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Stories with subject: Energy and the environment
  • new storyOklahoma is latest state to prevent local fracking bans 
    Updated: May-29-15 6:50 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma cities and counties would no longer be able to ban hydraulic fracturing - a process commonly called fracking - or other oil and gas operations within their boundaries under a bill signed into law on Friday by Gov. Mary Fallin.

  • Latest US proposal for ethanol could have political fallout story has photos
    Updated: May-29-15 3:46 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's latest plan on ethanol, the corn-based renewable fuel, probably will not have a major effect on pump prices, but could have political reverberations in Iowa and other farm states in the 2016 presidential campaign.

  • Indianapolis plant switching from coal to natural gas 
    Updated: May-29-15 2:44 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - An Indianapolis Power and Light Co. plant that has produced electricity for more than 80 years is preparing to burn its last load of coal next spring and switch to natural gas.

  • Republican Wyoming on board with federal sage grouse policy 
    Updated: May-29-15 3:35 am

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Many Republicans are wary of a large federal effort to protect the greater sage grouse - but not the Republican governor of Wyoming, the state with the biggest share of the birds and more energy development in their habitat than any other.

  • Federal agency dings Shell for oil rig mishap in Arctic 
    Updated: May-28-15 7:59 pm

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - As Royal Dutch Shell PLC seeks permits for exploratory oil drilling off Alaska's northwest coast, a federal agency has concluded the company underestimated risk the last time it moved drill rigs to Arctic waters.

  • Huge drop in West Virginia coal production forecast 
    Updated: May-28-15 7:49 pm

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia - West Virginia University researchers predict that state coal production will drop 39 percent compared with the industry's last high point in 2008 - less-than-encouraging news for more than 1,800 coal miners who learned last week they would likely lose their jobs.

  • Wisconsin governor: Obama power plant rule 'unworkable' 
    Updated: May-28-15 7:24 pm

    WASHINGTON - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican eyeing a presidential run in 2016, says President Barack Obama's plan to reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants is "unworkable."

  • Indiana's ethanol industry awaits EPA renewable fuel details 
    Updated: May-28-15 5:50 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's ethanol producers warned on Thursday that their industry could face a long-lasting "chilling effect" if the federal government lowers the amount of ethanol blended into the U.S. fuel supply.

  • Croatian dilemma: Oil in the Adriatic, or tourism 
    Updated: May-28-15 10:03 am

    MEDULIN, Croatia - Peter Fries has been coming to Croatia for years after falling in love with its pristine coastline, fresh seafood, mellow wine and friendly hosts.

  • Croatian dilemma: Oil in the Adriatic, or tourism story has photos
    Updated: May-28-15 7:40 am

    MEDULIN, Croatia - Peter Fries has been coming to Croatia for years after falling in love with its pristine coastline, fresh seafood, mellow wine and friendly hosts.

  • 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.

  • Exxon shareholders to vote on climate change, fracking story has photos
    Updated: May-27-15 5:42 pm

    DALLAS - Shareholders of big oil companies overwhelmingly rejected several environmental resolutions including proposals to put climate-change experts on their boards and set goals for greenhouse-gas emissions.

  • New Mexico regulators delay decision on power plant story has photos
    Updated: May-27-15 5:00 pm

    SANTA FE, New Mexico - New Mexico regulators on Wednesday gave Public Service Co. of New Mexico more time to ink agreements with a mining company, further delaying a decision that will affect the future of a coal-fired power plant that provides electricity to customers around the Southwest.

  • Texas groups petition feds over alleged coal exemptions 
    Updated: May-27-15 3:31 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - Environmental groups in Texas want to overturn a state action they say exempted large coal-fired power plants from federal limits on particulates and other pollutants during startup, shutdown and maintenance at 19 power plants.

  • China coal production falls in first 4 months of year 
    Updated: May-27-15 6:19 am

    BEIJING - Coal production in China, the world's biggest coal-consuming nation, fell by 6 percent in the first four months of this year as the economy slows and the government makes a concerted push to reduce carbon emissions.

  • French bill seeks to boost renewable energy, cut nuclear use 
    Updated: May-26-15 10:44 am

    PARIS - France's lower house of parliament is to vote on a bill aimed at boosting renewable energy and reducing the country's reliance on nuclear power, among other environment-friendly measures.

  • Modi vows cleaner India, but no clear path to get there story has photos
    Updated: May-26-15 5:25 am

    NEW DELHI - Four months after becoming prime minister, Narendra Modi stunned Indians by picking up a crude straw broom and, holding it like a dance partner, gently sweeping at a small pile of green leaves on a New Delhi street.

  • Dayton vetoes agriculture-environment and jobs-energy bills 
    Updated: May-23-15 6:19 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS - Gov, Mark Dayton vetoed two major budget bills ahead of a Saturday night deadline for final action on measures that passed before the end of the legislative session, but he proposed a temporary tax cut in return for a scaled back version of his proposal for universal preschool for all 4-year-olds.

  • 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.

  • Local ban nullified by Texas; fracking resumes in Denton 
    Updated: May-22-15 8:28 pm

    DENTON, Texas - A North Texas city whose fracking ban prompted state lawmakers to limit such local power says a driller has revealed plans to resume fracking gas wells in the city.

  • Murray Energy expects more than 1,800 coal mine layoffs 
    Updated: May-22-15 6:46 pm

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Appalachian coal mining suffered a double blow Friday, as Murray Energy announced plans to lay off more than 1,800 miners, most from West Virginia, and Alpha Natural Resources told another 439 Mountain State miners they could be out of work.

  • Federal data: As oil production soars, so do pipeline leaks story has photos
    Updated: May-22-15 5:31 pm

    The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation's infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents.

  • Colorado coal mine getting court-ordered environmental study 
    Updated: May-22-15 5:09 pm

    DENVER - Federal regulators are re-doing an environmental review for a Colorado coal mine after a judge threatened to shut it down unless they took a closer look at its indirect environmental impacts, including its contribution to climate change.

  • Nebraska senators urge EPA to back biofuels industry 
    Updated: May-22-15 2:58 pm

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska lawmakers are pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to continue its support for renewable fuels when drafting rules that could limit amounts of ethanol blended with gasoline for fuel.