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Minnesota regulators near decision on disputed oil pipeline

Jun. 17, 2018 10:07 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota regulators will open two days of final arguments on whether they should approve Enbridge Energy's proposal for replacing its deteriorating Line 3 crude oil pipeline from Canada across Minnesota. The proposal has aroused intense opposition from tribal and climate change...

Tests show toxic heavy metals near Wisconsin sand mine spill

Jun. 7, 2018 6:54 PM EDT

Wisconsin officials found elevated levels of toxic heavy metals near a frack sand mine spill that sent millions of gallons of sludge into a tributary, carrying it downstream into the Mississippi River. Department of Natural Resources test results showed high levels of arsenic, lead and other contaminants at the...

Scientists predict average dead zone, but 3x long-term goal

Jun. 7, 2018 3:27 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal scientists are predicting an average dead zone this summer in the Gulf of Mexico. But they note that this would still be three times greater than the long-term goal for reducing the size of the largely human-caused area where there's too little oxygen to support marine life. The...

DNR: Wisconsin frack sand sludge spill nontoxic

Jun. 5, 2018 2:26 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Wisconsin officials say early tests have found no harmful chemicals after a spill near a frack sand mine sent millions of gallons of sludge into waterways. A contactor's bulldozer slid into a pond last month, leading to an hourslong rescue at the Hi-Crush mine in the western Wisconsin...

US states prepare as Subtropical Storm Alberto heads north

May. 26, 2018 6:34 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida, Alabama and Mississippi launched emergency preparations Saturday ahead of the arrival of Subtropical Storm Alberto, a slow-moving system expected to cause wet misery across the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend. Cuba was being pounded by rain along its...

The Latest: Tropical storm watches issued ahead of Alberto

May. 25, 2018 11:01 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Subtropical Storm Alberto (all times local): 11 p.m. Tropical storm and storm surge watches have been issued for parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast as Subtropical Storm Alberto slowly moves eastward. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Friday that the tropical storm watch...

Wisconsin frack sand sludge spill reaches Mississippi River

May. 24, 2018 6:29 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Wisconsin officials were testing for environmental and health hazards Thursday after an accident at a frack sand mine sent millions of gallons of sludge into waterways, tinting them orange as the thick plume traveled downstream into the Mississippi River. A contractor's bulldozer slid...

Army Corps project to protect Tennessee river from sewage

May. 16, 2018 2:45 PM EDT

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (AP) — Army engineers have completed a $1.4 million project designed to protect a vital storm sewer channel that runs into a Mississippi River tributary in Tennessee. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday that it turned over the project in late March to the city of Germantown, a...

Wife: Drowned veteran struggled with post-traumatic stress

May. 10, 2018 12:49 PM EDT

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A military veteran who drowned in the Mississippi River after being rejected for treatment at a veterans' facility and instead visited a hospital emergency room had struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder since he served with the U.S. Army in the 1990s, his wife said....

Study: Invasive fist-sized treefrogs in New Orleans

May. 1, 2018 3:57 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Invasive, noxious Cuban treefrogs that eat smaller frogs and grow as big as a human fist have established a population in New Orleans, and officials say they could soon pose a threat to native frogs across the Mississippi River. The U.S. Geological Survey says frogs caught at the Audubon...