Environmental

  • March 5, 2008

    Green Group Challenges Duke Energy's Nuclear Plans

    A South Carolina-based environmental group asked the state's regulators on Monday to reject a request by Duke Energy Corp. to approve preconstruction costs for the planning of two new nuclear reactors upstate.

  • March 6, 2008

    Feds Put Rural Power Plant Loans On Hiatus

    A branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is, for the moment, no longer handing out loans for new base load generation plants in rural areas, which could mean the end of an environmental lawsuit against the government.

  • March 5, 2008

    BP Settles Shareholder Case Over Bad Management

    Following a $373 million payment to the U.S. government for environmental and fraud claims, BP Plc has agreed to settle with shareholders that accused the energy giant of gross mismanagement.

  • September 3, 2008

    Potential ESA Listing Could Chill Natural Gas Boom

    Natural gas production has exploded across the West since the Bush administration took office nearly eight years ago, but the energy boom is being jeopardized by the decline of the greater sage grouse, a chicken-like bird known for its elaborate courtship displays.

  • March 11, 2008

    Miners Look To Senate For A Friendlier Reform Bill

    With the prospect of a new mining reform bill before the Senate, industry advocates have renewed their push for softer royalty rates, while environmentalists continue to call for protection of public lands.

  • April 1, 2008

    Pressure Mounts On EPA For Alleged Stalling Tactics

    A slew of states and environmental groups will return to court Wednesday on the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Massachusetts v. EPA decision in an attempt to get the Environmental Protection Agency to start regulating greenhouse gas emissions.

  • March 18, 2008

    States' Push Unlikely To Alter Electric Corridors

    Since the U.S. Department of Energy cut out two expansive electric transmission corridors in heavily congested regions, several states have stepped up opposition to what they see as the federal government's attempt to swipe their authority. But as the Senate eyes their concerns, many maintain that the greater good outweighs the costs that some communities may have to pay.

  • March 4, 2008

    New Bill Takes Aim At Non-Tanker Oil Spills

    Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.) introduced legislation Tuesday aimed at protecting America's coastline from non-tanker-related oil spills, such as the one that devastated San Francisco Bay in November.

  • March 4, 2008

    Asarco Seeks Court OK To Settle Missouri Claims

    Asarco LLC has asked the court overseeing the company's Chapter 11 proceedings to approve an environmental settlement under which the U.S. government, the state of Missouri and others will get more than $70 million in allowed general unsecured claims against the 108-year-old mining outfit.

  • March 3, 2008

    Ship Owners To Pay $2M Over Calif. Oil Spill

    The owner of the cargo ship involved in November's massive oil spill in San Francisco Bay is set to make a small dent in the millions of dollars of damages caused by the crash. It agreed on Sunday to pay over $2 million toward recouping the city's cleanup costs.

  • March 3, 2008

    EPA's Logic On Calif. Emissions Law Draws Fire

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revealed the reasoning behind its refusal to let California pass a law limiting auto emissions to curb global warming, drawing harsh criticism from environmental groups and lawmakers.

  • March 4, 2008

    Puget Energy Faces Penalties From 2006 Spill

    The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking undisclosed civil penalties from Puget Energy Inc. stemming from a 2006 diesel spill, the company said Friday.

  • March 3, 2008

    EPA Hopes To Expedite Federal Air Quality Reviews

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a new rule aimed at expediting the process federal agencies use to ensure that their projects fall in line with state plans for controlling air quality.

  • March 3, 2008

    Kinder Morgan Must Face San Diego Pollution Suit

    Dealing a blow to Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP, a federal judge on Friday declined to toss claims by the city of San Diego that the pipeline giant has dragged its feet on cleaning up a fuel plume that contaminated groundwater.

  • February 29, 2008

    Alaska To Sue BP Over Prudhoe Bay Spill

    Alaskan authorities plan to bring a civil suit in the fall against BP PLC to recover damages and lost revenues that resulted from spills and subsequent plant shutdowns in 2006 at the oil giant's pipelines in western Prudhoe Bay.

  • February 29, 2008

    EPA, ChemCentral Settle Over Explosion

    ChemCentral Midwest Corp. has agreed to pay more than $375,000 to settle allegations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that an explosion and fire that destroyed the company's Kansas City, Mo., facility violated environmental and public health laws.

  • February 28, 2008

    House Passes Tax Bill That Would Drop Oil Subsidies

    The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would use $18 billion worth of tax breaks from oil and gas producers to help fund alternative energy projects, but prospects for the bill getting through the Senate and White House are slim.

  • February 29, 2008

    Hess Settles With N.Y. Conservation Regulators

    Hess Corp. has entered into a $1.4 million settlement with the state of New York to rectify its alleged violations of state petroleum storage regulations and to establish a habitat restoration project, a top state conservation regulator announced Thursday.

  • February 28, 2008

    Texas Panel Refuses To Open Probe Against Asarco

    The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has shot down an El Paso County prosecutor’s bid to launch an investigation of criminal allegations against bankrupt Asarco LLC, which is taking steps to restart operations at a defunct copper smelter in the city.

  • February 28, 2008

    Sierra Club Sues Wellington Over Pa. Power Plant

    A coalition of environmental groups has filed suit against a West Virginia company that plans to build a coal-fired power plant in southwestern Pennsylvania. The firm’s construction permit has expired, and the company should be required to meet current legal standards for emissions, the groups claim.