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Feds to livestream Gulf oil and gas lease sale

oil and gas drilling lease sale

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Five months after protesters disrupted an oil and gas lease sale for tracts in the Gulf of Mexico, the government is livestreaming a lease sale but closing the site in New Orleans where bids are read. Wednesday’s sale, offering all 23.8 million acres available for drilling and exploration off of Texas coast, will be the first ...

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Duke Energy, NC agency disputing fine for coal ash pollution

A sample of the coal ash gathered from a river impacted by Duke Energy. (Image: Waterkeeper Alliance Inc. via Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) €” The nation’s largest electric company is negotiating with North Carolina’s environment agency over a $6.6 million fine to punish Duke Energy for a big spill of liquefied coal ash. Attorneys for both sides said delaying Monday’s scheduled hearing may help resolve the disputed fine for polluting the Dan River in 2014. Duke Energy Corp. has called ...

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Judge moves pipeline protest hearing, says sides should meet

handshake, negotiate

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge has postponed a hearing on whether a preliminary injunction should be issued to prevent protesters in North Dakota from interfering with construction of an oil pipeline. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland moved the hearing scheduled on Thursday to Sept. 8. The judge also extended a restraining order against the protesters until the hearing. ...

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Senate committee advances oil spill settlement bill

Oil spill settlement bill stumbles at session end

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Senate committee has advanced a division of oil spill settlement funds that could help fill an $85 million hole in the state’s Medicaid budget. The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee on Friday voted out the House-passed bill. The bill would use $450 million to repay money borrowed during past budget shortfalls and $191 million for ...

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Feds agree to pay Maine $413K for pollution clean-up

oil storage, oil leak

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The federal government has agreed to pay Maine about $413,000 to clean up decades-old hazardous pollution at oil storage facilities. Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills alleged two weeks ago in U.S. District Court that Maine faces $10.8 million in past and future cleanup costs for pollution at former Portland-Bangor Waste Oil Co. sites in Casco and ...

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7 people detained in Georgia in gas pipeline plot

Tbilisi Georgia

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Georgia’s intelligence agency says it has detained seven people suspected of plotting an attack on a gas pipeline that carries Russian gas to Armenia. The State Security Service said in a statement on Monday that it detained five people on Saturday who were planning to bomb a section of the pipeline south of the capital, Tbilisi. ...

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West Virginia permanently halts coal mine by state forest

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia environmental regulators have ordered a company to stop mining permanently at a surface coal mine near Kanawha State Forest. Keystone Industries LLC signed the consent order with the Department of Environmental Protection last month to permanently halt Kanawha County mining operations near Marmet. The Kanawha Forest Coalition, which has fought the Keystone Development No. ...

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