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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2015 file photo, TC Energy's Keystone pipeline facility is seen in Hardisty, Alberta. The Trump administration is approving a right-of-way allowing the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built across U.S. land. Federal officials told The Associated Press that Interior Secretary David Bernhardt would sign the approval for about 45 miles of the line's route Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. It pushes the controversial $8 billion project closer to construction, but it still faces court challenges. The 1,200-mile pipeline would transport up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil daily from western Canada to U.S. refineries. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Trump administration approves Keystone pipeline on US land

Jan. 22, 2020 7:27 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday approved a right-of-way allowing the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built across U.S. land, pushing the controversial $8 billion project closer to construction though court challenges still loom. The approval signed by Interior Secretary...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jan. 22, 2020 2:16 PM EST

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Jan. 22 The (Lake Charles) American Press on Louisiana's public school system: Louisiana's public education system ranked next to the bottom of states in a 2019 ranking of "States with the Best & Worst School Systems" by the financial web site WalletHub....

FILE - In this April 1, 2013 file photo, a member of a cleanup crew is reflected in water and oil in a drainage ditch along State Highway 365 in Mayflower, Ark. A segment of a crude oil pipeline that has been closed since it ruptured in Central Arkansas in 2013 is being inspected and tested, officials said this week. Energy Transfer Partners LLC, which owns what was formerly known as the Pegasus Pipeline, notified Central Arkansas Water that testing is underway, utility CEO Tad Bohannon said Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (Courtney Spradlin/Log Cabin Democrat via AP, File)

Integrity tests done on Arkansas oil pipeline that ruptured

Jan. 17, 2020 3:35 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A company tested the integrity of a segment of pipeline that has been idle since it ruptured in 2013, spilling 5,000 barrels of crude oil in a Arkansas neighborhood and causing more than $57 million in damage. The tests that were conducted on the Permian Express pipeline from...

Tribe members discuss best practices to clean up oil spills

Jan. 17, 2020 2:18 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Tribal members at a Bismarck conference talked oilfield best practices, including how to clean up oil spills using microorganisms. The oilfield service company, Chief Oilfield Services, wants to train more tribal members in the technique, the Bismarck Tribune reported. In a breakout...

Crow Creek Sioux Chairman Lester Thompson delivers the State of the Tribes address Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at the state Capitol in Pierre, S.D. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

Tribe official calls for better communication from lawmakers

Jan. 16, 2020 6:18 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The chairman of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe on Thursday called on South Dakota lawmakers to improve communication with Native American communities, singling out bills passed last year that were aimed at expected protests of the Keystone XL pipeline. “When relationships collapse,...

Pileup injures 33, spills diesel fuel on Idaho highway

Jan. 16, 2020 2:03 PM EST

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A fuel tanker and several other vehicles crashed on an Idaho highway, injuring 33 people and spilling diesel fuel, authorities said. The chain-reaction crash Wednesday involved a bus carrying 30 Idaho National Laboratory employees, the fuel tanker, two government vehicles and two...

Faulty valve blamed for North Dakota oil wastewater spill

Jan. 14, 2020 11:37 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State environmental officials say a spill of oilfield wastewater caused by a faulty valve has affected some pastureland in western North Dakota. The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality said the 12,180-gallon (46,000 liters) produced water spill happened on Saturday at a...

Louisiana setting rules for island where pelicans nest

Jan. 9, 2020 4:31 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana is setting rules for a barrier island that's being restored to greatly increase the number of pelicans and other seabirds that can nest there. The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission made the island a wildlife refuge in November and approved rules for it on Thursday. ...

Divers to remove fuel from derailed train in Idaho river

Jan. 7, 2020 11:17 AM EST

BONNERS FERRY, Idaho (AP) — Idaho authorities have confirmed two engines are still in a northern Idaho river after a rock slide derailed a train on New Year's Day. A crew of divers began the process of removing about 1,900 gallons (7,200 liters) of fuel from a submerged locomotive Monday, The...

Winds cause power outage, tanks to spill oil in Dunn County

Jan. 6, 2020 1:07 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Officials say high winds caused a power outage that led to a produced water and oil spill in Dunn County. The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality was notified Monday of the spill at a salt water disposal facility operated by Hunt Oil Co. The spill happened Sunday about 8...