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  • *Poland leads objections, but not alone. BRUSSELS, Oct 22- EU leaders face hours of haggling as they seek to agree on a new decade of climate and energy policy at talks beginning on Thursday, with nations from Poland to Portugal threatening to block a deal. Poland, whose economy depends on highly polluting coal, has always been at the forefront of objectors, but...

  • BEIJING, Oct 22- China's central bank is likely hold its line against an interest rate cut even as growth slows to a quarter-century trough, as the politics of reform influence the conduct of monetary policy, government sources involved in internal policy discussions say. The People's Bank of China faces growing pressure to cut interest rates to support growth,...

  • Legal petition seeks NY ban on outdated rail cars Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 2:12 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— A coalition of environmental groups and city residents filed a legal petition on Tuesday seeking a ban on older model rail tanker cars carrying volatile crude oil from North Dakota to the Port of Albany, citing their history of rupturing and exploding in a series of catastrophic derailments. Port facilities owned by Houston- based Buckeye Partners...

  • EU antitrust watchdog eyes DuPont, Honeywell Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 12:29 PM ET

    DOVER, Del.— The DuPont Co. and Honeywell International may be violating antitrust rules in their cooperative venture to supply the only automotive air-conditioning refrigerant that meets European standards for greenhouse gas emissions, regulators said Tuesday. DuPont, based in Wilmington, Delaware, and Honeywell, based in Morristown, New Jersey, created a...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 21- U.S. firm Honeywell International Inc's joint venture with chemicals company DuPont to produce a new refrigerant for car air conditioning systems to meet new environmental rules may be anti-competitive, the European Commission said on Tuesday, following a near-three year probe. When Honeywell and Dupont announced a joint venture to...

  • Coos Bay landslide cleanup deal reached Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    COOS BAY, Ore.— A legal path has been cleared for hundreds of tons of landslide debris to be removed from a waterway near Coos Bay that is home to federally protected coho salmon and green sturgeon. In April 2012, a massive slide caused by a home-improvement project sent mud, rock, tree limbs and other debris into Coalbank Slough, which feeds into Isthmus Slough, which...

  • The Government Accountability Office also recommended that the U.S. Department of Energy review the size of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to ensure it remains appropriate as net oil imports fall. GAO's enormous influence and professional prestige is most likely the reason it was asked to do the study by Senator Lisa Murkowski, the top-ranked Republican...

  • VANCOUVER, Oct 21- A Western Canadian pipeline once seen as the best near-term hope for sending more of the country's controversial tar sands crude to Asia has hit another snag: aboriginal communities intent on using the courts to block the proposed expansion. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners' C $5.4 billion Trans Mountain expansion would twin a 60- year-old line...

  • OSLO, Oct 20- The United States and European Union want the U.N. to stress the low cost of fighting climate change in a draft handbook on the issue that it is compiling, a leaked document showed on Tuesday. The United States wants the handbook to do more to show that the costs of action "will be almost insignificant relative to projected growth," the document showed.

  • SC hopes for deeper Charleston Harbor by 2020 Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 5:54 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, S.C.— The South Carolina Ports Authority hopes the deepening of the Charleston Harbor shipping channel can be completed by the end of the decade, a top agency executive told those gathered Tuesday at a public meeting on the proposed $500 million project. Dozens of people attended the meeting called by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to gather public...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 20- U.S. officials will examine how to boost efficiency of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve now that domestic energy production is booming, according to a letter from a Department of Energy official. "DOE believes that a broad, long-range strategic review of the SPR needs to be accomplished," Christopher Smith of the DOE Office of Fossil Energy,...

  • The U.S. Department of Energy is expected to release a report in late October that will help assess whether domestic gasoline prices would rise if Congress or the Obama administration lifted the 40- year ban on crude oil exports. Congress mandated the oil export ban following the Arab oil embargo of the 1970 s, which sent shock waves through energy markets and...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 20- The U.S. Department of Energy is expected to release a report in late October that will help assess whether domestic gasoline prices would rise if Congress or the Obama administration lifted the 40- year ban on crude oil exports. Congress mandated the oil export ban following the Arab oil embargo of the 1970 s, which sent shock waves through...

  • New atlas will help find 'gaps' in crop production Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 2:45 PM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.— A new mapping tool unveiled Monday and developed by the University of Nebraska and other project partners could help boost global crop production while conserving land and water. The Global Yield Gap Atlas allows farmers, governments and businesses to estimate the "gap" between potential and actual crop yields based on plant, soil and climate data...

  • A year later, cleanup still going for ND oil spill Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 2:28 PM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— One year after a pipeline rupture flooded a wheat field in northwestern North Dakota with more than 20,000 barrels of crude, Tesoro Corp. is still working around the clock cleaning up the oil spill— one of the largest to happen onshore in U.S. history. Cleanup costs have soared from the company's original estimate of $4 million to a forecast of more...

  • Report on whistleblower is inconclusive Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 11:52 AM ET

    SPOKANE, Wash.— The U.S. Department of Energy's inspector general on Monday said it could not determine if a whistleblower on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was fired for raising safety concerns because two contractors failed to provide all the documents needed in the investigation. Donna Busche was fired in February after raising questions about the...

  • Justices won't revive Louisiana parish claims Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 9:54 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from 11 Louisiana parishes that wanted to revive their lawsuits over wildlife damage from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.. The lawsuits were filed by Plaquemines, Orleans, St. Bernard, Lafourche, Terrebonne, St. Charles, Jefferson, Iberia, St. Mary, St. Tammany and Cameron parishes.

  • Australia has previously floated ambitious plans to use dams and irrigation to develop marginal land in the outback, but financial and environmental constraints meant it has not built a major new dam in decades. Australia is considering some level of investment in 28 potential projects, with six irrigation projects in Tasmania and Victoria seen as the most...

  • Crews begin demolition of Packard plant in Detroit Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 12:35 PM ET

    DETROIT— Demolition started Friday on a section of the massive and crumbling Detroit Packard auto factory complex— a symbol of the city's blight and past manufacturing glory. Peruvian developer Fernando Palazuelo bought the 40- acre site last year for $405,000 at a Wayne County tax foreclosure auction. Palazuelo told The Associated Press in June that the...

  • SANTIAGO, Oct 17- The shine may soon come off Chile's decade-long copper boom as technical and regulatory problems in getting new mines into production highlight just how hard it will be to keep ratcheting up the supply. Chile is expected to produce a record 5.83 million tonnes of copper this year, rising to 6.23 million next year, state copper commission...