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Stories with subject: Energy and the environment
  • Hawaii lawmakers negotiate dozens of bills before deadline story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-16 11:23 pm

    HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers negotiated final details on dozens of bills ahead of a major legislative deadline, rushing around the capitol and huddling in groups and trying to reach last-minute agreements.

  • Huge fireball in gas explosion burns homes, fleeing man story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-29-16 7:29 pm

    GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania - A natural gas pipeline exploded in a towering, roaring fireball Friday, destroying a home several hundred yards away, damaging at least three others and creating waves of intense heat that burned a fleeing homeowner as he ran down a road, authorities said.

  • Vermont high court sides with solar project developers 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 6:35 pm

    MONTPELIER, Vermont - A fragmented Vermont Supreme Court on Friday sided with developers of a major solar power project in Rutland Town against the wishes of the town and its neighbors.

  • Dominion makes case for moving forward on nuclear 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 5:33 pm

    RICHMOND, Virginia - Dominion Virginia Power is defending its heavy spending on a potential new nuclear power plant, one the company may not actually build and could cost more than $19 billion to complete.

  • Pennsylvania probes possible link between quakes, 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 4:19 pm

    Pennsylvania environmental regulators want to determine whether a series of minor earthquakes in the state this week were caused by nearby fracking operations by an oil and gas company.

  • New Mexico sues Texas oil company for lease payments 
    Updated: Apr-28-16 10:02 pm

    SANTA FE, New Mexico - The New Mexico State Land Office is suing a Texas-based oil company for years of overdue fees and recent environmental cleanup costs at a waste-water injection well used by various oil producers.

  • Hawaii lawmakers push renewable energy storage incentives 
    Updated: Apr-28-16 9:55 pm

    HONOLULU - Hawaii has the highest rate of residents using solar panels in the nation, and lawmakers want to extend the state's leadership role by offering incentives or rebates to those who buy batteries to store their renewable energy.

  • State investigating 2 quakes near Pennsylvania fracking site 
    Updated: Apr-28-16 8:57 am

    NEW CASTLE, Pennsylvania - The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating whether fracking contributed to two small earthquakes near a western Pennsylvania drilling operation.

  • Scientists say oilfield wastewater spills release toxins 
    Updated: Apr-27-16 7:44 pm

    Brine spills from oil development in western North Dakota are releasing toxins into soils and waterways, sometimes at levels exceeding federal water quality standards, scientists reported Wednesday.

  • Report: Indiana's solar power policies among nation's worst 
    Updated: Apr-26-16 10:56 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - A new report by a conservation group says Indiana has one of the nation's worst regulatory atmospheres for fostering the development of the rooftop solar power industry.

  • Trump wins across demographic groups in Pennsylvania 
    Updated: Apr-26-16 10:08 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - Donald Trump dominated the Republican presidential primary in Pennsylvania across demographic groups as Ted Cruz and John Kasich split support among the minority of GOP voters who said they preferred a political insider.

  • Kemper project to cost Mississippi Power another $61 million 
    Updated: Apr-26-16 8:04 pm

    GULFPORT, Mississippi - Mississippi Power Co. will spend another $61 million on its overrun-plagued Kemper County power plant, pushing its total cost above $6.7 billion, the company said Tuesday.

  • NY comptroller urges more insurance for rail oil spills 
    Updated: Apr-26-16 6:33 pm

    ALBANY, New York - New York state's comptroller urged federal authorities Tuesday to strengthen safety measures against oil spills and require trains to carry sufficient insurance to cover cleanup costs from major accidents.

  • Murray Energy continues fight against EPA's emissions rules 
    Updated: Apr-26-16 4:14 pm

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Coal producer Murray Energy Corp. is challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's final rule that targets mercury pollution from power plants.

  • Annova LNG slightly moving project to accommodate ocelots 
    Updated: Apr-26-16 1:16 pm

    BROWNSVILLE, Texas - An energy company has agreed to slightly move a planned South Texas natural gas facility to accommodate endangered ocelots.

  • Environmentalists sue for cleanup at bankrupt mine sites 
    Updated: Apr-26-16 11:13 am

    SUMMERSVILLE, West Virginia - Environmental groups are taking legal action to require the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to treat water pollution at bankrupt coal mines.

  • Environmentalists sue for cleanup at bankrupt mine sites 
    Updated: Apr-26-16 10:43 am

    SUMMERSVILLE, West Virginia - Environmental groups are taking legal action to require the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to treat water pollution at bankrupt coal mines in Barbour, Nicholas and Preston counties.

  • Pipeline developers vow to fight New York permit rejection 
    Updated: Apr-25-16 4:44 pm

    ALBANY, New York - Developers of a 124-mile pipeline designed to transport natural gas to the Northeast from Pennsylvania's shale fields said Monday they'll challenge New York's rejection of a critical permit.

  • A look at the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in numbers 
    Updated: Apr-25-16 10:10 am

    CHERNOBYL, Ukraine - Telling the story of Chernobyl in numbers 30 years later involves dauntingly large figures and others that are even more vexing because they're still unknown. A look at numbers that hint at the scope of the world's worst nuclear accident, the explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26, 1986:

  • Solar-plane pilots say trip was also test of human endurance story has photos
    Updated: Apr-24-16 9:41 pm

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, California - The two Swiss pilots taking turns to fly a solar-powered airplane around the world said Sunday the endeavor is not only a demonstration of the importance of renewable energy but also of the many challenges the human body can endure.

  • The Latest: Pilot tells of difficulties of long solar flight 
    Updated: Apr-24-16 8:50 pm

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, California - The Latest on a solar plane that landed in California after crossing the Pacific (all times local):

  • Cameras show wildlife returning to reclaimed Ohio mine land 
    Updated: Apr-24-16 1:50 pm

    NEW STRAITSVILLE, Ohio - Video footage of bobcats recorded in a forest near a reclaimed coal mine is a hopeful sign of the species' recovery in southeast Ohio and that environmental rehabilitation efforts are working, wildlife and environmental group officials said.

  • Doctor makes time for farming, teaching with a kiln 
    Updated: Apr-24-16 11:15 am

    BARDSTOWN, Kentucky - For Jonas Hurley, being an emergency room doctor in Taylor County is only the beginning. He's the father of two boys, ages 9 and 10. The family of four, including his wife Julie, moved to their 17-acre Washington County farm about five and a half years ago from Bardstown.

  • Alaska aquarium replaces fossil fuel with seawater system 
    Updated: Apr-23-16 6:31 pm

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Thousands of people visit the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward for a look at Steller sea lions or harlequin ducks.

  • Thousands of families in limbo 2 months after gas blowout 
    Updated: Apr-23-16 12:10 pm

    LOS ANGELES - It's been two months since a blown-out natural gas well was capped and officials spoke of thousands of uprooted families returning to their normal lives.