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  • LOS ANGELES, June 12- California's water board curtailed senior water rights on Friday in the state's Delta, San Joaquin and Sacramento regions due to drought in the first move of its kind during the current drought, officials said. The curtailment affects more than 100 senior water rights holders, with most of those located near the Sacramento River, the State...

  • *Hydropower key to China's climate talk pledges. BEIJING, June 7- China could be wasting enough hydroelectricity to power Britain and Germany for a year, depriving its smog-bound eastern regions of huge volumes of clean energy as a result of poor planning and weak grid infrastructure. An often controversial dam-building programme raised China's hydropower...

  • NEW YORK, June 5- The record California drought, now in its fourth year, is prompting fund managers to dive into the shares of water technology companies. Fund managers from T. Rowe Price, Janus, and Mairs& Power are among those that have increased their stakes in firms such as Ecolab Inc, Roper Technologies Inc and Flowserve Corp that make smart meters, efficient...

  • The EPA also found risks to drinking water in formations where fracking occurred and where water supplies were scarce. But overall, the EPA saw little impact to water supplies from the thousands of fracking wells across the country. The draft study will give state regulators, local communities and companies "a critical resource to identify how best to protect...

  • EPA on fracking: No 'widespread' impact on water Thursday, 4 Jun 2015 | 1:29 PM ET
    Oil pumps wells Monterey Shale fracking

    The EPA said in a Thursday report that it found no evidence fracking has a "widespread" impact on drinking water.

  • In its review of data sources "available to the agency," the EPA study, requested by Congress, found specific instances where fracking affected water sources but found that they were small relative to the overall number of fracking sites around the United States. "EPA's draft assessment will give state regulators, tribes and local communities and industry...

  • In its review of data sources "available to the agency," the EPA study, requested by Congress, found specific instances where fracking affected water sources but found that they were small relative to the overall number of fracking sites around the United States. "EPA's draft assessment will give state regulators, tribes and local communities and industry...

  • In its review of data sources "available to the agency," the EPA study, requested by Congress, found specific instances where fracking affected water sources but found that they were small relative to the overall number of fracking sites around the United States. "EPA's draft assessment will give state regulators, tribes and local communities and industry...

  • VIENNA, June 3- Venezuela sought to open a new front in its months-long verbal assault on the U.S. shale oil industry on Wednesday, suggesting it posed a grave threat to water supplies. "This does not seem to raise any concerns among the governments promoting it or the companies involved," he told an OPEC seminar in Vienna attended by chief executives of some of the...

  • BERLIN, June 2- The impact of Brazil's protracted drought on EDP-Energias de Portugal's hydropower installations there could cut the utility's full-year core earnings by between 150 and 200 million euros, its chief executive said. Brazil, already hit by the severe drought last year, accounted for 17 percent of EDP's core earnings before interest, tax,...

  • BERLIN, June 2- The impact of Brazil's protracted drought on EDP-Energias de Portugal's hydropower installations there could cut the utility's full-year core earnings by between 150 and 200 million euros, its chief executive said. "Hopefully it will be less than that, the lower end of that range, or even below," Antonio Mexia told Reuters on the sidelines of the...

  • BRASILIA, May 30- Three workers died and three were injured in an accident at the construction site of the massive hydroelectric dam Belo Monte in northern Brazil, the builder said on Saturday. The likes of Hollywood director James Cameron and the Inter-American Court on Human Rights have said Belo Monte would displace indigenous people in the Amazon.

  • What drought? Why California water is so cheap Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 11:29 AM ET
    Low water levels are visible at Lake Oroville near the Bidwell Bar Bridge on May 7, 2015 in Oroville, Calif.

    Contrary to expectations, California's water bills haven't gone up as the drought continues. Here's why.

  • Experts involved in past deep water searches say the search to find MH370 could easily miss the plane as Dutch company Fugro NV, the firm at the forefront of the mission, is using inappropriate technology for some terrain and inexperienced personnel for the highly specialized task of hunting man-made objects. "Fugro is a big company but they don't have any...

  • This drought solution takes less energy than AC Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 2:33 PM ET
    Water is pumped into a field that will be planted with rice on May 8, 2015, in Biggs, Calif.

    Desalination is an expensive option compared to other methods of providing water, but many American habits take more energy than we realize.

  • Obama administration issues new rules to protect water Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 11:48 AM ET

    The Waters of the United State rule, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, aims to give clarity about which bodies of water the EPA would have jurisdiction over. The result will be better public service nationwide, "said Jo-Ellen Darcy, assistant secretary for the Army, Civil Works. The EPA and Army Corps said they took...

  • Despite strict water restrictions, California's water parks are still wet, fairways are still green and showering at hotels is still possible.

  • PORTLAND, Ore., May 22- Oregon Governor Kate Brown expanded the state's drought emergency to eight more counties on Friday amid a devastating West Coast drought and warned that water shortages could be imminent and a tough fire season may be ahead. The new Oregon counties listed in a drought emergency are Deschutes, Grant, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Morrow, Umatilla...

  • May 22- A small offshore oil platform caught fire in shallow water near the coast of Louisiana on Friday and a sheen was seen in the sea after workers were evacuated, officials said. All 28 workers aboard were taken from the platform, located about 20 miles east of the boot tip of Louisiana, onto a nearby supply vessel and taken ashore. It was unclear how much oil had...

  • Making wine from wastewater: No, it's not a joke Friday, 22 May 2015 | 12:00 PM ET
    Green Island Vineyards grows Pinot Noir grapes for top Napa Valley wineries, and uses treated wastewater to irrigate.

    "California has a lot of growing up to do on how to use water well," says a Napa wine grape grower who uses recycled wastewater to irrigate his vines.