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  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Strong winds and high waves that pounded the northern coast of Alaska have led Royal Dutch Shell PLC to temporarily stop exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean. "Due to high wind and sea states, we have paused all critical operations in the Chukchi Sea," said spokesman Curtis Smith in an email response to questions. The eastern Chukchi Sea...

  • The U.S. District court in North Dakota granted a preliminary injunction against the so-called Waters of the United States rule finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in May. North Dakota and 12 other states filed a lawsuit against the federal government in June, charging that the rule constituted an improper...

  • NEW ORLEANS— The latest about a potential settlement of a lawsuit by environmental groups against a New Orleans company that failed to end a decade-old leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Environmental groups say they're pleased at the progress of talks with a New Orleans company that has failed to end a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, but it's too early to talk...

  • Pennsylvania lighter maker to pay $186K for violations Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 2:44 PM ET

    BRADFORD, Pa.— Zippo, the Pennsylvania maker of iconic cigarette lighters best known for their distinctive metal cases, has agreed to pay $186,000 to settle allegations it violated federal hazardous waste laws. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said this week that Zippo Manufacturing Co.' s alleged violations included reporting and storage practices...

  • Miami's seawall problem: It doesn't have one Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 2:27 PM ET
    Storm clouds are seen over the Miami skyline.

    On the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is far better protected now than it was then. The same can't be said about Miami.

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— Four years after flooding from Tropical Storm Irene nearly destroyed Vermont's fish hatchery in Roxbury, officials still are looking for the estimated $5 million it would take to rebuild it to meet modern standards. Meanwhile, a hatchery on the White River in Bethel owned by the federal government is closed although it was nearly fully repaired...

  • Company: Settlement reached in lawsuit over Gulf oil leak Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 12:32 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Environmental groups and a New Orleans energy company have reached a settlement agreement in a lawsuit stemming from the company's failed efforts to stop a decade-old, slow-motion oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Taylor said in a news release it has agreed under the settlement to make a $300,000 donation to a Louisiana marine research consortium...

  • NEW ORLEANS— Energy company announces settlement in lawsuit over decade-old oil leak in Gulf of Mexico.

  • LONDON, Aug 27- Lower prices should help stimulate oil consumption in advanced economies, restoring some of the demand lost over the last decade, as the cost of crude soared from less than $50 to more than $100 per barrel. Between 2005 and 2014, oil demand in the rich countries of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development fell in seven of the 10...

  • *U.S. billionaire Warren Buffett "jumpstarted" the project. *Kazakhstan suffered from Soviet-era nuclear tests. ASTANA, Aug 27- The International Atomic Energy Agency and Kazakhstan signed an agreement on Thursday to locate the first internationally-controlled bank of low-enriched uranium in the ex-Soviet nation to ensure fuel supplies for power stations...

  • The bus bringing biomass... to the masses Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 4:35 AM ET

    A mobile granulator is helping farmers produce biomass on site - how?

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— Members of a federal cleanup crew were initially trapped and unable to warn downstream communities that they had accidentally unleashed toxic waste water from a Colorado gold mine, according to government documents released Thursday. During that time, a trickle of water started by excavation work at the site grew to a torrent and 3 million...

  • PORTLAND, Ore.— The federal government plans to spend more than $200 million over the next three years on programs to protect greater sage grouse in Western states— regardless of whether the bird receives federal protections, U.S. Nearly half of the roughly $211 million the government plans to invest over the next three years will go toward buying conservation...

  • *U.S. billionaire Warren Buffett "jumpstarted" the project. *Kazakhstan suffered from Soviet-era nuclear tests. ASTANA, Aug 27- The International Atomic Energy Agency and Kazakhstan signed an agreement on Thursday to locate the world's first bank of low-enriched uranium in the ex-Soviet nation to ensure fuel supplies for power stations and prevent nuclear...

  • U.N. chief urges world leaders to speed up climate talks Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 12:27 PM ET

    *Climate talks in Paris aim for global climate deal. PARIS, Aug 26- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon urged world leaders on Wednesday to look beyond their national interests and make sure a global deal to fight climate change is agreed at talks in Paris this year. With just 10 days scheduled for formal negotiations before the climate summit begins in...

  • The nasty truth about stopping '100-year storms' Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 11:29 AM ET
    The reinforced levee stands in the Lower Ninth Ward, on July 22, 2015, in New Orleans.

    The New Orleans levees are better than they were when Katrina struck, but preparing for hurricanes is riddled with uncertainty.

  • Lawmaker sees opening for appeal of $225M Exxon ruling Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 2:06 AM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— While a New Jersey judge approved the state's $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil, he expressed concern over delayed cleanup at a polluted creek, which a state lawmaker says could open up a route to appeal the decision. Raymond Lesniak said he believes Superior Court Judge Michael Hogan's concerns could give him an opportunity to appeal the...

  • Aug 25- A food safety advocacy group sued an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, saying it illegally withheld public information on genetically engineered crops. The lawsuit, brought by the Center for Food Safety against the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, claims the regulator has routinely failed to respond as required to...

  • Aug 25- Exxon Mobil Corp's $225 million settlement with the administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of a longstanding environmental pollution case won approval on Tuesday from a state judge, over the objections of critics who called the accord a sellout. Judge Michael Hogan of the State Superior Court called the accord a "reasonable compromise...

  • The Silverton Board of Trustees and the San Juan County Commission approved a joint resolution Monday to seek the money. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had pushed for 25 years to grant Superfund status to the Gold King mine and other idled 19th century mines leaking heavy metals above Silverton. Local authorities spurned federal intervention,...