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  • Officials require more supports beneath oil pipes

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials are ordering Enbridge Energy Partners LP to install additional support structures beneath two oil pipelines at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, the waterway linking Lakes Huron and Michigan. State Attorney Bill Schuette and Department of...

  • Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. science advisory report says Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident offers a key lesson to the nation's nuclear industry: Focus more on the highly unlikely but worst case scenarios. That means thinking about earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, solar storms, multiple failures...

  • Oil train derails in Seattle rail yard; no spill

    SEATTLE (AP) — Nothing spilled when three tanker cars in an oil train from North Dakota derailed at a rail yard early Thursday, but it alarmed environmentalists. "This is a warning of how dangerous this could be," said Kerry McHugh, communications director for the Washington Environmental...

  • Obama to attend United Nations climate summit

    President Obama will attend the United Nations climate summit in New York in September, a move that would put a stamp on his administration's agenda ahead of pivotal international negotiations next year in Paris.

  • Interior Secretary Sally Jewell hits Capitol Hill to drum up support for conservation program

    Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is making the rounds on Capitol Hill in hopes of swaying lawmakers to fully fund and permanently reauthorize a 50-year-old conservation program that expires next year.

  • Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas

    SURGIDERO DE BATABANO, Cuba. (AP) — Many people in this hamlet on the southern coast of Cuba remember when the shore lay about 100 meters (yards) farther out. That was four decades ago. Since then, rising waters have gradually swallowed up rustic homes, a narrow highway that once paralleled...

  • Oil drifts down despite China manufacturing bounce

    The price of oil fell below $103 a barrel Thursday, giving back part of its gains from the day before, despite improvements in Chinese manufacturing. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for September delivery was down 20 cents to $102.92 a barrel in electronic trading on the New...

  • Slow public alert on Williston fire raises concern

    WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — When Aaron Volesky heard what he thought was thunder and walked outside his Williston home early Tuesday morning he thought it was odd that there were no storm clouds in the air. It wasn't thunder he heard. An explosion and fire at an oil field service supply company...

  • US wildlife officials propose limiting snake trade

    HONOLULU (AP) — Federal wildlife officials recently proposed strict nationwide limits on importing and shipping boa constrictors and four other snake species in an effort to prevent them from being introduced into the wild. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would prohibit bringing the snakes...

  • California's salmon, steelhead get help

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — State and federal wildlife officials have unveiled ambitious plans aimed at helping endangered salmon and steelhead thrive again in Central California rivers. The fish were abundant, migrating from the Pacific through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and up rivers, but...

  • Oil gains on sharp drop in US supplies

    The price of oil rose Wednesday after the government reported that U.S. oil supplies rose more than expected. The benchmark U.S. oil contract for September delivery gained 73 cents to $103.12 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude for September delivery, a benchmark for...

  • Transportation Department floats rules to keep trains carrying crude oil from exploding

    The effort is a response to a number of recent derailments and explosions that have increased partly because of booming oil production in the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota and Montana.

  • Copper mine project draws hundreds of comments

    BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana environmental regulators intend to review about 940 public comments and decide within three weeks whether to approve a proposal to dig test wells at the site of a planned copper mine near White Sulphur Springs. A Tintina Resources subsidiary plans to apply for an...

  • Ice cream wars: Oil lobby and climate change activists woo with treats

    The oil industry and climate change activists can agree on one thing: Ice cream is pretty awesome.

  • Typhoon rains hit China; plane crashes in Taiwan

    BEIJING (AP) — The second typhoon to hit China in a week quickly weakened to a tropical storm as it reached the country's heavily populated southeastern provinces on Wednesday after passing across Taiwan overnight. Rain was still falling in Taiwan as a plane crashed on its second landing...



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