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FILE - This Dec. 22, 2018, file photo shows a pump jack over an oil well along Interstate 25 near Dacono, Colo. Federal courts have delivered a string of rebukes to the Trump administration over what they found were failures to protect the environment and address climate change as it promotes fossil fuel interests and the extraction of natural resources from public lands. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Trump's fossil fuel agenda gets pushback from federal judges

Sep. 15, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal courts have delivered a string of rebukes to the Trump administration over what they found were failures to protect the environment and address climate change as it promotes fossil fuel interests and the extraction of natural resources from public lands. Judges have ruled...

Cities hope to build reservoir near Holy Cross Wilderness

Sep. 13, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

HOMESTAKE CREEK, Colo. (AP) — A hundred miles from Colorado’s Front Range house-building boom, field scientist Delia Malone dug her fingers into spongy high-mountain wetlands at the edge of the Holy Cross Wilderness. She found, about 15 inches underground, partially decayed roots, twigs and the cold...

Boats sit well above the water level of the Tippecanoe River on a man-made canal, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020 in Monticello, Ind. (Nikos Frazier/Journal & Courier via AP)

Drought, water releases shrink Indiana lake, pinch economy

Sep. 12, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

MONTICELLO, Ind. (AP) — The seasonal economy along a northern Indiana lake that’s a popular boating destination is feeling a pinch as the lake continues to shrink following weeks of scant rainfall and water releases required to protect federally endangered mussels. Boaters, tubers and water skiers...

ACLU drops lawsuit alleging agency's retaliatory complaint

Sep. 7, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas on Monday dropped its lawsuit that accused a former lawyer for the state utilities regulating agency of filing a baseless, retaliatory complaint against two environmental activists. Last month, U.S. District Judge Holly Teeter gutted...

Judge mostly OKs regulators' handling of mine water permit

Sep. 5, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A judge ruled the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency did not deviate from most of its procedures when it issued a key water quality permit for the proposed PolyMet mine project. The ruling is a victory for supporters of the state's first copper-nickel mine and the agency, which mine...

In this Jan. 29, 2020 photo made available by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, confiscated hammerhead shark fins are displayed at the Port of Miami. Federal authorities say they indicted 12 people and seized nearly $8 million in cash, jewels and precious metals after disrupting a criminal enterprise that dealt drugs and sold illegally harvested shark fins to buyers overseas. U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine in Savannah, Georgia, told a news conference Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uncovered the conspiracy while investigating the illegal practice of cutting the fins off live sharks and dumping them back into the water to die. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP)

Indictment accuses 12 of illegally trading shark fins, drugs

Sep. 4, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Federal authorities said Thursday that they have charged 12 people and seized nearly $8 million in cash, jewels and precious metals after disrupting a criminal enterprise that dealt drugs and sold illegally harvested shark fins to buyers overseas. U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine of...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Aug. 26, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: An uncertain school year begins The Citizen’s Voice Aug. 25 A school year full of uncertainty begins today as the Dallas School District becomes the first public district in Wyoming Valley to resume classes, with...

Mariner East fined again as another spill fouls state park

Aug. 20, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Texas pipeline company that has been heavily penalized in Pennsylvania has been fined another $355,000 for polluting waterways in eight counties during construction of a pipeline to carry natural gas liquids, state environmental officials announced Thursday. The Department of...

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock speaks to members of the business community in Billings, Mont., on July 24, 2020. The Democratic governor is asking a federal judge to oust the Trump administration official responsible for overseeing more than quarter-billion acres of public lands. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Montana governor presses to remove Trump's public lands boss

Aug. 20, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s Democratic governor asked a federal judge Thursday to take swift action to remove the Trump administration’s chief steward of public lands, as the former industry attorney hangs onto the post despite the White House saying Saturday that his nomination would be...

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2019, file photo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management Acting Director William

Public lands chief hangs on despite nomination getting nixed

Aug. 19, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former oil industry attorney will continue calling the shots for a government agency that oversees nearly a quarter-billion public acres in the U.S. West, despite the White House saying over the weekend that President Donald Trump would withdraw the nomination of William Perry...