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Idaho utility, Idaho and Oregon make deal on fish passage

Dec. 14, 2018 1:21 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho utility, Idaho and Oregon have reached a deal involving the operation of a hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon border. The agreement made public Friday means water-quality certifications from each state for Idaho Power to operate the Hells Canyon...

Himalayan nation Nepal gets first modern train tracks

Dec. 13, 2018 10:59 PM EST

JANAKPUR, Nepal (AP) — The competition between two Asian giants, India and China, for influence over tiny Nepal is yielding a bonanza in the form of the Himalayan mountain nation's first modern railway — and possibly more to come. New shiny rails connecting the 34 kilometers (21 miles) between...

Ethiopia sets 2022 for Nile dam's completion amid delays

Dec. 13, 2018 11:46 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's controversial Nile River dam will not be completed until 2022, more than four years behind schedule, because of possible defects with the hydro-electrical plant's equipment, an official said Thursday. The dam's construction managers have concerns about the quality of...

WWF says Tanzania dam project could hurt key wetland

Dec. 13, 2018 5:22 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A conservation group says Tanzania's agreement with Egyptian companies to build a huge hydroelectric dam in the Selous Game Reserve risks damage to an important wetland and could hurt the livelihoods of over 200,000 people who live downstream. The WWF group criticized the project after...

Tanzania agrees to construct $3 billion dam in wildlife park

Dec. 12, 2018 9:45 AM EST

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania on Wednesday signed a $3 billion agreement with two Egyptian companies to construct a huge hydroelectric plant in a game reserve that is a UNESCO World Heritage site. President John Magufuli witnessed the signing of the agreement with Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa...

Egypt wants 'formal agreements' on Ethiopia's dam

Nov. 6, 2018 8:59 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt wants "formal agreements" that Ethiopia will not reduce Cairo's share of the Nile during the filling of what will be Africa's largest hydroelectric dam. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi told reporters Tuesday that "we need to turn Ethiopia's goodwill into formal agreements" and ensure the...

Breaching dams to save Northwest orcas is contentious issue

Oct. 18, 2018 7:04 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Calls to breach four hydroelectric dams in Washington state have grown louder in recent months as the plight of critically endangered Northwest orcas has captured global attention. Some argue the best way to get more salmon to the starving whales is to tear down four dams on the Lower...

Power company proposes burying line under Maine gorge

Oct. 18, 2018 5:04 PM EDT

CARATUNK, Maine (AP) — A Maine power company is making a concession to environmentalists by proposing to bury a portion of a transmission line that would cross a scenic gorge. Central Maine Power notified regulators Thursday that it wants to drill rather than cross the Kennebec River Gorge with elevated...