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Flap over sage grouse spurs Congress to intervene

BILLINGS, Montana — Congress is poised to make an end-run around the Endangered Species Act with a legislative rider on a massive spending bill that would delay protections for several struggling bird populations in the Western U.S. The rider blocks the Interior Department from spending money on rules to protect greater sage grouse and three related birds. The chicken-sized sage ...

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Wind firm sues to block release of bird-death data

WASHINGTON — A company that operates at least 13 wind-energy facilities across three states is suing in federal court to block the U.S. government from releasing information to The Associated Press about how many birds are found dead at its facilities. Pacificorp of Portland, Oregon, is seeking an injunction in U.S. District Court in Utah to prevent the Interior Department ...

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Feds: Colorado oilman failed to report production

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Interior Department has imposed a civil penalty against a Colorado oilman for failing to report gas production on leased federal land in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico. The department’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue announced the penalty, totaling more than $46,000, against Jack J. Grynberg (GRINE-berg) this week. Grynberg says he’s investigating the department’s claim. He ...

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Plan to use BP funds for convention center opposed

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An environmental group filed suit Thursday to block a decision that would let Alabama use nearly $60 million in Gulf oil spill funds to build a beachfront convention center. The Gulf Restoration Network sued the Interior Department and other federal agencies in Washington claiming the money should go to restore wetlands and other parts of the Gulf ...

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U.S. failed to check risky oil, gas wells

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has failed to inspect thousands of oil and gas wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination and other environmental damage, congressional investigators say. The report, obtained by The Associated Press before its public release, highlights substantial gaps in oversight by the agency that manages oil and gas development on federal and Indian lands. ...

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