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Stories with subject: Energy and the environment
  • Debate swirls as proposed gas pipeline inches forward 
    Updated: Oct-03-15 11:02 am

    TRENTON, New Jersey - It could be a year before federal regulators decide whether to greenlight a proposed 100-mile natural gas pipeline from northeast Pennsylvania to central New Jersey but already the company pushing the project and opponents are geared up for a fight.

  • Nevada officials react warily to EPA's new ozone rule 
    Updated: Oct-03-15 10:51 am

    CARSON CITY, Nevada - Nevada leaders reacted cautiously this week to the Environmental Protection Agency's stricter new limits on smog-causing pollution, with Gov. Brian Sandoval saying the rule could punish the state for circumstances out of its control and environmental and manufacturing groups staking out opposite positions against it.

  • Xcel Energy plans to retire 2 of 3 coal-fired Sherco units 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 7:34 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS - Xcel Energy announced plans Friday to retire two of the three units at its huge Sherco coal-fired power plant in Becker, the largest power plant in Minnesota, as part of a strategy to cut its carbon emissions 60 percent by 2030.

  • Residents sue to block northeastern North Carolina wind farm 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 2:18 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Two Perquimans County residents are suing to block a wind farm in the northeastern corner of North Carolina.

  • India vows to cut carbon intensity in Paris pledge story has photos
    Updated: Oct-02-15 1:19 pm

    NEW DELHI - India's long-awaited pledge for a global climate pact shows how the world's No. 3 carbon polluter is making significant efforts to rein in the growth of emissions linked to its fast-surging demands for energy, analysts said Friday.

  • Court upholds $236M verdict in Exxon Mobil pollution case 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 11:59 am

    CONCORD, New Hampshire - New Hampshire's highest court upheld a record $236 million judgment Friday against Exxon Mobil for its use of a gasoline additive that contaminated groundwater in the state.

  • Regulators: Safety, welding problems at offshore wind farm 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 9:57 am

    PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The nation's first offshore wind farm has experienced safety and welding problems, and regulators are closely monitoring construction, according to the regulatory agency that issued a permit for the work.

  • Feds: Proposed pipeline rules could have prevented accidents 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 3:25 am

    BILLINGS, Montana - New federal rules proposed for pipelines that carry oil and other hazardous liquids could have prevented more than 200 accidents since 2010, including a Michigan rupture that ranks as the costliest onshore spill in U.S. history, federal officials said.

  • India vows to cut carbon intensity in Paris pledge 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 6:18 pm

    STOCKHOLM - As the last major economy to submit a target for a global climate pact, India is pledging to reduce the intensity of its carbon emissions and boost the share of electricity produced from sources other than fossil fuels to 40 percent by 2030.

  • EPA sets new ozone standard, disappointing all sides story has photos
    Updated: Oct-01-15 4:40 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Thursday established stricter limits on the smog-causing pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness, drawing swift condemnation from business leaders and Republicans who warned of damage to the economy.

  • Kansas panel consider state response to EPA carbon rules 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 2:38 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas lawmakers are grappling with the state's possible response to new federal rules aimed at reducing carbon emissions from power plants.

  • Ohio report on fracking tax misses deadline, work continues 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 12:49 pm

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - A group studying Ohio's oil-and-gas severance tax will miss a state budget-imposed deadline for releasing its report even after the state Senate president initially called it a "hard deadline" and told reporters it was likely coming this week.

  • State gets extension on plan to meet new CO2 standards 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 8:14 am

    BISMARCK, North Dakota - The federal agency mandating a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fueled power plants in North Dakota is giving the state more time to submit an implementation plan.

  • Sierra Club: Toxic pollutant limits good news for Indiana 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 3:40 am

    INDIANAPOLIS - The Sierra Club says new federal standards for mercury, lead and other toxic pollutants that coal-fired power plants discharge into rivers and streams are good news for Indiana's waterways and its residents.

  • Judge blocks federal oil, gas drilling rules pending lawsuit 
    Updated: Sep-30-15 5:48 pm

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - A judge on Wednesday blocked new nationwide regulations for oil and gas drilling on federal lands from taking effect while a lawsuit moves ahead, pointing to a law that prohibits the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating hydraulic fracturing.

  • Panel seeks to extend freeze on Ohio green energy targets 
    Updated: Sep-30-15 5:19 pm

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Government requirements for the use of solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy by Ohio power companies would be suspended indefinitely under recommendations released Wednesday by a legislative panel.

  • Liquefied gas port, pipeline get environmental OK in Oregon story has photos
    Updated: Sep-30-15 5:03 pm

    GRANTS PASS, Oregon - Federal regulators granted final environmental approval Wednesday for building a pipeline and port facilities for shipping Rocky Mountain natural gas to Asia via the Oregon coast.

  • EPA sets limit for toxic pollutants released into waterways 
    Updated: Sep-30-15 3:54 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday imposed new standards for mercury, lead and other toxic pollutants that are discharged into the nation's rivers and streams from steam electric power plants.

  • Historic Barns Park benefits from sustainable energy 
    Updated: Sep-30-15 4:01 am

    TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - Gardeners at Historic Barns Park in Traverse City are using solar power to water fruits, vegetables and flowers.

  • Economists question Bush's prescription for lower gas prices story has photos
    Updated: Sep-29-15 9:41 pm

    DES MOINES, Iowa - The link between ending a 40-year oil export ban and lower prices at the gas pump is not as direct as Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush would have voters believe in his new energy proposal, industry economists said Tuesday.

  • Environmental groups seek end to all Arctic Ocean drilling story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Sep-29-15 6:42 pm

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Royal Dutch Shell's decision to end its quest for oil in the Arctic waters off Alaska sparked jubilation among environmental activists, who said Tuesday that they will seize the opportunity to seek an end to all drilling to in the region.

  • Gov. Baker testifies in favor of renewable energy bills 
    Updated: Sep-29-15 6:24 pm

    BOSTON - Gov. Charlie Baker told a packed Statehouse hearing Tuesday that he's open to exploring long-term contracts with utilities for off-shore wind and hydropower as ways to both lower energy costs and lower the state's carbon footprint.

  • EPA sets stricter emission standards for oil refineries story has photos
    Updated: Sep-29-15 4:44 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency announced new rules Tuesday to reduce toxic air pollution from oil refineries by forcing operators to adopt new technology that better monitors and controls emissions.

  • Columbia's century-old power plant stops burning coal 
    Updated: Sep-29-15 12:05 pm

    COLUMBIA, Missouri - Columbia's century-old first power plant is out of the coal business.

  • Big utilities enter market for small rooftop solar story has photos
    Updated: Sep-29-15 12:03 pm

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Traditional power companies are getting into small-scale solar energy and competing for space on your rooftop.