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

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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.
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EPA probe demands more water testing in Texas

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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

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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

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A group of doctors concerned about air pollution is asking Utah regulators to put a hold on a major oil refinery expansion.
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Hydraulic fracturing reduces threat of Texas drought, researchers say

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The water saved by shifting a power plant from coal to natural gas is 25 to 50 times as great as the amount of water required to extract the natural gas through hydraulic fracturing, according to a University of Texas study released Thursday.
Workers in protective suits and masks wait to enter the emergency operation center at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station in Okuma, Japan in 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, Pool)

Japanese government to pay more for Fukushima cleanup

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Japan’s government announced Friday that it will increase the amount of money it is providing to the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to step up cleanup and decommissioning efforts.
Producer Marsha Garces Williams and her husband, actor Robin Williams, arrive at the New York premiere of Tennessee Williams' play 'Not About Nightingales' Thursday, Feb. 25, 1999. Mrs. Williams co-produced the play, which will run for a limited time at Broadway's Circle-in-the-Square Theatre. (AP Photo/Mitch Jacobson)

20 people you didn’t know oppose the Keystone XL pipeline

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Several business executives and entrepreneurs were among the more than 150 celebrities who signed a letter to President Barack Obama this week urging him to reject the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.
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Chesapeake Energy agrees to settle W.Va. case

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A Chesapeake Energy subsidiary has agreed to nearly $10 million in fines and restoration work to settle federal allegations over unauthorized discharges of fill material at more than two dozen natural gas extraction sites in West Virginia.
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Study finds strong link between BP spill and sick dolphins

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Bottlenose dolphins in a Louisiana bay fouled by the 2010 BP oil spill are suffering from lung damage and other injuries that are consistent with exposure to petroleum hydrocarbons, according to a federal study released Wednesday.
The silhouettes of Vestas Wind Systems turbines spin at a wind farm in Lowville, New York.  (Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg)

Feds discuss eagle kill by massive wind farm

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has begun seeking ideas from the public as it considers ways to minimize and offset the number of eagles killed by what could become the largest wind farm in the country.