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  • April 18- The Obama administration said on Friday it would extend the period of time for federal agencies to weigh in on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, giving no new deadline.

  • Keystone pipeline decision delayed Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 3:04 PM ET
    Pipe is stacked at the southern site of the Keystone XL pipeline in Cushing, Oklahoma.

    The Keystone XL pipeline government comment period has been extended, a move that likely postpones a final decision until after the mid-term elections.

  • Judge strikes down part of Minnesota energy law Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 2:50 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— A federal judge ruled Friday that part of a Minnesota law designed to promote the use of renewable energy is unconstitutional because it attempts to control business that takes place outside state borders— and she barred Minnesota officials from enforcing it.

  • US puts off decision on Keystone XL pipeline Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 2:48 PM ET

    In a surprise announcement Friday as Washington was winding down for Easter, the State Department said federal agencies will have more time to weigh in on the politically fraught decision— but declined to say how much longer.

  • Ranchers, Klamath tribes sign deal to share water Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 2:07 PM ET

    Cattle ranchers and American Indian tribes long at odds over scarce water in Oregon's Upper Klamath Basin signed an agreement Friday to share access to rivers and cooperate on restoring habitat for endangered fish the tribes hold sacred.

  • Appeals court rejects challenge on cement plants Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 12:28 PM ET

    The Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental groups had argued that the standard weakened an earlier EPA rule for cement plants that the industry had successfully challenged. The appeals court found the earlier rule from 2010 to be arbitrary and capricious and returned it to the EPA for redrafting, resulting in the latest decision.

  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a challenge by environmental groups, including the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club, which said the emissions standards were not stringent enough.

  • Largest US solar farm on Superfund site now online Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:45 AM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS— The nation's largest solar farm built atop a federal Superfund site is now generating power on a tract of land in Indianapolis tainted by a long-shuttered plant's wood-treating operations.

  • WASHINGTON, April 18- A U.S. appeals court on Friday largely upheld new emissions standards aimed at curbing pollution from the nation's cement plants. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a challenge by environmental groups that the emissions standards were not stringent enough.

  • *BP pays billions in compensation but some claims still unpaid. April 18- Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and some islanders are fed up with hearing from BP that the crisis is over.

  • BEIJING, April 18- China has launched an intense media campaign to defend the safety of producing a chemical used to make polyester fibre, as public opposition to new petrochemical plants threatens to disrupt expansion plans by state energy giants such as Sinopec Corp..

  • China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:28 PM ET

    BEIJING— Nearly one-fifth of China's farmland is polluted, mostly from yearslong accumulations of toxins from factories, mining and agriculture, the government said, raising sharp concerns about the country's food safety after years of unbridled industrialization.

  • DeFazio tours abandoned mine Superfund site Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 7:52 PM ET

    DeFazio, D- Ore., said the Formosa Mine, which is on federal and private land outside Riddle, illustrates what is wrong about the 1872 Mining Act: the Canadian companies that reopened the mine in the 1990 s have disappeared; the bond put up for cleanup was nowhere near enough to cover the true costs; and the federal government never got a penny in royalties.

  • NEW YORK, April 17- Steve Farris runs a $33 billion Texas oil and gas company and turns, for advice, to a bearded Vermont environmentalist. These draw representatives from mainstream investment firms like T. Rowe Price, Gabelli& Co and Morgan Stanley& Co..

  • Lowe's agrees to minimize lead dust, pay fine Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 1:34 PM ET

    As part of the deal announced by the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency, the North Carolina- based home improvement retailer also pledged to adopt a compliance program for dealing with lead paint during the renovation programs offered through its more than 1,700 stores.

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- A former 20- year veteran of BP plc who oversaw the company's cleanup efforts from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will pay more than $224,000 to settle civil charges alleging he used non-public information about the disaster to commit insider-trading, U.S. regulators said on Thursday.

  • Green UK lawmaker cleared over fracking protest Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:46 AM ET

    LONDON— Britain's only Green Party lawmaker has been acquitted of charges stemming from her participation in a protest against shale gas extraction. Caroline Lucas was arrested in August after she and other demonstrators linked arms outside a fracking site near the southern English village of Balcombe.

  • Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 7:52 AM ET

    PARIS— Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press.

  • China govt survey shows 16 pct of its soil is polluted Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 7:01 AM ET

    BEIJING, April 17- A nationwide investigation has shown that as much as 16 percent of China's soil contains higher-than-permitted levels of pollution, the environment ministry said on Thursday.

  • China to appeal WTO rare earth ruling Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 2:12 AM ET

    BEIJING, April 17- China said on Thursday it would appeal against a World Trade Organization ruling that found it violated global trade rules with its export limits on rare earth minerals used in defence and technology products. China lost a WTO dispute in March, handing Europe and the United States a victory over what they see as China's unfair trade practices.

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