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FILE - In this June 29, 2018, file photo, pipeline used to carry crude oil is shown at the Superior, Wis., terminal of Enbridge Energy. A significant permit has been granted to Enbridge's plan to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Minnesota gives final green light to disputed oil pipeline

Nov. 30, 2020 3:17 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota regulators approved the final permit Monday for Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota, giving the company the green light to begin construction on the $2.6 billion project. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency granted a...

Man missing after fishing boat overturns near Tennessee dam

Nov. 30, 2020 4:59 AM EST

LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (AP) — A man remains missing after a fishing boat overturned near a Tennessee dam, authorities said. The boat with two men aboard overturned Saturday below the Fort Loudoun Dam, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said in a statement. One of the men was pulled from the water and...

New Mexico to require details of water for oil well drilling

Nov. 29, 2020 5:00 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico oil and gas operators will be required to report the amount and quality of water used to drill wells, officials said. The data collection is an attempt by state agencies to scrutinize water use across New Mexico’s economic sectors, the Albuquerque Journal reported...

Rancher Mike Wilcox surveys the debris left at the site of the Keystone-Wallace Copper Mill, where he worked briefly in the 1970s on Nov. 12, 2020. Wilcox fears a copper mine's plans to pump diluted sulfuric acid into the shallow aquifer that supplies his well will drive him out of business.  (Zak Podmore/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Ranchers, landowners worry about copper mine's plan

Nov. 29, 2020 11:43 AM EST

LISBON VALLEY, Utah (AP) — When Mike Wilcox was a young man in the mid-1970s, he took a job at the Keystone-Wallace copper mine and mill near his home in Lisbon Valley, Utah. Some days, Wilcox went down in the open pit and dug a series of deep holes that were each loaded with 100 pounds of explosives....

More salmon appear to return to key Maine river

Nov. 29, 2020 11:36 AM EST

MILFORD, Maine (AP) — More endangered salmon appeared to return to a key Maine river this year. Atlantic salmon only return to a handful of rivers in the U.S., and they're all located in Maine. An unofficial count of salmon at the Milford Dam on the Penobscot River found 1,603 of the fish, the Bangor Daily...

Sewage testing helps health officials for virus surges

Nov. 28, 2020 3:41 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A study that tests for parts of the coronavirus in sewage is giving public health workers advance notice of virus surges. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the City of Lawrence has been taking weekly sewage samples at both of its wastewater treatment plants to test for...

Georgia Power: Closing plant's ash ponds to take 15 years

Nov. 28, 2020 11:44 AM EST

COOSA, Ga. (AP) — The dewatering and closure of remaining coal ash ponds at a Georgia Power Co. plant in northwest Georgia will take 15 years to complete. That's what the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. told local leaders earlier this month during a virtual tour of the dewatering process at Plant...

Some cities decline on coronavirus-related wastewater study

Nov. 28, 2020 1:01 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State officials have expanded a coronavirus-related wastewater study, but several cities have declined to participate, with Tioga citing concerns that testing could become too intrusive. North Dakota’s Emergency Commission and the Legislature’s Budget Section last month...

Pumping aims to boost Pecos River amid drought losses

Nov. 27, 2020 11:28 AM EST

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico water managers are pumping water from state reservoirs into the Pecos River to account for losses during a devastating drought. The move was meant to augment supplies for users and water rights holders along the river, while maintaining deliveries to Texas required as part...

Minnesota tribes file to halt pipeline approval due to virus

Nov. 27, 2020 9:35 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn (AP) — Two Native American tribes in northern Minnesota are asking state regulators to stop the imminent construction of Enbridge Energy's Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement, saying it would increase the risk of coronavirus infections spreading. The Red Lake and White Earth Bands of...