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  • Fracking, the drilling technology that has helped make Pennsylvania the nation's No. 2 natural gas producer, has divided the Democratic Party over its geopolitical and economic value when weighed against its real or potential harm to health and the environment. Two years ago, all four Democrats running for Pennsylvania governor opposed a broad moratorium on...

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— The Latest on a judge reviewing a $7 million settlement over groundwater pollution at one coal-burning power plant that was expanded to end disputes at all 14 Duke Energy sites in North Carolina:. A North Carolina judge wants to review a surprise deal over groundwater pollution at Duke Energy's coal ash pits because he questions the motives behind...

  • That's what many ranchers and sympathizers opposing federal control of public lands in the West concluded after the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon. But not all condone the tactics of the armed group that drew the nation's gaze to the snowy landscapes of eastern Oregon. State lawmakers, notably in Utah, are considering a legal way to...

  • Volkswagen AG is recalling about 850,000 Audi and VW vehicles in the U.S. from model years 2006 to 2014. The letter said most VW and Audi vehicles have air bag inflators made at Takata's factory in Freiberg, Germany, which have not experienced failures like those made in the U.S. and Mexico. But in the EPA case at least, it's likely to bring millions of dollars in fines...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— The latest on Montana officials giving only partial approval to a $500 million silver and copper mine proposed near the Idaho border.:. Developers of a $500 million silver and copper mine beneath a wilderness area near the Montana- Idaho border say the conditional approval granted to the project is sufficient for it to proceed.

  • Oil refiners are required to meet EPA targets for biofuel use. Each year, the EPA is required to set targets for biofuel use. "If EPA is going to use an extraordinary action like a waiver, then at least EPA must remove any structural impediments that prevent penetration of renewable fuels," Alonso said.

  • SunEdison restrained from 'unusual' asset transfers Friday, 12 Feb 2016 | 12:20 PM ET

    Feb 12- Solar company SunEdison Inc said a U.S. court has restrained the company from making any unusual asset transfers until a hearing in a lawsuit brought on by investors of renewable energy company Latin American Power. SunEdison said in October that it terminated a deal for Latin American Power five months after agreeing to buy the company, which owns wind...

  • COPENHAGEN/ BRUSSELS, Feb 12- Maersk Line said on Friday it had chosen four shipbreaking yards along India's Alang beaches to handle an increase in vessels that need to be scrapped, to the dismay of some organisations that say the operations there are polluting and unsafe. The world's largest container shipper says the four yards in the Alang coast of western...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— Montana environmental regulators granted conditional approval Friday to a long-stalled silver and copper mine proposed beneath a federal wilderness area, saying the developer must show before mining can proceed that the $500 million project won't drain overlying creeks. Developer Mines Management, Inc. pledged to move forward despite...

  • RICHMOND, Va.— Energy companies behind the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have carved a new proposed route through parts of West Virginia and Virginia in response to federal concerns about the national gas pipeline's initial path through sensitive national forest areas. Aaron Ruby, a spokesman for the energy company, said Dominion believes the new path will satisfy...

  • FRANKFURT, Germany— Automaker Volkswagen says global sales rose 3.7 percent in January, held back by sagging economies in Brazil and Russia and by an emissions scandal that hurt figures in the United States. The Wolfsburg, Germany- based automaker saw strong gains in China, where sales rose 14 percent, and more moderate increases in Western Europe.

  • *India spends more than $4 bln on annual coking coal imports. NEW DELHI, Feb 12- India is asking the country's big steelmakers to consider converting local medium-quality coal into premium coking coal to slash an annual import bill of more than $4 billion for buying that grade from countries such as Australia and South Africa. Resurgent local output of...

  • But schools were closed Friday in Hillsborough because of smoke from it. The complex once housed old military munitions and is near historic Duke Farms, the estate that belonged to late tobacco heiress Doris Duke. The winter weather posed challenges to firefighters almost immediately, Hillsborough Fire Marshal Chris Weniger said.

  • LOS ANGELES— The massive gas leak that spewed uncontrollably for nearly four months drove thousands of Los Angeles residents to pack up and leave their homes, while others rode it out. But the announcement by Southern California Gas Co. marked a milestone in efforts to stop the leak first reported Oct. 23. If all goes according to plan, the upscale Porter Ranch...

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— A North Carolina judge said Friday he wants to review a surprise deal settling decades of groundwater pollution at Duke Energy's coal ash pits because he questioned the motives behind the company's deal with state environmental regulators. The Department of Environmental Quality could decide the appropriate fine for Duke Energy polluting...

  • Brazil court freezes Vale, BHP, Samarco assets -report Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 7:00 PM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 11- A judge in Brazil's state of Minas Gerais has frozen 470 million reais of assets owned by Vale SA and 1.8 million reais linked to BHP Billiton Ltd to ensure payment of damages related to a deadly dam rupture, Rio de Janeiro's O Globo newspaper said on Thursday. A tailings dam at Samarco Mineração SA's main iron ore mine burst in early November,...

  • President Barack Obama on Thursday called the Supreme Court's decision to delay implementation of his administration's Clean Power Plan "unusual" and expressed confidence that the White House would prevail. The Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a blow to the plan, the centerpiece of Obama's climate change policy and backbone of his administration's...

  • President Barack Obama on Thursday called the Supreme Court's decision to delay implementation of his administration's Clean Power Plan "unusual" and expressed confidence that the White House would prevail. Obama said the Supreme Court had in fact required the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon emissions under the Clean Air Act if they...

  • While the well still needs to be permanently sealed with cement and inspected by state regulators, the announcement by Southern California Gas Co. marked the first time the massive leak has been under control since it was reported Oct. 23. The leak is expected to cost the company, a division of Sempra Energy, $250 million to $300 million, according to a filing with...

  • Obama carbon plan will survive court ruling -EPA Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 4:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 11- President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan will survive despite the Supreme Court's decision this week to stay a rule on cutting carbon emissions from electricity generators, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday.