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Corpus Christi, Texas, Firm to Drill for Gas in National Seaside Park's Dunes
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - James Pinkerton, Houston Chronicle

With the winter sun gleaming on its full, tawny coat, a lone coyote pauses to watch human visitors as they examine a new gas well in a remote corner of Padre Island National Seashore.

Forest Service Plans Deletes Environmental Protections, Critics Say
December 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Knight Ridder

The Forest Service Wednesday changed the way it plans management of national forests, shortening the process by years but also eliminating the primary tool used by environmentalists to challenge logging and mining in protected forests.

Missouri Landfill Owner Leads Campaign to Incorporate Shingles into Asphalt
December 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Jack Naudi, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Few motorists spend time wondering what ingredients went into making the asphalt that helps their tires to grip the road. Dale Behnen, co-owner of Peerless Landfill Inc. near Valley Park, is a notable exception.

California Farmers have until Year's End to Turn in Plans to Clean the Air
December 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

The Central Valley's dairy, cotton, fruit and vegetable farms are the newest front in the fight to clean up one of the nation's dirtiest air basins.

Richland, Wash.-Based Utility Mulls Cow Power
December 26, 2004 12:00 AM - Chris Mulick, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash.

Energy Northwest is at a crossroads with its pilot project that turns cow dung into kilowatts.

Fidel Castro Announces Discovery of Crude Oil Deposit off Cuban Coast
December 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

President Fidel Castro said a crude oil deposit has been discovered off Cuba containing up to 100 million barrels, good news for a country that imports about half the petroleum it needs.

Oregon Forest Owners See Fairer Future in Measure 37
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Michael Milstein, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

Family landowners suffering under Oregon's land-use laws formed the public face of Measure 37. But the timber industry quietly supplied almost $3 of every $4 that buoyed the ballot initiative to an easy victory.

The Forest Service on Wednesday Announced Long-Waited Changes to Rules Governing the National Forest Management Act, the Basic Law that Governs the Nation's 155 National Forests
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press Writer

Managers of the nation's 155 national forests will have more leeway to approve logging and other commercial projects with less formal environmental review under a new Bush administration plan, The Associated Press has learned.

Honda Earns Green Automaker Award from Environmentalists
December 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Tiffany Ray, Montgomery Advertiser, Ala.

The Union of Concerned Scientists last week dubbed Honda the nation's greenest automaker in a report on car companies' environmental performance.

Company Polluted Nitro, W.Va., with Dioxin, Lawsuit Says
December 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette, W.Va.

For more than 50 years, the Monsanto Co. plant in Nitro churned out herbicides, rubber products and other chemicals.

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