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Minnesota issues another approval for disputed oil pipeline

Nov. 24, 2020 6:33 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota regulatory panel on Tuesday signed off on Enbridge Energy’s planned Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota, leaving only one minor state permit to go before construction can begin. The independent Public Utilities Commission notified Enbridge...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019, file photo, University of New Hampshire scientists monitor the health of seagrass in the Great Bay in Durham, N.H. Federal officials have finalized a plan in November 2020 to reduce pollution in one of the largest estuaries in the Northeast. (AP Photo/Michael Casey, File)

EPA finalizes water permit to help clean up the Great Bay

Nov. 24, 2020 5:48 PM EST

Federal officials finalized a plan Tuesday to reduce pollution in one of the largest estuaries in the Northeast with an approach that gives surrounding communities greater flexibility to address the problem. The Environmental Protection Agency, in the Clean Water Permit for the Great Bay in New Hampshire, calls...

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 - In this June 29, 2018 photo, tanks stand at the Enbridge Energy terminal in Superior, Wis.Minnesota utility regulators reaffirmed their support Thursday, June 25, 2020, for Enbridge’s plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted 4-1 to reject petitions for reconsideration filed by several Ojibwe bands, environmental groups and the state Commerce Department. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Army Corps of Engineers grants final federal Line 3 permit

Nov. 23, 2020 6:28 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday approved the final federal permit for Enbridge Energy's planned Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota, bringing the project a step closer to construction. In a release from its St. Paul office, the Corps said it...

This photo provided by the University of Maryland shows Brooke Czwartacki taking a measurement in a well in Awendaw, South Carolina. Czwartacki regularly checks the salinity of well water as saltwater invades the state’s aquifers. (Hunter Musi/Stanford University via AP)

Coastal harm from invading saltwater ‘happening right now’

Nov. 23, 2020 1:48 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Four Native American tribes on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast requested United Nations assistance this year to force action by the U.S. government on invading salt. Their formal complaint cited “climate-forced displacement’’ and said saltwater had poisoned their...

US-European ocean monitoring satellite launches into orbit

Nov. 21, 2020 2:03 PM EST

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A U.S.-European satellite designed to extend a decades-long measurement of global sea surface heights was launched into Earth orbit from California on Saturday. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the satellite blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:17 a.m....

In this Nov. 3, 2020 photo, provide by the European Space Agency, the Sentinel-6 satellite is placed inside the upper stage of a Falcon 9 rocket. The joint European-U.S. satellite mission to improve measurements of sea level rise is being launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Saturday Nov. 22, 2020. The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite, named after the late director of NASA’s Earth Science Division, is seen as a crucial tool for monitoring the impact of global warming on coastlines, where billions of people face the risk of encroaching oceans in the coming decades. (ESA/Stephane Corvaja via AP)

Europe, US 'climate guardian' satellite to monitor oceans

Nov. 20, 2020 4:27 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A "climate guardian" satellite set for launching this weekend will greatly help scientists keep track of the rise in sea levels, one of the most daunting effects of global warming, a senior official at the European Space Agency said Friday. The satellite, known as Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich...

FILE - In this March 21, 2016, file photo, the Flint Water Plant water tower is seen in Flint, Mich. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says a proposed $600 million deal between the state of Michigan and Flint residents harmed by lead-tainted water is a step toward making amends. Officials announced the settlement Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, which must be approved by a federal judge. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Flint water lawsuit settlement now totals about $641 million

Nov. 17, 2020 10:50 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The proposed settlement of a lawsuit filed on behalf of residents of Flint, Michigan, who were harmed by lead-tainted water now totals about $641 million, officials revealed Tuesday. The lawsuit was the result of workers following state environmental officials’ advice not to...

FILE - In this July 14, 2017 file photo, The Tennessee Valley Authority's coal-burning Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis, Tenn. The Tennessee Valley Authority is considering moving toxin-laden coal ash from a retired plant in Memphis to one of two off-site landfills as it begins preparing for the $500 billion removal project, the federal utility said Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz, File)

TVA to choose from 2 landfills for coal ash removal project

Nov. 16, 2020 7:41 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority is considering moving toxin-laden coal ash from a retired plant in Memphis to one of two off-site landfills as it begins preparing for the $500 million removal project, the federal utility said Monday. A TVA report said it has narrowed down the primary...

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, file photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer's office took legal action Friday to force the shutdown of Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline by revoking the easement that allows an underwater section to run through the Straits of Mackinac. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, File)

Michigan governor seeks shutdown of Great Lakes oil pipeline

Nov. 13, 2020 6:20 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took legal action Friday to shut down a pipeline that carries oil beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes. Whitmer's office notified Canadian company Enbridge Inc. that it was revoking an easement granted 67 years ago to extend a roughly...