Latest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers News

$55M contract toward Comite River diversion canal

May. 28, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Baton Rouge company has a $55 million contract for work on a flood-control canal planned for decades. The Comite River Diversion Canal would redirect high water from the Comite and several bayous in northern East Baton Rouge Parish into the Mississippi River during an emergency. The...

In this April 13, 2020, photo provided by TC Energy, construction contractors for TC Energy are seen installing a section of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline at the U.S.-Canada border north of Glasgow, Mont. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris has struck down a nationwide permitting program for new oil and gas pipelines in a lawsuit against the controversial Keystone XL oil sands pipeline from Canada. (TC Energy via AP)

Court rejects bid to revive cancelled US pipeline program

May. 28, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday turned down the Trump administration's request to revive a permit program for new oil and gas pipelines, an outcome that industry representatives said could delay more than 70 projects across the U.S. and cost companies up to $2 billion. The case...

FILE - This Dec. 22, 2018, file photo shows a pump jack over an oil well along Interstate 25 near Dacono, Colo. Federal courts have delivered a string of rebukes to the Trump administration over what they found were failures to protect the environment and address climate change as it promotes fossil fuel interests and the extraction of natural resources from public lands. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Trump's fossil fuel agenda gets pushback from federal judges

May. 28, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal courts have delivered a string of rebukes to the Trump administration over what they found were failures to protect the environment and address climate change as it promotes fossil fuel interests and the extraction of natural resources from public lands. Judges have ruled...

Opponents say late federal change favors Alaska mine project

May. 25, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency announced a preferred transportation route for precious metals leaving a proposed mine, angering opposition groups who say the decision represents a significant change that needs public review. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made a preliminary determination that...

Tour former newsroom turned into overflow hospital

May. 23, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — In roughly one month, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and contractors have turned The Commercial Appeal’s former building at 495 Union Ave. into a 401-bed hospital for COVID-19 patients, and a media tour of the building Monday showed a space that’s massively...

FILE - This March 2, 2019, file photo, shows a Customs and Border Control agent patrolling on the US side of a razor-wire-covered border wall along the Mexico east of Nogales, Ariz. A North Dakota construction company favored by President Donald Trump has received the largest contract to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Army Corp of Engineers also said there was no set date to start or complete construction, which will take place near Nogales, Arizona and Sasabe, Arizona. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Largest yet: $1.3 billion contract for border wall awarded

May. 20, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A North Dakota construction company favored by President Donald Trump has received the largest contract to date to build a section of Trump’s signature wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Republican U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota confirmed the $1.3 billion contract for building...

Democrats back attempt to shut down North Dakota pipeline

May. 20, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Three dozen congressional Democrats are backing an attempt by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to shut down an oil pipeline in North Dakota while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts an environmental review. The group that includes Sens. Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth...

Tennessee officials tour alternate COVID-19 care site

May. 18, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Top leaders in Tennessee got a sneak peek Monday at a former Memphis newspaper building that has been transformed into a 401-bed hospital for COVID-19 patients. Gov. Bill Lee, Shelby County officials and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers toured The Commercial Appeal building's...

Corps awards $7.1M contract to fix Nebraska levee

May. 15, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Friday it awarded a $7.1 million contract to fully repair a Nebraska levee system damaged during the March 2019 flood. The latest contract would repair the Pender–Logan Creek Right Bank levee system in Pender, Nebraska. It is the 17th one...

Okefenokee mining proposal hearing frustrates participants

May. 15, 2020 8:25 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A company looking to mine minerals near the wildlife refuge in the Okefenokee Swamp was accused of sidestepping the environmental impacts of the project during an online hearing. According to the Brunswick News, the nearly two-hour virtual presentation by Twin Pines Minerals on...