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Bipartisan bill leaves out key climate, clean energy steps

Aug. 03, 2021 08:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package unveiled by the Senate includes more than $150 billion to boost clean energy and promote “climate resilience” by making schools, ports and other structures better able to withstand extreme weather events such as storms...

Agency officials OK restoration plan for forest, grasslands

Jul. 31, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials in New Mexico have approved a plan for restoration of wetlands and areas along waterways in the Carson, Cibola and Santa Fe national forests and the Kiowa National Grasslandx. The plan is intended to enhance wildlife...

State investigating common carp deaths in Michigan lake

Jul. 31, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

LAKE ORION, Mich. (AP) — State officials are investigating the deaths of hundreds of adult common carp at an Oakland County lake. Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources said between 250 and 500 of the fish have been found dead since mid-July in Lake Orion,...

Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

Jul. 31, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

CRANE, Texas (AP) — Rusted pipes litter the sandy fields of Ashley Williams Watt’s cattle ranch in windswept West Texas. The corroded skeletons are all that remain of hundreds of abandoned oil wells that were drilled long before her family owned the land. The wells, unable to produce any...

Minnesota plan hopes to slow rapid pulse of water, erosion

Jul. 31, 2021 01:03 AM EDT

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Sixteen years ago, Don and Becky Waskosky moved to what they thought was their dream home in the country outside of Mankato. They were drawn to the quiet, the birds and wildlife — and breathtaking views of the Le Sueur River as it winds through...

Florida river gets curves back in 22-year, $980m restoration

Jul. 30, 2021 11:01 AM EDT

SEBRING, Fla. (AP) — The 22-year project to restore Florida's Kissimmee River from a straight manmade channel to its natural meandering state has marked a major milestone. Officials involved in the nearly $1 billion Kissimmee River Restoration Project said at an event...

Helena says Tenmile Creek more contaminated than EPA found

Jul. 29, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Water samples taken by Helena City staff in Tenmile Creek following a mine waste spill earlier this month show severely higher levels of metals and arsenic than those reported by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Helena Independent Record reported. ...

Why it's so hard and expensive to plug an abandoned well

Jul. 29, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

An estimated 2 million abandoned oil and gas wells across the country, forgotten or ignored by the energy companies that drilled them, are believed to be leaking toxic chemicals. Many of the wells are releasing methane, a greenhouse gas containing about 86 times the climate-warming power of...

Health officials warn against swimming in James River

Jul. 29, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia health officials are warning people and pets to avoid swimming or wading in the James River after hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage spilled from a Goochland County sewer line into a tributary of the river. The Virginia Department...

Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

Jul. 29, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

CRANE, Texas (AP) — Rusted pipes litter the sandy fields of Ashley Williams Watt’s cattle ranch in windswept West Texas. Corroded skeletons are all that remain of hundreds of abandoned oil wells. Unable to produce any useful amounts of oil or gas, the wells were plugged with cement...