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House Takes up Energy Price Gouging Measure
May 4, 2006 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

The House approved criminal penalties and fines of up to $150 million Wednesday for energy companies caught price gouging as lawmakers responded to public anger over high gasoline prices and huge oil industry profits.

Democrats Want to Use Interior Nominee as a Platform for Energy Demands
May 4, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne's nomination for interior secretary could run into trouble from Senate Democrats who want to use it as a bargaining chip to stop more oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, or at least assure their states get a cut.

Red Tide Fears Broaden Shellfishing Ban
May 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A partial ban on shellfishing has been imposed along the southern Maine coast in response to red tide concerns. Officials have suspended the harvesting of mussels, snails, European oysters and surf clams between the New Hampshire border and Port Clyde.

South Africa to End 'Canned Hunting'
May 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Clare Nullis, Associated Press

South Africa proposed new laws this week that would end the "canned hunting" of wildlife bred in captivity to be shot in closed reserves by wealthy tourists.

Ozone Layer Shows Signs of Recovery, Scientists Claim
May 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Patricia Reaney, Reuters

The ozone layer is showing signs of recovering, thanks to a drop in ozone-depleting chemicals, but it is unlikely to stabilise at pre-1980 levels, researchers said on Wednesday.

Canada Investigates QE2 Liner over Dumping
May 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Canada is investigating whether the luxury cruise liner Queen Elizabeth 2 illegally dumped garbage in Canadian waters and could prosecute if there is sufficient evidence, officials said Tuesday.

Crumbling Dike Threatens South Florida
May 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Peltier, Reuters

Even a weak hurricane can overwhelm the leaky and crumbling dike around Florida's massive Lake Okeechobee, putting more than 40,000 people in "imminent danger," state officials said Tuesday.

Nationalization of Bolivian Natural Gas is Part of a Broader Global Trend
May 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Brad Foss, Associated Press

Soaring energy prices are fueling a global wave of natural-resource nationalization that is souring the investment landscape for international oil companies and reshaping energy politics for years to come.

Greenpeace Report Warns Commonly Found Chemicals May Be Harming Reproductive Health
May 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Arthur Max, Associated Press

Greenpeace pushed Tuesday for EU legislation for tougher regulation of the chemicals industry, warning that not enough has been done to test the effect of chemicals found in consumer products -- from cosmetics to computers -- on human reproductive health.

Oil in Alaska Refuge Seen Raising $111 Billion for U.S.
May 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

Allowing energy companies to drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would raise about $111 billion over 30 years in corporate income taxes and royalty fees, based on current prices, a congressional research report said Tuesday.

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