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New Mexico hearing begins for next round of oil, gas rules

Sep. 20, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is now the nation’s second largest oil producing state, and environmental officials say more needs to be done to rein in pollution from the industry. They are proposing another set of rules as part of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's...

Latest bout over North Dakota royalties goes to oil industry

Sep. 20, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The latest bout of legal wrangling over the collection of North Dakota oil and gas royalties has been won by the energy industry, over a bill it promoted and was passed by the 2021 state Legislature. A state judge on Thursday ruled in favor of the...

UK gov't says lights will stay on despite energy price surge

Sep. 20, 2021 12:35 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's business secretary said on Monday that there is no danger that people won't be able to heat their homes this winter after a surge in natural gas prices forced him to hold emergency talks with energy suppliers and consumer groups. Kwasi Kwarteng...

Things to watch at the UN General Assembly meeting this week

Sep. 19, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Things to watch beyond the main speeches from leaders at this week's high-level meeting of the U.N. General Assembly in New York: — A MEETING at U.N. headquarters on Wednesday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the U.N. conference on racism...

New Mexico backs Texas in opposing nuclear fuel storage

Sep. 17, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Top New Mexico leaders say they’re open to “most anything” that would prevent spent nuclear fuel and other high-level waste from being stored indefinitely in the state, including legislation like a measure recently adopted by Texas to prevent the shipping and...

Enbridge ordered to pay $3M for Line 3 groundwater leak

Sep. 17, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators have ordered Enbridge to pay more than $3 million for allegedly violating state environmental law by piercing a groundwater aquifer during construction of the Line 3 oil pipeline replacement. The state Department of Natural...

Utility gives up construction permit for nuclear plant

Sep. 17, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority is giving up its construction permit for an unfinished nuclear plant in northeast Alabama nearly 50 years after work began on the facility. The TVA notified the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission last week that it...

Campaigners press for next German leader to act on climate

Sep. 17, 2021 06:19 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Environmental campaigners pressed Friday for Germany's next chancellor to take strong action against climate change, including by bringing forward the country's coal phase-out and banning new gasoline vehicles from 2025. With 9 days to go before the German...

Democrats call oil giants to testify on climate campaign

Sep. 16, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats are calling top executives at ExxonMobil and other oil giants to testify at a House hearing as lawmakers investigate what they say is a long-running, industry-wide campaign to spread disinformation about the role of fossil fuels in causing global...

Soaring utility bills alarm Europe, raise fears for winter

Sep. 16, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Wholesale prices for gas and electricity are surging across Europe, raising the prospect of increases in already-high utility bills and further pain for people who have taken a financial hit from the coronavirus pandemic. Governments are scrambling to find...