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Stories with subject: Energy and the environment
  • New plan would end Kansas green energy mandate for utilities story has photos
    Updated: May-04-15 9:58 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas would no longer require utilities to generate a portion of their electricity from wind or other renewable resources but the state also would not impose a new tax on the power under a proposal Republican Gov. Sam Brownback announced Monday.

  • Seattle mayor: Port needs new permit for Arctic oil fleet story has photos
    Updated: May-04-15 9:07 pm

    SEATTLE - Mayor Ed Murray threw a wrench into plans for a 400-foot oil-drilling rig to arrive in Seattle when he announced Monday that the Port of Seattle can't host Shell's offshore Arctic fleet until it gets a new land-use permit.

  • Texas Legislature acts to stop cities from limiting drilling story has photos
    Updated: May-04-15 8:55 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas moved Monday to ban its own cities from imposing prohibitions on hydraulic fracturing and other potentially environmentally harmful oil and natural gas drilling activities within their boundaries - a major victory for industry groups and top conservatives who have decried rampant local "overregulation."

  • Feds: Terminal for crude oil trains violates air standards 
    Updated: May-04-15 8:44 pm

    TAFT, California - Federal authorities say a train terminal used to unload crude oil in Southern California violates clean air regulations.

  • Study: Trace amount of drilling fluid found in water well 
    Updated: May-04-15 6:11 pm

    Toxic fluids used in drilling and hydraulic fracturing likely escaped an unlined borehole and migrated thousands of feet into a residential drinking-water supply in Pennsylvania, according to a study published Monday.

  • LePage nominee to utility board 'agnostic' to energy source 
    Updated: May-04-15 4:59 pm

    PORTLAND, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage's newest nominee to the Maine Public Utilities Commission shares his view on energy: The source of the energy doesn't matter as long as it makes economic sense.

  • Carolinas clear first proposals for offshore oil surveys 
    Updated: May-04-15 3:11 pm

    CHARLESTON, South Carolina - State regulators in both Carolinas have signed off on proposals by companies to conduct seismic testing for oil and natural gas off the Atlantic coast, subject to some conditions.

  • Owner of energy lease near Glacier urges judge to act 
    Updated: May-04-15 2:43 pm

    BILLINGS, Montana - A Louisiana company is asking a judge to resolve its lawsuit challenging the government's suspension of an oil and gas lease near Montana's Glacier National Park so the company can begin drilling this summer.

  • Western mountain towns seeking higher coal royalties 
    Updated: May-04-15 2:13 pm

    DENVER - Ten Western mountain towns have banded together to urge coal companies to pay hundreds of millions of dollars a year to help the communities deal with the effects of climate change.

  • Study: Cutting carbon dioxide saves 3,500 US lives a year story has photos
    Updated: May-04-15 1:29 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Obama Administration's hotly debated plan to reduce heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the nation's power plants will save about 3,500 lives a year by cutting back on other types of pollution as well, a new independent study concludes.

  • Public meeting for proposed Pipeline project to be held 
    Updated: May-04-15 11:38 am

    CHATHAM, Virginia - Federal officials will hold a public meeting Thursday to discuss the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline project.

  • House believed to be most energy efficient in Maine 
    Updated: May-04-15 4:04 am

    FALMOUTH, Maine - A Maine entrepreneur has built a new home that's 90 percent more energy efficient than the typical home and produces more than twice as much energy than it consumes.

  • Agreement addresses coal supply for New Mexico power plant 
    Updated: May-01-15 10:37 pm

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The owners of a power plant that supplies more than 2 million customers throughout the Southwest have reached an agreement that will ensure it has coal through 2022.

  • Oklahoma governor vetoes bill similar to her executive order 
    Updated: May-01-15 5:25 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed two bills, including a Senate bill that requires the state to develop a plan to comply with Environmental Protection Agency rules regarding carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

  • Gas pipeline promoted for economic development potential 
    Updated: May-01-15 3:05 pm

    SOUTHINGTON, Connecticut - A Houston energy company executive told a Connecticut business group that a regional natural gas pipeline would keep businesses from moving to states where energy is cheaper.

  • Grant will help SC's seniors make homes energy efficient 
    Updated: May-01-15 4:07 am

    COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster is announcing a grant that will help older South Carolinians make their homes more energy efficient.

  • Correction: Greenhouse Gases-California-Things to Know story 
    Updated: Apr-30-15 8:38 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - In a story April 29 about Gov. Jerry Brown's new target for reducing carbon emissions, The Associated Press reported erroneously that California has cut its emissions to about 25 percent below 1990 levels. The state is on track to cut its emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 but does not plan to reduce emissions beyond that before 2020.

  • Obama signs bill to boost energy efficiency in buildings 
    Updated: Apr-30-15 3:33 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed long-delayed legislation to boost energy efficiency in buildings.

  • US, Japan miss UN climate change fund deadline 
    Updated: Apr-30-15 12:10 pm

    STOCKHOLM - A key U.N. climate fund hit a snag Thursday as major donors including the United States and Japan failed to meet a deadline for converting their pledges of climate aid into signed agreements.

  • Japan proposes cutting emissions by a quarter by 2030 
    Updated: Apr-30-15 11:43 am

    TOKYO - Japan is proposing to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 26 percent by 2030 amid international efforts to create a new framework for addressing climate change.

  • California ramps up efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-15 7:35 pm

    LOS ANGELES - Building on California's ambitious effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called on the state to further slash its carbon footprint over the next 15 years.

  • Groups ask for federal review of Ohio injection-well program 
    Updated: Apr-29-15 7:29 pm

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - A coalition of environmental and community groups asked a federal watchdog office on Wednesday to investigate alleged legal violations by the state's injection well approval program.

  • Colorado pair files lawsuit over Wyoming coal protest arrest 
    Updated: Apr-29-15 6:59 pm

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Two Colorado residents have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit charging they were jailed in violation of their constitutional rights after unfurling a banner critical of Peabody Energy Corp. at the company's annual shareholders' meeting at a college campus in Gillette two years ago.

  • Capitol Hill Buzz: McConnell, McCarthy spar over coal plants 
    Updated: Apr-29-15 5:18 pm

    WASHINGTON - Maybe it's not Mayweather-Pacquaio, but Wednesday's verbal sparring between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and EPA administrator Gina McCarthy crackled with tension and defiance.

  • 3 Indiana brothers plead guilty in biofuels fraud 
    Updated: Apr-29-15 3:52 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - Three Indiana brothers have pleaded guilty in a biofuels scam that bilked taxpayers and fuel buyers out of tens of millions of dollars, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.