Enviro Links: Senate to Address “Pollution,” NOAA Hoarding Gulf Info, and More

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In climate news:

Majority Leader Harry Reid says there will be a “pollution” measure in the energy package.

John Kerry (D-Mass.) has a new, a
667-page draft
version of a utility-only bill.

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin says he will name a replacement for Sen. Robert Byrd by the end of the day on Friday.

And in oil disaster news:

The keeping lobbyists busy, The Hill reports, as oil drillers and related industries push back against the Obama administration’s moratorium on new deepwater drilling.

Dan Frumkin reports that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is hoarding reams of data that marine researchers say is imperative to understanding how much damage the BP oil gusher has caused to the Gulf.

New Orleans residents tell
the oil spill commission
about how the disaster is affecting them.

Some members of the oil spill panel are questioning
the administration’s
latest attempt to instate a moratorium on new
offshore drilling.

The impact the Gulf spill will have on seafood
is still unknown
.

BP’s shares
are up
now that the new containment cap is in place.

ProPublica reports that the co-owners of the Macondo well are still refusing to help cover the costs of the disaster, pointing the finger at BP.

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