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FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019 file photo, opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada demonstrate in sub-freezing temperatures in Billings, Mont. Alberta is investing $1.1 billion in the disputed Keystone XL pipeline, a project that Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says is crucial for the province's economy. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Disputed Canada-US oil pipeline work to start in April

Mar. 31, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Canadian company said Tuesday it plans to start construction of the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline through the U.S. Midwest in April, after lining up customers and money for a proposal that is bitterly opposed by environmentalists and some American Indian tribes....

In this photo taken March 3, 2020, the Iron Gate Dam, powerhouse and spillway are on the lower Klamath River near Hornbrook, Calif. A plan to demolish four dams on California's second-largest river to benefit threatened salmon has sharpened a decades-old dispute over who has the biggest claim to the river's life-giving waters. The project, if it goes forward, would be the largest dam demolition project in U.S. history and would include the Iron Gate Dam facility pictured. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Largest US dam removal stirs debate over coveted West water

Mar. 29, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

KLAMATH, Calif. (AP) — The second-largest river in California has sustained Native American tribes with plentiful salmon for millennia, provided upstream farmers with irrigation water for generations and served as a haven for retirees who built dream homes along its banks. With so many competing demands,...

FILE - This Feb. 10, 2016 file photo shows a former iron ore processing plant near Hoyt Lakes, Minn., that would become part of a proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. The Minnesota Court of Appeals sent an air-emissions permit for the PolyMet copper-nickel mine back to state regulators for further review Monday, March 23, 2020, giving another victory to environmental groups who oppose the project. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Minnesota Court of Appeals sends PolyMet permit back to MPCA

Mar. 23, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals sent an air-emissions permit for the PolyMet copper-nickel mine back to state regulators for further review on Monday, giving another victory to environmental groups who oppose the project. The appeals court found that the Minnesota Pollution Control...

FILE - This Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, file photo shows the Centenario deep-water drilling platform off the coast of Veracruz, Mexico in the Gulf of Mexico. Bidding on federal oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, was the lowest since gulf-wide sales began in August 2017, and lower than any sale since 1993 for the productive central Gulf. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

Oil and gas lease bidding in Gulf of Mexico drops anew

Mar. 18, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bidding on federal oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday was the lowest since gulf-wide sales began in August 2017 — and lower than any sale since 1993 for the productive central Gulf. Twenty-two companies made $93 million in high bids on 71 tracts, according to...

Low prices, virus cited in calls to delay US oil lease sale

Mar. 17, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Low prices and concerns about the new coronavirus should postpone a Gulf of Mexico oil lease sale planned for Wednesday, environmental groups said Tuesday. “As prices collapse, it’s insane to move forward with this bargain basement sell-off of our public resources,”...

Judge backs Minnesota's Twin Metals mine in lease dispute

Mar. 17, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a challenge by environmental groups against the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, saying the Interior Department had the authority to reverse itself and renew the project's federal mineral rights leases. The Obama...

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2011 file photo, Dick Saslaw, Virginia Senate Majority Leader, stands near a podium after it was announced that he had won re-election at a Democrat election results party in Fairfax, Va. Environmental advocates notched one win, after another this legislative session as the new Democratic majority passed their top-priority legislation, including measures long opposed by Republicans who used to be in charge.  “You can't fix the climate problem for free,

For environmentalists, a 'monumental' legislative session

Mar. 14, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Environmental advocates notched one win after another this legislative session as the new Democratic majority passed their top-priority legislation, including measures long opposed by Republicans who used to be in charge. Legislators sent bills to Gov. Ralph Northam that will remake...

FILE - This Nov. 3, 2015 file photo shows the Keystone Steele City pumping station, into which the planned Keystone XL pipeline is to connect to, in Steele City, Neb. Pipeline sponsor TC Energy says it has started preliminary work along its route through the U.S. as opponents wait for a judge to rule on their request to block the project. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Canadian firm starts US prep work for Keystone XL pipeline

Mar. 11, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Canadian company said Wednesday it has started preliminary work along the route of the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline through the U.S. in anticipation of starting construction next month, as opponents await a judge's ruling on their request to block any work. TC Energy...

Two people walk in Rome's Piazza Navona, deserted, Tuesday evening, March 10, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

The Latest: After delay, 361 Taiwanese fly back from Wuhan

Mar. 11, 2020 12:33 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak sweeping the globe: ___ Planes carrying 361 Taiwanese who had been stranded in China's virus epicenter have returned them to the island. The two charter flights landed late Tuesday and early Wednesday after weeks of negotiations between Beijing and Taipei. Medical personnel...

Del. Richard 'Rip' Sullivan, D-Arlington, right, talks with Del. Sam Rasoul, D-Roanoke, during the House session at the Capitol Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Sullivan is leading the floor debate on the renewable energy bills. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia lawmakers send 'historic' energy bill to governor

Mar. 6, 2020 5:31 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers gave final passage Friday to a sweeping energy bill that would overhaul how the state's utilities generate electricity, a measure environmental groups and other renewable energy advocates considered a historic step toward addressing climate change. The state Senate...