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  • Chinese court dismisses water pollution lawsuit Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 11:30 PM ET

    BEIJING, April 15- A Chinese court has rejected a lawsuit filed by five residents from a major northwestern city after authorities said a cancer-inducing chemical had been found in tapwater at 20 times above national safety levels, state media reported on Tuesday.

  • BEIJING, April 14- A Chinese government team will probe a local unit of French firm Veolia Environnement suspected of delaying reporting water contamination which affected supplies in a major northwestern city, state radio said on Monday.

  • BEIJING, April 14- A Chinese government team will probe a local unit of French firm Veolia Environment suspected of delaying reporting water contamination which affected supplies in a major northwestern city, state radio said on Monday. The government has already blamed a crude oil leak from a pipeline owned by a unit of China National Petroleum Corp..

  • China oil leak poisons water for millions Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 | 9:27 AM ET
    Pump jacks and wells are seen in an oil field on the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom, March 23, 2014 near McKittrick, California.

    The scare has once again raised concerns over safety of China's oil pipes.

  • Oil pipe leak blamed for tainted water in China Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 | 1:46 AM ET

    The scare, which has affected more than 2.4 million people in the northwestern city of Lanzhou, has once again raised concerns over safety of China's oil pipes. In Lanzhou, a crude oil pipeline run by the state-owned China National Petroleum Corp. had a leak that tainted the source water feeding a local water plant, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

  • Feds to remove W.Va. chemical spill evidence Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 10:45 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— In two weeks, federal investigators will start carving up chemical tanks for evidence in a spill that tainted 300,000 West Virginians' water supply. The Chemical Safety Board plans to begin removing slices of three Freedom Industries tanks in Charleston on April 24, agency spokeswoman Hillary Cohen said.

  • NC sides with Duke in appeal of coal ash ruling Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 12:10 PM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.— North Carolina regulators are joining with Duke Energy in appealing a judge's ruling on cleaning up groundwater pollution leeching from the company's coal ash dumps. The state Environmental Management Commission filed notice Monday that it intends to appeal a March 6 ruling by Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway.

  • SYDNEY, April 8- Indian conglomerate GVK Power& Infrastructure Ltd and Australia's richest woman on Tuesday were ordered to meet strict environmental conditions over water conservation before developing a coal mine in the arid Australian Outback estimated to cost $10 billion.

  • NISKAYUNA, New York, April 7- Carbon dioxide, used for years to force crude oil out of old wells, likely will not replace water in fracking anytime soon because of technical challenges and limited infrastructure, says General Electric Co, which is studying the issue under a $10 billion research program.

  • China will probably need to ease monetary policy for the first time in two years in coming months

  • BEIJING, April 7- China will probably need to ease monetary policy for the first time in two years in coming months to prevent the economy from losing too much momentum, according to economists who doubt the "mini stimulus" announced so far this year can do the job.

  • Brazil electric grid operator cuts reservoir view Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 4:56 PM ET

    SAO PAULO, April 4- Brazil's electric grid operator ONS cut its forecast on Friday for water levels in the country's major southeastern and mid-west reservoir system, a setback in Brazil's struggle to avoid crippling power blackouts and electricity rationing.

  • *Euro flat after dip in Asia ahead of ECB decision. LONDON, April 3- The euro inched lower against the dollar on Thursday ahead of the European Central Bank's monthly policy decision and news conference, eyed for signs of whether the bank is any closer to doing more to boost growth.

  • BEIJING, March 28- China's Premier Li Keqiang sought to reassure jittery global investors that Beijing was ready to support the cooling economy, saying the government had the necessary policies in place and would push ahead with infrastructure investment.

  • NEW YORK, March 26- Between 9 and 18 barrels of oil spilled into Lake Michigan from BP Plc's Whiting refinery in Indiana after a malfunction on Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed on Wednesday. About 5,000 square yards of water was coated in an oily sheen and oil slicks could be seen on the shore and rocks, BP said in its initial report to the EPA.

  • MEXICO CITY, March 25- Mexican state-run oil company Pemex is not seeking to maintain all of its Perdido Fold Belt deep water development in the Gulf of Mexico as part of a major energy overhaul, CEO Emilio Lozoya told Reuters on Tuesday.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, March 24- Brazil is fighting against time to avoid crippling power blackouts and electricity rationing as a drought prevents the world's most water-rich nation from recharging its hydroelectric dams.

  • Farming in America: 'There's a growing discontent' Sunday, 23 Mar 2014 | 11:00 AM ET
    A sign near an almond farm on February 25, 2014 in Turlock, California.

    National Farmer's Day is supposed to celebrate American farmers and their contributions. But some say agriculture is seeded with a myriad of problems.

  • California drought could drain $8B, spike prices Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 9:59 AM ET
    A dog hangs around an abandoned farmhouse on February 6, 2014 near Bakersfield, California. Now in its third straight year of unprecedented drought, California is experiencing its driest year on record, dating back 119 years and possible the worst in the past 500 years.

    California's drought may leave nearly a million acres of idle land this year because of a lack of water, a report said on Friday.

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