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Environmental groups question Enbridge pipeline hearing

Jul. 13, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

Environmentalists contend the state Department of Natural Resources held a public hearing on Enbridge Inc.’s plans to reroute a northern Wisconsin pipeline prematurely. Line 5 runs from Superior to Ontario, crossing about 12 miles of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa's reservation in Ashland...

Environmental groups sue over W.Va. coal reclamation fund

Jul. 10, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Environmental groups have sued the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection over what they say is the agency’s failure to adhere to federal reporting requirements for a coal mine reclamation fund. The lawsuit filed Thursday by the West Virginia Highlands...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Jul. 8, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ July 8 Bluefield Daily Telegraph on West Virginia's mask mandate: Masks are now considered mandatory in both West Virginia and Virginia. Like it or not, facial coverings are one of the best tools we currently have to slow the surge in new coronavirus cases...

Ecstatic landowner and Atlantic Coast Pipeline opponent, Richard Averitt, poses near his property where the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline was supposed to cross Monday July 6, 2020, in Nellysford, Va. Averitt ended his six year fight with Dominion Energy when they announced that developers were scrapping the $8 billion natural gas project is a historic, grassroots win for the environment and a turning point in the fight to stop climate change. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Opponents: Pipeline's defeat 'a testament to perseverance'

Jul. 7, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richard Averitt and his wife have spent six years and more than six figures fighting to keep the Atlantic Coast Pipeline off their picturesque central Virginia property. In all that time, Averitt said he couldn't recall meeting a single person who thought they would succeed. The...

New Florida laws address sea level, algae, pythons, iguanas

Jun. 30, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Ron DeSantis signed a slew of environmental bills in less than 24 hours that address issues ranging from sea level rise to blue-green algae blooms — and even given the state authority to use drones to fight invasive Burmese pythons. DeSantis signed a...

FILE - In this June 23, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump tours a section of the border wall in San Luis, Ariz. A federal appeals court has ruled against the Trump administration in its transfer of military money to build sections of the U.S. border wall with Mexico. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Appeals court: Trump wrongly diverted $2.5B for border wall

Jun. 26, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday ruled against the Trump administration in its transfer of $2.5 billion from military construction projects to build sections of the U.S. border wall with Mexico, ruling it illegally sidestepped Congress, which gets to decide how to use the funds. In...

LNG shipments by rail approved in US amid pipeline battles

Jun. 22, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Trump administration has taken the final step to allow rail shipments of liquefied natural gas, a new front in the movement of energy products that had been opposed by environmental groups and 15 states. The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration published the...

Activists criticize Vectren plan to keep 1 coal-fired plant

Jun. 20, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A utility that serves about 145,000 customers in southwestern Indiana plans to close three coal-fired power plants while adding solar and wind power as part of a larger proposal that environmental groups are criticizing because it would keep one coal power plant in operation....

The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, early Monday, June 15, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Justices revive permit for pipeline under Appalachian Trail

Jun. 15, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for a critical permit for a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cross under the Appalachian Trail, siding with energy companies and the Trump administration. The justices ruled 7-2 to reverse a lower court ruling that had thrown out the...

Gubernatorial forum Wednesday on environment, social justice

Jun. 13, 2020 10:59 AM EDT

An online gubernatorial forum will be held next week on the environment and social justice. The Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club, Vermont Conservation Voters and 350Vermont are hosting the virtual forum on Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lieutenant Gov. David Zuckerman, former Education Secretary Rebecca...