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  • NEW ORLEANS— A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit against BP and other companies by three Mexican states over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal upheld a 2013 district court ruling. The courts held that, because Mexico's federal government owns the affected property, the states— Veracruz,...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, May 4- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has cited Plains All American Pipeline LP's Bakersfield crude by rail terminal with a series of violations, according to a notice made public on Monday. The EPA notice does not, however, bring operations at the facility to a halt, noted Elizabeth Forsyth, an attorney with environmental group...

  • At least three water wells in Bradford County, located in the heart of the Marcellus Shale drilling boom, were found to be contaminated with dangerous levels of methane and other substances in 2010. The incident was one of several involving Chesapeake Energy that prompted state environmental regulators to levy a record $1 million fine against the driller in...

  • JORHAT, India, May 5- Usha Ghatowar smiles wryly when asked about the pay she earns picking leaves at a colonial-era tea garden in India's Assam. Scientists say climate change is to blame for uneven rainfall that is cutting yields and lifting costs for tea firms such as McLeod Russel, Tata Global Beverages and Jay Shree Tea. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, whose...

  • Shell's Arctic return faces hurdle at Seattle port Monday, 4 May 2015 | 4:49 PM ET

    May 4- Royal Dutch Shell's quest to return to Arctic drilling for the first time in three years could face delays after Seattle ruled that the city's port must apply for a permit for the company to use it as a hub for drilling rigs. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, a Democrat who has fought against new projects by coal and oil companies, applauded the requirement by the city's...

  • House Speaker Shap Smith said Monday he expects the Legislature to complete its work for the year by May 15 or 16.. Both the House and Senate are pushing small school districts to merge to cut costs— eventually mandating them to do so, but the Senate's process would unfold more slowly. The Senate also disagrees with a House effort to put new caps on spending by local...

  • AUSTIN, Texas— Texas moved Monday to ban its own cities from imposing prohibitions on hydraulic fracturing and other potentially environmentally harmful oil and natural gas drilling activities within their boundaries— a major victory for industry groups and top conservatives who have decried rampant local "overregulation." Lawmakers in America's...

  • TRENTON, N.J.— New Jersey has taken a step toward allowing experimental oyster colony research projects to be placed in polluted waterways to help clean the water, despite concerns by the state Environmental Protection Department that poachers might steal and sell them, potentially sickening customers and damaging the state's $800 million shellfish...

  • SEATTLE— Mayor Ed Murray threw a wrench into plans for a 400- foot oil-drilling rig to arrive in Seattle when he announced Monday that the Port of Seattle can't host Shell's offshore Arctic fleet until it gets a new land-use permit. Royal Dutch Shell PLC has been planning to base its fleet— including a drill rig and two tug boats— at the port's Terminal 5 for six...

  • Sean and Ryan Esmond and their parents fell ill after an applicator working for Terminix used methyl bromide at the resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Their father and mother, Stephen Esmond and Theresa Devine, continue to undergo therapy, said the family's statement, which provided the first update on the family's medical condition in a month.

  • The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control last Friday certified a permit sought by Spectrum GEO. The previous week the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources approved permits for both Spectrum and GX Technology. Regulators in North Carolina found that the testing is consistent with the coastal zone...

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a dispute over a regulation that offers financial incentives to factories, retailers and other large electricity users to reduce their power consumption. The justices agreed to review a lower court ruling that struck down a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rule that requires utilities to pay...

  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday announced up to $235 million in funding for conservation projects to protect water quality and combat the drought that is ravaging parts of the West. The money is the second phase of the Agriculture Department's Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which was created by last year's farm bill.

  • CECO buying PMFG in $145.9M cash-and-stock deal Monday, 4 May 2015 | 7:46 AM ET

    CINCINNATI— CECO Environmental will spend $145.9 million to acquire PMFG as it expands into new applications and growth markets. PMFG Inc. provides engineered equipment for the abatement of air pollution, the separation and filtration of contaminants from gases and liquids, and industrial noise control equipment. CECO will buy all of PMFG's outstanding...

  • BOSTON— Logan International Airport officials have unveiled a plan to cut to carbon emissions, curb energy consumption, and spend millions of dollars to protect runways and terminals from rising seas as part of an effort to address climate change. The Boston Globe reports that the airport plans to cut its carbon emissions 40 percent and energy consumption by...

  • NORMAN, Okla.— Forecasters troubled by the high death count from twisters in Alabama and Joplin, Missouri, four years ago say they must put away their "nerd-speak" and find better ways to communicate if the public is going to react appropriately when bad weather approaches. "We're not giving up," John Murphy, the National Weather Service's chief operating officer,...

  • Working for Buffett is like 'marriage': BNSF chief Saturday, 2 May 2015 | 11:04 AM ET
    Matthew 'Matt' Rose, chairman and chief executive officer of Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC (BNSF).

    BNSF is currently the largest entity in Berkshire Hathaway's portfolio. Is there a lot of pressure when you report to Warren Buffett?

  • Latest 'fix' for California drought: Water by rail Friday, 1 May 2015 | 11:55 AM ET
    Railroad tanker cars

    Experts say the East Coast's plentiful water could cost cents per gallon to Californians and provide a stable, potable water supply.

  • The current coal contract for the San Juan Generating Station expires in 2017. That, along with uncertainty about the plant's ownership, have been sticking points as New Mexico regulators consider plans for closing part of San Juan and shifting to other sources of electricity. "Securing these two agreements provides clear evidence of our ability to execute...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is looking for a little harmony over rules used to enforce a ban on ivory that ended up snagging a pair of teenage bagpipers at the Canadian border. In August, Campbell Webster and Eryk Bean of New Hampshire were returning from a competition in Canada when their pipes were taken. The teenagers contacted New...