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EU court fines Poland 500,000 euros daily until mine closes

Sep. 20, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union’s top court on Monday ordered Poland to pay a daily fine of 500,000 euros ($586,000) until it complies with an earlier ruling to shut down a lignite mine near the border with the Czech Republic and Germany. The Court of Justice...

After Ida hits, August industrial output gains slow to 0.4%

Sep. 15, 2021 10:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production slowed to a 0.4% gain in August as shutdowns of petroleum refineries and petrochemical plants caused by Hurricane Ida curbed manufacturing activity. Plant closures long the Gulf Coast as well as lost oil production during...

Fire at huge Nebraska beef plant disrupts production briefly

Sep. 13, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

A fire at a one of the nation's largest beef processing plants appears to have spared the main production area, so the impact on the overall market is likely to be limited. While the blaze was burning at the JBS plant in Grand Island, Nebraska, that normally slaughters...

Minnesota defers OK for permit linked to ND power plant deal

Sep. 09, 2021 21:28 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Regulators told a Minnesota-based utility Thursday that they need more information before signing off on a permit transfer necessary for a financially troubled coal-fired power plant in North Dakota to be sold to a Bismarck-based marketer of wholesale electricity. ...

Rains from Fred force shutdown of Asheville water source

Sep. 03, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Rainfall from the remnants of Tropical Depression Fred last month forced a North Carolina city to shut down a reservoir and a water treatment plant because of what an official calls “poor water conditions.” The rains swelled streams that feed...

Ida-hit oil industry port sustains less damage than feared

Sep. 02, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A critical port that serves as the primary support hub for the Gulf of Mexico’s deepwater offshore oil and gas industry sustained less damage from Hurricane Ida's direct hit than initially feared and should be back to working operations “in the near future," a...

GM, Ford halt some production as chip shortage worsens

Sep. 02, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The global shortage of computer chips is getting worse, forcing automakers to temporarily close factories including those that build popular pickup trucks. General Motors announced Thursday that it would pause production at eight of its 15 North American...

Power makes slow return to eastern New Orleans

Sep. 01, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

Entergy said Wednesday that it is slowly adding power back to New Orleans, and the pace of that work will determine how quickly the region's important oil refineries can restart operations that were shut down by Hurricane Ida. The utility company said that it restored...

As Ida leaves Gulf, analysts foresee modest economic damage

Aug. 30, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With more than 1 million customers in Louisiana and Mississippi having lost power, Hurricane Ida is sure to take a toll on the energy, chemical and shipping industries that have major hubs along the Gulf Coast. But the impact on the overall U.S. economy will likely be...

A Hurricane Ida unknown: Economic impact on region and US

Aug. 28, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

A strengthening Hurricane Ida, bearing high winds and the likelihood of flooding rain as it heads for the Louisiana coast, could damage the energy-heavy Gulf Coast economy and potentially have economic consequences well beyond the region. The Gulf is not only a major base...