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Company drops permit request for old pipeline

Bridge over the St. Clair River in Port Huron, Michigan. (Image: Per Verdonk via Flickr)

MARYSVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Members of Congress say a Houston company has dropped plans to seek a permit to move heavy crude oil through a 98-year-old pipeline under the St. Clair River in southeastern Michigan. U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell and Candice Miller say too little is known about the condition of the pipes. In a statement Wednesday, they say any ...

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Regulators relax monitoring of decade-old Gulf oil leak

The Mississippi River Delta and nearby Louisiana coast appear dark in the sunglint. This phenomenon is caused by sunlight reflecting off the water surface, in a mirror-like manner, directly back towards the astronaut observer aboard the International Space Station. (Image: NASA)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Federal regulators have relaxed a pollution monitoring requirement for a company responsible for a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, a slow-motion spill that could last another century. In 2008, the Coast Guard ordered Taylor Energy Company to conduct daily flights over the site of its leak to visually monitor chronic oil sheens ...

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Groundbreaking planned for Wyoming carbon-conversion lab

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and others on Wednesday will formally kick off construction of a laboratory where researchers will test new technologies to make profitable use of carbon dioxide emissions from a coal-fired power plant. The goal isn’t just to prevent CO2 from entering the atmosphere, but to offset the cost of doing so while providing ...

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Coalitions representing anti-pipeline groups holding summit

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WEYERS CAVE, Va. (AP) — Dozens of organizations opposed to two multibillion dollar natural pipelines proposed in Virginia and West Virginia are coming together for a summit. The gathering Saturday in Weyers Cave brings together the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance and Protect our Water Heritage Rights, or POWHR. The alliance represents nearly 50 members opposed to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, while the POWHR ...

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Core issues: NY considers aid for struggling nuclear plants

Core issues: NY considers aid for struggling nuclear plants

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s four nuclear plants, which generate more than a quarter of the state’s electricity, are going through turbulent times amid slumping power prices. And depending on how things play out, one or more could shut down entirely, affecting jobs, power reliability, electricity bills and carbon emissions. Though opposed by many environmentalists, New York’s nuclear plants ...

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