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UND rock library looks to preserve core of energy industry

May. 15, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A few hours’ drive from the Bakken oil fields lies a treasure trove for geologists: rock from nearly every oil well ever drilled in North Dakota, under one roof. The rock is tucked neatly into cardboard boxes stacked on numerous warehouse...

Inslee, Murray, Cantwell oppose Simpson plan to remove dams

May. 14, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's top Democrats have come out against a proposal from U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, to remove four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River and replace their benefits as part of a huge infrastructure bill being crafted by the Biden administration. ...

Nevada Democrats unveil renewable energy infrastructure bill

May. 13, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers are considering a massive energy infrastructure proposal that would encourage the construction of renewable energy transmission lines and electric vehicle charging stations and hasten the state's transition away from fossil fuels. ...

Louisiana gov urges feds to resume offshore leases in months

May. 13, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s governor urged the federal government on Thursday to resume offshore oil and gas leasing within months. The head of the federal agency that runs offshore lease sales didn't say whether sales will resume. it’s...

New Jersey solar, gas power plans spotlight justice concerns

May. 13, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

Two energy projects highlighting the environmental justice movement in very different ways are under way in New Jersey. A gas-fired power backup power plant is proposed for a sewage treatment facility in an already-polluted minority community. And a solar farm has opened...

Washington state nuclear site to delay moving waste off-site

May. 13, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy and its regulators have proposed extending the deadline to ship waste contaminated with plutonium off the decommissioned Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state. The proposal moves the deadline back 20 years...

Court: Construction can proceed on hydropower corridor

May. 13, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Construction can proceed on a 53-mile (85-kilometer) stretch of utility corridor that’s a critical part of a $1 billion project to bring Canadian hydropower to the New England grid, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The 1st U.S. Circuit...

Biden pledges aggressive response to pipeline cyberattackers

May. 13, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

President Joe Biden pledged an aggressive response to the cyberattack that temporarily shut down the Colonial Pipeline and warned gasoline stations on Thursday not to engage in price gouging as motorists wait for fuel to start flowing back to their communities. “Do not,...

Spain at last adopts promised law on becoming carbon neutral

May. 13, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s parliament approved a law on climate change and energy transition Thursday that belatedly brings the country into line with the European Union’s goal to become carbon neutral by 2050. The law stipulates a 23% reduction in emissions by 2030...

Biden team moves swiftly to tackle pipeline political peril

May. 12, 2021 21:23 PM EDT

The Biden administration swung aggressively into action after a primary gasoline pipeline fell prey to a cyberattack — understanding that the situation posed a possible series of political and economic risks. The pipeline shutdown was an all-hands-on-deck situation for...