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Court upholds public records case ruling against Millennium

Feb. 26, 2020 4:09 PM EST

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A state appeals court has upheld a 2018 ruling that the state Department of Ecology did not violate the state Public Records Act in a case involving the proponent of a large coal export dock in Longview, Washington. Millennium Bulk Terminals sued Ecology in 2017, arguing that the...

Appeals court hits California county's oil permit system

Feb. 25, 2020 10:53 PM EST

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A California county that pumps most of the state’s oil and has issued more than 1,000 drilling permits in five years violated state environmental laws, an appeals court ruled Tuesday in a victory for environmentalists who argued the permit system threatened the region’s...

Timeline for proposed wind farm off New England pushed back

Feb. 12, 2020 4:01 PM EST

The target operation date for a proposed wind farm off the coast of New England was pushed back because of permitting delays, the company behind the project said. Vineyard Wind said Tuesday that it had received word from the Department of Interior that the final environmental impact study for the 84-turbine,...

Honolulu seeks private proposals to operate Haiku Stairs

Feb. 12, 2020 9:49 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu requested proposals from private organizations interested in providing managed, fee-based access to its famed Haiku Stairs. The city announced Tuesday that any interested party would need to restore, maintain and operate the Oahu staircase that attracts 4,000 people annually....

A protester holds a placard at a rally of advocates to voice opposition to efforts by the Trump administration to weaken the National Environmental Policy Act, which is the country's basic charter for protection of the outdoors on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Push to scale back US environmental law draws ire at hearing

Feb. 11, 2020 5:04 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday hosted the first of two hearings on its proposal to speed energy and other projects by rolling back a landmark environmental law. Opponents from Western states argued the long-term benefits of keeping the environmental reviews. Among other changes,...

Public input expected on Wyoming wild horse management plan

Feb. 7, 2020 3:04 PM EST

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — A public comment period has started for a draft resource management plan amendment and associated draft environmental impact statement for wild horse management in southern Wyoming, land agency officials said. The Bureau of Land Management has made the draft amendment and related...

Opponents of Enbridge Energy's proposal to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota demonstrate on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, before a hearing on the project before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in the state Capitol complex in St. Paul, Minn. The opponents say the project would aggravate climate change.  (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

Minnesota regulators put Line 3 oil pipeline back on track

Feb. 3, 2020 6:49 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota utility regulators put Enbridge Energy's plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline back on track Monday, approving a court-ordered revised environmental review and reinstating two key approvals that the company needs to proceed with the disputed project. The state...

3 meetings set on routes for proposed Mid-States Corridor

Feb. 2, 2020 4:47 PM EST

LOOGOOTEE, Ind. (AP) — A proposed four-lane highway that would improve southwestern Indiana's connection to Interstate 69 is set for three public meetings on the project’s proposed routes. The route options being studied by an Evansville company will be presented during February’s meetings on...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, photo, Norm Bishop sits inside his home with a photo and award from his years of working with wolves, outside Bozeman, Mont. Bishop, who was Yellowstone’s resource interpreter, had spent years giving public presentations about the science of wolf reintroduction. He would explain what the experts thought would happen if gray wolves were restored to the Yellowstone ecosystem. (Ryan Berry/Bozeman Daily Chronicle via AP)

Wolves' return to Yellowstone recalled on 25th anniversary

Jan. 19, 2020 11:55 AM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The day the wolves arrived in Yellowstone National Park was busy. At least that’s how Norm Bishop remembers it. The wolves came in aluminum crates on horse trailers Jan. 12, 1995. Passing through the gates, the Canadian-born carnivores were the first of their kind in the park...

Utah public comment period closes for Lake Powell Pipeline

Jan. 17, 2020 6:48 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 1,100 public comments were submitted for the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline designed to pump water to two southern Utah counties, program officials said. The proposed 140-mile (225-kilometer) road is estimated to cost between $1 billion to $1.7 billion, The Spectrum reported....