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Stories with subject: Environmental activism
  • Environmentalists lose bid to halt mine near Grand Canyon 
    Updated: May-29-15 2:57 pm

    TUSAYAN, Arizona - Environmentalists have lost a bid to halt a uranium mine south of the Grand Canyon while they appeal a ruling in the case.

  • NC toll road moves ahead with contractor guilty of fraud 
    Updated: May-28-15 6:50 pm

    CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - North Carolina transportation officials are pushing ahead with an embattled toll road outside Charlotte, even after a politically connected paving contractor involved in the $840-million project pleaded guilty last year to defrauding taxpayers.

  • New York steps up crude-by-rail spill response, monitoring 
    Updated: May-27-15 6:17 pm

    ALBANY, New York - New York's Department of Environmental Conservation says it's stepping up air monitoring at the Port of Albany and enhancing spill response capabilities along rail corridors to reduce health and environmental risks stemming from crude oil transport through the state.

  • Activists disrupt Snyder speech to push removal of pipeline 
    Updated: May-27-15 4:31 pm

    MACKINAC ISLAND, Michigan - As business and political luminaries gather for a conference on Mackinac Island, environmentalists hope to draw attention to a nearby underwater oil pipeline they say should be removed.

  • Environmental groups sue over Illiana Tollway approval 
    Updated: May-27-15 8:31 am

    CHICAGO - Illinois environmental groups have filed a lawsuit over the proposed Illiana Tollway. They claim federal approval relied on faulty information and didn't adequately consider environmental impacts.

  • Environmentalists: Trees cut on public land without approval 
    Updated: May-25-15 2:55 pm

    LAFAYETTE, Louisiana - Environmentalists are angry that no action has been taken against developers who cut down trees on state property without permission.

  • Some worry water cleanup could hurt Great Salt Lake birds 
    Updated: May-25-15 1:55 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - A $74 million project to clean up ground water contaminated by mining has environmentalists worried that the pollutants could end up hurting birds on the Great Salt Lake.

  • Catholics organize to promote pope's climate change message 
    Updated: May-24-15 12:13 pm

    NEW YORK - There will be prayer vigils and pilgrimages, policy briefings and seminars, and sermons in parishes from the U.S. to the Philippines.

  • Environmental groups monitor new Wyoming fracking rules 
    Updated: May-23-15 2:07 pm

    CASPER, Wyoming - As Wyoming challenges new federal fracking rules on public lands, state regulators are quietly implementing a state requirement that petroleum companies justify keeping secret the ingredients in the chemical products they pump underground during hydraulic fracturing.

  • NC conservation groups show cautionary films on fracking 
    Updated: May-23-15 4:04 am

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Environmental advocacy groups are touring North Carolina with a series of short cautionary films about hydraulic fracturing drilling.

  • Environmental advocates picket at governor's mansion 
    Updated: May-21-15 7:31 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Environmental advocates picketed outside the governor's mansion to demand a veto of some policy provisions in the budget bill.

  • NY state to rule soon on crude oil facility at Albany port 
    Updated: May-20-15 1:02 pm

    ALBANY, New York - New York state regulators are expected to decide soon on a permit for a facility at the Port of Albany that critics say would make the port a hub for heavy Canadian tar sands crude oil as well as the millions of gallons of North Dakota Bakken crude it's now handling.

  • Federal judge signs pact between dairy and environmentalists 
    Updated: May-20-15 10:50 am

    SPOKANE, Washington - A federal judge presiding over the lawsuit case against three dairies has approved a consent decree agreed upon by the opposing parties.

  • Environmental groups sue to stop South Mountain Freeway 
    Updated: May-19-15 9:19 pm

    PHOENIX - Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit in hope of stopping the South Mountain Freeway from being built in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

  • NY lawmakers told state must prepare for climate change 
    Updated: May-19-15 5:32 pm

    ALBANY, New York - Lawmakers on Tuesday heard dire predictions of rising sea levels, hotter temperatures and more severe storms from scientists who say New York must do more to respond to a changing climate.

  • Albany environmental activist elected Sierra Club president 
    Updated: May-18-15 3:08 pm

    ALBANY, New York - Aaron Mair, a civil rights and environmental justice advocate in Albany, has been elected president of the Sierra Club, becoming the first African-American to serve in that role.

  • Legal action considered over expansion of Eldora ski area 
    Updated: May-16-15 3:43 pm

    NEDERLAND, Colorado - Environmental activists are considering legal action to stop the proposed expansion of the Eldora Mountain ski area over concern it would hurt wildlife and habitat, arguing that the ski area can continue to grow within its current boundaries.

  • Rulings require feds to consider carbon impact of coal mines story has photos
    Updated: May-15-15 7:12 pm

    DENVER - Beset by power plant closures, growing regulatory scrutiny and proposed changes in how they pay royalties, coal mines are facing a new obstacle - a review of how coal extracted and burned will impact the air and global warming.

  • Environmental groups, EPA settle suit over Sherco emissions 
    Updated: May-15-15 7:07 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS - Clean air advocates, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a subsidiary of Xcel Energy have reached a settlement designed to reduce emissions from the coal-fired Sherco plant in Sherburne County, according to documents filed Friday in U.S. District Court.

  • Kayakers protest as Arctic drill rig moors off Seattle story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-15-15 6:05 am

    SEATTLE - As a massive oil drill rig moved into Seattle, about two dozen activists in kayaks paddled to the middle of Elliott Bay, linked boats and unfurled a banner to make a stand against Royal Dutch Shell's plan to open a new frontier of fossil fuel exploration in the Arctic Ocean.

  • Prosecutors: Duke Energy could have avoided Dan River spill story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-14-15 10:55 pm

    GREENVILLE, North Carolina - As Duke Energy pleaded guilty Thursday in a North Carolina courtroom to nine criminal violations of the federal Clean Water Act, federal prosecutors recounted examples where time and again the nation's largest electricity company failed to prevent its illegal pollution.

  • Environmental groups challenge oil train safety rules 
    Updated: May-14-15 4:11 pm

    BILLINGS, Montana - A coalition of environmental groups has filed a court challenge to new federal rules aimed at preventing accidents involving trains carrying oil and other flammable fuels.

  • State drops Tappan Zee water loan plan after EPA balks again 
    Updated: May-12-15 3:53 pm

    ALBANY, New York - The state is dropping its attempt to secure half a billion dollars in federal clean-water funds to help pay for the new Tappan Zee Bridge after the Environmental Protection Agency again rejected most of the proposal.

  • Mining company completes test drilling on NY-owned site 
    Updated: May-12-15 2:49 pm

    ALBANY, New York - A mining company has completed test drilling on state-owned Adirondack Forest Preserve land that was the subject of a voter-approved state constitutional amendment in 2013.

  • Belize offshore oil plan sparks worries for reefs, fisheries 
    Updated: May-08-15 10:41 am

    BELIZE CITY, Belize - Belize is considering new offshore drilling regulations that could open nearly the entire coast to exploration and exploitation, environmental groups have warned, calling it a threat to vital reefs, fisheries and tourism concerns.