Beyonce continued to celebrate her 30th birthday and first-time pregnancy in Europe on Tuesday. After spending the weekend in Venice, Italy for film festival fun, the “Love on Top” singer popped up in Hvar, Croatia with her husband Jay-Z. And unlike the bump-obscuring maxi-patterned dress she wore in Venice on Saturday, Beyonce’s Tuesday attire flaunted her expanding belly.
For her Croatian beachside look, the Grammy winner donned a frilly white two-piece bikini as Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Carter), 41, stood by. “He’s wanted this so badly,” a pall tells Us of the first-time father. “Jay didn’t have a father in his life, so he wants to be an amazing dad,” adds another source. Beyonce (who famously announced her pregnancy at last week’s MTV VMAs in L.A.), meanwhile, is enjoying the baby prep. “She’s been hungrier for Southern cooking,” a source close to her band says. “Voracious!”
The state of Colorado says it will require American Shale Oil, LLC — a company backed by Rupert Murdoch and Dick Cheney — to fix several poorly cemented wells that, according to the state, appear to be endangering ground water in western Colorado. Halliburton — the oil and gas giant once headed by Cheney — conducted the cementing and cement evaluation of the wells and rated several as having “poor” cement bonds in certain segments, according to a memo that American Shale Oil (AMSO) submitted to state and federal regulators in late July.
In the July 26 memo, AMSO claimed the poor cementing in its wells “poses little threat” to groundwater resources in the Piceance Basin on Colorado’s Western Slope, where the company is leasing federal land to pursue oil shale research and development. But the state disagrees. When contacted about the AMSO memo, Steve Shuey, a Senior Environmental Protection Specialist for the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety (DRMS), told Media Matters in a statement that the cementing fell short of the plans filed by the company and it “appears to be inadequate to protect” the region’s aquifers. Shuey said the state would require AMSO to fix the cementing: (more… )