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Judge to rule if coal ash cleanup can be paid by power bills

Nov. 24, 2020 9:56 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia judge is considering arguments in a case challenging whether customers should have to pay to clean up Georgia Power Co.'s coal ash ponds. The Sierra Club has sued, challenging the decision by the state Public Service Commission last year to require customers to pay the $525 million...

US judge voids permits for Columbia River methanol plant

Nov. 23, 2020 9:34 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A judge on Monday voided permits needed for a massive methanol plant on the Columbia River in southwestern Washington, agreeing with conservation groups that the project needs a more thorough environmental review. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had granted the permits for the construction...

FILE - This Dec. 29, 2012, file photo ,shows the exterior of Spanish energy company Iberdrola is seen, in Madrid, Spain. The parent company of New Mexico’s largest electric utility will become part of energy giant Iberdrola’s global holdings under a multibillion-dollar merger.  Under the agreement announced Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, Iberdrola's majority-owned U.S. subsidiary Avangrid will acquire PNM Resources and its assets in New Mexico and Texas. The merger will require approval from a number of state and federal regulators in a process that's expected to take the next 12 months. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)

Advocate worries over New Mexico utility's growing power

Nov. 22, 2020 12:11 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — In a fight that was already lopsided, the Goliath could be getting steroids. At least that’s what Mariel Nanasi, executive director of the nonprofit New Energy Economy, fears is possible with major changes coming for the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission and the...

Court denies call to stop work on Mountain Valley Pipeline

Nov. 19, 2020 9:10 AM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A legal attempt by environmental groups to stall work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline has fallen short. The Roanoke Times reported Wednesday that a federal appeals court let stand a finding that construction on the project would not jeopardize endangered species. The Sierra Club and...

Conservation groups sue US to halt oil project in Alaska

Nov. 18, 2020 1:14 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Conservation groups are suing the Trump administration to halt the approval of a development plan for a ConocoPhillips oil project in Alaska, arguing that officials underestimated the plan's harm to local wildlife. The groups filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday against 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...

Lawsuit seeks to stop construction of $1B transmission line

Nov. 12, 2020 1:35 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Three conservation groups are asking a judge to stop construction of a 145-mile (230-kilometer) power transmission line corridor to bring Canadian hydropower to the New England grid. The request for a preliminary injunction was filed late Wednesday by the Sierra Club, Natural...

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...

Lawsuit: Pipeline could push 2 fish species to extinction

Oct. 28, 2020 8:53 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Environmental groups have filed a legal challenge against the Mountain Valley Pipeline that says the project could push two endangered species of fish to extinction. The Roanoke Times reports that the legal challenge was filed Tuesday in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond. It...

US land agency sued over plans for southwest Colorado

Oct. 27, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Environmental groups on Tuesday asked a judge to overturn a land use plan for southwestern Colorado approved under the tenure of a Trump administration official who was later removed from a leadership post by court order. Representatives of the Sierra Club and other groups said in a lawsuit...