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Washington state deals setback to massive methanol plant

Nov. 22, 2019 2:28 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state dealt a setback Friday to efforts to build one of the world’s biggest methanol plants on the Columbia River, saying that five years in, its backers had failed to provide enough information about its greenhouse gas emissions and how they would be offset. The $2 billion...

Pennsylvania to fund research into fracking health dangers

Nov. 22, 2019 1:06 PM EST

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday his administration will spend $3 million on a pair of studies to explore the potential health effects of the natural gas industry, taking action after months of impassioned pleas by the families of pediatric cancer patients who live in the most heavily drilled region of the...

Iran internet slowly revives; US sanctions telecom minister

Nov. 22, 2019 11:07 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The internet slowly trickled back on in Iran on Friday after a dayslong shutdown by authorities amid protests and unrest that followed government-set gasoline prices sharply rising, as the U.S. sanctioned the country’s prominent telecommunications minister over the...

Gas pipeline protesters sit-in in Oregon governor’s office

Nov. 22, 2019 12:47 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Demonstrators opposed to a liquefied natural gas pipeline and a marine export terminal in Oregon flooded into the Oregon State Capitol on Thursday and staged a sit-in at the governor’s office before police moved in to arrest them. The hundreds of protesters demanded Gov. Kate...

Restaurant group sues over Berkeley’s natural gas ban

Nov. 21, 2019 7:59 PM EST

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Berkeley’s first-in-the-nation ban on natural gas in new construction may end up eroding the region’s reputation for fine and creative dining, according to a California trade association suing the city on behalf of restaurants. In its lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S....

Alabama Power fees on solar challenged

Nov. 21, 2019 6:00 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Environmental groups on Thursday challenged Alabama Power’s charges on those who use solar panels to produce part of their home electricity, a fee the utility maintains is necessary to cover providing backup power. The Alabama Public Service Commission held a hearing on the...

New Mexico task force rolls out climate change strategies

Nov. 21, 2019 5:49 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday reiterated her commitment to addressing the causes and effects of climate change as a panel of experts concluded that New Mexico needs to pick up the pace if it wants to meet its goals over the next decade. The governor’s climate...

Boston suburb votes to ban use of oil and gas appliances

Nov. 21, 2019 4:16 PM EST

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — A Boston suburb is banning the installation of oil and gas pipes in new and renovated buildings as a way to combat climate change. The Boston Globe reports that residents of Brookline voted nearly unanimously to adopt the new bylaw at their Town Meeting on Wednesday. The provision,...

Feds: Royalty exemption for new shallow-water Gulf wells

Nov. 21, 2019 1:08 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The federal agencies that make and enforce offshore oil and gas leases say they’ll encourage new wells in shallow Gulf of Mexico waters by allowing some reduced-royalty or even royalty-free production if owners can prove they need it. Some $20 billion worth of oil and gas may go...

Air of criticism surrounds proposed offshore wind farm

Nov. 21, 2019 6:52 AM EST

FENWICK ISLAND, Del. (AP) — A proposed offshore wind farm off the coast of Delaware has received a wave of criticism from residents who live around Fenwick Island State Park. News outlets report hundreds of people attended a meeting about the proposal Tuesday in Dagsboro. The Department of Natural...