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Hearing on Dakota Access Pipeline begins in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota opponents of a proposed $3.8 billion pipeline to move North Dakota oil east say they worry it could contaminate water supplies and productive farmland and harm habitat for wildlife, including endangered species. South Dakota’s Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday began a two-week hearing on whether to permit the Dakota Access Pipeline. It would move North ...

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Exxon appeals $1 million penalty for Yellowstone River spill

BILLINGS, Mont. — Exxon Mobil Corp. has asked federal regulators to reconsider a $1 million penalty imposed against the oil giant over a 63,000-gallon crude spill into Montana’s Yellowstone River. The Texas-based company asked the Department of Transportation to withdraw three of its four findings of pipeline safety violations. It also asked for the penalty amount to be reduced. Safety ...

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Reno protest planned for BLM oil, gas sales

Truckee River Downtown Reno

RENO, Nev. — Fracking opponents plan a protest outside the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Reno where the agency is scheduled to auction off oil and gas leases for about 100 land parcels covering nearly 300 square miles of northeast Nevada. Conservationists, tribal leaders and others say the energy exploration using hydraulic fracturing threatens groundwater as well as habitat ...

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Gunnison sage grouse gets federal protection

DENVER — Federal wildlife officials have granted protection to the Gunnison sage grouse, a move that could bring restrictions on oil and gas drilling and other land uses to preserve the bird’s habitat in Colorado and Utah. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday the bird is a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. “We believe the best ...

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Oil driller in Everglades forced out of Florida

William E. Gibson | Sun Sentinel FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. _ State officials have driven a Texas wildcatter out of Florida, signaling tougher restrictions on oil drilling in the Everglades. Prodded by environmentalists and community activists, the state yanked all drilling permits held by the Dan A. Hughes Co. seven months after it was caught using fracking-like methods to blast open rock ...

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Halliburton delayed releasing details on fracking chemicals after Monroe County spill

Laura Arenschield | The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio) A fracking company made federal and state agencies that oversee drinking-water safety wait days before it shared a list of toxic chemicals that spilled from a drilling site into a tributary of the Ohio River. Although the spill following a fire on June 28 at the Statoil North America well pad in Monroe ...

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Report: Virginia lags on clean energy, but could lead

Tamara Dietrich | The Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) Virginia environmentalists say the commonwealth lags behind other Atlantic states in developing offshore wind energy, and are urging lawmakers to seize the “golden opportunity” to take the lead. What’s needed, they say, is an aggressive energy plan from the state, policies to ensure a competitive market for offshore wind power and ...

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Prairie chicken holds up Midland spaceport license

Rachael Gleason | Midland Reporter-Telegram (Midland, Texas) It appears the mating rituals of the lesser prairie chicken are imposing on Midland International Airport’s pursuit of a spaceport license. After the chicken was federally listed in March, the airport submitted an addendum to its environmental assessment explaining why the spaceport wouldn’t be a threat to the now “threatened” species. The U.S. Fish ...

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Lawsuit: Extending eagle death permits illegal

WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservation group says it’s suing the Obama administration over a new federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to seek approval to kill or injure eagles for 30 years. The lawsuit from the American Bird Conservancy was expected to be filed Thursday in federal court in San Jose, California. A copy of the complaint was obtained by ...

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Supporters say Clean Water petition on track for vote


By Brad Dokken, The Dickinson Press GRAND FORKS — Supporters of North Dakota’s Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment say they’re on track to gather the 27,000 petition signatures required by early August to get the measure on the November ballot. “We’re ahead of schedule with signatures,” said Steve Adair, chairman of the North Dakota Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Coalition. ...

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