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  • LINCOLN, Neb.— The developer of the Keystone XL oil pipeline made good on its promise Tuesday to try to seize access to the Nebraska land it needs to finish the project— the first steps it's taken since the state's high court removed a major legal barrier. TransCanada employees said the company filed legal papers in nine Nebraska counties to invoke eminent domain...

  • NEW ORLEANS— Images of oil-coated birds and testimony about "widespread sociocultural harm" opened the third phase of a trial to establish penalties BP must pay under the federal Clean Water Act for spilling millions of barrels of crude into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.. The pollution caused by the Deepwater Horizon explosion not only killed wildlife, but...

  • NEW ORLEANS, Jan 20- BP Plc will try to whittle away at $13.7 billion in potential fines under the Clean Water Act as the penalty phase starts on Tuesday in its trial over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Several billion dollars in potential fines were avoided on Thursday when U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier put the size of the spill at 3.19 million barrels.

  • GLENDIVE, Mont.— Eastern Montana residents rushed to stock up on bottled water Tuesday after authorities detected a cancer-causing component of oil in public water supplies downstream of a Yellowstone River pipeline spill. Elevated levels of benzene were found in water samples from a treatment plant that serves about 6,000 people in the agricultural...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 20- China's steel production grew at it slowest rate in more than two decades in 2014 as a cooling economy in the world's largest producer curbed demand and the government moved to tackle overcapacity and pollution. The low growth rate suggests China's authorities have had some success in efforts to lower production and close polluting plants,...

  • Jan 19- Bridger Pipeline LLC said on Monday it has shut the 42,000 barrel per day Poplar pipeline system after a weekend breach that sent as much as 1,200 barrels of crude oil into the Yellowstone River near Glendive, Montana. The Poplar system gathers crude from Bakken producers in eastern Montana and North Dakota. Bakken crude narrowed slightly to $5.40 per...

  • Oil spills in Yellowstone River after pipeline leak Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 1:26 PM ET

    Jan 19- Crews worked on Monday to clean up crude oil that spilled in and near the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana even as Bridger Pipeline LLC tried to determine what caused the weekend breach, the Wall Street Journal reported. The Poplar pipeline, which moves crude from Bakken basin to nearby hubs, was last inspected in 2012 and is at least 8 feet below the...

  • GLENDIVE, Mont.— Truckloads of drinking water were being shipped to the eastern Montana city of Glendive on Monday after traces of a major oil spill along the Yellowstone River were detected in public water supplies, raising concerns about a potential health risk. Preliminary tests at the city's water treatment plant indicated that at least some oil got into a...

  • Pope's statement on climate change: 5 things to know Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 10:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Pope Francis, who pledged on the day of his installation as pontiff to make the environment a priority, is drafting a highly anticipated encyclical on ecology and climate change. Francis said last week he wanted the document to be released in time to be read before the next round of U.N. climate treaty talks in Paris at the end of the year.

  • NEW YORK— Conservative distrust of Pope Francis, which has been building in the U.S. throughout his pontificate, is reaching a boiling point over his plan to urge action on climate change— and to do so through a document traditionally used for the most important papal teachings. And he said he wanted his encyclical out in plenty of time to be absorbed before the next...

  • FRANKFURT, Jan 19- Germany's biggest utilities have set aside tens of billions of euros to fund the country's exit from nuclear power from 2022, when the last reactor leaves the grid and the clear-up begins. Germany's "big four"- E.ON, RWE, EnBW and Vattenfall- have piled up 36 billion euros to switch off their nuclear plants by a 2022 deadline, set following the...

  • A solution to food waste, on your phone or tablet Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    A bulldozer pushes trash into piles at the Miramar Landfill in San Diego, California.

    Food waste costs cities and businesses billions in waste management fees. Now, however, there's an app for that.

  • *Experts see IEA's $100 billion estimate as too low. The International Energy Agency said late last year that almost 200 of the 434 reactors in operation around the globe would be retired by 2040, and estimated the cost of decommissioning them at more than $100 billion. The IEA's head of power generation analysis, Marco Baroni, said that even excluding waste...

  • FRANKFURT, Jan 19- Germany's biggest utilities have set aside tens of billions of euros to fund the country's exit from nuclear power from 2022, when the last reactor leaves the grid and the clear-up begins. Germany's "big four"- E.ON, RWE, EnBW and Vattenfall- have piled up 36 billion euros to switch off their nuclear plants by a 2022 deadline, set following the...

  • *Copper consumption in power sector seen up 8.7 pct- Antaike. HONG KONG, Jan 19- Record investment in China's state power grid is set to boost copper consumption in the power sector this year by around 9 percent, a state-backed research firm said on Monday, a positive piece of news for a metal languishing near 5-1/ 2 year lows. "It definitely matters for your outlook on...

  • Pipeline breach spills oil into Yellowstone River Sunday, 18 Jan 2015 | 5:22 PM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— Montana officials said Sunday that an oil pipeline breach spilled up to 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River near Glendive, Montana, but they said they are unaware of any threats to public safety or health. The EPA and state Department of Environmental Quality have responded to the area about 9 miles upriver from Glendive, Parker said.

  • Texas safari club withdraws elephant hunt from auction Saturday, 17 Jan 2015 | 11:05 AM ET

    The Dallas Safari Club plans to auction a 12- day African elephant hunt in Cameroon during its annual three-day convention at a Dallas hotel, a hunt valued in the auction catalog at $20,000. Animal welfare activists plan to picket the convention hotel Saturday, but the safari club's Executive Director Ben Carter says elephants "in fact, are overpopulated in...

  • A State Department official said in an emailed statement that other federal agencies dealing with environment, commerce and other matters were notified Friday that they have a little over two weeks left to weigh in. The bill is now under consideration in the Senate, where Republican and Democratic supporters have said they hope the legislation could win...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 16- Electric utilities in the United States can expect an extra $12 billion a year in annual revenue by 2030 as heat waves increase the demand for air conditioning. Although environmental groups say the SEC has not enforced that requirement rigorously enough, many companies' regulatory filings describe how climate change threatens their...

  • LINCOLN, Neb.— Opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline in Nebraska reignited a legal fight Friday that could delay the entire 1,179- mile project, filing two new lawsuits over its proposed route. The lawsuits came from seven landowners in Holt and York counties who have received written warning that pipeline developer TransCanada plans to file eminent...