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PG&E: Judge's proposals for fire risk could cost up to $150B

Jan. 23, 2019 8:49 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Proposals by a U.S. judge to prevent Pacific Gas & Electric Co. equipment from causing more wildfires would endanger lives, could cost as much as $150 billion and would interfere with the work of federal and state regulators, the utility said Wednesday in a court filing urging the...

Colorado town extends moratorium on new oil, gas drilling

Jan. 23, 2019 6:31 PM EST

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado town has extended its moratorium on new oil and gas drilling, expecting lawmakers to address statewide regulations this year. The Daily Camera reports the Erie Board of Trustees approved Tuesday the six-month extension, preventing a lapse in the freeze that was set to...

US panel hears arguments in nuclear waste storage case

Jan. 23, 2019 6:19 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists and nuclear watchdog groups raised dozens of objections Wednesday to an application filed by a New Jersey-based company seeking to build a multibillion-dollar facility in southeastern New Mexico to temporarily store spent nuclear fuel from commercial reactors...

Bill passes allowing electric cooperatives to offer internet

Jan. 23, 2019 5:15 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Northeast Mississippi resident John Henson is among the people who are hoping that a measure allowing the state's electric cooperatives to offer high-speed internet service will bring improvements. The Senate voted unanimously Wednesday for House Bill 366 , which had earlier passed...

Attorneys call for investigation of Mountain Valley Pipeline

Jan. 23, 2019 5:07 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two attorneys are calling for a federal investigation of whether Mountain Valley Pipeline crews violated laws by continuing construction after a permit suspension. Charlie Williams and Tom Bondurant, attorneys representing the group Preserve Bent Mountain, told The Roanoke Times this...

Cooper administration refusing to let workers be interviewed

Jan. 23, 2019 4:47 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican lawmakers are battling over the General Assembly's methods to scrutinize a side deal the governor reached last year with developers of a natural gas pipeline. A legislative oversight committee agreed last month to hire an investigative firm led by former...

The Latest: PG&E objects to judge's proposals on fire risk

Jan. 23, 2019 3:57 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on proposals by a U.S. judge aimed at preventing Pacific Gas & Electric Co. equipment from causing any wildfires in 2019 (all times local): 12:45 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says a judge's proposal to prevent the utility's equipment from causing any wildfires in...

Colorado Editorial Roundup

Jan. 23, 2019 3:34 PM EST

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Jan. 23, on making over the Electoral College: If you're a Democrat in Indiana or a Republican in Illinois, it's fair to ask whether you should bother casting a ballot in the presidential election. Your vote won't matter thanks to our weird Electoral College system. Illinois is...

Idaho Geological Survey seeks budget increase

Jan. 23, 2019 11:13 AM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The agency that provides information about Idaho's geology and minerals and makes natural gas and oil production records available is asking state lawmakers to approve a $1.25 million budget. University of Idaho President Chuck Staben made the request for fiscal year 2020 for the Idaho...

Natural gas fields give Israel a regional political boost

Jan. 23, 2019 2:48 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A decade after discovering natural gas fields off its Mediterranean coast, Israel is starting to feel the geopolitical boost. Its newfound riches have fostered economic bonds with its neighbors, tightening relations with Arab allies, and built new bridges in a historically hostile region...