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Campaign launched to oppose Arkansas highway tax measure

Sep. 25, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An unlikely coalition of anti-tax advocates, environmentalists and community groups said Friday it is campaigning against an Arkansas highway sales tax measure backed by the state's Republican governor and top lobbying groups. The “No Permanent Tax. No on Issue 1" committee...

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2015, file photo, protesters prepare to take down a makeshift oil derrick that was set up in front of the California State Office Building to protest fracking in San Francisco. California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, to end issuing new hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024, a delay criticized by many environmental groups but characterized as legally and politically realistic by another. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

California ban on fracking by 2024 criticized as too late

Sep. 23, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Wednesday to end issuing new hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024, a delay criticized by many environmental groups but characterized as legally and politically realistic by another. "He can suspend fracking now, but he is punting to the...

Groups seek review of Alaska gas project regulatory decision

Sep. 21, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Conservation groups have asked a federal appeals court to review a regulatory decision authorizing a mega liquefied natural gas project in Alaska. The Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club asked the U.S. District Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit to review the...

Cities hope to build reservoir near Holy Cross Wilderness

Sep. 13, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

HOMESTAKE CREEK, Colo. (AP) — A hundred miles from Colorado’s Front Range house-building boom, field scientist Delia Malone dug her fingers into spongy high-mountain wetlands at the edge of the Holy Cross Wilderness. She found, about 15 inches underground, partially decayed roots, twigs and the cold...

In this July 11, 2014 photo windmills stand in Atlantic City, N.J. that help power a water treatment plant. Windmills similar to those would be installed off the coast of Atlantic City as part of a project that New Jersey's state Senate President Steve Sweeney wants regulators to reconsider. On Sept. 9, 2020, Sweeney asked them to consider replacing the Danish company chosen for the offshore windmill project, claiming it hasn't provided enough economic benefits for the state or local communities. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

New Jersey regulators take new look at wind, gas projects

Sep. 10, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Regulators are taking a second look at large-scale energy projects proposed for both sides of New Jersey’s shoreline that involve wind energy and liquefied natural gas. State Senate President Steve Sweeney and two other legislators want the Board of Public Utilities to...

FILE - In this July 27, 2018, file photo, the Dave Johnston coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo. Wyoming's governor is promoting a Trump administration study that says capturing carbon dioxide emitted by coal-fired power plants would be an economical way to curtail the pollution — findings questioned by a utility that owns the plants and wants to shift away from the fossil fuel in favor of wind and solar energy. Supporters say carbon capture would save coal by pumping carbon dioxide — a greenhouse gas emitted by power plants — underground instead of into the atmosphere. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

Wyoming lauds US carbon capture study; utility skeptical

Sep. 3, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s governor is promoting a Trump administration study that says capturing carbon dioxide emitted by coal-fired power plants would be an economical way to curtail the pollution — findings questioned by a utility that owns the plants and wants to shift away from the...

Los Angeles utility says gas plant leaks methane

Aug. 26, 2020 8:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles utility said Wednesday that one of its natural gas plants is leaking globe-warming methane, prompting calls from environmentalists to abandon plans to extend the life of other California facilities like it. Natural gas compressors at the Valley Generating Station are...

Environmental groups challenge Ohio gas storage permits

Aug. 21, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Environmental groups have asked an Ohio appeals court to revoke drilling permits granted by a state agency for construction of massive underground salt caverns to store natural gas liquids along the Ohio River, according to a lawsuit. The complaint filed Thursday with the 10th District...

FILE - In this undated photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an airplane flies over caribou from the Porcupine Caribou Herd on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska.The Department of the Interior has approved an oil and gas leasing program within Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is home to polar bears, caribou and other wildlife. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt signed the Record of Decision, which will determine where oil and gas leasing will take place in the refuge’s coastal plain.  (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP)

US approves oil, gas leasing plan for Alaska wildlife refuge

Aug. 17, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Trump administration gave final approval Monday for a contentious oil and gas leasing plan on the coastal plain of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, where critics worry about the industry's impact on polar bears, caribou and other wildlife. The next step, barring...

Environmentalists criticize EPA over Missouri Ameren plant

Aug. 17, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Some St. Louis-area environmental watchdogs are criticizing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to declare that Missouri's largest coal-fired power plant has met a key air quality regulation. The EPA proposal, if approved, would mean Ameren Corp. would not have to spend...