Water Environment

ST. LOUIS - A Missouri lead producer has agreed to pay about $65 million to settle environmental violations at several of its sites in southeast Missouri, officials announced Friday.

BREST, France - A chemical tanker carrying thousands of tons of a gasoline product was being towed toward France's northwestern coast Friday after it collided with another ship, the boat's manager and maritime officials said.

NEW DELHI - The already-troubled Commonwealth Games is facing a new crisis - reports that up to 15 swimmers on the England and Australia teams have a stomach virus potentially caused by the suspect quality of water at the aquatics center in New Delhi.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Shell Oil announced Wednesday that it has scaled back its Arctic Ocean exploration plans in 2011 to promising sites in the Beaufort Sea, backing off prospects in the Chukchi Sea until legal clouds are cleared.

PLUM ISLAND, N.Y. - The classified ad might read: "Island for sale.
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