Latest Violations of environmental law News

Company agrees to pay hefty fine in large oil spill case

Sep. 24, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The company responsible for the largest oil field spill in North Dakota has pleaded guilty to criminal charges after reaching an agreement with the federal government to pay $15 million in fines. Summit Midstream Partners entered the pleas in...

Duck hunter fined $5k for violating hunting laws

Sep. 17, 2021 12:34 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana hunter must pay a $5,000 fine, serve two years of probation and complete 100 hours of community service for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, federal prosecutors said. Kevin Berken, 60, of Lake Arthur, was charged in a bill of...

Judge dismisses suit over Mississippi River spillway damage

Sep. 15, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge in Mississippi ruled in two cases that his court didn’t have the authority to order the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete an environmental impact study on repeated openings of a Mississippi River flood control structure. ...

Groups push to resume enforcement in Montana mining dispute

Sep. 13, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Environmental groups have filed notice they plan to sue Gov. Greg Gianforte's administration after it dropped a legal claim against a mining executive over decades of pollution from several mines. Under Gianforte, the Department of Environmental...

2nd woman convicted of railroad track sabotage in Washington

Sep. 09, 2021 18:05 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A second defendant has been convicted of sabotaging railroad tracks near the U.S.-Canada border in Washington state just before a train carrying crude oil was due to pass through — apparently part of a campaign to protest construction of a pipeline across British Columbia....

Judge OKs settlement with US Steel over 2017 Indiana spill

Sep. 02, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a revised settlement with U.S. Steel, more than four years after one of the steelmaker's Indiana plants discharged wastewater containing a potentially carcinogenic chemical into a Lake Michigan tributary. U.S. District...

Water ruling gives hope to opponents of Okefenokee mine plan

Sep. 01, 2021 09:45 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge's decision striking down a Trump-era rule that eliminated federal protections for some wetlands and streams is giving hope to opponents of a proposed mine outside the Okefenokee Swamp's vast wildlife refuge in southeast Georgia. A federal judge in...

Ohio fishery, 3 individuals cleared of wildlife violations

Aug. 29, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio fishery and three individuals have been cleared of wildlife violations in what investigators alleged was abuse and waste of game fish. A judge in Oregon Municipal Court ruled that the state had failed to prove its case against Szuch Fishery...

Judge throws out Trump-era approvals for Alaska oil project

Aug. 18, 2021 20:53 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday threw out Trump administration approvals for a large planned oil project on Alaska’s North Slope, saying the federal review was flawed and didn't include mitigation measures for polar bears. U.S. District Court...

Prosecutor arrested in boat hit-and-run that injured 3 boys

Aug. 16, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

NEW ROADS, La. (AP) — A local prosecutor has been arrested in a hit-and-run boating accident that injured three boys who were being pulled in an inner tube on a Louisiana oxbow lake. Agents arrested Chris Richard, 64, of Carencro on Monday, on charges of felony hit and...