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Crude oil reaches tourist beach in the 'Brazilian Caribbean'

Oct. 17, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Crude oil contaminating the northeastern coast of Brazil has reached the town of Maragogi, one of the region's main tourist beaches, its mayor said on Thursday. Images on local television showed dozens of people in Maragogi, known for its natural pools of crystalline water, shoveling...

Alaska to look at oil spill plan requirements

Oct. 16, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Thirty years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the state of Alaska is looking at whether to change its requirements for oil spill prevention and response plans. Some say Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration has failed to adequately explain the need for any changes and fear the process...

Farmers blame Trump for biofuels rule they view as betrayal

Oct. 16, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Agriculture commodity groups and some farmers expressed frustration and anger Wednesday with a rule released by the Environmental Protection Agency that they said fails to uphold a promise President Donald Trump made 12 days ago to fulfill the intent of an ethanol law passed by...

Germany angered by Shell refusal to dismantle old oil rigs

Oct. 16, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Wednesday it has called an international meeting over Shell's refusal to dismantle old oil rigs containing thousands of tons of crude in the Northeast Atlantic. A spokesman for Germany's environment ministry told reporters in Berlin that the OSPAR Commission, which...

AP FACT CHECK: Dems flub details on climate, guns, Syria

Oct. 16, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dozen Democrats seeking the presidency tussled in a debate packed with policy, flubbing some details in the process. Several gave an iffy explanation of why they're not swinging behind a bold proposal to make people turn over their assault-style weapons. Sloppiness also crept in during...

Trump to headline gas industry gathering in Pennsylvania

Oct. 16, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Natural gas industry groups say President Donald Trump will give keynote remarks at their annual conference in the battleground state of Pennsylvania next week. Trump's appearance next Wednesday at Pittsburgh's Shale Insight conference comes as hydraulic fracturing is emerging as an...

Health warning lifted over fire at California oil facility

Oct. 16, 2019 1:36 AM EDT

CROCKETT, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have lifted shelter-in-place orders for some 12,000 people in Northern California after containment of a fire at a fuel storage facility that sent up a huge cloud of smoke. Emergency sirens blared and thick plumes of black smoke and flames filled the skyline around the...

Notre Dame embraces renewable energy, cuts coal-fired plant

Oct. 15, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The University of Notre Dame is shuttering its coal-fired power plant a year ahead of schedule thanks to a sustainable energy plan that's seen the campus embrace renewable energy. Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins got behind the wheel of a truck Monday and dumped the final load...

Do California power shutoffs work? Hard to know, experts say

Oct. 14, 2019 11:49 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions of Californians spent part of the week in the dark in an unprecedented effort by the state's large electrical utilities to prevent another devastating wildfire. It was the fifth time Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has preemptively cut the power but by far the largest to date...

Pacific Northwest tribes: Remove Columbia River dams

Oct. 14, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) — Two Pacific Northwest tribes on Monday demanded the removal of three major hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River to save migrating salmon and starving orcas and restore fishing sites that were guaranteed to the tribes in a treaty more than 150 years ago. The Yakama and Lummi...