sex. Jef­frey San­dusky’s plea deal comes a week be­fore his trial was slated to be­gin on the charges, and nearly six years after his father was ar­rested in a child mo­lesta­tion case that shook Penn State and is still work­ing its way through crim­i­nal and civil courts. As part of the deal, 41year-old San­dusky will spend up to six years in state prison, but the judge could im­pose as much as eight years.

SYRIA

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