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US eases land restrictions meant to protect bird in West

Mar. 15, 2019 10:22 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday finalized changes to sweeping federal land use plans for the West, easing restrictions on energy companies and other industries in a way officials said would still protect a struggling bird species. The changes by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management...

The Latest: House chairman blasts Trump sage grouse plans

Mar. 15, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's changes to protections for the ground-dwelling sage grouse in the U.S. West (all times local): 10:30 a.m. The chairman of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee says the Trump administration's decision to ease restrictions on energy...

Judge tosses Ohio's lawsuit against gas pipeline developer

Mar. 15, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A judge has tossed out a lawsuit Ohio filed against the developers of a $4.2 billion natural gas pipeline that stretches from West Virginia to Michigan. The lawsuit sought to force the builders of the Rover Pipeline to pay fines for what Ohio regulators said were numerous water...

Trump administration to ease restrictions on oil and gas, other industries put in place to protect imperiled bird

Mar. 14, 2019 10:06 PM EDT
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Trump administration to ease restrictions on oil and gas, other industries put in place to protect imperiled bird.

Nuclear industry pushing for fewer inspections at plants

Mar. 14, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nuclear power industry is pushing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to cut back on inspections at nuclear power plants and throttle back what it tells the public about plant problems. The agency, whose board is dominated by Trump appointees, is listening. Commission staffers are...

Contested oil wells in Colorado suburb clear major hurdle

Mar. 13, 2019 12:04 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A fiercely contested oil and gas project in a residential neighborhood outside Denver cleared a major hurdle Tuesday when state regulators approved a request by an energy company to drill for reserves that belong to dozens of people, including some who don't want to participate. The Colorado...

The Latest: Colorado drilling rule changes get initial OK

Mar. 12, 2019 11:52 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on an oil and gas project in a suburban Denver neighborhood (all times local): 9:50 p.m. The Colorado Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that would dramatically change how the state regulates oil and gas. Senators endorsed the bill Tuesday. It faces another vote in the...

Tribes seek to keep flags from Capitol after pipeline bills

Mar. 12, 2019 9:42 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Two Native American tribes in South Dakota are asking that their flags not be displayed at the state Capitol after lawmakers approved bills this session aimed at potential protests against the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline. The Argus Leader reports the quick passage of Gov. Kristi...

EPA rules on issue pitting oil producers, corn farmers

Mar. 12, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing to allow year-round sales of gasoline mixed with 15 percent ethanol, seeking to calm a dispute that has riled two politically important blocs — the oil industry and corn farmers. Tuesday's proposed rule change by the Environmental Protection...

Trump signs major public lands, conservation bill into law

Mar. 12, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a wide-ranging public lands bill Tuesday that creates five new national monuments and expands several national parks. The new law also adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness and permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which supports...