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Judge tosses suit seeking end to Delaware River drilling ban

Jun. 11, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge on Friday threw out a lawsuit by Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania that sought to overturn a ban on gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Delaware River basin, ruling they lacked standing to sue. Senate Republicans led...

Company drops plan for $2.3B methanol plant in Washington

Jun. 11, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A company backed by the Chinese government on Friday ended its seven-year effort to build one of the world’s largest methanol plants along the Columbia River in southwestern Washington, following a series of regulatory setbacks and a long debate over its environmental...

Fight over Canadian oil rages on after pipeline's demise

Jun. 10, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Keystone XL is dead after a 12-year attempt to build the oil pipeline, yet the fight over Canadian crude rages on as emboldened environmentalists target other projects and pressure President Joe Biden to intervene — all while oil imports from the north keep...

Judge blocks drilling plans in 2 states, citing bird habitat

Jun. 10, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has halted plans for oil and gas drilling on vast areas of Wyoming and Montana, citing concerns about a sagebrush-dwelling bird. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management didn't adequately consider how the drilling would affect the greater sage...

New Mexico amends rules to prohibit oil and gas spills

Jun. 10, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — It will be unlawful for oil and natural gas drillers to spill liquid waste under revised rules adopted Thursday by New Mexico oil and gas regulators. The unanimous vote by the state Oil Conservation Commission comes after the panel heard testimony...

Biden's oil policies highlight rift in New Mexico politics

Jun. 09, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A small group of New Mexico lawmakers is supporting the Biden administration’s pause and review of federal oil and gas lease sales, saying they are committed to moving away from the state's over-dependence on fossil fuels. The group of 24...

Fire at Colorado oil drilling site burns trucks, pumps

Jun. 06, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A fire raged for several hours at an oil drilling operation about 40 miles east of Denver, burning several trucks before being brought under control. The cause of the fire at the Crestone Peak Resources drilling pad near the town of Bennett was not yet...

Turkey says it's made a new natural gas find in Black Sea

Jun. 04, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that a 135-billion cubic meter natural gas reserve has been discovered in Black Sea waters, which could help the energy-dependent country cover its needs in the years to come. The announcement...

Feds approve expansion of North Dakota natural gas pipeline

Jun. 03, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Federal regulators have approved a natural gas pipeline in western North Dakota, a move state officials believe will help curb the wasteful flaring of excess gas and increase state tax revenues by millions of dollars annually by allowing more oil drilling in the area....

Top European court faults Germany for high air pollution

Jun. 03, 2021 05:46 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The European Union's top court ruled Thursday that Germany “systematically and persistently" exceeded limits on nitrogen dioxide, a harmful gas produced by diesel engines, in many regions between 2010 and 2016. The European Court of Justice faulted...