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  • Developing countries' fund key to climate pact

    What once seemed a harmless token of good will from rich countries to poor ones could derail negotiations over a global climate deal next year.

  • More rain dampens huge California wildfire

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More wet weather is expected over the weekend as crews gain even further advantage on a massive wildfire in Northern California, officials said Saturday. Rain showers and isolated thunderstorms helped firefighters make significant progress while battling the King Fire...

  • US judge refuses to halt fracking in Nevada

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to block the release of oil and gas leases in Nevada that critics say will be used for hydraulic fracturing that could harm sage grouse and cause more environmental damage than the Bureau of Land Management admits. U.S. District Judge Miranda Du...

  • Gas drillers draw less water, but concerns linger

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The gas drilling industry in Pennsylvania is recycling more and more water and one river basin commission now reports drillers there are drawing less freshwater than in the past. Water use by the natural gas industry in the Susquehanna River Basin peaked at about 3.8 billion...

  • Lax EPA asbestos study endangered public health, wasted millions, IG says

    Environmental Protection Agency officials spent millions of tax dollars over a dozen years on an alternative asbestos removal study that "threatened human health."

  • Tax break for solar panels in NYC approved

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a law to extend property tax breaks for installing electricity-generating solar panels on New York City buildings. Assembly member Linda Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat and sponsor, says the action extends the existing incentive program to 2017,...

  • NY awards $94M for solar energy projects

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is investing $94 million in more than 140 solar energy projects around the state. The money is intended to support large solar electricity projects and is part of a state effort to boost New York's use of renewable energy. The projects will be located at...

  • Road to climate treaty rocky after UN summit

    Developing countries could derail the process toward an international climate treaty by insisting on an amount of aid that richer ones are unlikely to donate.

  • US regulators OK 330-mile Canada-NYC power line

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal energy regulators have given final approval for construction of a 330-mile electric transmission line to carry lower-cost Canadian hydroelectric power to New York City. In a decision dated Wednesday, the Department of Energy said the permit requires some final...

  • NY, fed agencies again find defects on oil trains

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say additional inspections of crude oil tank cars and railroad tracks in New York have found 72 minor defects and one critical defect from a split rail. The report Friday from the Cuomo administration details federal and state inspections of 766 tank cars and 167...

  • Man pleads guilty to illegal wastewater dumping

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Montana executive pleaded guilty to dumping toxic drilling liquid and endangering the drinking water of a county in southwest North Dakota. Executive Drilling LLC President Nathan Garber, 45, of Kalispell, Montana, appeared in federal court in Bismarck on Friday and...

  • Dems urge Obama to regulate methane emissions from oil and gas

    Fifteen Senate Democrats pressed President Obama to regulate emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas produced during hydraulic fracturing and delivery of natural gas through pipelines.

  • EU proposes deal to ensure Ukraine gas supplies

    BERLIN (AP) — Ukraine would repay $3.1 billion in debts to Russia in exchange for guaranteed gas deliveries through the harsh winter months under a proposal unveiled Friday after talks brokered by the European Union. The proposed deal, which would expire next spring, is aimed at averting a...

  • Canadian oil sands project shelved over lack of pipelines, rising costs

    Shelving the proposed multibillion-dollar Corner oil sands project in Alberta, Canada, for three years will cost 70 people their jobs, Statoil Canada said.

  • PNM submits plan for new solar energy production

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest electricity provider wants to build new solar centers to produce enough power to serve 40,000 homes. Albuquerque-based PNM says an agreement it submitted Thursday to state regulators would allow the company to build 40 megawatts of electricity from...



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