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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...

Lawsuit filed against gas company after Massachusetts blasts

Sep. 18, 2018 7:56 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of people who were forced out of their homes for days when dozens of natural gas explosions and fires ripped through three Massachusetts towns. The lawsuit is the first of what's likely to be several filed against Columbia Gas and its...

Feds allow Atlantic Coast pipeline construction to resume

Sep. 17, 2018 8:12 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal officials will allow construction to resume on the Atlantic Coast pipeline, weeks after work was halted when a federal appeals court threw out two key permits for the 600-mile (965-kilometer) natural gas pipeline. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced the change in...

Long held as oldest in US, New Jersey nuclear plant closes

Sep. 17, 2018 6:19 PM EDT

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A nuclear power plant long considered to be the oldest in America shut down Monday, the victim of its age and inability to compete with newer, cheaper gas-fired power plants. The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in New Jersey went offline at noon Monday, powering down...

North Dakota regulators discuss refinery near national park

Sep. 17, 2018 5:29 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Public Service Commission on Monday discussed an administrative law judge's recommendation that regulators dismiss a challenge to the location of an oil refinery being developed near Theodore Roosevelt National Park, with one commissioner indicating she'll likely vote...

Everyone wants answers: State, feds hunt for gas blast cause

Sep. 14, 2018 9:57 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Investigators worked Friday to pinpoint the cause of a series of fiery natural gas explosions that killed a teen driver in his car just hours after he got his license, injured at least 25 others and left dozens of homes in smoldering ruins. Authorities said an estimated 8,000 people...

The Latest: NTSB investigators could be on scene for a week

Sep. 14, 2018 9:14 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on gas explosions in Massachusetts (all times local): 9:01 p.m. The National Transportation Safety Board said the team heading to Massachusetts to investigate a series of gas explosions blamed for one death and dozens of fires in three communities is expected to remain on...

An old problem: Aging pipelines lead to deadly explosions

Sep. 14, 2018 5:46 PM EDT

The natural gas pipeline in the United States is vast, sprawling across 2.5 million miles in a complex pressurized system that delivers a quarter of the energy consumed nationwide, according to the American Gas Association. Many of the pipes are old, and utilities are in various stages of replacing them to...

High-tech ferry backdrop for 16 California clean energy laws

Sep. 14, 2018 12:15 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown used a high-tech battery-operated San Francisco Bay sightseeing ferry as the backdrop for approving 16 new laws Thursday aimed at easing global warming. The bills he signed into law aim to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles and charging stations...

Congress passes spending deal, bids to avert gov't shutdown

Sep. 13, 2018 5:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving to head off a government shutdown that neither party wants, Congress has overwhelmingly approved a compromise spending bill and pledged agreement on a short-term bill to fund the government through early December. The House on Thursday approved a $147 billion package to fund the...