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  • US appeals granting of new trial to ex-BP engineer Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 4:25 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Federal prosecutors are appealing a judge's decision to grant a new trial to a former BP engineer convicted of obstructing justice in an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The notice of appeal in the case of Kurt Mix was filed Friday in U.S. District Court, where Mix was tried, and at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • Appeals court upholds EPA's mining restraints Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 4:21 PM ET

    Under a process set up in 2009, EPA began screening mining permit applications made to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, initiating discussions with the Corps on proposed mining projects that EPA considered likely to damage navigable waters. In 2011, the EPA recommended that states impose more stringent conditions for issuing mining permits.

  • *Germany sees cutting chemical plant emissions as priority. LONDON, July 11- Germany is advancing plans for rich countries to encourage the developing world to cut greenhouse gas emissions by subsidising projects, replacing the funding after a United Nations programme has run out of cash.

  • AG: 'Big Oil' lawsuit supporter's term is over Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 10:41 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says a south Louisiana flood board member who supports the board's environmental lawsuit against the oil and gas industry has reached the end of his term. Caldwell's opinion is that the term of Paul Kemp on the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East ended July 1.

  • Massachusetts Senate OK debate environmental bill Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 9:30 AM ET

    BOSTON— The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously approved a $1.9 billion, four-year environmental bond bill. During Thursday's debate, senators added $200 million to the bill, which was originally $1.7 billion.

  • NC coal ash bill destined for compromise committee Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 9:29 AM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.— A co-author of a Senate bill to clean up coal ash ponds at Duke Energy's North Carolina power plants said Thursday that his chamber would reject the House's competing version of the measure, requiring negotiators to forge a compromise.

  • University of Delaware scraps data center plans Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 9:27 AM ET

    DOVER, Del.— University of Delaware officials said Thursday that they are pulling the plug on plans for development of a data center at the former Chrysler assembly plant site in Newark. The university in 2012 signed a 75- year land lease with TDC that provided for further detailed review by both parties.

  • Iowa ruling gives boost to solar energy expansion Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    "This is an important milestone for solar energy in Iowa," said Rhone Resch, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association in Washington. At issue was whether Eagle Point Solar could enter into an agreement with Dubuque to install solar panels at a city building.

  • Pipeline breach renews call for more monitoring Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 3:25 AM ET

    MANDAREE, N.D.— The snaking, nearly 2- mile trail of saltwater that an underground pipeline spewed in the rugged hills of western North Dakota's badlands left a 200- yard-long stretch of dead vegetation, a company official said, though she added there is no evidence yet that the spill has contaminated a nearby bay.

  • HONG KONG, July 11- China shares edged up early Friday, aided by gains for auto stocks on improved first-half car sales and belief that a government policy promoting "green" vehicles will help in the second half. Hong Kong markets opened lower, following losses overnight on U.S. bourses, then scratched out gains that couldn't be maintained as banks underperformed.

  • Questions and answers about saltwater spills Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 6:37 PM ET

    An estimated 1 million gallons of saltwater generated by oil drilling has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, company and tribal officials say, and federal authorities are investigating whether any of the liquid reached Lake Sakakawea, one of the nation's largest man-made lakes. Here are some questions and answers about the spill and saltwater:.

  • New Jersey appeals on ocean blasting plan Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 4:40 PM ET

    The state Department of Environmental Protection asked the 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for an injunction to block the research, which is strenuously opposed by environmental, fishing and other groups. A federal judge denied New Jersey's request to block the research earlier this week.

  • Kentucky coal group sues TVA over Paradise plant Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 3:33 PM ET

    The Kentucky Coal Association argued in a lawsuit filed Thursday that the TVA did not follow proper federal procedure and its own rules in deciding to close the units at the Paradise Fossil Plant in western Kentucky. Scott Brooks, a TVA spokesman, said Thursday in an email that TVA believes it "fully complied with our obligations on the Paradise decision."

  • WASHINGTON, July 10- The top Democratic and Republican tax writers in the U.S. Senate announced on Thursday a $10.8 billion plan to extend federal funding for transportation projects into the summer of 2015, roughly matching legislation moving through the House of Representatives.

  • NEW YORK, July 10- A federal appeals court in New York has revived claims by 211 cleanup workers who sought compensation for their alleged exposure to toxic contaminants in buildings near the World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

  • House, Senate committees advance highway aid plans Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 12:15 PM ET

    Dave Camp, R- Mich., that cobbles together $11 billion in pension tax changes, customs fees and money from a fund to repair leaking underground fuel storage tanks to shore up the federal Highway Trust Fund through May 2015. In the Senate, the Finance Committee, also on a voice vote, approved a compromise worked out between the committee's chairman, Sen.

  • LONDON, July 10- Fossil fuels will remain an indispensable part of the global energy supply for at least the next 50 years, so a means must be found to burn them without pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

  • ANALYSIS-Falling gas prices threaten LNG export projects Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 10:45 AM ET

    *EU price premium over North America down 77 pct this year. Asian spot prices have also come off sharply this year, shedding over 40 percent in value as demand growth slowed and new supplies in the Pacific region became available, although prices remain almost twice as high as in Britain and around three times as expensive as in North America.

  • Cleanup area extends nearly 2 miles after ND spill Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 3:41 AM ET

    MANDAREE, N.D.— Officials are assessing a spill of oil-drilling saltwater from a North Dakota pipeline to ensure none of the brine affected the lake an American Indian reservation uses for drinking water, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday. EPA said most of the spill was pooled on the ground, soaked into the soil and held behind beaver dams.

  • US, China talk cyberhacking amid new allegations Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 3:37 AM ET

    BEIJING— China and the United States on Thursday promised closer cooperation on climate change and North Korea, although China warned the U.S. not to take sides on its maritime disputes with Asian neighbors. Secretary of State John Kerry said the two sides discussed ways to persuade North Korea to give up nuclear weapons.