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North Dakota: Feds should stop Washington state's rail rules

Jun. 15, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota plans to ask the Trump administration to intervene in a dispute over Washington state's new safety restrictions on oil shipped by rail. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem told The Bismarck Tribune he plans to petition the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety...

The Latest: Trump impressed with protests, doesn't take side

Jun. 12, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Latest on the protests in Hong Kong over proposed extradition legislation (all times local): 3:30 a.m. U.S. President Donald Trump is impressed with the number of protesters who took to the streets of Hong Kong, calling it as big a demonstration as he has ever seen but he's avoiding...

Agency: Safeguards failed in fire that killed 5 at gas well

Jun. 12, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The failure of safety devices designed to prevent blowouts contributed to an explosion and fire that killed five workers last year at a southeastern Oklahoma natural gas well, according to a federal agency's report Wednesday that also lists inadequate training and a deactivated alarm...

Delegation seeks settlement of Dakota Access protest costs

Jun. 11, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's congressional delegation is calling on President Donald Trump's administration to address the state's year-old request for $38 million to cover the cost of policing protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and U.S. Rep....

House panel highlights risks over nuclear-storage stalemate

Jun. 7, 2019 10:07 PM EDT

LAGUNA NIGEL, Calif. (AP) — Southern California's San Onofre nuclear power plant was permanently closed in 2013, but the site remains home to 3.5 million pounds (1.59 million kilograms) of nuclear waste that has nowhere else to go. Members of a House subcommittee held a hearing Friday not far from the...

New Mexico governor says no to high-level nuclear waste

Jun. 7, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's governor said Friday she's opposed to plans by a New Jersey-based company to build a multibillion-dollar facility in her state to temporarily store spent nuclear fuel from commercial reactors around the U.S. In a letter to U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Gov....

Opponents of pipeline argue land was improperly seized

Jun. 6, 2019 6:01 AM EDT

GREEN, Ohio (AP) — Landowners in Ohio hope to convince a federal appeals court that they were forced by a federal agency to sell their property to a pipeline builder sending large quantities of natural gas to Canada. At issue is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of a project that allowed...

New Jersey denies gas pipeline permits, but allows do-over

Jun. 5, 2019 9:51 PM EDT

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey regulators have denied key permits for a hotly contested pipeline project that would carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to New York, but they're allowing an Oklahoma company to try again. The state Department of Environmental Protection rejected permits Wednesday night,...

US land managers shift position on Chaco protection bill

Jun. 5, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A top official with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Wednesday the agency is open to Congress considering legislation limiting federal leases for oil and natural gas development near a national park in New Mexico held sacred by Native Americans. Michael Nedd, the agency's...

Missouri OKs Invenergy's acquisition of wind power project

Jun. 5, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri utility regulators have approved the acquisition of a large wind energy project by a Chicago firm. The decision Wednesday by the state Public Service Commission was a necessary step for Invenergy to buy the rights to construct the proposed Grain Belt Express power line....