03/05/14 06:00 PM
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York state Department of Transportation has fined CSX Railroad $10,000, saying it failed to report two oil train derailments within an hour of when they happened as required by state law. A Feb. 25 derailment in Kingston involved empty rail cars that had contained...
By Zack Colman | 03/05/14 04:58 PM
The House passed energy-efficiency legislation Wednesday as a companion measure in the Senate remains stalled. The bill from Reps. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Peter Welch, D-Vt., which passed 375-36, is a scaled-back version of the legislation that is sitting in the upper chamber. The...
By Ramit Plushnick-Masti | 03/05/14 08:37 AM
Deep beneath the surface of Texas' only naturally formed lake there used to swim a massive, open-mouthed dinosaur-era fish with a long snout and prized caviar. Now, decades after the paddlefish was almost completely wiped out, it's coming back to Caddo Lake.
By Jeff Barnard | 03/05/14 08:35 AM
Authorities say unemployment and drug addiction have spurred an increase in the destructive practice of cutting off the knobby growths at the base of ancient redwood trees to make decorative pieces like lacey-grained coffee tables and wall clocks.
By Anthony J. Sadar | 03/05/14 07:58 AM
In February, before the situation in the Ukraine really heated up, Secretary of State John Kerry focused on a hotter issue, making it clear that when it came to saving the earth from human-caused climate change, he and President Obama did not have time for members of the Flat Earth Society. I...
03/04/14 08:45 PM
SUTTER CREEK, Calif. (AP) — An attempt to unearth new riches from some of the Gold Rush era's most productive mines has stalled, with the owners announcing Tuesday that they must spend more than $1 million before work can resume. Most work has stopped and nonessential workers have been laid...
03/04/14 07:30 PM
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against a Denver woman who sued to block foundations at the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University from selling a ranch she donated to them in the late 1990s. Wyoming's high court unanimously upheld a district court...
By Zack Colman | 03/04/14 06:03 PM
Congress passed its first conservation bill since 2010 on Tuesday when the House approved legislation protecting more of Lake Michigan's shoreline. The House sent a measure to President Obama's desk that would expand the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Glen Arbor, Mich., by 32,500...
By Zack Colman | 03/04/14 05:14 PM
The effects of climate change are "threat multipliers" that will force the Pentagon to rethink how it engages in training, missions and humanitarian aid around the world, the Defense Department said Tuesday in its Quadrennial Defense Review. The review, released every four years, steps up...
By Zack Colman | 03/04/14 02:46 PM
President Obama moved more money into his climate-change priorities in his fiscal 2015 budget proposal, although the Environmental Protection Agency overall would receive less money.
By Zack Colman | 03/04/14 12:19 PM
Republicans are growing more vociferous about speeding natural gas exports, as they say it would help break Russia's chokehold on Central and Eastern Europe. But approving new exports is a complex procedure, and the shipping costs make it tough to find a useful price point.
By Susan Ferrechio | 03/04/14 11:42 AM
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, called on President Obama to lift restrictions on natural gas exports to help Ukraine free itself from Russia's military and economic grasp. “The U.S. Department of Energy's excruciatingly slow approval process amounts to a de facto ban on American natural...
By Nicholas K. Geranios | 03/04/14 08:59 AM
While one of the newer double-walled nuclear waste storage tanks at a Washington state complex has leaked, six others have "significant construction flaws" that could lead to additional leaks, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press.
By Michael Biesecker | 03/04/14 08:09 AM
North Carolina regulators have cited five more Duke Energy power plants for lacking required storm water permits after a massive spill at one of the company's coal ash dumps coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic sludge.
03/03/14 06:16 PM
Majestro CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) – The recent water contamination class actions in West Virginia have many similarities to the cases that have already been brought before the state’s Mass Litigation Panel. Anthony Majestro, an attorney with Powell & Majestro in...
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