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Mexican Authorities Working to Clean up Gulf Oil Spill
December 24, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Authorities in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz worked to clean up oil and oil-soaked sand and vegetation on Friday after 5,000 barrels of crude into a river leading to the Gulf of Mexico, coating local beaches, federal officials said.

China Approaches Canada in search for New Oil Sources
December 24, 2004 12:00 AM - The Times of India

China's thirst for oil has brought it to the doorstep of the United States. Chinese energy companies are on the verge of striking ambitious deals in Canada in efforts to win access to some of the most prized oil reserves in North America.

Italian Cities Clamp down on High-Polluting Cars
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Citizens in one Alpine region of northern Italy have been walking or taking the bus to work since a curfew on more polluting cars and scooters came into force this month.

Newmont Admits Emitting Mercury in Indonesia, Denies Health Impact
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

A U.S. mining company has admitted that it released tons of mercury into the air and water over a period of years at one of its Indonesian gold mines, but denied that it had any health impact on people.

Avocado Oil, Taco Grease Fuel Eco-Bus in Mexico
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Catherine Bremer, Reuters

Ecologists toured Mexico City taco stands and sushi bars Wednesday to refuel an old school bus with waste cooking oil that will power the next leg of a green-awareness tour from California to Costa Rica.

EPA Fines Phoenix-Based Copper Mining Firm for Emissions Report Errors
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Thomas Stauffer, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson

The Environmental Protection Agency has fined Asarco Inc. $80,000 for errors the company made in reporting emissions at its copper smelter in Hayden.

Natural Gas Pipeline Rupture Triggers Massive Mojave Desert Cleanup
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Jennifer Bowles, The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, Calif.

A nasal-penetrating stench still rises from the sand a month after a ruptured pipeline spewed untold amounts of gasoline up to 80 feet high for hours over a patch of the fragile Mojave Desert.

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.

Grand Rapids, Minn., Paper Mill's Expansion May Depend on Tree Supply
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - John Myers, Duluth News-Tribune, Minn.

Environmental review for a proposed $800 million paper machine at Blandin Paper Co. in Grand Rapids will focus on the mill's growing appetite for Minnesota's trees.

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.

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