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Pipeline firm fined $3.3M for worst CA oil spill in 25 years

Apr. 25, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A company that caused the worst California coastal oil spill in 25 years has been fined more than $3.3 million. A judge in Santa Barbara issued the fine and penalty Thursday against Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline. Additional damages could be levied at a restitution...

Opponents of new oil, gas law won't try for repeal this year

Apr. 25, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Opponents of a new Colorado oil and gas law that puts public safety ahead of production said Thursday that they will not attempt to overturn it this year, but they may try in 2020. They had planned to ask voters in November 2019 to repeal and replace the law, but last week the Colorado...

Montana Legislature adjourns after passing $10.3B budget

Apr. 25, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers adjourned the 2019 session Thursday after passing a $10.3 billion budget to pay for state services over the next two years and a measure to raise the state's lodging tax to improve the Montana Historical Society museum and other museums statewide. The House held its...

37 hurt, including 7 critical after Chicago-area gas leak

Apr. 25, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

BEACH PARK, Ill. (AP) — A chemical leak that caused a toxic plume to hang for hours over a northern Chicago suburb Thursday sickened dozens of people, including seven who are in critical condition, officials said. Lake Forest Fire Chief Mike Gallo said a tractor was towing two separate two-ton containers...

The Latest: O'Rourke might halt new drilling on US lands

Apr. 25, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke campaigning in northern Nevada (all times local, PDT): 5:00 p.m. Former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke says he's willing to consider a moratorium on new leases to drill for oil and gas on federal lands as a way to help combat...

Trump administration reevaluating offshore drilling plans

Apr. 25, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday it is reevaluating its controversial plan to sharply expand offshore drilling as it responds to a court ruling that blocked oil and gas development off Alaska and parts of the Atlantic. Governors and lawmakers from both Republican- and Democratic-led...

New Mexico to market 'green bonds' for energy conservation

Apr. 25, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico plans to issue specialized green bonds as it borrows roughly $12 million to complete efficiency and renewable energy upgrades on a fleet of state buildings in the capital. The board of the New Mexico Finance Authority approved the additional borrowing Thursday to help fund...

The Latest: Dems, GOP take credit for session's achievements

Apr. 25, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the Montana legislative session (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Both Democrats and Republicans are taking credit for accomplishments during Montana's legislative session, including lowering health care and insurance costs, doing a better job investigating missing persons'...

The Latest: NTSB sending team to investigate ammonia leak

Apr. 25, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

BEACH PARK, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on a chemical leak in a northern Chicago suburb (all times local): 5:20 p.m. The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to Illinois to investigate a chemical release from two containers that caused a toxic plume that sickened dozens of people. The NTSB...

Hole in Minnesota pipeline causes 8,400-gallon fuel spill

Apr. 25, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

COTTONWOOD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a hole in a western Minnesota pipeline caused a spill of about 8,400 gallons of diesel fuel, some of which found its way into a drainage ditch. The Star Tribune reports that the incident happened Wednesday night near Cottonwood. A statement from the Yellow Medicine...