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New Zealand Prime Minister demands oil slick answers

Salvage crews were scrambling to off-load oil from a stranded container ship in New Zealand’s pristine Bay of Plenty Sunday, as Prime Minister John Key demanded to know why the vessel hit a reef in calm waters. With the official Metservice forecasting deteriorating conditions, including possible gale-force winds, from Monday…

Environmental groups welcome Obama freeze on oil drilling

Projects suspended off Alaska, Virginia, with another 33 halted in the Gulf LOS ANGELES — Environmental activists campaigning for a halt on Arctic oil exploration welcomed President Barack Obama’s decision to halt planned drilling in two regions off the coast of Alaska. A coalition of groups led by the Alaska…