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Judge strikes down 'pore space' law challenged by landowners

Jan. 22, 2021 8:26 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge has struck down a North Dakota’s law that landowners say takes away their property rights. The so-called pore space law passed the Legislature in 2019 after supporters sought clarification on the use of cavities in rock or soil. Pore spaces are used when the petroleum...

FILE - In this April 24, 2015, file photo, pumpjacks work in a field near Lovington, N.M. In the closing months of the Trump administration, energy companies stockpiled enough drilling permits for western public lands to keep pumping oil for years. That stands to undercut President-elect Joe Biden's plans to block new drilling on public lands to address climate change. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Biden halts oil and gas leases, permits on US land and water

Jan. 21, 2021 7:51 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration announced Thursday a 60-day suspension of new oil and gas leasing and drilling permits for U.S. lands and waters, as officials moved quickly to reverse Trump administration policies on energy and the environment. The suspension, part of a broad review of...

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, pipes and tanks snake around the inside of a carbon capture and storage facility during the official opening of the facility at the Boundary Dam Power Station in Estevan, Saskatchewan. Boundary Dam has the only currently operational power plant-to-oilfield pipeline for carbon capture in North America. The U.S. government under Donald Trump's administration has approved routes for a system of pipelines that would move carbon dioxide across Wyoming in what could be by far the largest such network in North America, if developed. (Michael Bell/The Canadian Press, via AP, File)

US government approves routes for Wyoming CO2 pipelines

Jan. 21, 2021 3:13 PM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. government has approved routes for a system of pipelines that would move carbon dioxide across Wyoming in what could be by far the largest such network in North America, if it is developed. The greenhouse gas would be captured from coal-fired power plants, keeping it out of the...

Biden plans temporary halt of oil activity in Arctic refuge

Jan. 20, 2021 10:16 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration announced plans Wednesday for a temporary moratorium on oil and gas leasing in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge after the Trump administration issued leases in a part of the refuge considered sacred by the Indigenous Gwich'in. The plans,...

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, file photo, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter speaks during a news conference  in Oklahoma City. The chief of the Seminole Nation said Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, the tribe has no current plans to tax oil and gas production on all land within its traditional reservation boundaries. Chief Greg Chilcoat said the tribe has the authority to levy oil and gas production taxes on non-tribal producers operating wells on tribal trust and restricted lands, which has been existing policy. The statement was welcome news to Hunter, who had asked the tribe in December to clarify its position. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Seminole chief: No new oil, gas tax within tribal boundaries

Jan. 20, 2021 6:27 PM EST

WEWOKA, Okla. (AP) — The chief of the Seminole Nation said Wednesday the Oklahoma-based tribe has no current plans to tax oil and gas production on all land within its traditional reservation boundaries, a move that drew quick praise from the state's attorney general. Chief Greg Chilcoat said in a...

Train tanker flash fire injures 2 workers

Jan. 20, 2021 9:56 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Two workers at a Memphis company who were attempting to remove the top cover of a train tanker car that contained a cooking oil product were injured in a flash fire and taken to the hospital, officials said. One worker at Runyon Industries suffered second-degree burns on his hands and...

No oil spilled in Alaska after tugboat strikes tanker ship

Jan. 20, 2021 9:50 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — No oil was spilled when a tugboat hit a docked tanker ship and gashed its hull in southcentral Alaska last week, officials said. The tugboat struck the Polar Endeavor oil tanker at the Valdez Marine Terminal Jan. 11, the Anchorage Daily News reported Tuesday. The U.S. Coast Guard...

President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden arrive at Andrews Air Force Base, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden charts new US direction, promises many Trump reversals

Jan. 20, 2021 12:34 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stop. Stabilize. Then move — but in a vastly different direction. President-elect Joe Biden is pledging a new path for the nation after Donald Trump’s four years in office. That starts with confronting a pandemic that has killed 400,000 Americans and extends to sweeping...

Trump administration issues leases in Alaska's Arctic refuge

Jan. 19, 2021 7:43 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday said it has issued leases covering nearly 685 square miles (1,770 square kilometers) in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in a move denounced by critics in the waning hours of the Trump administration. Lesli Ellis-Wouters, a...

Explosion causes 14 tanks to burn at battery near New Town

Jan. 19, 2021 4:10 PM EST

NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say an explosion at an oil tank battery near New Town Monday night sent 14 tanks up in flames and caused oil and brine to spill. No injuries were reported. New Town Fire Chief John DeGroot said the fire was allowed to burn out in a few hours. The cause of the explosion is...