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Two Thousand Evacuated, Federal Officials to Sue, After Gas Leak from State Oil Company on Mexico's Gulf Coast; Accident is Company's Fourth in Five Weeks
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Miguel Hernandez, Associated Press

An unknown amount of liquid gas leaked from a pipeline operated by Mexico's state oil company and spread to at least two rivers in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, prompting the evacuation of 2,000 people, officials said Tuesday.

Broken Pipeline Spills Oil into Kentucky River; Amount Not Yet Known
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Associted Press

An oil pipeline broke and spilled crude oil into the Kentucky River early Wednesday, creating a miles-long slick along the tributary of the Ohio River.

Aquila to Burn Biomass in Canon City
January 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Tucker, The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo.

Aquila's W.N. Clark Generating Station is undergoing a process that could help maintain the health of the state's national forests and reduce the toxic emissions from the coal-fired power plant.

Iowa Wind Farm Expansion Planned
January 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Nancy Gaarder, Omaha World-Herald, Neb.

MidAmerican Energy Co. is proposing to expand the wind farm it is building in Iowa -- a project that already is one of the largest on land.

EarthTalk: Are There Any Car-Free Cities in the World?
January 24, 2005 12:00 AM - the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

Economically speaking, residents of sprawling cities such as Houston and Atlanta spend an average of 22 percent of their annual income on automobile and related expenses. Cars aren't so great for business, either: A recent study of 32 German cities concluded that fewer cars allowed into a city meant increased foot traffic and more retail sales.

GM Wary on Hybrids
January 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Mateja, Chicago Tribune

Why has General Motors been slow to respond in developing gas/electric cars?

Traffic Barred for a Day in Milan and Some 130 Cities across Northern Italy
January 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Cars were banned in Milan, Verona and some other 130 cities and towns across northern Italy Sunday to lower air-pollution levels.

Mexico's State Oil Company Faces Crumbling Infrastructure, Spills
January 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Stevenson, Associated Press

Alejandro Mendoza, a supervisor for Mexico's state-owned Pemex oil company, gazes out at a pipeline that dumped thousands of barrels of crude into the Coatzacoalcos river.

Workers Try to Contain Oil from Sunken Tanker in Chicago Canal
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune

A day after a barge exploded and sank in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, authorities suspended their search for a missing crew member and worked to contain the viscous petroleum byproduct that oozed from the wreckage.

Maine Forestlands in Times of Change
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Misty Edgecomb,Bangor Daily News, Maine

Maine's North Woods are in a time of transition with huge swaths of land changing hands almost weekly, paper mills struggling to survive in a new global market, and multimillion-dollar homes being constructed inside a vast wilderness.

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