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Wyoming regulators aid oil, gas industry with tax suspension

Apr. 1, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming regulators have voted to suspend a tax for six months to help oil and gas companies weather hard times in their industry. Tuesday's vote by the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission suspended the conservation tax for the first time in its 60-year history. The 5-cent tax on...

FILE - In this May 10, 2019 file photo, workers open bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway, to divert rising water from the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain, upriver from New Orleans, in Norco, La. The major flood control structure on the Mississippi River may have to soon be opened up to ease pressure on New Orleans levees, federal authorities said Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The river is expected to crest above 17 feet (5.2 meters) at a key New Orleans gauge as early as Friday, April 3, 2020, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a news release. 
That would likely lead to the opening of a structure that diverts water through the Bonnet Carré Spillway. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Louisiana spillway may open for record 3rd consecutive year

Mar. 31, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A major flood control structure on the Mississippi River may have to soon be opened up to ease pressure on New Orleans levees, federal authorities said Tuesday. The river is expected to crest above 17 feet (5.2 meters) at a key New Orleans gauge as early as Friday, the U.S. Army Corps...

Recent Missouri editorials

Mar. 31, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 28 Missouri is quickly becoming a national outlier for its lackluster response to the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Mike Parson has declined to provide guidance to school districts. He resists imposing a statewide shelter-in-place order as other states have done, and he refuses to...

Judge dismisses Chemours lawsuit against DuPont

Mar. 30, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge has granted the DuPont Co.'s request to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that it massively downplayed the cost of environmental liabilities imposed on spinoff company Chemours. Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III ruled Monday that he has no jurisdiction to hear the case because...

State places consumption limits on fish caught in Squam Lake

Mar. 30, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Department of Environmental Services on Monday placed more restrictive fish consumption limits for all fish caught in Squam Lake as a result of high levels of contaminants found in fish tissue samples. The agency collected smallmouth bass and yellow perch samples,...

Spill in McKenzie County reaches Red Wing Creek

Mar. 30, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A state regulator estimates about 420 gallons (1,590 liters) of crude oil has spilled from a pipeline in McKenzie County and reached a creek there. The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality said Monday the spill happened Friday on a line about 17 miles southwest of Watford...

Editorial Roundup:

Mar. 30, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Des Moines Register. March 27, 2020 SUBSCRIBE NOW 99¢ per month. Save 90%. Home News Media USA TODAY Jobs Archives More Search Subscribe Sign In OPINION You don't need to practice social distancing from Mother Nature: Enjoy Iowa's parks — and pass a tax to fund them The Register's editorial Published...

New law mandates Indiana schools test for lead contamination

Mar. 29, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Drinking water fountains and taps at public and private schools in Indiana will be required to be tested for lead contamination by 2023 under a new state law. The law requires schools' drinking water equipment to be tested by Jan. 1, 2023 and take action if results show lead at higher...

Indiana woman's lead testing company gets clients nationwide

Mar. 28, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Megan Glover was growing concerned about her water. Four years ago, the country was on the heels of a water crisis in Flint, Michigan, that had alerted many to the dangers of lead poisoning and water safety. In Zionsville, Glover was acutely aware of the issues just a state away. As...

Michigan bans spreading manure on croplands in winter months

Mar. 27, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's largest livestock operations will be prohibited from spreading manure on croplands during the first three months of the year under a regulation issued Friday. The ban on waste application during January, February and March was included in an update of a state permit for...