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Environmentalists oppose off-roaders' lawsuit over bird plan

Mar. 19, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists want to join a legal battle in opposition to off-road vehicle users who are trying to overturn U.S. protections for a type of imperiled bird found only along the California-Nevada line. Four environmental groups filed the request to intervene in the case over the bistate...

Thai exec guilty in poaching case, cleared of panther charge

Mar. 19, 2019 3:47 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai construction tycoon was convicted Tuesday on charges related to a high-profile poaching case last year but was found not guilty of possessing the carcass of an endangered black panther seen in photos that had sparked a public outcry. The Thong Pha Phum Provincial Court sentenced...

Turtle kingpin to serve 16 months in international scheme

Mar. 12, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man who was a kingpin in an international scheme to traffic in rare turtles will become the first person to serve prison time in South Carolina for illegal wildlife smuggling. The State reports 38-year-old Steven Verren Baker was sentenced to serve 16 months in...

Political feud complicates Kentucky's fight against opioids

Mar. 6, 2019 12:35 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — For every 100,000 people in Kentucky, 23 are killed by opioid overdoses — nearly double the national rate. But a political feud is complicating the state's effort to hold drug companies accountable for their part in the epidemic. Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear and...

Dominion to ask Supreme Court to hear pipeline appeal

Feb. 26, 2019 5:46 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Energy said Tuesday it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal after a lower court refused to reconsider a ruling tossing out a permit that would have allowed the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail. Lead...

Racketeering lawsuit by Dakota Access developer dismissed

Feb. 14, 2019 9:02 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a $1 billion racketeering lawsuit that the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline filed against environmental groups and activists, saying he found no evidence of a coordinated criminal enterprise. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners sued...

Judge: US must reconsider climate impacts of Montana mine

Feb. 12, 2019 7:51 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials have again been faulted by a federal judge for failing to adequately consider the potential climate change effects of expanding a massive coal mine in the sagebrush-covered hills of southeastern Montana. U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy Cavan recommended in a Monday...

US government appeals ruling that blocked Keystone pipeline

Feb. 1, 2019 6:50 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is appealing a court ruling that blocked the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Justice Department attorneys on Friday appealed the November ruling from U.S. District Judge Brian Morris that blocked a construction permit for the 1,184-mile (1,900-kilometer) pipeline....

Gas driller seeking to have man thrown in jail for contempt

Jan. 31, 2019 4:59 PM EST

A gas driller is escalating its campaign against a Pennsylvania homeowner who's long accused the company of polluting his water, demanding that he be thrown in jail over his failure to submit to questioning as part of the company's $5 million lawsuit against him. Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. sued...

Northam announces coal ash clean up agreement

Jan. 24, 2019 3:21 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's largest electric utility is backing a plan to excavate coal ash from unlined ponds after arguing for years that leaving the heavy metal-laden waste product in place was the best option. Gov. Ralph Northam and a bipartisan group of lawmakers announced an agreement Thursday to...