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FILE - In this October 2016 file photo, construction continues on the Dakota Access pipeline. A federal appeals court on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, reversed a judge’s order that shut down the Dakota Access pipeline pending a full environmental review. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with pipeline owner Energy Transfer to keep the oil flowing, saying a lower-court judge “did not make the findings necessary for injunctive relief.” (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

Court reverses order to shut down Dakota Access pipeline

Aug. 5, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday reversed a judge’s order that shut down the Dakota Access pipeline pending a full environmental review. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with pipeline owner Energy Transfer to keep the oil flowing, saying...

FILE - In this May 8, 2003, file photo, a Northern Spotted Owl flies after an elusive mouse jumping off the end of a stick in the Deschutes National Forest near Camp Sherman, Ore.. The Trump administration is moving to restrict what land and water can be declared as

US officials seek limits on "habitat" for imperiled species

Jul. 31, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to restrict what land and water areas can be declared as “habitat” for imperiled plants and animals — potentially excluding locations that species could use in the future as climate change upends ecosystems. An administration...

FILE - In this March 23, 2018 file photo, a whooping crane, a critically endangered species, flies over a crawfish pond in Jefferson Davis Parish, La. A man who admitted that he and a juvenile shot and killed two whooping cranes in 2016 must pay $85,000 and cannot hunt until he completes 360 hours of public service. The sentence given Thursday, July 30, 2020 to Kaenon Constantin of Rayne is the toughest ever in Louisiana for a crime involving one of the endangered birds, the International Crane Foundation said in a news release.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Judge orders man to pay $85K in deaths of 2 whooping cranes

Jul. 31, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A man who admitted that he and a juvenile shot and killed two whooping cranes in 2016 must pay $85,000 and cannot hunt until he completes 360 hours of public service. The sentence given Thursday to Kaenon Constantin of Rayne is the toughest ever in Louisiana for a crime involving one...

FILE- In this July 24, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump speaks during an event to sign executive orders on lowering drug prices, in the South Court Auditorium in the White House complex in Washington.  Trump is working overtime to solidify his image as a champion regulation-cutter in the leadup to the November election. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Trump talks up his rule-cutting, but courts saying otherwise

Jul. 25, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is positioning himself as a champion regulation-cutter in the leadup to the Nov. 3 election, but in between his showy red-tape-cutting events, his deregulatory agenda is taking a beating in the courts. One day, he’s hailing a massive rollback to one of the...

Some areas protected as Formosa's Louisiana work continues

Jul. 24, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Taiwan-based company and opponents to plans for a $9.4 billion plastics complex have agreed that site preparation can continue except in wetlands and in five known or possible sites of enslaved people’s graves. “It’s important that these sites be...

FILE - In this April 10, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump holds up an executive order on energy and infrastructure after signing it at the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center in Crosby, Texas. Attorneys general in 20 states and the District of Columbia sued the Trump administration on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, alleging that new federal rules undermine their ability to protect rivers, lakes and streams within their borders. President Trump in April 2019 issued an executive order directing the change that critics said could make it harder for states to block pipelines and other projects over concerns that they could impair water quality. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

21 state attorneys general sue over new Trump water rule

Jul. 21, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Attorneys general in 20 states and the District of Columbia sued the Trump administration on Tuesday, alleging that new federal rules undermine their ability to protect rivers, lakes and streams within their borders. They say that new final rules issued last week by the...

A BNSF Railway train hauling carloads of coal from the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming is seen east of Hardin, Mont., on July 15, 2020. A coalition of states is renewing its push to stop the Trump administration from selling coal from public lands. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

States try again to block coal sales that Trump revived

Jul. 20, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A coalition of states, environmentalists and American Indians on Monday renewed its push to stop the Trump administration from selling coal from public lands after a previous effort to halt the lease sales was dismissed by a federal judge. Joined by the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and...

FILE - This June 2020 file photo, shot from a television screen provided by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy shows damage to anchor support EP-17-1 on the east leg of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline within the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan. Michigan sought a pledge Friday, July 17, 2020 from Enbridge Inc. to cover costs that would arise if oil were to leak from its dual pipelines that extend across a channel linking two of the Great Lakes.  (Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy via AP File)

Michigan wants Enbridge to pledge funds in case of oil spill

Jul. 17, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan sought a written pledge Friday from Enbridge Inc. to cover costs that would arise if oil were to leak from its dual pipelines that extend across a channel linking two of the Great Lakes, although the Canadian pipeline company said it had already made such a promise....

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2016, file photo, heavy equipment is seen at a site where sections of the Dakota Access pipeline were being buried near the town of St. Anthony in Morton County, N.D. A federal judge on Monday, July 6, 2020, sided with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and ordered the Dakota Access pipeline to shut down until more environmental review is done. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

Judge orders Dakota Access pipeline shut down pending review

Jul. 6, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered the Dakota Access pipeline shut down for additional environmental review more than three years after it began pumping oil — handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and delivering a blow to President Donald Trump’s efforts to weaken...

Judge sanctions Mountaire in Delaware wastewater lawsuit

Jul. 2, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Superior Court judge has ordered an Arkansas poultry processing company and two Delaware subsidiaries to pay more than $28,000 in sanctions for repeatedly refusing to provide information to plaintiffs suing the company over wastewater violations in southern Delaware. The judge this...