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Climate change lawsuit by 21 youths takes big step forward

Climate change lawsuit by 21 youths takes big step forward

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The federal government and big energy companies lost an important round Friday in their effort to block a climate change lawsuit by young plaintiffs who contend the U.S. is failing to protect them from the harmful effects of greenhouse gas emissions. U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin in Eugene rejected motions by the U.S. government and trade ...

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Study: Farms, hydropower at risk in West’s changing climate

Study: Farms, hydropower at risk in West's changing climate

DENVER (AP) — Climate change could upset the complex interplay of rain, snow and temperature in the West, hurting food production, the environment and electrical generation at dams, the federal government warned Tuesday. Some areas could get more rain and less snow, reducing the snowmelt flowing into reservoirs in the summer when farmers need it to irrigate, the U.S. Bureau ...

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Company sues feds over funds for Gulf oil leak

Company sues feds over funds for decade-old Gulf oil leak

The company responsible for a continuing oil leak that began a decade ago in the Gulf of Mexico is suing the federal government to recover more than $400 million that the company set aside for work to end the leak. New Orleans-based Taylor Energy Company’s lawsuit, filed Monday in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, says the government violated a ...

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Judge blocks federal oil, gas drilling rules pending lawsuit

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has blocked new nationwide regulations for oil and gas drilling on federal lands while a lawsuit moves forward. The order Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl in Casper, Wyoming, means the already postponed rules might not take effect for years, even if they’re ultimately upheld. The federal government announced the rules in March. ...

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EDITORIAL: Maine and Vermont’s Yankee connection: Nuclear shutdown, natural gas, dry casks

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After a 42-year run, the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor stopped sending electricity into the region’s grid on Monday. The reactor’s shutdown has implications for Maine’s electric ratepayers since it accelerates New England’s growing dependence on a single source — natural gas — for electricity, a phenomenon that has meant higher electricity prices this winter. And as attention shifts to the ...

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Federal government limits drilling in national forest

DENVER — The federal government is prohibiting energy exploration in most of the White River National Forest. A new document from the Forest Service limits exploration to less than one-tenth of the 2.2 million acre forest. The government says more than 1 million acres are not suitable for energy exploration anyway. The remaining million acres are being protected. That’s a ...

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Federal judge orders U.S. gov’t to pay over $800k in BP trial costs

Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media A federal judge in New Orleans has ruled that the federal government pay $839,581 in court fees for the civil trial against BP following the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. The ruling, issued Monday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally Shushan, mandated these fees be paid because of the government’s participation during the first and ...

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West’s largest coal-fired plant on track to close

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Felicia Fonseca | Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and is on track to cease operations in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut haze-causing emissions of nitrogen oxide at places like the Grand Canyon. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday ...

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U.S. plan to explore for Atlantic oil assailed

James M. O’Neill | The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) The Obama administration took a big step Friday toward reopening the Atlantic coast to exploration for oil and gas – a move that was attacked by environmentalists and political leaders in New Jersey. On Friday, the federal government approved the use of sonic cannons to discover deposits under the ocean floor by ...

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