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Judge says dam can't be removed if water level will fall

Nov. 25, 2020 5:41 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A federal court says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can't demolish a dam downriver from Augusta if it doesn't maintain the current water level. U.S. District Judge Richard Mark Gergel ruled Friday that the Corps of Engineers' proposed plan to remove the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam...

FILE - In this June 29, 2018 photo, tanks stand at the Enbridge Energy terminal in Superior, Wis.Minnesota utility regulators reaffirmed their support Thursday, June 25, 2020, for Enbridge’s plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted 4-1 to reject petitions for reconsideration filed by several Ojibwe bands, environmental groups and the state Commerce Department. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Army Corps of Engineers grants final federal Line 3 permit

Nov. 23, 2020 6:28 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday approved the final federal permit for Enbridge Energy's planned Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota, bringing the project a step closer to construction. In a release from its St. Paul office, the Corps said it...

As high tide laps against the sea wall tourist walk down the Battery in Charleston, S.C. Friday, Nov. 13, 2020.   Charleston has remained relatively unscathed this hurricane season. That means more time to mull a $1.75 billion proposal by the Army Corps of Engineers that features a sea wall along the city's peninsula to protect it from deadly storm surge during hurricanes.  (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Charleston weighs wall as seas rise and storms strengthen

Nov. 22, 2020 8:33 AM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Vickie Hicks, who weaves intricate sweetgrass baskets in Charleston, South Carolina's historic city market, remembers climbing onto the table at her grandmother’s booth downtown when the floodwaters rushed by. Decades later, the seasoned seller of this art form passed down by...

FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo, Myrtle Felton, from left, Sharon Lavigne, Gail LeBoeuf and Rita Cooper, members of RISE St. James, conduct a live stream video on property owned by Formosa in St. James Parish, La.  The Army Corps of Engineers has suspended its permit for the Chinese conglomerate’s $9.4 billion plastics complex on a technicality, but says it may review other aspects of the permit. The Corps says it incorrectly dismissed sites in Ascension Parish when it reviewed whether other potential sites might have fewer environmental effects than the company's chosen location in St. James Parish. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Corps suspends $9.4B plastics complex permit for review

Nov. 16, 2020 2:36 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers has suspended its permit for a Chinese conglomerate’s $9.4 billion plastics complex on a technicality but says it may also review other aspects of the permit. The notice filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., did not mention the...

Analysis: Mississippi pump proposal evokes strong reactions

Nov. 15, 2020 5:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Farmers, rural shopkeepers and Mississippi politicians from both major parties are speaking out to support a proposed flood control project that would pump water from parts of the south Delta. Environmental groups remain opposed to the Yazoo Backwater Project. They've said for decades...

Changes to Honolulu flood project raise cost, add station

Nov. 13, 2020 8:42 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has made significant changes to a Honolulu flood control project that would increase costs and add a four-story pump station. A Corps official said updates to the Ala Wai Flood Risk Management Project focus on evacuating water in the upper reaches of...

FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo, Myrtle Felton, from left, Sharon Lavigne, Gail LeBoeuf and Rita Cooper, members of RISE St. James, conduct a live stream video on property owned by Formosa in St. James Parish, La. The Army Corps of Engineers is considering whether potential environmental impacts require it to change, suspend or revoke the permit for a $9.4 billion plastics complex planned in Louisiana by a Taiwan company, U.S. Department of Justice lawyers said Wednesday, Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Army Corps reconsidering permit for $9.4B plastics complex

Nov. 4, 2020 9:46 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers is considering whether potential environmental impacts require it to change, suspend or revoke the permit for a $9.4 billion plastics complex planned in Louisiana by a Taiwan company, U.S. Department of Justice lawyers said Wednesday. The Corps plans to...

Power corridor construction to begin with Army Corps permit

Nov. 4, 2020 9:02 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers has granted the final permit needed for construction to proceed on a 145-mile (230-kilometer) power transmission line corridor through western Maine, officials said Wednesday. Avangrid, which is Central Maine Power's corporate parent, contends the $1...

Columbia River navigation markers replaced in Washington

Oct. 29, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has started a project to replace dozens of steel rods known as king piles in the Columbia River that warn boats and other vessels about the locations of underwater dams. The $2.1 million project will replace dozens of 65-foot (20-meter) steel rods...

Lawsuit seeks environmental review of Maine energy project

Oct. 28, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Natural Resources Council of Maine, Appalachian Mountain Club and Sierra Club Maine are suing to try to require a more rigorous environmental review of a 145-mile energy transmission line that would run through western Maine. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, contends the Army Corps...