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Swiss traders blame governments for dirty fuel in Africa

West Africa, dirty petrol, sulfur

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Swiss commodity traders accused of deliberately blending toxic fuel and dumping it in West Africa say African governments are to blame for low standards and failure to invest in refineries and newer vehicles to lower exhaust emissions that cause respiratory and other diseases. “What is very clear is that the role of improving fuel quality in ...

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Damage to Great Barrier Reef costs ship owner $30 million

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government reached a 39.3 million Australian dollar ($29.6 million) settlement with the owners of a Chinese coal carrier to pay for environmental damage caused when the ship ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef six years ago, the environment minister said Monday. The government had sued Shenzhen Energy Transport for at least AU$120 million ...

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Authorities: 44 cited, 1 jailed in Iowa pipeline protest

DAPL protest

SANDUSKY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say 44 people were cited and one person was jailed during a weekend protest intended to block construction of a $3.8 billion, four-state oil pipeline in southeast Iowa. Lee County Chief Deputy Sheriff Scott Bonar said Monday that 38 adults were cited for trespassing and released from the county jail after authorities removed them from ...

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Pipeline protest site a city unto itself with school, meals

pipeline protest site, Dakota Access, teepee school

NEAR THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, N.D. (AP) — Tribal flags, horses, tents, hand-built shelters and teepees dominate one of the biggest, newest communities in North Dakota, built in a valley on federal land near the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers. It’s a semi-permanent, sprawling gathering with a new school for dozens of children and an increasingly organized ...

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Wisconsin guard, tribal member Koenig joins pipeline protest

Dakota Access, Energy Transfer Partners

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A proud Ho-Chunk Nation member, Bronson Koenig has been speaking out about his Native American heritage since his freshman year at the University of Wisconsin, long before public displays of social consciousness by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, soccer player Megan Rapinoe and other NFL players. Like Kaepernick, the senior point guard believes it’s time to put ...

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NY regulators order full environmental review for pipeline

steel pipe, pipeline,

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state regulators say a proposed dual pipeline from Albany to New Jersey oil refineries requires a full environmental review. The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Thruway Authority announced its finding Wednesday, saying the Pilgrim Pipeline project has the potential for significant adverse impact on the environment and communities. The pipelines would carry North ...

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Watchdog: Charge against protest reporter should be tossed

pipeline protest, Dakota Access

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — A broadcast journalist reporting on a protest against the Dakota Access pipeline has been charged with criminal trespass in North Dakota, and an international watchdog is calling for the misdemeanor to be dropped. Court records show Amy Goodman, the host of independent news program “Democracy Now,” was charged Thursday. A warrant for her arrest was issued ...

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