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Exxon Mobil rolls out plan to cut emissions in Permian Basin

Dec. 06, 2021 17:03 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Exxon Mobil says it has a plan for cutting greenhouse gas emissions from its operations in one of the most prolific oilfields in the United States, saying it hopes to achieve its net-zero goal for operations in the Permian Basin by 2030. The company made...

Union Pacific railroad works to cut its carbon emissions

Dec. 06, 2021 15:09 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific railroad plans to expand its use of renewable fuels and explore using battery-powered locomotives in the coming years to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases. The Omaha, Nebraska-based company said Monday that it plans to cut its emissions of...

Energy secretary: Offshore wind brings 'gust' of job growth

Dec. 05, 2021 08:07 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Thursday that the administration's goal for offshore wind and the projects being developed now represent a “gust of job growth throughout the country.” Granholm visited a new offshore wind...

Berea is first college in U.S. to finish hydropower project

Dec. 04, 2021 10:43 AM EST

BEREA, Ky. (AP) — There are a lot of firsts at a new hydroelectric generating station on the Kentucky River in Estill County. It’s the first hydroelectric project in the nation completed by a college, for example. Berea College owns the project...

Amazon says it plans solar farm in eastern Georgia

Dec. 04, 2021 09:06 AM EST

WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Amazon announced recently that it plans to build a solar farm in east Georgia, its first in the state. The Augusta Chronicle reports Amazon announced it would build a 70 megawatt solar farm in Burke County. The Georgia...

Helium prospecting picking up in north-central Montana

Dec. 04, 2021 08:18 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Helium prospecting is picking up in north-central Montana with Canadian companies expanding south after years of development in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Montana oil and gas records show at least two companies drilling wells in an area spanning...

Air regulators issue violation notices for LA-area stench

Dec. 03, 2021 19:14 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A stench that emanated from a flood-control channel in a Los Angeles suburb and triggered thousands of complaints resulted from chemicals that flowed from a storage yard during a fire and caused vegetation to decay, air regulators said Friday. The...

Shell pulls out of controversial Cambo project in Scotland

Dec. 03, 2021 10:26 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell has pulled out of a controversial plan to develop a new oil field near Scotland’s Shetland Islands, buoying environmentalists’ hopes that the project may be shelved altogether as Britain seeks to combat global warming. Shell, which...

Wildfire destroys 24 houses in central Montana town

Dec. 02, 2021 18:59 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A late-season wildfire that came amid unseasonably warm weather and was pushed by strong winds ripped through a tiny central Montana farming town overnight, burning 24 homes and four grain elevators that had stood for more than a century. Fire crews...

LG&E agrees to $750K civil penalty in air pollution case

Dec. 02, 2021 04:05 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville Gas & Electric Co. has agreed to pay a $750,000 civil penalty and permanently limit emissions from its Mill Creek Station coal-fired power plant in Kentucky, the U.S. Justice Department said. A proposed agreement was filed Wednesday...