Feds Adopt Plan for Drilling on Vast New Mexico Grassland; State, Conservationists Vow Fight
January 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Susan Montova Bryan, Associated Press
Despite protests by the governor and environmentalists, the federal government decided to open nearly all of New Mexico's vast Otero Mesa for exploratory drilling but vowed that the oil and gas industry won't have a "free-for-all."
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.
Livestock Groups, EPA Agree on Air Monitoring
January 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Chris Clayton, Omaha World-Herald, Neb.
Large livestock operations have finalized an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency, agreeing to two years of air-quality monitoring in exchange for legal protections for past violations.
Monsanto to Buy Seminis
January 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim McLain, Ventura County Star, Calif.
Seminis Inc., the giant Oxnard fruit and vegetable seed producer, is being sold to Monsanto Co. for $1.4 billion, more than double what the sellers paid for it just 16 months ago, the companies announced Monday.
Glades Reservoir Proposal Encounters Some Opposition
January 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Curtis Morgan, The Miami Herald
A new science report questions whether there will be enough water left to restore the Everglades as suburbia eats at its edges, and it suggests reconsidering some touchy places to store it: Namely, Lake Okeechobee and the vast sugar and farm fields south of the lake, locations already neck-deep in water and growth disputes.
Officials, Groups Seek to Settle Clean Air Suit
January 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Scott Streater, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas
Federal officials met with local and state environmental groups last week in an effort to settle a lawsuit that accuses the government of endangering millions of people in Dallas-Fort Worth by failing to take action to clean the air.
California Officials Doubt Natural Seepage Caused Oil Spill Killing Hundreds of Birds
January 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
A mysterious oil spill that killed hundreds of birds on the Southern California coast was probably not caused by natural seepage from the ocean floor, investigators said.
One Month Post-Tsunami, Farmers Face Fallow Fields
January 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Beth Gardiner, Associated Press
A small, grassy field that once held 200 broad-leafed banana trees now has only a dozen, and their owner is sure they'll die soon. Last month's tsunami swept away coastal crops and poisoned fields with salt, leaving tens of thousands of farmers homeless and snatching away the livings they scraped from the soil.
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.