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EPA Finds Fracking Fluid In Wyoming Water

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) — Energy companies will struggle to sell the shale gas boom to the U.S. public after the EPA found fracking fluid in Wyoming’s water, a critic said. The Environmental Protection Agency announced, in a draft report, that an aquifer in Wyoming was found to contain compounds associated with hydraulic fracturing, the […]

U.S. Examines Pipeline Safety Rules

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) — A measure that would tighten rules and increase fines for oil and gas pipeline violations has gained bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress, a lawmaker said. U.S. House of Representatives and Senate leaders agreed on the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act. It calls for tighter safety rules […]

Battery Recycling A Mexican Problem

MEXICO CITY, Dec. 9 (UPI) — Used American batteries being recycled in Mexico using crude methods expose workers and residents to dangerous levels of toxic lead, environmentalists say. Domestic U.S. recycling has become more difficult and expensive because of strict new Environmental Protection Agency standards on lead pollution, leading some companies to send the work […]

Rats Show Empathy To Trapped Cage Mates

CHICAGO, Dec. 9 (UPI) — Rats can be empathetic and will help free a trapped cage-mate even in the absence of any reward for doing so, U.S. researchers report. Helping others out of empathy has long been associated strictly with humans and other primates, but research led by the University of Chicago shows rats exhibit […]

U.S. Leases Out Alaska Land For Oil, Gas

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Dec. 8 (UPI) — Three companies won the rights to explore and develop oil and natural gas on more than 141,000 acres in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. Energy companies 70 & 148 LLC, Woodstone Resources LLC and ConocoPhillips submitted winning bids for the rights to develop 17 tracts covering roughly 141,739 […]

More Violations For BP In Gulf Of Mexico

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) — British energy company BP is facing five sets of complaints issued by U.S. regulators stemming from last year’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, an agency said. Last month, U.S. regulators suggested there were new regulatory violations uncovered during an analysis of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion last […]

Keystone XL Not Political, Obama Says

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) — The proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline isn’t going to be used for political fodder, the U.S. president said during meetings with Canada’s prime minster. U.S. President Barack Obama met with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the White House Wednesday. Obama, during a news conference, said he discussed TransCanada’s plans […]

Mars Rover Finds More Evidence Of Water

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 8 (UPI) — The Opportunity Mars rover has found powerful evidence of liquid water activity on the planet’s surface, NASA says. The rover has found and photographed bright veins of a mineral, apparently gypsum deposited by water, evidence of a past wet environment on Mars, a NASA release said Thursday. “This tells […]

Florida Jellyfish Invasion Killed Fish

PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 8 (UPI) — A massive influx of jellyfish that shut down a Florida nuclear power plant in late August also killed several tons of protected grouper fish, officials said. Florida Power & Light’s St. Lucie plant was shut down for two days because of the jellyfish invasion, and wildlife officials and […]

Images Capture Destruction Of Mountains

OXFORD, England, Dec. 6 (UPI) — Images from Pacific Ocean waters 4 miles deep reveal one of Earth’s most violent processes as massive underwater mountains are destroyed, researchers said. The pictures, created by sonar, reveal how tectonic action is dragging giant volcanoes into a chasm in the seabed, a highly active fault line running north […]


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