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  • TOKYO, Feb 12- Japan's nuclear regulator has criticised the operator of the stricken Fukushima plant for incorrectly measuring radiation levels in contaminated groundwater at the site.

  • Feb 11- North Carolina has asked a state judge to put a controversial settlement deal with U.S. power company Duke Energy over pollution on hold after a massive coal ash spill into a local river raised fresh concerns about water safety.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 10- California fracking opponents aiming to stop development of massive state oil reserves are focusing their drive this year around the state's record-breaking drought, arguing oil production would suck sorely needed water from farms and homes.

  • In particular, the massive hydroelectric dams along the Columbia River and its tributaries in Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho are crucial suppliers of electricity to California via high-voltage transmission lines, known as paths.

  • COLUMN-Living without water in the U.S. West: Kemp Monday, 10 Feb 2014 | 7:29 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 10- Water supplies across the western and southwestern United States are becoming severely strained as more people move into areas with limited rainfall and shrinking groundwater.

  • CABROBO, Brazil, Feb 10- In 2006, then President Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva, a native of Brazil's historically drought-plagued northeast, pushed through an idea that long-suffering residents of the region had been hearing about for more than a century.

  • Feb 7- Antero Resources Midstream LLC filed with U.S. regulators to raise up to $500 million in an initial public offering of its common stock. Antero Resources Midstream, formed by Antero Resources Corp, owns, operates and develops midstream energy assets including pipelines, compressor stations and fresh water distribution systems.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 6- Already struggling with cuts to agricultural production and other impacts from a record setting drought, California faces the prospect of lower hydroelectric power generation as well, a U.S. government report said on Thursday. A persistent dry spell has drained water supplies in California and neighboring Nevada.

  • LONDON, Feb 6- For 25 years, U.S. specialists in international relations have been predicting water shortages will become a source of conflict.

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 5- Drought-stricken California farmers facing drastic cutbacks in irrigation water are expected to idle some 500,000 acres of cropland this year in a record production loss that could cause billions of dollars in economic damage, industry officials said.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 5- The Republican-led House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would roll back federal rules to provide more water for farmers and municipalities in California's Central Valley as the state copes with its worst drought in decades.

  • Drought forces California farmers to idle cropland Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 2:26 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES, Feb 5- Drought-stricken California farmers facing drastic cutbacks in irrigation water are expected to idle some 500,000 acres of cropland this year in a record production loss that could cause billions of dollars in economic damage, industry officials said.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 5- The White House threatened to veto legislation on Wednesday that would curtail federal rules limiting the amount of water pumped out of California's San Joaquin-Sacramento River delta while the state struggles with its worst drought in decades.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 4- California's senate leader is preparing a $644 million emergency drought relief bill designed to quickly fund shovel-ready projects to combat the state's severe water shortage, according to a draft of the bill. California is facing its worst drought in decades.

  • MEXICO CITY, Jan 29- Mexico's state-run oil company Pemex has found light crude at an ultra-deep water well in the Perdido Fold Belt in the Gulf of Mexico, near the maritime border with the United States, a senior company official said in an interview on Wednesday.

  • House easily passes long-overdue farm bill Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 | 3:04 PM ET
    Cattle at Hunter Haven Dairy Farm in Pearl City, Ill.

    The House of Representatives passed an controversial farm bill Wednesday that cuts spending by about $23 billion.

  • UPDATE 2-U.S. House easily passes long-overdue farm bill Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 | 1:49 PM ET

    *Bill goes to Senate for vote as early as Thursday. WASHINGTON, Jan 29- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a comprehensive farm bill on Wednesday that cuts payments for food stamps by about 1 percent and ends a direct subsidy to farmers, while expanding government-backed crop insurance programs.

  • Matt Damon's not acting. There's a water crisis Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 | 7:44 AM ET
    Matt Damon dicussing the world's water crisis at 2014 WEF in Davos, Switzerland.

    Matt Damon is both a hot Hollywood actor and a water wonk. The man who brought Jason Bourne to life spends time these days on fixing the water crisis.

  • ABU DHABI, Jan 21- Abu Dhabi National Energy Company plans to grow its water business via new projects and acquisitions across the Middle East and North Africa as well as India by creating an independent operation, a company executive said on Tuesday.

  • Jan 17- Specialty chemicals maker Freedom Industries Inc filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Friday, eight days after a leak from one of its storage tanks contaminated drinking water for hundreds of thousands of West Virginia residents.

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