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5th lawsuit filed against EPA over 2015 mine waste spill

Aug. 10, 2018 5:27 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A fifth lawsuit has been filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a mine waste spill the agency inadvertently triggered in 2015, polluting rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The lawsuit was filed Aug. 3 in federal court in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by 295...

Judge won't bar public from refuge that was once a nuke site

Aug. 9, 2018 8:15 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday rejected a request to bar the public from a Colorado wildlife refuge that was once part of a nuclear weapons plant. Environmentalists and community activists had asked the judge to issue a preliminary injunction that would prohibit opening Rocky Flats National...

Appeals court tosses key permits for Atlantic Coast pipeline

Aug. 6, 2018 6:43 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday threw out two key permits for the Atlantic Coast pipeline, a ruling environmental groups said should halt construction on the 600-mile natural gas pipeline, but project developers insisted should not result in a lengthy delay. A three-judge panel of...

Dakota Access developer amends $1B racketeering lawsuit

Aug. 6, 2018 4:11 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline on Monday amended a $1 billion racketeering lawsuit it filed last August against three environmental entities after a federal judge criticized the original filing as vague and threatened to throw it out of court. The latest blow to the...

Coal ash cleanup order goes before federal appeals court

Aug. 2, 2018 6:38 PM EDT

An attorney for the Tennessee Valley Authority on Thursday described a judge's coal ash cleanup order as "wholly disproportionate to the scant evidence of harm" as a case that has drawn wide interest from states and business groups went before a federal appeals court. In his legal arguments before a panel of the...

Dakota Access developer argues to keep suing Earth First

Aug. 2, 2018 2:28 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline is battling to avoid dismissal of a second defendant in its federal racketeering lawsuit against three environmental groups. Attorneys for Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners argue in court documents filed Wednesday that Earth First...

Appeals court sides with environmentalists in pipeline case

Jul. 27, 2018 5:33 PM EDT

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — An appeals court on Friday sided with environmentalists who challenged the decision by federal agencies to allow construction of a 300-mile natural gas pipeline on a swath of national forest. The unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond...

Trump administration backs Obama in national monument clash

Jul. 26, 2018 7:08 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A dispute over acts of Congress in 1906 and 1937 has put the Trump administration in court — and into the unusual position of supporting a proclamation by former President Barack Obama. Contrary to President Donald Trump's numerous efforts to shred Obama's legacy, U.S. Justice...

Court: Ban seafood caught with nets that harm tiny porpoises

Jul. 26, 2018 4:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has ordered the U.S. government to ban imports of seafood caught by Mexican fisheries that use a net blamed for killing off the vaquita, the world's smallest and most-endangered porpoise. Judge Gary Katzmann, of The U.S. Court of International Trade, on Thursday granted a motion...

Judge says Dakota Access developer can't sue BankTrack

Jul. 26, 2018 3:39 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline has no claim under federal racketeering law for damages against a Dutch environmental group that urged banks not to finance the $3.8 billion project. U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson in an order dated...