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  • Refinery-inspection bill protects trade secrets

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lawmakers have approved legislation that would allow government regulators to monitor oil refinery shutdowns in response to a fire at Chevron's Richmond refinery in 2012. It also would allow oil companies to designate the information as a "trade secret." SB1300 by...

  • California lawmakers pass first US plastic bag ban

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would make California the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. SB270 cleared the Senate on a 22-15 vote Friday. It was approved by the Assembly a day earlier. Senators who had previously opposed...

  • California lifts part of quarantine on grape pest

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State and federal agricultural officials are partially lifting a quarantine imposed for a moth that's eating grapes in Northern California's wine country. California Agriculture Secretary Karen Moss said Friday that authorities had lifted the quarantine for the...

  • State agency issues long-awaited fracking rules

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Stricter requirements for disclosing the use of chemicals are part of new proposed rules issued by the state Friday as part of the process of regulating fracking, the high-volume oil and gas drilling method that proponents hope will bring a surge of jobs to Illinois....

  • Costs of coal power plant proposal challenged

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state's largest electric utility is underestimating the costs that will be passed on to customers under a proposal to shut down part of an aging coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico, according to a regulatory filing made Friday by advocates of renewable...

  • US rig count up 18 to 1,914

    HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 18 this week to 1,914. The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,575 rigs were exploring for oil and 338 for gas. One was listed as...

  • US official airs 'myths' on Colorado River water

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A top federal water administrator said Friday that several myths stand in the way of broad agreements needed to deal with increasing demand for water in the drought-stricken and over-allocated Colorado River basin. Assistant Secretary of the Interior Anne Castle told the...

  • Fracking rules expected to be finished in September

    The rules proposed by the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management would institute guidelines governing the drilling method on public and tribal land.

  • PETA challenges ALS 'ice bucket challenge' over animal testing

    Before you join in with the ALS "ice bucket challenge" fundraiser, PETA has something they want you to know: The group tests on animals.

  • Obama taps Arkansas utility chief for FERC

    President Obama tapped Colette Honorable, the Democratic utility regulatory chief in Arkansas who's earned praise from both sides of the aisle in Washington, as nominee for commissioner at the federal electric grid regulator.

  • USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The Agriculture Department is trying to stop them. Since June, department authorities have seized more than...

  • Feds say balance struck in California logging plan

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan that will allow loggers to remove trees killed in a massive Central California wildfire last year. Environmentalists, however, have called it a travesty. The highly awaited decision...

  • President Obama's own inversion

    Even as his administration has been measuring the guillotine for Burger King, Obama was himself hatching a plan with the openly stated purpose of moving beyond the confines of U.S. law.

  • Feds to resume leasing for fracking in California

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for federal lands in California after a new study found limited environmental impacts from fracking and other enhanced drilling techniques, the agency said Thursday. The move will end a halt...

  • Future of 'Big Oil' suit at stake as panel meets

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It will be next month before Gov. Bobby Jindal will likely get a chance to change the membership of a south Louisiana flood board that's suing dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies. The panel that nominates members for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection...



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