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  • Nepal clears Indian firm to build hydropower plant Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 12:04 AM ET

    KATMANDU, Nepal— Nepal's government signed an agreement Friday with Indian company GMR to build the Himalayan nation's largest hydroelectric plant in a small step toward easing chronic power shortages and attracting new investment.

  • Oil executive in North Dakota dumping plea deal Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:44 PM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— An oil executive accused of dumping toxic drilling liquid and endangering drinking water for a county in southwest North Dakota has reached an undisclosed plea deal with federal prosecutors, authorities say. Executive Drilling LLC President Nathan Garber is slated to be sentenced Sept. 26 in Bismarck federal court.

  • Pa. families struggle with gas drilling pollution Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 10:07 AM ET

    DONEGAL, Pa.— An elderly western Pennsylvania couple is struggling to cope after state officials say a natural gas drilling company's wastewater pond contaminated their drinking water.

  • More emergency water releases for Klamath salmon Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:34 PM ET

    GRANTS PASS, Ore.— For the second time this year, federal officials are releasing additional water from a Northern California reservoir to combat a parasite that threatens to kill thousands of salmon in the drought-parched Klamath River.

  • Report: More needed to improve oil train safety Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 12:33 PM ET

    BNSF Railway can make immediate safety improvements in the mile-long 100- year-old rail tunnel that runs under downtown Seattle, including installing radio communication, a fire suppression system to release water and foam, and a permanent ventilation system, according to the report written by Barb Graff, who directs the city's office of emergency management, and Seattle assistant fire chief A.D. Vickery.

  • Iraq's oil output revival at stake for want of water Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 7:14 AM ET

    DUBAI, Sept 17- A lack of water threatens Iraq's plans to raise its oil output, boost its stumbling economy and become a leading producer in the region after Saudi Arabia. A multi-billion dollar common seawater injection scheme designed to boost production from the giant export oilfields in Iraq's south is snarled up in red tape and acrimony.

  • Why it's so hard to call the end of a drought Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 1:58 PM ET

    Unlike a hurricane, tornado or snowstorm, the ends and beginning of droughts are very hard to predict.

  • Governor signs first California groundwater rules Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 1:46 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California will no longer be the last Western state with a pump-as-you-please approach to groundwater. Jerry Brown signed legislation on Tuesday overhauling the state's management of its groundwater supply, bringing it in line with other states that have long regulated their wells.

  • EPA rejects Cuomo's Tappan Zee loan proposal Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 12:18 PM ET

    Andrew Cuomo's proposal to use half a billion dollars in federal clean water loans to help finance the cost of the new Tappan Zee Bridge, instead approving only $29 million. The EPA did authorize $29 million for marsh restoration, stormwater management and other smaller projects related to the bridge.

  • Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 11:29 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH— The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania.

  • Supermarkets launch anti-bottle deposit campaign Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 1:40 PM ET

    BOSTON— Supermarket chains are launching a television ad campaign to try to persuade voters to reject a ballot question that would expand Massachusetts' bottle deposit law to include bottled water and other non-carbonated beverages.

  • In Vermont, a milestone in green-energy efforts Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    With little fanfare, the Burlington Electric Department crossed the threshold this month with the purchase of the 7.4- megawatt Winooski 1 hydroelectric project on the Winooski River at the city's edge.

  • Fracking or drinking water: Must we choose? Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 11:35 AM ET
    A crewman watches over water tanks used for hydraulic fracturing at an Anadarko Petroleum Corporation site near Brighton, Colo.

    Many shale-rich countries face a dilemma, says a new report. It might mean a choice between fracking for energy or having enough water to drink.

  • Mexico pollution, water disputes turn political Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 7:07 AM ET

    MEXICO CITY— Water pollution disasters in Mexico have turned into political battles as officials struggled Wednesday to blame each other for the problems. A town in western Jalisco state is fighting state officials over what caused the death of more than 200 tons of fish at a local lake.

  • California rice farmer: Drought may make us 'quit' Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 2:07 PM ET
    Rice harvest in the Sacramento Valley, Calif.

    The ongoing drought in California is cutting back the state's rice crop. It's gotten so bad, one rice farmer said they might have to sell the land.

  • Fear of a global drought? Get used to it Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 12:34 PM ET
    A farmer walks over dried and cracked earth that used to be the bottom of Zhifang Reservoir on July 29, 2014 in Dengfeng, China.

    The U.S. is not the only country suffering from drought. The lack of rainfall in countries like China, Colombia and Australia is raising alarms.

  • PRAGUE, Sept 4- Slovakia will strive to soften proposed European sanctions against Russia relating to exports of dual-use items and financial markets to protect its economy, Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Thursday. The EU has said it is considering new sanctions against Russia to punish Moscow for sending troops into eastern Ukraine.

  • Drought is so bad, change California flag: Group Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 12:03 PM ET

    A tongue-in-cheek effort to replace the bear on California's state flag with a camel is really meant to show just how serious the drought has become.

  • LONDON, Aug 31- Private equity firms Blackstone and Blue Water Energy said on Sunday they have teamed up to lead an investment of up to $500 million in Siccar Point Energy, a new North Sea- focused oil company. Singapore sovereign fund GIC is also contributing funding, a statement released on behalf of the buyout firms said.

  • The subpoenas are aimed at a US $4.7 bn facility provided by China Development Bank, ICBC and BOC to finance the construction of two hydroelectric dams in Patagonia and a US $2.1 bn loan from China Development Bank and ICBC to finance the Belgrano Cargas railway project.