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Agency to handle only part of permitting for water pipeline

Sep. 21, 2018 9:32 AM EDT

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A federal agency's decision to pass on permitting for much of the Lake Powell Pipeline has opponents cheering the move they say will bring increased scrutiny while supporters maintain the project is still on track. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced Thursday that it...

Indonesia imposes moratorium on new palm oil plantations

Sep. 20, 2018 9:53 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president has signed a moratorium on new palm oil development and ordered a review of existing plantations, an official said Thursday, in a blow to an industry blamed for environmental destruction and worker exploitation. Prabianto Mukti Wibowo, a deputy minister at...

State regulators approve Freeborn County wind farm

Sep. 20, 2018 7:30 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State utility regulators have approved a wind farm in southern Minnesota that was opposed by neighbors. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted 5-0 Thursday to approve a permit for the Freeborn Wind farm in Freeborn County. Residents were concerned about turbine noise and...

Oil, brine spills at McKenzie County saltwater disposal well

Sep. 20, 2018 3:29 PM EDT

KEENE, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators say equipment failure caused a spill of about 1,000 gallons of oil and nearly 15,000 gallons of brine at a saltwater disposal well in McKenzie County. The state Oil and Gas Division says White Owl Energy Services reported the incident Thursday at the WO Newtown 1...

Phased-in NIPSCO gas rate increase takes effect Oct. 1

Sep. 20, 2018 2:02 PM EDT

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Higher natural gas rates for Northern Indiana Public Service Co. will take effect Oct. 1 and cost the average residential customer about $8 more per month when fully phased in. NIPSCO said Thursday the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approved the new rates this this week...

New Mexico candidates clash on issues, never smoked pot

Sep. 20, 2018 1:03 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Candidates for governor of New Mexico drew sharp distinctions Wednesday about approaches to the statewide minimum wage, funding for public education and oil industry regulation — but they acknowledged one similarity: Neither has ever smoked pot. In a televised debate —...

Massive 2013 oil spill in North Dakota finally cleaned up

Sep. 19, 2018 5:10 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Five years and almost $100 million later, cleanup is complete on a massive oil pipeline leak in North Dakota that has been called one of the biggest onshore spills in U.S. history, industry and state officials said Wednesday. The spill by Tesoro, now known as Andeavor, was found by a...

Appeal court looks at permit for Bayou Bridge Pipeline

Sep. 19, 2018 4:53 PM EDT

GRETNA, La. (AP) — A state appeal court is reviewing a judge's order that state regulators reconsider the issuance of a permit for construction of part of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline in south Louisiana. Judge Alvin Turner said in April that the Department of Natural Resources violated state guidelines in...

Idaho regulators set new timeline for Avista-Hydro One deal

Sep. 19, 2018 12:05 PM EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho utility regulators have set a new schedule for a hearing on the proposed $5.3 billion sale of Avista Corp. to Hydro One. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission approved the new schedule for deliberations on Tuesday, saying they may not be ready to make a decision on the...

Regulators find utilities acted reasonably against storm

Sep. 19, 2018 11:56 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Public Utilities Commission has concluded two Maine utilities responded "reasonably" in taking precautions according to best available weather forecasts against an intense 2017 storm that led to record blackouts. The decision, which came in a unanimous vote Tuesday by the...