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Montana Wind Farm Fraud

April 1, 2014 10:13 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California utility that invested in a Montana wind farm has accused the developer of fraudulently concealing that federal wildlife officials recommended the project get a permit in case it harms eagles.                                      

A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Looking Back At The West Virginia Chemical Spill: Myths & Facts

April 1, 2014 1:00 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Unsurprisingly, many are using the West Viriginia chemical spill to push the government to tighten chemical regulations across the country. The typical reaction to this kind of incident is to demand increased transparency - but is that the real problem? And is it a real solution? A new report lays out some of the myths and facts surrounding the spill and the media frenzy that followed. 

No Additional Oil Found In Lake Michigan

March 31, 2014 10:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Coast Guard says crews didn't find any more oil during the latest search of the Lake Michigan shore following last week's spill at BP's northwestern Indiana refinery.                     

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Iowa Pushes For Wind & Solar, Stalls On Biofuels

March 31, 2014 10:38 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Iowa senators unanimously approved bills designed to encourage the state's production of wind and solar power, but a proposal to encourage more use of renewable fuels was delayed because of concerns about cost.            

Freedom Industries' President Will Not Be Paid During Bankruptcy

March 31, 2014 10:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A request by the president of Freedom Industries to get paid is facing opposition in bankruptcy court.                                         

North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

Duke Tries To Keep Records From Regulators

March 31, 2014 10:31 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Worried about getting a fair shake from investigators, Duke Energy is asking a judge to shield its records from North Carolina regulators and environmental groups while a federal criminal probe is ongoing.                      

Ex-BP Engineer Seeks Sentencing Delay

March 27, 2014 3:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A former BP engineer has asked for a delay in his sentencing on an obstruction of justice charge related to the 2010 Gulf oil spill.                                   

North Dakota Oil Spill Cleanup Continues

March 27, 2014 2:59 pm | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

One large oil spill in western North Dakota is nearly cleaned up, but work will continue for at least another week on a separate release near the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers, the state Health Department says.

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Regulators Missed The Crack In Coal Ash Dam

March 27, 2014 2:51 pm | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Photos taken earlier this month show that North Carolina regulators apparently failed to notice a large crack opening in an earthen dam holding back millions of tons of Duke Energy's coal ash near the Cape Fear River.                           

North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

Duke Shareholders Call For Ash Spill Probe

March 27, 2014 2:47 pm | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy shareholders are calling on the company's board to launch an independent investigation into issues surrounding a massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in toxic sludge.

Coast Guard Gives Barrel Count For Lake Michigan Spill

March 27, 2014 10:33 am | by RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

An initial assessment of a Lake Michigan oil spill shows that between nine and 18 barrels of crude oil entered the lake following a malfunction at oil giant BP's sprawling northwestern Indiana refinery, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday.

Oil Spill In Lake Michigan

March 26, 2014 9:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews from BP worked Tuesday to clean up an undetermined amount of crude oil that spilled into Lake Michigan and affected a section of shoreline near Chicago following a malfunction at BP's northwestern Indiana refinery, officials said.

Coal Operator Sues Head Of The EPA

March 25, 2014 4:39 pm | by PAM RAMSEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Ohio-based coal operator is suing the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, claiming that the agency has failed to comply with the Clean Air Act's requirement to evaluate the potential impact of its regulatory actions on employment.

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WV Still Shows Trace Of Spilled Chemical

March 25, 2014 4:36 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tests last week at a West Virginia water plant still show traces of the chemical that spilled into 300,000 people's water supply on Jan. 9.                                     

Hudson River Oil Terminal Faces More Scrutiny

March 25, 2014 4:34 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

New York regulators are seeking more information from a Massachusetts company that plans to expand its Hudson River facilities routing rail shipments of North Dakota crude oil to coastal refineries.                                 

House Blocks Obama Coal Rule

March 25, 2014 4:27 pm | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The House has approved a bill to prevent the Obama administration from imposing a stream-protection rule for coal mining that government experts say would eliminate thousands of jobs.                    

NJ Ruling: Christie Cut Pollution Regulations

March 25, 2014 4:24 pm | by SAMANTHA HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Christie administration improperly repealed regulations aimed at reducing pollution from power plants, a New Jersey appeals court ruled Tuesday.                             

Ohio Oil Leak Estimated At 20K Gallons

March 25, 2014 11:06 am | by DAN SEWELL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal environmental officials now estimate more than 20,000 gallons of crude oil — double the initial estimates — leaked from a pipeline into a nature preserve in southwest Ohio.

Oil Spill Cleanup Continues In Texas

March 25, 2014 11:02 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three days after the collision, the cleanup effort is still going on in earnest. But authorities hope the channel's closure could end sometime today, allowing more than 80 stranded ships to resume activity.                   

North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

Duke Emphasizes Difference Between SC And NC Coal Ash Ponds

March 25, 2014 10:50 am | by JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy officials assured South Carolina regulators that the utility's two coal ash ponds in the state are safe, in part because they are designed differently from a pond in North Carolina that dumped millions of gallons of contaminated water into a river.

5 Things To Know About The Texas Oil Spill

March 25, 2014 10:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

What happened, who is at fault, what is the response and how will the environment and economy be impacted by the weekend oil spill in Texas?                                                             

Ship Collision Spills 168,000 Gallons Of Oil

March 24, 2014 11:20 am | by MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A barge that once carried some 900,000 gallons of heavy tar-like oil was cleared Sunday of its remaining contents, a day after the vessel collided with a ship in the busy Houston Ship Channel and leaked as much as about a fifth of its cargo into the waterway.

Oil Spill Closes U.S. Shipping Channel

March 24, 2014 11:06 am | by MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press | News | Comments

No timetable has been set to reopen a major U.S. shipping channel after nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil spilled into the Texas waterway, but more help was being called in Monday to contain the spill and protect important shorebird habitat.

Bugs Are Eating Biotech Corn

March 24, 2014 11:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Iowa State University researchers found that rootworms have developed resistance to two of the four genetic traits in corn plants that are engineered to kill rootworms. Iowa State professor Aaron Gassmann said the problem isn't widespread yet, but farmers and seed companies should consider changing their approaches to pest control.

Alaska To Build Coal Plant Without Regard For Regulations

March 24, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, is sponsoring a resolution asking the governor to consider the feasibility and cost of building power plants on state land "without regard to federal permits or restrictions."                      

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