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1 year 7 months ago

City fracking ban unlikely

COLORADO SPRINGS - Energy companies may soon be drilling for oil and natural gas near Colorado Springs neighborhoods. City Council held a work session Tuesday hear from members of the state oil and gas commission about new environmental restrictions on drilling. Oil companies have expressed interest in drilling wells...

3 years 2 months ago

Deal would speed cuts in western coal pollution

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Aging coal-fired power plants across the West could be forced to install costly pollution control equipment under a new agreement between federal regulators and environmentalists. Many utilities already have cut air emissions in recent years to meet health standards. Next up are even deeper cuts...

3 years 10 months ago

Scientists lower Gulf health grade

Scientists say that six months after the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, damage to the Gulf of Mexico is less dramatic than some had predicted. In an informal Associated Press survey, 35 researchers who study the Gulf lowered their rating of its ecological health by several points....

3 years 10 months ago

State office prefers tweaking Xcel coal plan

The Governor's Energy Office prefers speeding up Xcel Energy's plan to shutter, retrofit or replace some coal-fired power-generating units to help Colorado meet forseeable federal air pollution limits. A new state law required Xcel to submit a plan to significantly cut nitrogen oxide levels by 2017, but the plan...

4 years 1 month ago

Oil spill reaches Lake Pontchartrain

Lake Pontchartrain north of New Orleans is the latest site where oil from the ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico is appeared. The lake was rescued from pollution in 1990s and had once again become a bountiful fishing ground and a popular spot for boating and swimming. ...

4 years 2 months ago

NOAA: Under water oil plumes confirmed

The government says water tests have confirmed underwater oil plumes as far as 142 miles from the BP oil spill, but that concentrations are "very low." NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco said that the tests conducted at three sites by a University of South Florida research vessel confirmed oil as...

4 years 2 months ago

Extensive oil plumes found deep in Gulf

Scientists with the University of South Florida say laboratory tests have confirmed that oil from a spewing Gulf of Mexico well has accumulated in at least two extensive plumes deep underwater. The researchers said in Baton Rouge on Friday that tests confirmed their initial findings that were based on...

4 years 3 months ago

Oil approaches Florida coast

An oil sheen has been confirmed about nine miles off the Florida coast, and officials are saying it could hit the white sands of Pensacola Beach as soon as tomorrow. Escambia County officials have started putting out boom and making other plans for the arrival of the oil. Crude...

4 years 5 months ago

Eco-cruise shows tourists pollution's toll

A new cruise off the Southern California coast has sightseers trading whales and dolphins for smokestacks and oil. The Urban Ocean Boat Cruise run by the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach and Harbor Breeze Cruises aims to show the environmental effects on coasts and harbors of fishing, industry...

4 years 5 months ago

Xcel promises to cut pollution in Colorado

Xcel Energy is promising to cut air pollution over the next seven years. A deal announced Friday by Gov. Bill Ritter, the company and lawmakers will require Xcel to reduce pollutants by retiring or modifying Front Range coal-fired power plants by 2017. The power plants would be replaced by natural...

4 years 6 months ago

Feds outline plan to nurse Great Lakes to health

The Obama administration has developed a five-year blueprint for rescuing the Great Lakes after more than a century of environmental damage. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the document, which Lisa Jackson, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, will release at a news conference Sunday in Washington. It pledges...

4 years 9 months ago

EPA, group look to settle suit over Utah rules

An environmental group and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are seeking to settle a lawsuit aimed at getting Utah to change its air pollution regulations. WildEarth Guardians filed a lawsuit in September challenging Utah's rules, specifically a provision that the group says lets facilities exceed emissions limits when pollution-control...

4 years 11 months ago

Mercury leaking at closed California mine sites

Abandoned mercury mines throughout central California's rugged coastal mountains are polluting the state's major waterways, rendering fish unsafe to eat and risking the health of at least 100,000 impoverished people. But an Associated Press investigation found that the federal government has tried to clean up fewer than a dozen...

4 years 11 months ago

Study: Road salt harming many urban streams

Many urban streams have become salty enough to harm aquatic life, largely because of salt used for deicing roads in the winter, according to a new government study released Wednesday. The U.S. Geological Survey studied urban streams and groundwater for levels of chloride, a component of salt, in 20...

4 years 11 months ago

EPA identifies 79 coal mine permits for review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has identified 79 coal mine permit applications in four Appalachian states for additional scrutiny. The agency said Friday it wants to make certain the proposed surface mines won't cause water pollution and violate the Clean Water Act. The mines are in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio...

4 years 11 months ago

Car dealers appeal ruling on California emissions

Auto dealers and business leaders have appealed a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to allow California to establish the nation's first greenhouse gas standards for cars and trucks. The National Automobile Dealers Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce asked a U.S. appeals court Thursday to review the EPA's...

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