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Controversy Stirs Over Trash-To-Energy Plant In Vegas

February 20, 2014 4:12 pm | by CONOR SHINE, Las Vegas Sun | News | Comments

City staff and the planning commission approved the plant plans late last year but hit a snag at a city council meeting this month when neighbors showed up in force to voice their concerns, urging officials to relocate the project 25 miles away at the Apex Landfill.

NY Village Appeals Ban On Fracking Water Sales

February 20, 2014 4:10 pm | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental groups and a Steuben County village are headed to an appeals court over water sales to a Shell Oil Company subsidiary for shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania.

Federal officials announced the approval of two solar energy plants on public lands in California and Nevada, angering environmentalists who say the facilities will endanger desert tortoises.

2 Solar Projects Approved In CA & NV

February 20, 2014 10:52 am | by CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials announced the approval of two solar energy on public lands in California and Nevada, angering environmentalists who say the facilities will endanger desert tortoises.

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Federal prosecutors widened their investigation triggered by a massive coal ash spill in North Carolina, demanding reams of documents and ordering nearly 20 state environmental agency employees to testify before a grand jury.

Investigation Into Coal Ash Spill Widens

February 20, 2014 10:49 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors widened their investigation triggered by a massive coal ash spill in North Carolina, demanding reams of documents and ordering nearly 20 state environmental agency employees to testify before a grand jury.

Just as pressure was building on President Barack Obama to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to refineries in Texas, the project ran into another obstacle — and it came again from Nebraska.

Keystone Faces New Obstacle In NE

February 20, 2014 10:29 am | by GRANT SCHULTE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Just as pressure was building on President Barack Obama to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to refineries in Texas, the project ran into another obstacle — and it came again from Nebraska.

Prosecutors File New Subpoenas Over NC Coal Ash

February 19, 2014 11:15 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors have served North Carolina's environmental agency with more subpoenas seeking documents and commanding more than a dozen state employees to testify before a grand jury, all part of a broadening criminal investigation launched in the wake of a massive coal ash spill.

North Carolina officials said Tuesday that groundwater containing unsafe levels of arsenic apparently leaching from a Duke Energy coal ash dump is still pouring into the Dan River, which is already contaminated from a massive Feb. 2 spill.

Arsenic Still Leaking From 2nd NC Pipe

February 19, 2014 10:15 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina officials said Tuesday that groundwater containing unsafe levels of arsenic apparently leaching from a Duke Energy coal ash dump is still pouring into the Dan River, which is already contaminated from a massive Feb. 2 spill.

North Carolina's top environmental official said Monday that he briefed Gov. Pat McCrory before intervening in lawsuits against Duke Energy, resulting in a negotiated settlement that fined the $50 billion corporation $99,111 to resolve violations over gro

NC Governor Briefed On Coal Ash Settlement

February 18, 2014 10:28 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina's top environmental official said Monday that he briefed Gov. Pat McCrory before intervening in lawsuits against Duke Energy, resulting in a negotiated settlement that fined the $50 billion corporation $99,111 to resolve violations over groundwater contamination leaching from two huge coal ash dumps.

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For weeks, government officials have said the running water in nine WV counties is suitable for all daily needs. But many of the 300,000 residents whose water was contaminated Jan. 9, are not convinced.

WV Still Wary Of Water A Month After Spill

February 18, 2014 10:21 am | by ALEX SANZ, JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

For weeks, government officials have said the running water in nine WV counties is suitable for all daily needs. But many of the 300,000 residents whose water was contaminated Jan. 9 are not convinced.              

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with federal partners, announces the results of a multi-year project called Bio-Response Operational Testing and Evaluation (BOTE) that tested and evaluated decontamination techniques for a biological inci

EPA Advances Decontamination Techniques

February 17, 2014 1:00 am | by Environmental Protection Agency | News | Comments

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with federal partners, announces the results of a multi-year project called Bio-Response Operational Testing and Evaluation (BOTE) that tested and evaluated decontamination techniques for a biological incident.

 In a joint effort to unlock opportunities on scaling renewable energy projects across the Caribbean-basin, Carbon War Room and Rocky Mountain Institute brokered commitments from the British Virgin Islands, Colombia, Dominica, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint L

Caribbean Islands Swap Diesel For Renewable Resources

February 17, 2014 1:00 am | by Carbon War Room | News | Comments

In a joint effort to unlock opportunities on scaling renewable energy projects across the Caribbean-basin, Carbon War Room and Rocky Mountain Institute brokered commitments from the British Virgin Islands, Colombia, Dominica, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia and Turks & Caicos.

