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Iowa's high court stops lawsuit over farm runoff pollution

Jun. 18, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A sharply divided Iowa Supreme Court on Friday stopped a lawsuit aimed at reducing the flow of fertilizer and hog farm waste into the state's river and streams, finding that limiting pollution from farms was a political matter and not one for the courts. ...

Senate GOP hails new Interior deputy as 'voice of reason'

Jun. 17, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate easily confirmed former Obama administration official Tommy Beaudreau as deputy secretary at the Interior Department on Thursday, a rare bipartisan moment in an increasingly bitter fight over President Joe Biden's policies on energy production and climate...

Northwestern Band of Shoshone sues Idaho over hunting rights

Jun. 17, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation is suing Idaho Gov. Brad Little and state wildlife officials in federal court, contending the state has wrongly denied the tribe hunting rights guaranteed by the 1868 Treaty of Fort Bridger. The lawsuit,...

Citgo to pay $19.7M for Louisiana spill environmental damage

Jun. 17, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Citgo Petroleum Corp. of Houston has agreed to pay $19.7 million for environmental damage from a 2006 spill at a Louisiana refinery, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday. The agreement settles both state and federal environmental claims from...

$1 million fine in 2016 pipeline accident in Louisiana

Jun. 16, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Texas company pleaded guilty to a federal Clean Water Act violation and agreed to pay a $1 million fine for damaging a pipeline that leaked more than 5,000 gallons of oil in a Louisiana bay in 2016, the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans said Wednesday. ...

Dakota Access foes seek environmental review updates from US

Jun. 11, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Dakota Access oil pipeline opponents asked a judge Friday to require the pipeline company and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide detailed monthly status reports while the federal government conducts an extensive environmental review of the project. ...

Couple on hook for $1,400 for illegally selling crab

Jun. 11, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

HERMISTON, Ore. (AP) — An eastern Oregon couple has been sentenced to pay $1,200 in restitution after illegally selling recreationally caught crab on the commercial market in Hermiston, according to the Oregon State Police. Shawna and Gerald Wilson of Hermiston also...

Undoing Trump rule won't likely affect Okefenokee mine plan

Jun. 10, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Biden administration’s plan to revive protections for some wetlands and streams that got eliminated during Donald Trump’s presidency isn't likely to restore federal oversight of a proposed mine outside the Okefenokee Swamp's vast wildlife refuge. ...

Biden nominee for public lands boss faces GOP opposition

Jun. 08, 2021 21:30 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden's nominee to oversee vast expanses of U.S. public lands was criticized Tuesday by Republicans over her past involvement in partisan politics as a longtime Democratic aide and environmentalist, underscoring the importance lawmakers assign to a...

Fate of planned mine near Okefenokee left to Georgia agency

Jun. 07, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) — More than 160 years after her great-great-grandfather settled on a patch of land surrounded by water in the Okefenokee Swamp, Sheila Carter takes visitors on guided canoe tours for firsthand looks at the swamp's abundant alligators and stilt-legged birds wading among...