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  • Richmond- based Dominion Resources is partnering with other utilities to build the $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would cross the Blue Ridge Mountains to deliver gas from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Friday's rally was organized by the Sierra Club and Friends of Nelson, a group of property owners in Nelson County who live along the proposed...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 23- Issuance of green bonds for companies working on battling climate change are booming, but investors say the label needs safeguards against bogus proposals that could sour retail buyers and wealth advisers just starting to tune into the securities. "The market is at a critical juncture, and it is important that certain standards and certain...

  • The order comes after Bridger Pipeline of Casper, Wyoming, announced plans to bury its line deeper beneath the Yellowstone to protect against future accidents. The Department of Transportation order would make that improvement mandatory and require identical action where the line runs beneath the Poplar River in northeast Montana. The Yellowstone is a...

  • DAVOS, Switzerland— Climate change and poverty took center stage Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where leaders began campaigning in earnest for twin global accords aimed at cooling the planet and easing the suffering of multitudes. French President Francois Hollande, Rwandan President Paul Kagame and U.N. The United Nations' first round of...

  • We're optimistic on climate change: UN  Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 3:15 AM ET

    Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, says world leaders are bullish on climate change and are ready to take action.

  • Hazy skies will serve as the backdrop to meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other officials who are expected to discuss India's biggest environmental woes: Heavy reliance on fossil fuels that has transformed New Delhi into the planet's most polluted capital and made India the third biggest national emitter of greenhouse gases.

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— Earthen barriers have been set up across a creek and water was being tested Thursday around the site of a nearly 3 million-gallon leak of saltwater generated by oil drilling, the largest spill of its kind during North Dakota's current oil rush. Pipeline operator Summit Midstream Partners LLC and state inspectors will keep testing the soil and...

  • BOSTON, Jan 22- Boston's ageing pipeline network leaks about $90 million worth of natural gas each year, marking a sizeable financial loss and a threat to the environment, according to a study released on Thursday by Harvard researchers. "Some 2.7 percent of the gas that is brought to the Boston region never makes it to customers, it escapes into the atmosphere,"...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— Following the largest saltwater spill of North Dakota's current oil boom, Democrats in the state legislature said Thursday they will revisit measures overwhelmingly rejected two years ago that would mandate additional monitoring and safeguards. Cleanup was underway after the spill of nearly 3 million gallons of brine leaked from a pipeline...

  • Senate panel passes energy-efficiency utility bill Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 3:12 PM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS— Major utility companies would be able to develop their own energy-efficiency programs and charge customers to implement them under a bill that cleared a state Senate committee Thursday, but the panel's chairman said the bill still needs a lot of work. "Energizing Indiana was good in the beginning," said committee chairman Sen.

  • Honeymoon ends as Wolf, Senate GOP, spar over nominees Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 11:36 AM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— Two days after the inauguration of Gov. The Democratic chief executive and the Republican-controlled Senate locked horns Thursday after Wolf abruptly fired his Republican predecessor's appointee to head the state Office of Open Records and tried to stop a slew of other eleventh-hour GOP nominees. Corbett announced two weeks ago that he was...

  • Ex-Freedom Industries president faces new fraud charge Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 11:12 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A former Freedom Industries executive charged in a West Virginia chemical spill is facing a new federal fraud charge stemming from the company's bankruptcy. A federal grand jury in Beckley handed up a superseding indictment on Wednesday against former Freedom President Gary Southern and three other former executives.

  • Bill to leave cap-and-trade program sees little support Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 11:07 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— There was little public appetite at a hearing Thursday for a bill that would pull New Hampshire out of a multistate effort to reduce carbon emissions. New Hampshire is one of nine states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a system where each state sells carbon emission allowances to producers. New Hampshire gets about $18...

  • India to push renewable energy drive during Obama visit Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 4:26 AM ET

    WASHINGTON/ NEW DELHI, Jan 22- India will look to the United States for more private sector partnerships and technology to support a drive to expand its use of clean energy, as Washington looks to secure political support for a global climate change deal in 2015.. India will surely be looking for the means to technology transfer to boost renewable energy, "said...

  • Cleanup is underway after nearly 3 million gallons of brine, a salty, toxic byproduct of oil and natural gas production, leaked from a pipeline in western North Dakota, the largest spill of its kind in the state since the current energy boom began. Operator Summit Midstream Partners LLC detected the pipeline spill on Jan. 6, about 15 miles north of Williston and...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— A second large oil spill into Montana's Yellowstone River in less than four years is reviving questions about oversight of the nation's aging pipeline network. Keystone would cross the Yellowstone roughly 20 miles upstream of the Poplar Pipeline spill. In 2011, an ExxonMobil pipeline break spilled 63,000 gallons of oil during flooding on the...

  • US, Cuba address obstacles to resuming diplomatic ties Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 12:18 AM ET

    HAVANA— The United States and Cuba closed two days of historic talks in Havana with some progress toward restoring diplomatic ties after a half-century of estrangement, but sharp differences over the role of human rights in their new relationship. "Cuba has never responded to pressure," Josefina Vidal, Cuba's top diplomat for U.S. affairs, responded.

  • Romney says climate change presents a big challenge to US Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 11:52 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Mitt Romney says one of the biggest challenges facing the country is climate change and that global solutions are needed to combat it. In a speech to an investment management conference Wednesday night in Salt Lake City, the Republican nominee for president in 2012 said that more needs to be done to deal with poverty in America.

  • Questions and answers about oil and gas wastewater spills Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 6:53 PM ET

    Nearly 3 million gallons of briny water generated by crude oil production has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline and reached two creeks, making it the biggest spill of this type of wastewater since the state's Bakken formation oil boom began in 2006.. Here are some questions and answers about oil and gas saltwater spills:. Q: What does this liquid consist of, and...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 21- Responders recovered 240 barrels of oil from a breached pipeline in Montana, despite icy conditions that were slowing down efforts, the Environmental Protection Agency and Bridger Pipeline LLC said Wednesday. The 42,000 barrel-per-day Poplar pipeline system gathers crude from producers in eastern Montana and North Dakota.