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Lawsuit challenges Vail development in bighorn sheep habitat

Nov. 15, 2019 2:21 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Vail residents fighting to protect habitat for a beleaguered herd of bighorn sheep as developers push to build housing for resort workers have taken their case to state court. A lawsuit filed this week in Eagle County District Court contends Vail town officials violated local rules when they...

Company: Dakota Access expansion doesn’t increase risk

Nov. 13, 2019 5:04 PM EST

LINTON, N.D. (AP) — Dakota Access pipeline officials argued Wednesday that the company’s proposal to double the line’s capacity does not increase the potential of a failure, a claim that has been long dismissed by opponents of the idea. Texas-based Energy Transfer wants to double the capacity...

Tribe to argue against expansion of Dakota Access pipeline

Nov. 12, 2019 5:40 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members have long maintained that a leak in the Dakota Access oil pipeline would threaten their Missouri River water supply, and on Wednesday they will argue that a new proposal to double the line's capacity magnifies the probability of a disastrous oil...

Justices seem uncertain about reach of Clean Water Act

Nov. 6, 2019 1:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems uncertain about how to decide a closely watched case from Hawaii about the reach of landmark federal clean-water protections. The justices heard arguments Wednesday about whether a sewage treatment plant needs a federal permit when it sends wastewater deep...

Lawsuit planned after giant forest project OK'd in Idaho

Nov. 5, 2019 3:15 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A giant forest project in Idaho rejected by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is on again, and an environmental group says it violates the court's orders and will stop it with another lawsuit. The U.S. Forest Service on Friday approved the 125-square-mile (325-square-kilometer)...

Iowa high court to decide if farm pollution suit continues

Nov. 5, 2019 12:55 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has decided to step into a legal battle between the state and environmental groups over whether enough is being done to keep hog manure and other farm pollutants from tainting rivers that provide central Iowans drinking water. An order signed Monday by Justice...

San Francisco: Mayor has easy reelection; vaping on ballot

Nov. 4, 2019 12:33 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After a bruising fight last year to become San Francisco's mayor, London Breed faces token opposition on Tuesday's ballot as she struggles to find solutions to the city's homelessness crisis, drug epidemic and a housing shortfall that have put the politically liberal city in the...

Louisiana man gets probation in whooping crane death

Nov. 1, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

A Louisiana man was sentenced to probation Friday for killing one of the state's oldest whooping cranes . Gilvin P. Aucoin Jr., of Ville Platte, shot the endangered whooping crane in July 2018 in Evangeline Parish. In a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carol B. Whitehurst, Aucoin changed his plea to guilty...

South Dakota man gets probation in wildlife trafficking case

Oct. 30, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man will serve two years on probation for guiding illegal hunting trips on the Pine Ridge Reservation. A federal judge sentenced Everett Thomas MacKaben Jr. of Whitewood on Monday. The judge ordered MacKaben's hunting privileges revoked during his probation. MacKaben...

Closing arguments made in North Pole refinery pollution case

Oct. 30, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska judge will decide who is liable for the cleanup of a substance that leaked from a North Pole oil refinery and contaminated nearby water wells. Superior Court Judge Warren Matthews was considering a ruling after hearing closing arguments Tuesday at the trial focused on...