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

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 17- California Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency on Friday, a move that will allow the parched state to seek federal aid as it grapples with what could turn out to be the driest year in recorded state history for many areas.

  • The EPA said a mine could destroy up to 94 miles of salmon-supporting streams and thousands of acres of wetlands, ponds and lakes. Polluted water from the mine site could enter streams, causing widespread damage in a region that produces nearly 50 percent of the world's wild sockeye salmon, the EPA said.

  • A total of about 38,000 customers can now use tap water, with residents of the Southside, Southridge and George Washington areas near state capital Charleston cleared to drink or wash with their tap water, West Virginia American Water said in statements. Downtown Charleston and nearby Kanawha City were given the go-ahead on Monday.

  • Jan 14- West Virginia officials on Tuesday lifted a ban on drinking tap water from 35,000 customers who had been affected by a chemical spill that left the state's water supply nearly unusable for hundreds of thousands since last week.

  • *Russia's grain terminals capacity at 30 mln T/year. To tackle this, major traders including Glencore and, more recently, Cargill, have bought stakes in Russian grain terminals at Black Sea deep-water ports, which have the largest capacity and service major importers including North Africa and the Middle East.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 5- Federal regulators are unlikely to step up enforcement of potential water contamination cases linked to natural gas drilling- despite new concerns about water safety- given a lack of political will and limited resources to pursue such cases, analysts said.

  • BEIJING, Dec 27- China will raise standards for the production of cement, batteries, leather and heavy metals as part of its efforts to cut air, water and soil pollution, the environment ministry said on Friday.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 25- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was criticized in an internal report for dropping charges that Range Resources Corp was polluting drinking water while "fracking" for natural gas. The EPA withdrew its order in March of that year after legal action by the company.

  • BEIJING, Dec 13- China, the world top energy user, has given the go-ahead to build six new coal mines together with a massive thermal power plant in its northwest, despite warnings about local water shortages as well as the growing risk of pollution.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority on Monday signed a water-sharing agreement that includes the building of a desalination plant on the Gulf of Aqaba and a pilot study for a pipeline linking the Red Sea with the Dead Sea, the World Bank said.

  • SYDNEY, Dec 5- Asian markets were mostly under water on Thursday as persistent speculation about the fate of U.S. stimulus lifted bond yields globally, while Japanese shares struggled to find their footing after a spill.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares ship water, euro awaits ECB Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013 | 11:53 PM ET

    *Asian shares subdued after soft Wall St, Nikkei off again. SYDNEY, Dec 5- Asian markets were mostly under water on Thursday as never-ending speculation about the fate of U.S. stimulus lifted bond yields globally, while Japanese shares struggled to find their footing after a spill.

  • MILAN, Dec 2- Italy's Astaldi said on Monday it had signed a contract to build an hydroelectric power plant at Muskrat Falls in Canada worth 1 billion Canadian dollars.

  • *HSBC final PMI for Nov suggests China manufacturing stable. TOKYO, Dec 2- Asian shares and the dollar treaded water on Monday, as investors cautiously awaited key U.S. data this week after a decent reading on China manufacturing calmed worries about the health of the world's second-biggest economy.

  • *Q3 revised GDP data due 8:50 a.m. Dec 9. NAGOYA/ TOKYO, Japan, Dec 2- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Monday he saw no need to water down the bank's commitment to achieve 2 percent inflation in two years, stressing that the country was on track to meet the target despite risks from soft overseas growth.

  • Raise water spending, get $1.0 trillion benefits - U.N. Wednesday, 27 Nov 2013 | 9:51 AM ET

    That would mark a sharp rise from the current $500 billion invested each year but yield benefits of at least $3.0 trillion a year, or more than $1.0 trillion above the highest projected spending, it said.

  • *Inga dam is one of a spate of hydro projects across Africa. INGA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nov 27- Deep in the bowels of the giant Inga hydroelectric dam that straddles the mighty Congo river stands a fading map named "The motorways of electric power from Inga".

  • LONDON, Nov 21- Mining in space is moving from science fiction to commercial reality but metals magnates on this planet need not fear a mountain of extraterrestrial supply- the aim is to fuel human voyages deeper into the galaxy.

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 19- Gold struggled on Tuesday to shake sharp losses from the previous session, hurt by stronger equities and fresh uncertainty over the outlook for U.S. stimulus. *Spot gold was flat at $1,274.21 an ounce at 0022 GMT, after dropping 1.2 percent on Monday.

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