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FILE - This June 2020, file photo, shot from a television screen provided by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy shows damage to anchor support EP-17-1 on the east leg of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline within the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan. Enbridge Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, seeking a court order to prevent the shutdown of its Line 5 oil pipeline. (Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy via AP, File)

Enbridge sues Michigan over oil pipeline shutdown order

Nov. 24, 2020 6:53 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge filed a legal challenge Tuesday to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's recent demand that the company shut down its oil pipeline that crosses the waterway connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. The Canadian company accused the state of overstepping its bounds, arguing...

Town officials charged in probe of hazardous waste dumping

Nov. 21, 2020 7:12 PM EST

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Five former or current officials of Fairfield, Connecticut, are among several people who have been arrested in connection with the illegal dumping of hazardous materials next to the town's public works garage and efforts to hide the extent of the contamination, according to police....

Manatee poke lands Tampa boat captain in federal court

Nov. 21, 2020 11:02 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It is a federal crime to harass a manatee. As a charter boat captain, David Beede knows this. He knows there are special laws to protect endangered species like the heavyset fauna which lounge in the warm waters off Florida’s coastlines. He would never want to hurt one. So as he...

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, file photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer's office took legal action Friday to force the shutdown of Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline by revoking the easement that allows an underwater section to run through the Straits of Mackinac. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, File)

Michigan governor seeks shutdown of Great Lakes oil pipeline

Nov. 13, 2020 6:20 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took legal action Friday to shut down a pipeline that carries oil beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes. Whitmer's office notified Canadian company Enbridge Inc. that it was revoking an easement granted 67 years ago to extend a roughly...

Louisiana firm pleads guilty to oyster sales violation

Nov. 13, 2020 2:37 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana seafood wholesaler and retailer has pleaded guilty to violating federal law by selling oysters out-of-state without proper reports to Louisiana. Indian Ridge Seafood Company LLC of Terrebonne Parish pleaded guilty Thursday to interstate commerce that violated the Lacey act,...

FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo, Myrtle Felton, from left, Sharon Lavigne, Gail LeBoeuf and Rita Cooper, members of RISE St. James, conduct a live stream video on property owned by Formosa in St. James Parish, La. The Army Corps of Engineers is considering whether potential environmental impacts require it to change, suspend or revoke the permit for a $9.4 billion plastics complex planned in Louisiana by a Taiwan company, U.S. Department of Justice lawyers said Wednesday, Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Some areas protected as Formosa's Louisiana work continues

Nov. 4, 2020 9:31 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Taiwan-based company and opponents to plans for a $9.4 billion plastics complex have agreed that site preparation can continue except in wetlands and in five known or possible sites of enslaved people’s graves. “It’s important that these sites be...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Nov. 4, 2020 5:40 PM EST

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Nov. 4 The Advocate on post-election priorities for Louisiana: If politics is often seen as less about principle than about deception — what Benjamin Disraeli immortalized in the 19th century as lies, damned lies and statistics — the aftermath of any...

3 lawsuits filed by opponents of Big Island geothermal plant

Nov. 2, 2020 8:31 AM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Environmentalists and Hawaii island residents have filed three lawsuits seeking further review of the state’s only geothermal power plant before the facility is allowed to produce electricity for consumer use. The lawsuits were filed late last month in Hilo Circuit Court against...

A throng of supporters listen to a video message as they await President Donald Trump for a campaign stop, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, at the Butler County Regional Airport in Butler, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Expect a lot more of the same if Trump wins a second term

Nov. 2, 2020 1:45 AM EST

Expect to see a lot more of the same if there's a second Trump administration. President Donald Trump has consistently pointed to tax cuts and regulatory relief as key successes of his first four years in office. He has repeatedly pushed for the end of the Obama-era health law but has yet to deliver a plan to...

A throng of supporters listen to a video message as they await President Donald Trump for a campaign stop, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, at the Butler County Regional Airport in Butler, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Expect a lot more of the same if Trump wins a second term

Nov. 1, 2020 9:31 AM EST

Expect to see a lot more of the same if there's a second Trump administration. President Donald Trump has consistently pointed to tax cuts and regulatory relief as key successes of his first four years in office. He has repeatedly pushed for the end of the Obama-era health law but has yet to deliver a plan to...