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Online list IDs water wells harmed by drilling

- Associated Press

Six years into a natural gas boom, Pennsylvania has for the first time released details of 243 cases in which companies prospecting for oil or gas were found by state regulators to have contaminated private drinking water wells.

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Servce shows an Oregon spotted frog, which was listed Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 as a threatened species. Once common across Oregon and Washington, the frog is only found in scattered and isolated wetlands amounting to 10 percent of its former range. (AP Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Oregon spotted frog to be protected as threatened

- Associated Press

Twenty-three years after it was first proposed for protection by the Endangered Species Act, the Oregon spotted frog is being listed as a threatened species.

FILE- In this Nov. 3, 2010 file photo, marchers concerned with water pollution protest against hydraulic fracturing and gas well drilling as they cross the Rachel Carson Bridge on their way through town to the Developing Unconventional Gas (DUG) East convention and exhibition being held in Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania officials say there have been 370 complaints so far in 2013 alleging that oil or natural gas drilling polluted or diminished the flow of water to private water wells. But The Associated Press found that a lack of detail in the data make it almost impossible to judge whether the drilling boom is harming more individuals than in the past, or less. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Pa. releases list of wells impacted by drilling

- Associated Press

After years of delays and confusion Pennsylvania is releasing details of 243 cases where regulators determined that oil or natural gas drilling or related activities ruined private drinking water wells.

Dinosaur tracks send scientists back in time

- Associated Press

It walked slowly along the tidal flat, looking for something to eat that might have washed up on the shoreline. To its right were the sounds of the surf and the ancestral Gulf of Mexico. To its left was a dense forest.

Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is greeted by State Sen. Jim Oberweis, right, candidate for the U.S. Senate, and Illinois Farm Bureau President Rich Guebert, left, as Rauner arrives at the Illinois Agricultural Legislative Roundtable forum in Bloomington, Ill., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/The Pantagraph, Lori Ann Cook-Neisler)

Fracking industry officials donating to Rauner

Associated Press

Oil producers, drilling companies and geologists frustrated with the slow process of implementing rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling are putting their money behind Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur).

Humpback whale spotted 6 miles from NYC

Associated Press

The Wildlife Conservation Society has released a photo of a majestic humpback whale feeding in the Atlantic Ocean just a few miles from New York City.

** FILE ** This March 25, 2014, file photo shows heat from machinery distorts the air as a worker watches over a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. gas well near Mead, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

IDNR set to release fracking rules Friday

Associated Press

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is expected to release proposed rules for high powered oil drilling to a legislative panel.

Drought spreading across Alabama

- Associated Press

Drought is quickly spreading across Alabama, but the state climatologist said Thursday the dry weather doesn't mean the state is headed the direction of the parched West Coast.

Missouri dairy farmers urge veto override

- Associated Press

Missouri dairy farmers warned Thursday that consumers could face higher milk prices if lawmakers don't override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of legislation authorizing financial incentives for their industry.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, second from right, shakes hands with Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., right, after speaking Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington, Vt. At left is Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross, and applauding is Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., second from left. Vilsack announced his agency will double the pace of spending on efforts to reduce farm runoff entering Lake Champlain. (AP photo/Burlington Free Press, Ryan Mercer) NO SALES, MAGS OUT, TV OUT, INTERNET OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

Vilsack says up to $45M to help Lake Champlain

- Associated Press

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced in Vermont on Thursday that his agency will double the pace of spending on efforts to reduce farm runoff entering Lake Champlain.

Resolution to oppose nuke waste near Lake Huron

Associated Press

A member of Congress from Michigan says he'll sponsor a resolution opposing a Canadian power company's plan to bury waste from nuclear plants less than a mile from Lake Huron.

This undated handout photo provided by NOAA shows Acropora globiceps which occurs in the Indo-Pacific; within U.S. waters it occurs in Guam, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Pacific Remote island areas and American Samoa. NOAA announced Wednesday it will afford Endangered Species Act protections to 20 coral species. All 20 species will be listed as threatened, none as endangered. Fifteen of the newly listed species occur in the Indo-Pacific and five in the Caribbean. (AP Photo/NOAA)

Feds protect 20 species of coral as threatened

- Associated Press

The federal government is protecting 20 types of colorful coral by putting them on the list of threatened species, partly because of climate change.

The coal-fired Plant Scherer is shown in operation early Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Juliette, Ga. The Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third over the next 15 years, in a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming. (AP Photo/John Amis)

UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

- Associated Press

Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous — and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says.

Canadian Transportation Safety Board Chair Wendy Tadros, right, and TSB Chief Operating Officer Jean Laporte, address the media during a news conference Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, where the board released its report on the deadly Lac-Megantic train derailment in July 2013. Tadros cited 18 factors that contributed to the derailment, including the weak safety culture of the now defunct Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railways company. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

Investigators release Quebec train disaster report

- Associated Press

The weak safety culture of a now-defunct railway company and poor government oversight were among the many factors that led to an oil train explosion that killed 47 people in Quebec last year, Canada's Transportation Safety Board said in a new report released Tuesday.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz confirmed the Obama administration will make available billions of dollars in federal loan guarantees to support construction of nuclear power plants.

Energy secretary vows to get NM nuke dump working

- Associated Press

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is vowing to get southeastern New Mexico's troubled nuclear waste dump back in operation as soon as possible after a mysterious radiation leak that has indefinitely shuttered the nation's only permanent repository for waste from decades of nuclear bomb building.