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Climate change fuels California emphasis on preventing fires

Sep. 23, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Having spent billions of dollars in a losing battle to control wildfires in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday approved nearly $1 billion in new spending aimed at stopping the blazes before they start. California spent $3.4 billion on...

Defunct biogas plant to pay $1.1M for environmental breaches

Sep. 23, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

DAKOTA CITY, Neb. (AP) — The owners of a defunct biogas plant in northeast Nebraska have agreed to pay a $1.1 million fine to the state and federal governments for repeated violations of environmental rules. Big Ox Energy and its owners agreed to pay the fine as part of...

Flat Rock gets the all-clear weeks after gas leak from Ford

Sep. 23, 2021 15:39 PM EDT

FLAT ROCK, Mich. (AP) — Authorities told hundreds of people in a Detroit suburb to return home Thursday, ending a three-week voluntary evacuation after gasoline from a Ford Motor factory got into the sewer system. The leak “is no longer a risk to the indoor air of...

BP, Exxon warn of supply issues in UK due to driver shortage

Sep. 23, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government sought to ease concerns Thursday of a fuel crisis after oil giants BP and ExxonMobil-owned Esso warned they had to ration supplies and close some gas stations as a result of a truck driver shortage. BP said it was reducing gasoline...

Polluters pick up tab for restoration of threatened cedar

Sep. 23, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

WOODLAND TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey plans to restore vast tracts of a coastal tree species threatened by climate change, and will pay for it with money from polluters of groundwater. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said Thursday its plan to...

NTSB analyzing fractured gas pipeline in Coolidge explosion

Sep. 22, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

COOLIDGE, Ariz. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday released its preliminary report on last month’s gas line explosion in Coolidge that destroyed a home and killed a man and his 14-year-old daughter. NTSB investigators said a natural gas...

Saudi king expresses hope for the direct talks with Iran

Sep. 22, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's monarch expressed hope Wednesday that the kingdom's direct talks with Iran will lead to confidence building as the two bitter regional rivals take small steps toward dialogue following several years of heightened tensions. ...

Tribes: Pipeline review company has conflict of interest

Sep. 22, 2021 13:53 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The head of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is asking a federal agency overseeing the environmental review of the Dakota Access oil pipeline to cut ties with a contractor conducting the analysis, citing a conflict of interest. Chairman Mike Faith...

‘My whole life in a van’: Islanders flee Spanish volcano

Sep. 22, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

TODOQUE, Canary Islands (AP) — A wall of lava up to 12 meters (40 feet) high bore down on a Spanish village Wednesday as islanders scrambled to save what they could before the molten rock swallowed up their homes following a volcanic eruption. The lava, which was still...

Turkish warship warns Greek ship not to enter its waters

Sep. 22, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish warship issued a warning to a Greek research vessel to prevent it entering what Turkey considers its territorial waters, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday. The showdown came a year after tensions in the eastern Mediterranean threatened to escalate into...