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Federal officials halt Atlantic Coast pipeline construction

Aug. 10, 2018 10:23 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal officials have ordered that construction be halted on the Atlantic Coast pipeline, days after a federal appeals court threw out two key permits for building the 600-mile natural gas pipeline. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced the order in a letter Friday to...

Bank of the West's environmental stand faces blowback

Aug. 10, 2018 3:33 PM EDT

Bank of the West's decision to divest from certain fossil fuel investments has run headlong into threats of retaliation in states that get much of their revenue from coal, oil and natural gas extraction. The San Francisco-based bank recently made it known that it would be "investing where we feel we can make the...

Muslim cleric: Grandson found buried at New Mexico compound

Aug. 9, 2018 9:34 PM EDT

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — A severely disabled Georgia boy who authorities say was kidnapped by his father and marked for an exorcism was found buried at the ramshackle compound in the New Mexico desert that has been the focus of investigators for the past week, the toddler's grandfather said Thursday. New Mexico...

Poles want coal jobs protected amid green energy shift

Aug. 9, 2018 2:28 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish trade union leaders and government officials at a climate conference called Thursday for nations to protect industrial jobs and be given the freedom to choose their own approaches to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The two-day meeting that opened in Katowice aimed to work out...

Huge Los Angeles gas leak leads to $120 million settlement

Aug. 8, 2018 6:49 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California utility reached a nearly $120 million settlement over a massive blowout at a natural gas storage field that became the nation's largest known release of climate-changing methane and forced thousands to flee their Los Angeles homes almost three years ago, officials...

Group says US energy panel stacked with industry supporters

Aug. 7, 2018 7:41 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Conservationists claimed in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that a Trump administration committee reviewing royalties paid by companies on fossil fuels extracted from public lands is stacked with industry supporters who conduct some meetings in secret. The Western Organization of Resource...

Solar cookout aims to woo traditional chefs, cut carbon

Aug. 7, 2018 1:19 AM EDT

DEZHOU, China (AP) — The savory aromas of roasting hot dogs and chicken kebabs wafted out of metal and glass vacuum tubes heated by mirrors curved to capture the sun's heat. Two dozen chefs with white aprons and hats prepared soups, baked "baozi" pork buns, and boiled rice porridge at a festival designed...

Appeals court tosses key permits for Atlantic Coast pipeline

Aug. 6, 2018 6:43 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday threw out two key permits for the Atlantic Coast pipeline, a ruling environmental groups said should halt construction on the 600-mile natural gas pipeline, but project developers insisted should not result in a lengthy delay. A three-judge panel of...

Former US contractor pleads guilty in kickback case

Aug. 6, 2018 4:03 PM EDT

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A Florida man who worked as a project manager for a company that has done more than $200 million of dollars in energy efficiency work for the U.S. government pleaded guilty Monday to charges he took more than $2.5 million in kickbacks and bribes over a five-year period from...

Heat wave: Portugal tames wildfire; French cities ban cars

Aug. 6, 2018 11:52 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Firefighters in Portugal were close to bringing a major, four-day wildfire near a popular tourist area under control Monday as sweltering weather gripped much of Europe. The Portuguese Civil Protection Agency said firefighters had contained 95 percent of the blaze in rolling hills...