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Environmentalists sue for more rules to protect sage grouse

A male sage-grouse, a source of ongoing tensions between oil and gas development and environmentalists. (Image: Alan Krakauer via Flickr)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Environmental groups sued Thursday to force the Obama administration to impose more restrictions on oil and gas drilling, grazing and other activities blamed for the decline of greater sage grouse across the American West. A sweeping sage grouse conservation effort that the government announced last September is riddled with loopholes and will not be enough to ...

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Oil stranded by pipeline break could be trucked out

LOS ANGELES — Eight months ago a ruptured pipeline created the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years, fouling beaches near Santa Barbara with crude and spreading goo as far as 100 miles away. The beaches reopened last summer, but the fallout is continuing. Santa Barbara County planners are expected to decide in about a week whether to ...

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Environmentalists want California to stop offshore fracking

LOS ANGELES — Environmentalists Tuesday called on Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for months of hydraulic fracturing in the waters off Southern California, warning that it could lead to chemical pollution or an oil spill. State regulators this month approved nine permits for operator Thums Long Beach Co. for so-called fracking operations between August and December in Long Beach ...

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Pipeline firm told California oil spill ‘extremely unlikely’

LOS ANGELES — A Texas company whose ruptured pipeline created the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years had assured the government that a break in the line while possible was “extremely unlikely” and state-of-the-art monitoring could quickly detect possible leaks and alert operators, documents show. Nearly 1,200 pages of records, filed with state regulators by Plains All ...

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U.S. green groups sue in challenge to oil train safety rules

WASHINGTON – Seven environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday challenging safety rules issued earlier this month for trains carrying oil, arguing the regulations are too weak to protect the public. The groups, including the Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity, charge that the rules, issued on May 1, will allow industry to continue to use “unsafe tank cars” ...

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CBD: Colorado has enough fracking

The Bureau of Land Management plans to allow more fracking on public lands in western Colorado, and environmentalists aren’t having it. The Denver Post reports that groups such as the Center for Biological Diversity are voicing opposition to plans for 16,342 new wells throughout 2.5 million acres in the state. Expanding oil and gas operations on public lands, the groups ...

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U.S. EPA cites Plains’ Calif. oil train terminal for violations

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has cited Plains All American Pipeline LP’s Bakersfield crude by rail terminal with a series of violations, according to a notice made public on Monday. The federal agency said in the notice the facility’s owner failed to obtain valid emissions permits, install best available control technologies or provide emissions offsets as ...

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California environmental groups sue over refinery marine terminal

SAN FRANCISCO – Conservation groups filed a lawsuit against California on Friday, saying the state did not adequately consider environmental factors when it approved a 30-year lease last month for a marine terminal at Tesoro Corp’s refinery near San Francisco Bay. The Center for Biological Diversity and Communities for a Better Environment said the California State Lands Commission’s review failed ...

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