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Dominion wins Virginia OK for $1.3 billion gas-fired plant

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — With state regulators approving the project, Dominion Virginia Power says construction will begin later this year on a $1.3 billion power plant in Southside Virginia. The State Corporation Commission gave the green light Tuesday to the Greensville Power Station, a natural gas-fired energy project that will straddle the Greensville-Brunswick county line on 55 acres. Dominion said ...

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Regulators set votes on FirstEnergy, AEP rate deals

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio utility regulators plan votes Thursday on two proposed energy deals that have drawn national attention from consumer, business, energy and environmental groups. The power purchase agreements were submitted separately in December by Akron-based FirstEnergy and Columbus-based AEP. Both ask regulators to permit rate increases over the next eight years to subsidize certain aging coal-fired and ...

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Illinois AG mulling legal case over delayed coal mine rules

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office is considering legal action against the state’s natural resources agency for what prosecutors call a failure to follow the terms of a court-brokered plan to toughen oversight of coal mines. The tougher regulations were part of broader reforms touted with much fanfare two years by the administration of former Gov. ...

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Green groups, residents sue crude-by-rail operator

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A coalition of residents and environmental groups is suing a crude oil transporter, claiming violations of the federal Clean Air Act. The coalition consisting of Albany County, a tenants association and six environmental groups filed the federal lawsuit Wednesday against Waltham, Massachusetts-based Global Partners. The lawsuit claims Global failed to obtain a required air pollution permit ...

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Green groups, residents sue crude-by-rail operator

oil train, crude oil

ALBANY, N.Y. — A coalition of residents and environmental groups is suing a crude oil transporter, claiming violations of the federal Clean Air Act. The coalition consisting of Albany County, a tenants association and six environmental groups filed the federal lawsuit Wednesday against Waltham, Massachusetts-based Global Partners. The lawsuit claims Global failed to obtain a required air pollution permit and ...

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Environmental groups want to question Duke plans

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Two environmental groups want to take part in hearings on whether Duke Energy needs to build three natural gas-powered plants in western North Carolina. The Southern Environmental Law Center said Tuesday it’s filed paperwork on behalf of MountainTrue and the Sierra Club to take part in hearings before the North Carolina Utilities Commission. Duke Energy said last ...

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Pipeline opponent appeals to West Virginia county

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — Opponents of a proposed 550-mile natural gas pipeline are asking a West Virginia county to support their efforts seeking a combined review of that energy project and others. The Exponent Telegram reports that the Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club delivered its request Thursday before the Upshur County Commission. The Sierra Club’s Kirk Bowers said commissioners should ask ...

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Judge rejects bid to block Alberta Clipper pipeline upgrade

Enbridge shut down Line 67, the Alberta Clipper, on January 18, 2014 after a 20,000 litre 'heavy oil' spill. The line was restarted later in the day. (Image: John W. Murray via Flickr)

MINNEAPOLIS — A federal judge rejected the key parts of a lawsuit brought by tribal and environmental groups that sought to block a capacity expansion on the Alberta Clipper crude oil pipeline, saying Wednesday that the courts don’t have the authority to intervene at this stage. U.S. District Judge Michael Davis concluded the letters the State Department sent to Canadian-based ...

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EPA protecting refuge from air pollution

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized a plan Wednesday to address air pollution coming from Texas that is reducing visibility at the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, as well as the Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks in Texas. “There’s a tradition of rivalry and competition between Oklahoma and Texas, and Oklahomans would never accept Texas messing ...

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Petitioners plead for coal plant closure

LAKELAND — Members of Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal” campaign bolstered their earlier economic case to scrap Lakeland Electric’s McIntosh coal-burning Unit 3 generator with arguments for its closure. The group, part of a national campaign to wean the nation off coal, delivered 727 petitions to the City Commission calling for the 364-megawatt coal burner’s demise, presumably signed by residents in ...

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