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  • BILLINGS, Mont.— Oil pipeline accidents have become increasingly frequent in the U.S. as Congress pushes for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline— a project that would pass near the spot where 30,000 gallons of crude spilled into Montana's Yellowstone River earlier this month. Yet in the politically charged debate over Keystone, its detractors aren't the only...

  • Rick Nolan, who represents northeastern Minnesota's Iron Range, applies to processing plants at the United Taconite, Hibbing Taconite and Minorca mines in Minnesota, and the Tilden mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. EPA spokeswoman Phillippa Cannon said Wednesday that an official notice would be published in the Federal Register in the next few days,...

  • SEATTLE— A plan to allow Royal Dutch Shell PLC to use Seattle's waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic drilling fleet is drawing opposition from environmental groups that say it's not consistent with the region's environmental goals. Several state and national groups, and local city leaders on Wednesday urged the Port of Seattle to halt lease negotiations...

  • FACT CHECK: Both sides in Keystone XL debate bend facts Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 4:39 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes. But a March 2013 analysis by the State Department concluded that the tar sands...

  • The lawsuits, filed in federal court in the District of Columbia, say the EPA has not responded to petitions filed in 2009 and 2011 by the Environmental Integrity Project and the Humane Society of the United States. The lawsuits say the EPA failed to take action and ask it to respond to the petitions within 90 days, Environmental Integrity Project attorney Tarah...

  • MARSHFIELD, Mass., Jan 28- Ocean Street in the waterfront Massachusetts town of Marshfield was littered with lobster traps, downed wires and chunks of houses on Wednesday, after a massive blizzard hammered New England. Notably absent was much of the 2 feet of snow that blanketed much of the Boston area, since for much of the storm, Ocean Street was under water because...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— A pipeline that ruptured recently in North Dakota and spilled nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater produced during oil drilling wasn't inspected by the state before being installed, according to state regulators. Alison Ritter, a spokeswoman for the North Dakota Industrial Commission, which oversees the state's oil and gas industry, said...

  • *Scotland blocks new permits for fracking. LONDON, Jan 28- Scotland on Wednesday blocked the granting of permits for fracking and a local English council delayed a decision on two projects, casting doubt on British Prime Minister David Cameron's shale gas ambitions. Scotland, estimated to have around 80 trillion cubic metres of shale gas resources- enough to...

  • Trade union turns lights off on French prime minister Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 12:42 PM ET

    PARIS, Jan 28- An inquiry was under way on Wednesday after French trade unionists turned the lights off on a keynote speech by Prime Minister Manuel Valls in protest at planned energy reforms. The mines and energy federation of France's militant CGT union said in a statement it supported the action. France's energy reforms have a wider purpose, aiming to boost the...

  • Unions turn lights off on French prime minister Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 12:40 PM ET

    PARIS, Jan 28- An inquiry was under way on Wednesday after French trade unionists turned the lights off on a keynote speech by Prime Minister Manuel Valls in protest at planned energy reforms. The mines and energy federation of France's militant CGT union said in a statement it supported the action. France's energy reforms have a wider purpose, aiming to boost the...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., Jan XX- North Dakota's oil industry is pushing to change the state's radioactive waste disposal laws as part of a broad effort to conserve cash as oil prices tumble. That's because rules prohibit North Dakota landfills from accepting anything but miniscule amounts of radiation. But the oil industry says allowing North Dakota's landfills to...

  • NY adopts regulations for liquefied natural gas facilities Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 10:19 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— New York state has adopted regulations covering fueling and storage facilities for liquefied natural gas, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced Wednesday. The safety regulations will allow liquefied gas storage facilities in New York for the first time since 1973, when the state imposed a moratorium...

  • LONDON, Jan 28- A local English government council has delayed a decision on whether shale gas firm Cuadrilla can progress with two fracking projects in a test case showing the challenges facing the industry in Britain. The vote over what could be Britain's first shale-producing wells has been closely watched by the industry and environmental campaigners as...

  • UK council defers controversial shale gas permits Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 7:21 AM ET

    LONDON, Jan 28- A local English government council has voted to delay a decision on whether shale gas firm Cuadrilla can progress with two fracking projects, in a case that is being closely watched by the industry and environmental campaigners. Cuadrilla's projects near Blackpool in north west England are expected to become Britain's first shale gas...

  • Creating an old-girls network in Silicon Valley Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 AM ET

    Jan 28- Thanks to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and her mega-bestselling book, Lean In, the gender-disparity debate has been front and center for years now in Silicon Valley. "Work your relationships," says Lisa Lambert, a VP with Intel Corp.' s venture-capital unit. She has launched a new chapter in Israel, and plans four more this year, in Bangalore; London; Austin, Texas;...

  • SYDNEY, Jan 28- An Australian state government on Wednesday suspended AGL Energy Ltd's licence to operate a pilot coal seam gas field after banned chemicals were found in water supplies. The New South Wales state government has launched an investigation into the energy company's operations after it announced on Tuesday it would voluntarily suspend work at...

  • OTTAWA, Jan 27- If Canada's opposition Liberals win the election set for this October they would be able to boost spending on their priorities without necessarily running a budget deficit, party leader Justin Trudeau told Reuters on Tuesday. Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives, who have been in power since early 2006, portray management of the...

  • Gov. Inslee's cap-and-trade plan makes polluters pay Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 12:47 PM ET

    About three dozen people from across the state testified before the House Environment Committee on a bill to cap the overall amount of carbon emissions in the state and require major polluters to pay for each metric ton of carbon released. Joe Fitzgibbon, D- Burien, who chairs the committee, said the impacts of climate change are real and the state can't afford to...

  • Orange County, Ca. Jan 27- Welcome to the utility industry's future- or at least that's what Southern California Edison is hoping. Here in a non-descript, 53,500- square-foot building, the $12 billion utility's research team is testing everything from charging electronic vehicles via cell phone to devices that smooth out the power created by rooftop solar...

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration floated a plan Tuesday that for the first time would open up a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast to drilling, even as it moved to restrict drilling indefinitely in environmentally-sensitive areas off Alaska. The proposal envisions auctioning areas located more than 50 miles off Virginia, North and South Carolina, and...