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Racketeering lawsuit by Dakota Access developer dismissed

Feb. 14, 2019 9:02 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a $1 billion racketeering lawsuit that the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline filed against environmental groups and activists, saying he found no evidence of a coordinated criminal enterprise. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners sued...

Judge: US must reconsider climate impacts of Montana mine

Feb. 12, 2019 7:51 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials have again been faulted by a federal judge for failing to adequately consider the potential climate change effects of expanding a massive coal mine in the sagebrush-covered hills of southeastern Montana. U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy Cavan recommended in a Monday...

US government appeals ruling that blocked Keystone pipeline

Feb. 1, 2019 6:50 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is appealing a court ruling that blocked the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Justice Department attorneys on Friday appealed the November ruling from U.S. District Judge Brian Morris that blocked a construction permit for the 1,184-mile (1,900-kilometer) pipeline....

Gas driller seeking to have man thrown in jail for contempt

Jan. 31, 2019 4:59 PM EST

A gas driller is escalating its campaign against a Pennsylvania homeowner who's long accused the company of polluting his water, demanding that he be thrown in jail over his failure to submit to questioning as part of the company's $5 million lawsuit against him. Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. sued...

Northam announces coal ash clean up agreement

Jan. 24, 2019 3:21 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's largest electric utility is backing a plan to excavate coal ash from unlined ponds after arguing for years that leaving the heavy metal-laden waste product in place was the best option. Gov. Ralph Northam and a bipartisan group of lawmakers announced an agreement Thursday to...

Shutdown leads to delays in lawsuits against government

Jan. 19, 2019 11:13 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — During the longest-ever government shutdown, the federal judiciary has remained open, allowing the wheels of justice to keep turning in most criminal cases. But many civil cases have come to a halt because the U.S. Department of Justice doesn't have enough attorneys working to handle...

Activists want details on inquiry into ex-nuke weapons plant

Jan. 10, 2019 6:57 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Activists asked a U.S. judge Thursday to make documents public from a 27-year-old criminal investigation into a former nuclear weapons plant outside Denver with a history of fires, leaks and spills. The activists said the documents could show whether the federal government did enough to clean...

Fiat Chrysler reaches settlement in emissions cheating cases

Jan. 10, 2019 1:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiat Chrysler agreed on Thursday to pay hundreds of millions of dollars, including a $300 million fine to the U.S. government, to settle allegations that the Italian-American automaker cheated on emissions tests. Under a deal with the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection...

Fiat Chrysler to pay around $650M in emissions cheating case

Jan. 9, 2019 8:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiat Chrysler will pay more than $650 million to settle allegations that it cheated on emissions tests involving more than 104,000 Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks, a person with the knowledge of the settlement told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The Italian-American automaker will be...

Activist seeks dismissal from pipeline racketeering lawsuit

Jan. 4, 2019 4:26 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An American Indian and environmental activist named in a federal racketeering lawsuit says her opposition to the Dakota Access oil pipeline was constitutionally protected free speech, not an attempt to incite violence as the company alleges. Krystal Two Bulls asked a judge in a court...