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Benzene warning lifted near Houston-area petrochemical plant

Mar. 21, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

Residents near a petrochemical storage terminal in the Houston suburb of Deer Park were warned to shelter in place for several hours on Thursday after elevated levels of benzene were detected in the air. The warning was lifted around noon after air-quality readings improved, but health officials said air...

AP PHOTOS: Exxon Valdez oil spill inflicted lasting wounds

Mar. 21, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — It was just after midnight on March 24, 1989, when an Exxon Shipping Co. tanker ran aground outside the town of Valdez, Alaska, spewing millions of gallons of thick, toxic crude oil into the pristine Prince William Sound. The world watched the aftermath unfold: scores of herring,...

Missouri regulators approve Midwest wind energy power line

Mar. 20, 2019 11:25 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri regulators reversed course Wednesday and gave the go-ahead to one of the nation's largest renewable energy projects — a high-voltage power line delivering wind energy from the Midwest to a power grid for eastern states. The proposed Grain Belt Express transmission...

US judge blocks oil, gas drilling over climate change

Mar. 20, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge blocked oil and gas drilling across almost 500 square miles (1,295 sq. kilometers) in Wyoming and said the U.S. government must consider climate change impacts more broadly as it leases huge swaths of public land for energy exploration. The order marks the latest in a string...

Permanent offshore oil drilling ban OK'd by Oregon lawmakers

Mar. 19, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon state lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a permanent offshore oil drilling ban as the Trump administration forges ahead with a plan that could open up the Pacific coast for petroleum exploration and extraction. The House voted 47-8 to prohibit drilling and exploration in...

Oregon House approves 10-year ban on 'fracking'

Mar. 18, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon House approved a 10-year ban on fracking to explore for oil and natural gas. Lawmakers voted 42-12 on Monday to prohibit the process, which injects high-pressure liquids into underground rock to extract oil and gas. The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration. There...

Government: Offshore drilling prep should go on during suit

Mar. 18, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Preparatory work for offshore drilling shouldn't be halted while a lawsuit challenging the practice moves through the court, according to papers filed Monday by attorneys for the Trump administration. The government wants a judge to deny a preliminary injunction request filed by...

With treaty set to expire, will there be rough waters ahead?

Mar. 17, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — The way dams and storage reservoirs on the Columbia River and its tributaries are managed could change dramatically in a short five years if negotiators from the United States and Canada don't strike a deal. At issue is the Columbia River Treaty, a transboundary agreement that has...

Correction: Chile-Floating Solar Island story

Mar. 16, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — In a story March 15 about a floating island of solar panels in Chile, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the array is 1,200 square feet. The array is 1,200 square meters. A corrected version of the story is below: SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A floating island of solar...

Students globally protest warming, pleading for their future

Mar. 15, 2019 11:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Students across a warming globe pleaded for their lives, future and planet Friday, demanding tough action on climate change. From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, angry students in more than 100 countries walked out of classes to protest what they see as the failures by...