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$4 million fine for energy company’s offshore violations

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal prosecutors in New Orleans say an energy company was fined $4 million for violating federal laws governing safety and the environment on offshore facilities in the Gulf of Mexico. A Wednesday news release from U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite (poh-LEET’) says Energy Resource Technology G.O.M., was fined and placed on three years of probation for violations ...

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Cramer – Obama’s budget asking for money to wage war on fossil fuels

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Kevin Cramer criticized President Obama’s request for an additional $12 million for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD). Its purpose is to enforce civil and criminal environmental laws and programs. This 11 percent increase is the largest requested out of all the Department of Justice’s divisions. Central among the ENRD responsibilities ...

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Report: EPA used ‘covert propaganda’ on WOTUS

Last week was a tough one for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. proposal. First, the government watchdog found the EPA campaign to promote WOTUS violated federal lobbying rules and the proposal was nearly killed in a 2,000-page congressional omnibus bill. WOTUS proposed tougher standards for water quality around coal mines and requiring companies to accept additional responsibility ...

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EPA’s social-media strategy broke the law, federal report says

The Environmental Protection Agency is under fire again over the Clean Water Act rule — this time for using what a federal watchdog called “propaganda” to push the controversial rule. In a report released this week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said the EPA violated federal law when it sent out messages through social media regarding the Clean Water Act ...

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$52 million allocated to improve Louisiana coastline

$52 million allocated to improve Louisiana coastline

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council has approved $52 million in Deepwater Horizon project money for coastal restoration projects. News outlets report that the federal-state Restore Act council approved the funds Wednesday for six coastal-restoration projects and a study of the lower Mississippi River in Louisiana. The money comes from Clean Water Act fines paid by ...

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Anti-Bakken group urges strictest permitting for Iowa waterways

A political organization opposed to an 1,134-mile interstate crude oil pipeline cutting through Iowa is urging a more strict permitting process by the federal agency that regulates waterway crossings. The Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement submitted demands from 600 Iowans to the Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island (Ill.) District last week in response to Texas-based Dakota Access’ request to ...

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US, states finalize settlement with BP over gulf oil spill

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department and five states have finalized a settlement of more than $20 billion arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The deal announced Monday resolves all civil claims against BP and ends five years of legal fighting over the nearly 134 million-gallon spill. “BP is receiving the punishment it deserves, ...

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