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Fight over Canadian oil rages on after pipeline's demise

Jun. 10, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Keystone XL is dead after a 12-year attempt to build the oil pipeline, yet the fight over Canadian crude rages on as emboldened environmentalists target other projects and pressure President Joe Biden to intervene — all while oil imports from the north keep...

Fate of planned mine near Okefenokee left to Georgia agency

Jun. 07, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) — More than 160 years after her great-great-grandfather settled on a patch of land surrounded by water in the Okefenokee Swamp, Sheila Carter takes visitors on guided canoe tours for firsthand looks at the swamp's abundant alligators and stilt-legged birds wading among...

Judge: US can't delay challenge to public land coal sales

Jun. 04, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge has rejected the Biden administration's attempt to delay a lawsuit from several states and environmentalists who are seeking to end lease sales for coal mining on federal lands. The coal leasing program was temporarily shut down under...

WVa mine reclamation bond concerns prompt suit against feds

May. 18, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Environmental groups are seeking to force the federal government to address an underfunded program in West Virginia whose purpose is to help cover the costs of coal mine reclamation. The lawsuit said the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation...

Court: Construction can proceed on hydropower corridor

May. 13, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Construction can proceed on a 53-mile (85-kilometer) stretch of utility corridor that’s a critical part of a $1 billion project to bring Canadian hydropower to the New England grid, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The 1st U.S. Circuit...

Climate groups question speed of Evergy's retreat from coal

May. 05, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

Scientists say that if we’re going to stop rising global temperatures, the world will need to greatly reduce the amount of carbon it’s emitting into the air. Electricity production is one of the largest culprits and transitioning away from fossil fuels is seen as a...

Groups sue over US program allowing pipelines on wetlands

May. 04, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Environmentalists have filed a new legal challenge to a U.S. government program that allows oil and gas pipelines to be built across wetlands, rivers and other bodies of water. The lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Great Falls,...

Plant seeks permit to treat, discharge acidic wastewater

Apr. 26, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

GEISMAR, La. (AP) — A Louisiana fertilizer plant says it can treat contaminated and highly acidic wastewater to drinking-water standards, and wants a state permit to discharge treated water into the Mississippi River — the drinking water source for New Orleans and other downriver...

Boston Logan airport deletes Earth Day tweet after ridicule

Apr. 21, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — In response to public ridicule, Boston's Logan International Airport deleted a Tweet that encouraged travelers to use the airport parking garage under the guise that it helped the environment. The post on Monday from the airport read: “For those...

Environmentalists cheer new Illinois safeguards on coal ash

Apr. 18, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Environmentalists are cheering rules that Illinois regulators have adopted to govern toxic byproducts from burning coal. The Illinois Pollution Control Board last week approved guidelines for detecting and cleaning up harmful coal ash...