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Colorado Floods Could Bring Recharged Soil

September 18, 2013 12:46 pm | by Ivan Moreno & Manuel Valdes, AP | News | Comments

Surging waters in Colorado swept away barns, silos and fences and left houses covered in mud. The flood waters were so powerful they uprooted irrigation pipes and spread them around the fields, leaving lakes next to which cattle now graze. They also brought instant relief to drought-hardened areas, with the promise of moisture restored in deep soils and the possibility of reservoirs refilling to help farmers well into next year.

Budget Cuts Could Impact BP Settlement

September 18, 2013 12:18 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The administrator of BP's settlement with Gulf Coast residents and businesses has asked a federal judge to reject BP's bid to slash his office's budget by at least $25.5 million. BP attorneys complained in a court filing last week that the agency's operating expense request is excessive and shouldn't be approved.

Former EPA Head Discusses Keystone XL

September 18, 2013 9:12 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Christine Todd Whitman, the former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator appointed by former President George W. Bush, discusses the ongoing fight over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project and its possible future.

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13 Arrested in Protest of Keystone XL Pipeline

September 17, 2013 11:49 am | News | Comments

Thirteen people were arrested during a protest in downtown Houston in front of the offices of the company that is building the Keystone XL pipeline. Those arrested Monday were part of a group of protesters outside the Houston office of TransCanada Corp.

AFL-CIO Pushes for Pollution Waiver for Ill. Plants

September 17, 2013 11:40 am | News | Comments

A labor coalition wants Illinois' pollution control board to waive pollution controls at coal-fired plants being sold by Ameren Corp. The AFL-CIO is making its position known hours before the Illinois Pollution Control Board is set to meet in Springfield on Tuesday.

Shipper Will Pay for Hawaii Molasses Spill Cleanup

September 17, 2013 11:37 am | by OSKAR GARCIA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The chief executive of, Matson Navigation Co., the transit company responsible for spilling 1,400 tons of molasses in Hawaii waters says the company will fully pay for cleanup and other costs without passing them on to taxpayers or customers.

UT Puts Fracking Research Plan on Hold

September 16, 2013 10:45 am | News | Comments

The University of Tennessee's Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center has momentarily shelved its plan to conduct fracking research at the Cumberland River Research Forest after no oil and gas companies bid on the project.  

U.S. Judge Upholds EPA's Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan

September 16, 2013 10:42 am | by MARC LEVY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge rejected a bid by farm industry groups to block federal and state pollution limits designed to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay by more tightly regulating wastewater treatment, construction along waterways and agricultural runoff.

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Morrell Meat Processing Plant Pollution Controls to Be Evaluated

September 16, 2013 10:38 am | News | Comments

State officials are optimistic that an inspection later this month will show that upgrades and conservation measures are helping fix water quality issues at the John Morrell & Co. meat processing plant in Sioux Falls. The plant has spent $10 million on upgrades after being cited for numerous wastewater violations.

New U.S. Rules on Coal Emissions Due This Week

September 16, 2013 10:31 am | News | Comments

The coal industry is bracing for new federal limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants fired by coal. The rules are expected to emerge by week's end from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to media reports. 

Ex-U.S. Regulator: Fukushima Cleanup Complicated

September 13, 2013 10:55 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lake Barrett, a former U.S. nuclear regulator, says cleaning up Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s wrecked Fukushima plant is a bigger challenge than the work he led at Three Mile Island and that ongoing radioactive water leaks are a minor part of that task.

LA County: Free Lead Tests for People Near Plant

September 13, 2013 10:44 am | News | Comments

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health plans to offer free blood tests for lead poisoning to hundreds of thousands of residents because of worries over toxic pollution from a battery recycling plant, officials said Thursday.

BP Seeks Cuts in Settlement Program's Budget

September 12, 2013 11:50 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP has urged a federal judge to reject a $111 million budget request by the court-supervised administrator of the company's multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents following its 2010 Gulf oil spill.  

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Hawaii Molasses Spill Killing Thousands of Fish

September 12, 2013 11:38 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of fish are expected to die in Honolulu waters after a leaky pipe caused 1,400 tons of molasses to ooze into the harbor and kill marine life, state officials said. Hundreds of fish have been collected so far, the state Department of Health said in a statement Wednesday.

NM Regulators Approve Water Protection Rules

September 11, 2013 11:34 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission on Tuesday approved a proposed set of rules aimed at protecting groundwater at copper mines despite claims by the attorney general's office that the proposal contradicts existing state law.

Contracting Issues Delay Alaskan Oil Well Cleanup

September 11, 2013 11:32 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Contracting issues have delayed the start of planned cleanup work around abandoned oil well sites in the Alaska Arctic, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Tuesday. The bureau has identified 50 abandoned wells it believes require cleanup.

Pa. Files Criminal Charges Against XTO Energy

September 11, 2013 11:28 am | News | Comments

Attorney General Kathleen Kane has filed criminal charges against XTO Energy Inc. over a 2010 spill of natural gas drilling wastewater in Lycoming County. XTO says Tuesday that it will challenge the criminal charges, which the company calls baseless.

Commission Plans Study of Great Lakes Oil Shipment

September 10, 2013 10:53 am | News | Comments

During its annual meeting Monday in Milwaukee, the Great Lakes Commission instructed its staff to conduct a 1-year study of the environmental and economic implications of plans to move more oil over and around the lakes by pipeline, rail cars and ships.

Conn. Regulators Begin Review of Massive Gas Plan

September 10, 2013 10:51 am | by STEPHEN SINGER, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Connecticut regulators were set to begin a week-long series of hearings to determine who will pay for an ambitious multimillion-dollar plan by the state's three utilities to connect about 280,000 new customers to natural gas. The first hearing was scheduled for Tuesday.

General Backs Lawsuit Against Oil Companies

September 10, 2013 10:47 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore, who won acclaim for helping restore order in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, endorses a lawsuit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority against oil and gas companies for loss of wetlands that shelter New Orleans from hurricanes.

Romanian PM: No Support for Gold Mine

September 9, 2013 10:13 am | News | Comments

Romania's prime minister, Victor Ponta, says Parliament will not support a Canadian gold mine that has drawn mass protests this week over the use of cyanide in the extraction process. The Prime Minister said he would seek other ways to find jobs in the struggling region.

Shell to Negotiate with Nigerians Over Oil Spill

September 9, 2013 10:10 am | by CARLEY PETESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Shell officials on Monday began talks in Nigeria's southern city of Port Harcourt with representatives from the Bodo community. The groups discussed compensation and cleanup five years after one of the worst oil spills in Nigeria's history.

Demand, Supply, Accidents

September 9, 2013 9:40 am | by Animal Planet | Videos | Comments

Jeremy Wade, host of Animal Planet's River Monsters, discusses how, in his view, rising demand for petroleum drives oil drilling companies to increasingly risky places, endangering the lives of animals by disrupting the ecosystem.  

BP, Feds Offer Dueling Gulf Spill Estimates

September 6, 2013 10:14 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

With a high-stakes trial set to resume in less than a month, BP and the federal government on Thursday offered conflicting estimates of how much oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico after the blowout of the company's Macondo well triggered a deadly explosion.

Judge Will Hear Trial over Michigan Power Plant

September 6, 2013 10:11 am | News | Comments

federal judge in Kalamazoo says he's consolidating two environmental lawsuits into one trial over the operation of a coal-fired power plant in Holland, Mich. Attempts to settle the litigation with the help of mediation have failed.   

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