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Work starts on plant to treat mine waste water in Belt Creek

Oct. 24, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

BELT, Mont. (AP) — The town of Belt was built on coal. For 50 years men worked the mines ringing the small town east of Great Falls. The coal they harvested was first used to power the paddle-wheelers that once plied the Missouri River. Later it fired the smelters of...

Center in UP to look at impact of oil spills in freshwater

Oct. 23, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Lake Superior State University in Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula has been selected as a hub for a center that will look at the impacts of oil spills in freshwater environments. The U.S. Coast Guard National Center of Expertise for...

Wet storm with wind, rain, snow heading into Sierra Nevada

Oct. 22, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A wet prewinter storm is expected to bring heavy rain, snow and wind to Lake Tahoe and northern Nevada this weekend, with possible flooding on wildfire-scarred mountain hillsides. The National Weather Service said Friday an “atmospheric river” is...

California plan to ban community oil drilling far from final

Oct. 22, 2021 00:15 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Environmental groups were cautiously optimistic about California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposal to ban new oil and gas wells within 3,200 feet of schools and homes, but the oil industry and labor allies warned the plan would raise California energy prices and...

California proposes buffer between oil drilling, homes

Oct. 21, 2021 21:01 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration on Thursday announced a proposal to ban new oil and gas wells within 3,200 feet (975 meters) of sites such as schools and homes. Here's a look at the details: THE BUFFER The...

California proposes new oil drilling ban near neighborhoods

Oct. 21, 2021 20:05 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's oil and gas regulator on Thursday proposed that the state ban new oil and gas drilling within 3,200 feet of schools, homes and hospitals to protect public health in what would be the nation's largest buffer zone between oil wells and communities. ...

McLaren will pay $5M, not $20M, in Flint water settlement

Oct. 20, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A $641 million settlement with people affected by Flint's lead-contaminated water was reduced by $15 million Wednesday after a judge agreed that a hospital could cut its pledge. McLaren Health will pay $5 million instead of $20 million. It had the...

Arbitrator: Official wrongly fired in Flint water scandal

Oct. 20, 2021 17:01 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The only Michigan official fired in the Flint water catastrophe likely was a “public scapegoat” who lost her job because of politics, an arbitrator said in ordering $191,880 in back pay and other compensation. It's a remarkable victory for Liane...

Montana reaches deal in Colstrip coal ash cleanup dispute

Oct. 20, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana has reached a settlement with a coal plant operator that gives the company two years to come up with an alternative plan to clean up water polluted with coal ash. Ponds meant to contain the toxic ash from the Colstrip power...

Carbon dioxide underground storage project advances

Oct. 20, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Plans for North Dakota's first carbon dioxide storage project are moving forward. State regulators granted several approvals Tuesday for the underground storage of carbon emissions from Red Trail Energy's ethanol plant near Richardton. ...