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U.S. Watches Closely As Oil Drilling Begins Off Cuba

A Spanish company has begun drilling for oil in the Caribbean north of Cuba, just 80 miles from the Florida coast. Researchers and response crews in Florida are already making contingency plans for a possible spill.

Washington Nuclear Cleanup Project Under Scrutiny

The federal government's largest nuclear cleanup project is being called into question by some key players. Managers for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation's waste treatment plant say the design is deeply flawed and could endanger workers or the public. The plant in south central Washington state is designed to treat 56 million gallons of radioactive sludge.

Natural Gas Boom Energizing The Chemical Industry

Chemical companies are the latest beneficiaries of natural gas drilling booms across the country, especially near the Marcellus Shale region in the Northeast. The ethane-rich gas there is providing a cheap resource, prompting chemical companies to build new plants, expand existing ones and even reopen shuttered facilities.

Battling The Bottle: Students And Industry Face Off Over Water

Colleges are pulling bottled water off campuses as students argue the products hurt the environment and aren't well regulated. But the industry fired back this week with a YouTube video it hopes will sway students to keep buying bottles of water.
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Environmentalists Upset Over Plans To Export Gas Out Of Eastern Shore

Dominion Power wans to export natural gas out of Maryland's Eastern Shore, but environmental groups are opposing the plan.


As Gray Wolves Return, So Does Debate Over Hunting

Back from near-extinction, the gray wolf will soon be removed from the endangered species list. Now, Wyoming has struck a deal with the federal government to allow trophy hunting of the predator in certain parts of the state. But the move has drawn the ire of environmentalists.

Saved From Extinction, Darwin's Crocs Are Now King

Australia's Northern Territory is home to the cunning, powerful and deadly saltwater crocodile — the world's largest. And in the territory's capital, Darwin, the crocodile is both feared and beloved.
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Progress Widespread On Maryland Bay Clean Up

Maryland's counties are all over the map when it comes to Chesapeake Bay clean up plans, according to a coalition of environmental groups.