Fracking At Fashion Week

February 16, 2014 11:12 pm | by SYLVIA HUI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Never mind the fashion: Vivienne Westwood has it down to a T. More importantly, the veteran designer wants to talk about fracking and the floods wreaking havoc in Britain.                      

2nd Leaking Coal Ash Pipe Claimed Safe

February 16, 2014 10:54 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy says a second pipe under a coal ash dump in North Carolina is not in immediate danger of collapse, despite concerns from state regulators that the pipe could fail and trigger another toxic spill into the Dan River.

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NC Governor Denies Duke Coal Ash Deal Involvement

February 16, 2014 10:50 pm | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory denied he had any talks with Duke Energy executives or lobbyists about his administration's scuttled deal to settle environmental violations at two of the $50 billion company's coal ash dumps for $99,000.

Congo Oil Exploration Blocked

February 14, 2014 2:11 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An environmental organization says it's making progress in its bid to block proposed oil exploration in Africa's oldest national park where 200 gorillas live.                                  

Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into a massive coal ash spill into a North Carolina river, demanding that Duke Energy and state regulators hand over reams of documents related to the accident that left a waterway polluted with t

Coal Ash Spill Investigation Turns Criminal

February 14, 2014 10:50 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into a massive coal ash spill into a North Carolina river, demanding that Duke Energy and state regulators hand over reams of documents related to the accident that left a waterway polluted with tons of toxic sludge.

A federal appeals court on Thursday reinstated a shareholders lawsuit filed against BP Alaska in the wake of two oil spills in 2006 on the North Slope that exposed problems with the company's pipeline maintenance program.

Appeals Court Reinstates BP Shareholders' Lawsuit

February 14, 2014 10:31 am | by MARK THIESSEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court on Thursday reinstated a shareholders lawsuit filed against BP Alaska in the wake of two oil spills in 2006 on the North Slope that exposed problems with the company's pipeline maintenance program.                  

A federal appeals court has cleared the way for thousands of workers to be compensated for medical treatment for exposure to crude oil or chemical dispersants during the 2010 BP oilspill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Court Clears The Way For BP Spill Medical Claims

February 14, 2014 1:00 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has cleared the way for thousands of workers to be compensated for medical treatment for exposure to crude oil or chemical dispersants during the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.                

Ice Buildup Caused Slurry Spill In WV

February 13, 2014 11:51 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A West Virginia creek turned black with 108,000 gallons of coal slurry because of ice buildup on a pipeline, environmental officials said Wednesday.                              

Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into North Carolina's environmental agency following a massive coal ash spill on the Dan River.

Feds Investigate NC Environmental Agency

February 13, 2014 11:48 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into North Carolina's environmental agency following a massive coal ash spill on the Dan River.                              

Lawmakers Call For Stronger Oil Spill Response

February 13, 2014 11:46 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Recent crude oil train catastrophes in North Dakota and Canada show that Minnesota needs to beef up its ability to protect its communities from similar disasters, a pair of lawmakers said Wednesday.                    

Lawsuits Block Vegas Water Pipeline

February 13, 2014 11:43 am | by SANDRA CHEREB, Associated Press | News | Comments

An environmental group and a coalition of rural interests filed separate federal lawsuits Wednesday seeking to block a massive water pipeline that would pump billions of gallons of water from beneath remote valleys along the Nevada-Utah line and ship it to Las Vegas.

NC Pushes For New Coal Ash Cleanup Law

February 12, 2014 11:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two North Carolina lawmakers say last week's massive coal ash spill on the Dan River was a "wake up call" that Duke Energy should be forced to clean out leaky waste dumps at its power plants.                      

VA Coal Ash Water Deemed 'Acceptable'

February 12, 2014 11:01 am | by STEVE SZKOTAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

State environmental officials are reviewing the dozen coal ash ponds in Virginia following a massive spill along the Dan River in North Carolina as water quality tests concluded that treatment plants are effectively removing toxins from public water supplies in Danville and South Boston.

DNR: MN Mining Laws Will Protect Public

February 12, 2014 10:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State mining regulators assured legislators on Tuesday that Minnesota laws were strong enough to protect future generations from bankruptcies and cleanup costs from copper mines proposed in northeastern Minnesota's Iron Range.                         

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