Environmentalists seek to stop Miss. offshore drilling rules

Environmental groups want a judge to stop rules setting a framework for offshore gas and oil exploration in parts of the Mississippi Sound.
Thilde Jensen of Truxton, N.Y, protests against natural gas drilling in New York state during a rally in Albany, N.Y., on Monday, Jan. 25, 2010.  (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Groups to demonstrate for NY ban on ‘fracking’ at speech

Environmental groups opposed to natural gas drilling using high-volume hydraulic fracturing plan to make a lot of noise at the Empire State Plaza this week.
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Water pollution from drilling confirmed in some states. But not Texas.

In at least four states that have nurtured the nation’s energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling, and pollution was confirmed in a number of them.

Texas town targets oil industry over rash of quakes (video)

Authorities are trying to determine what’s been causing the earthquakes in an area about 20 miles northwest of Fort Worth. Many residents believe the tremors are related to injection wells used in the hydraulic fracturing or fracking process.
(Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Keystone XL foes want focus on spill clean up

Dilbit is made up of bitumen, a thick, sticky hydrocarbon harvested in Canada that is too hard at room temperature to flow through pipelines on its own. To ready it for pipeline transport, companies dilute the bitumen with natural gas liquids or other substances.
Todd Hart, a lab manager at the DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, pours algae as part of an experiment to turn it into crude oil (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory).

Biofuel scientists making headway on cheaper algae-based crude (photos)

Government engineers say they have developed a cheaper way to turn wet algae into crude oil, but it may take a few years to impact the market.
Greenpeace activist  Ruslan Yakushev of Ukraine behind bars speaks to a supporter in a court room in Murmansk, Russia, on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013.  A Russian court on Thursday jailed Yakushev who was part of the 30-member  team of environmental activists protesting near an oil platform last week. Two members of the group were detained Sept. 18 in their attempt to scale the Russian Arctic platform. The Coast Guard seized Greenpeace's ship the next day and towed it with the 30 activists aboard, to Murmansk. The activists are being investigated for piracy. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Russia dropping criminal charges against 30 Greenpeace protesters

Russia’s Investigative Committee is dropping criminal charges against all 30 Greenpeace activists arrested in September for a protest against Arctic oil drilling by state-run OAO Gazprom, the group said.

EPA probe demands more water testing in Texas

An investigation has found the U.S. environmental agency was right in 2010 to immediately halt the use of water from North Texas residential wells contaminated by methane and is asking for further testing.
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Wind farm eagle deaths overestimated, company says

The developers of what could become the nation’s largest wind energy project say the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has overestimated how many eagles could be killed by wind turbines at the site.
Holly Corp.'s Woods Cross Refinery in Utah.

Doctors seek to block oil refinery expansion

A group of doctors concerned about air pollution is asking Utah regulators to put a hold on a major oil refinery expansion.