- Environmentalists critical of Phoenix water bottle plant Updated: May-29-16 4:43 pm
PHOENIX - A proposed $35 million water-bottling plant in Phoenix is drawing disbelief from conservationists focused on a lingering drought.
- Feds call off N. Idaho salvage logging project after lawsuit Updated: May-26-16 6:34 pm
LEWISTON, Idaho - The U.S. Forest Service has rescinded a decision approving a salvage logging project in northern Idaho after a federal judge halted the plan at the request of two environmental groups.
- California oil line fixed after thousands of gallons spill Updated: May-24-16 6:05 pm
TRACY, California - Crews have repaired an oil pipeline that broke days ago and spilled up to 21,000 gallons of crude underground in rural Northern California, a spokesman for Shell Oil Co. said Tuesday.
- House measure supports shippers on ballast water dumping Updated: May-24-16 11:56 am
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - A plan gaining support in Congress and backed by the cargo shipping industry would establish a nationwide policy for dumping ballast water into U.S. waterways that environmental groups say would open the door to more invasive species like zebra and quagga mussels, which have wreaked economic havoc from the Great Lakes to the West Coast.
- UK council approves fracking; environmentalists vow to fight Updated: May-24-16 5:41 am
LONDON - A council has granted the first fracking license to be issued in England for five years, but environmental groups are vowing to fight on against the use of the technology.
- Lawsuit challenges potential transfer of bison range Updated: May-24-16 5:17 am
BILLINGS, Montana - An environmental group has sued federal officials over the potential transfer of the National Bison Range to American Indian tribes in Montana.
- Sheriff warns protected land proposal could spark standoff Updated: May-23-16 7:23 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Sparks flew Monday during a hearing attended by ranchers and environmentalists in the state Capitol on a proposal to turn 2.5 million acres of canyonlands and desert in southeastern Oregon into a federally protected monument.
- DEP official's private email had urged groups for 'pushback' Updated: May-23-16 6:36 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - In an email that precipitated his resignation, Gov. Tom Wolf's environmental protection secretary criticized environmental advocates for a lack of "pushback" against certain bills and said they were "without influence."
- Wealthy climate activist spends heavily in California race Updated: May-20-16 9:27 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer reported Friday that he has made a $500,000 contribution to help an incumbent Democratic state senator who backed a 2015 proposal to cut petroleum use by half within 15 years in the state.
- Utah hearing on federal coal-leasing reform draws hundreds Updated: May-19-16 6:35 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Coal miners and their supporters came out in force to a public hearing Thursday in Salt Lake City, blasting a moratorium on federal coal leases as the latest attack in a war on coal that unfairly blames fossil fuels for climate change and air quality problems.
- GOP congressmen, NY attorney general in climate dispute Updated: May-19-16 5:07 pm
ALBANY, New York - Republican members of Congress have accused New York's Democratic attorney general and his counterparts in 16 other jurisdictions of chilling free speech over climate change through their legal and political campaign to curb fossil fuel burning.
- The Latest: Utah lawmakers trumpet opposition to monument Updated: May-18-16 8:43 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - The Latest on Utah lawmakers' opposition to a proposal to designate a new national monument in the state (all times local):
- Regulators: Coal ash to be moved from North Carolina pits Updated: May-18-16 3:58 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - All coal-ash pits in North Carolina maintained by Duke Energy power plants pose enough of an environmental risk that they should be excavated and moved by 2024, state environmental regulators said Wednesday.
- Massachusetts environmental advocacy group sues ExxonMobil Updated: May-17-16 8:05 pm
BOSTON - A Massachusetts environmental advocacy group is suing ExxonMobil for what it calls "a decades-long campaign to discredit climate change."
- Showdown over federal coal leasing reform at Casper hearing Updated: May-17-16 3:59 pm
CASPER, Wyoming - Emotions ran high in a showdown Tuesday between environmentalists and the mining industry over coal-leasing reform and whether the federal government should increase how much it charges corporations to mine federal reserves.
- Court: Massachusetts failed to adopt greenhouse gas limits Updated: May-17-16 3:59 pm
BOSTON - The state's highest court on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling and sided with environmental groups that sued Massachusetts for failing to adopt strict limits on greenhouse gas emissions.
- Tax measure could cause financial jolt to California smokers Updated: May-17-16 1:18 am
SAN DIEGO - A campaign to raise California's cigarette tax by $2 a pack said Monday it has collected enough signatures to qualify the proposal for the Nov. 8 ballot and raise the prospect of a pocketbook jolt for smokers in the nation's most populous state.
- Wildlife group sues US over Enbridge pipeline in Michigan Updated: May-16-16 2:49 pm
DETROIT - An environmental group is accusing the federal government of misjudging an emergency response plan for a major oil pipeline that runs through Michigan.
- Hundreds join protest march at northwestern Indiana refinery Updated: May-16-16 10:19 am
WHITING, Indiana - Police arrested about 40 people who sat in front of a northwestern Indiana oil refinery's main entrance after a march by hundreds of protesters.
- Towns want motors in newest addition to NY forest preserve Updated: May-13-16 2:30 pm
ALBANY, New York - The newest addition to the Adirondack Forest Preserve would be open to cars, bicycles, motorboats and snowmobiles if local leaders have their way, but environmental groups say the region would suffer ecological harm unless motorized access is strictly limited.
- Fishing commission chair wants caution on Atlantic monuments Updated: May-13-16 12:50 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - The chairman of an influential fishing oversight board is urging President Barack Obama to seek more public input before making a ruling on a request for a national monument in the Atlantic Ocean.
- GM's Opel to appear before German diesel emissions panel Updated: May-13-16 9:23 am
FRANKFURT, Germany - The German transport ministry says General Motors' Opel division has been asked to appear before a commission looking into diesel emissions controls after an environmental group claimed two of its models are able to reduce pollution controls.
- Doctor: Decision to reverse well warning made under pressure Updated: May-12-16 8:08 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina's state health director feared legislators would take away some of his authority before deciding in March to reverse warnings that hundreds of water wells near Duke Energy power plants were too contaminated to use, according to testimony provided by environmentalists Thursday.
- Emissions on agenda for PNM Resources shareholder meeting Updated: May-12-16 6:21 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The holding company for New Mexico's largest electric provider has opted to host its annual shareholders' meeting in Texas, and on the ballot is a proposal that would require Public Service Co. of New Mexico to adopt goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- Germany's only Green governor elected to 2nd term Updated: May-12-16 5:54 am
BERLIN - Germany's only state governor from the environmentalist Greens has been elected to a second term at the head of a new coalition, with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives as his junior partners.