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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, a Moran tugboat nears the stern of the capsizing vessel Golden Ray near St. Simons Sound off the coast of Georgia. The salvage team salvage team is seeking a federal permit to surround the shipwreck with a giant mesh barrier to contain any debris when they cut the ship apart. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

Salvage firm asks US judge to halt removal of capsized ship

Feb. 14, 2020 6:59 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A maritime salvage company is asking a federal judge to stop the Coast Guard and a rival firm from carrying out their plans to remove a cargo ship that overturned five months ago on the Georgia coast. The multiagency team overseeing removal of the South Korean freighter Golden Ray...

Oregon state Sen. Jeff Golden speaks to demonstrators opposed to a plan to build a natural gas pipeline and marine export terminal in Oregon, at the Department of State Lands in Salem, Ore., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Golden said he expects the battle to go to the courts if the Trump administration tries to ram the project through despite denials of state permits. Demonstrators held signs depicting salmon, which environmentalists say are among fish species that would be impacted by the proposed 230-mile (370-kilometer) feeder pipeline and export terminal. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Trump appointees weigh plan to build pipeline in Oregon

Feb. 14, 2020 5:17 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Thursday was the day that a federal agency had been expected to make a decision on a proposed natural gas pipeline and marine export terminal in Oregon, and both opponents of the project and the Canadian energy company behind it awaited word from Washington. But Thursday came and went,...

Agency: North Dakota oil production drops 3% in December

Feb. 14, 2020 2:58 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators say oil production in December was down about 3% from November. The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.47 million barrels of oil daily in December. That's down from 1.51 million barrels from the prior month. North Dakota...

West Virginia Senate passes solar bill with nods to coal

Feb. 14, 2020 2:11 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate on Friday passed a bill encouraging power companies to use solar energy in a bid to lure businesses to the state. But they're making it clear that they don't want the coal industry to feel left out. The proposal, which would create a regulatory program for...

Senate joins House in barring natural gas bans

Feb. 13, 2020 5:17 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Senate has joined the House in approving a measure barring cities and counties from banning new natural gas hookups. The legislation backed by Senate President Karen Fann and House Speaker Rusty Bowers is an effort to prevent the spread of gas bans being adopted by California cities to...

An audience of only South Carolina senators and House members listen as officials give a briefing on bids to buy or manage state owned utility Santee Cooper on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Columbia, South Carolina. This was the first of more than a dozen meetings on Santee Cooper's future scheduled for the next month. (AP Photo / Jeffrey Collins)

Public utility's future in SC to dominate Legislature's time

Feb. 13, 2020 4:25 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — No matter whether South Carolina lawmakers choose to sell state-owned utility Santee Cooper, have another company manage it or let the utility continue to operate itself, one thing is certain — that complex decision is going to dominate the Legislature's time. The first of what...

Measure to revamp utility regulation in New Mexico advances

Feb. 13, 2020 2:15 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal that calls for reshaping the administrative structure of a powerful regulatory panel that oversees New Mexico utilities and other businesses is headed to the House floor for consideration. The measure has the support of business groups and key Democratic legislative leaders...

Arizona legislation would block natural gas bans

Feb. 13, 2020 12:26 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona cities and counties would not be allowed to ban new natural gas hookups under legislation moving through the Arizona Legislature, an effort to prevent the spread here of gas bans being adopted by California cities to help combat climate change. The measure cleared the House in a...

Alaska regulators seek more information on Hilcorp oil deal

Feb. 13, 2020 10:07 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska state regulatory agency has asked for more information regarding Hilcorp Energy Company's request to keep its finances private during its $5.6 billion purchase of BP Alaska assets. The Regulatory Commission of Alaska said Tuesday that it plans to delay a decision until...

South Dakota tribes speak against 'riot-boosting' penalties

Feb. 12, 2020 5:53 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Native American groups opposed to the Keystone XL oil pipeline told South Dakota lawmakers Wednesday that Gov. Kristi Noem's plan to restore criminal penalties for urging riots would result in peaceful protesters being silenced. The Republican governor proposed updates to the so-called...