Environmental conservation and preservation - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Environmental conservation and preservation EPA allows mine company to pursue permits near Alaska bay JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — In a sharp reversal, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has cleared a way for a company to seek permits to develop a massive copper and gold deposit near the headwaters of a world-class salmon fishery in southwest Alaska. As part of a court settlement with the Pebble Limited Partnership, the EPA agreed to begin the process of w... Sat, 13 May 2017 00:14:00 GMT 2017-05-13T00:14:00Z Name sought for rare albino orangutan rescued in Indonesia JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A conservation group is asking the public to name a rare albino orangutan that was rescued from villagers on Borneo island last month, hoping it will become a symbol of efforts to save the critically endangered species. The 5-year-old female great ape is being kept in a dimly lit quarantine enclosure with round-the-clock veterina... Wed, 10 May 2017 05:35:00 GMT 2017-05-10T05:35:00Z Timber counties struggle to provide services as aid dries up ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — So much timber money once flowed into this rural Oregon county that its leaders set up committees to find ways to spend it. Today, Douglas County's library system is on life support, and its sheriff's department is on track to lose funding. Nearly 30 years after environmental protections slashed logging in federal ... Tue, 09 May 2017 21:50:00 GMT 2017-05-09T21:50:00Z Only 3 people tasked to check on Colorado pipeline safety DENVER (AP) — State records show Colorado has only three people assigned to check on the safety of pipelines running from about 54,000 active oil and gas wells, a task that came under scrutiny after a leaking pipeline was blamed for a fatal house explosion. The Denver Post reported Sunday ( that since 2016, an inspector has checked a... Sun, 07 May 2017 17:44:00 GMT 2017-05-07T17:44:00Z Protections for 27 national monuments may be curtailed, cut WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty-seven national monuments, mostly in the West, face the curtailing or elimination of protections put in place over the past two decades by presidents from both parties, the Interior Department said. President Donald Trump ordered the review last month, saying protections imposed by his three immediate predecessors amounted to "a ma... Sat, 06 May 2017 16:29:00 GMT 2017-05-06T16:29:00Z Nevada biologist sues bear activists for defamation RENO, Nev. (AP) — A longtime Nevada biologist is suing bear protection advocates at Lake Tahoe he accuses of harassing and threatening him through a "vicious and calculated" social media campaign that paints him as a corrupt bear murderer who should be imprisoned — or worse. Carl Lackey, the state wildlife agency's chief intervenor in bear-human conflicts... Sat, 06 May 2017 15:25:00 GMT 2017-05-06T15:25:00Z Leak in line from gas well blamed in fatal Colorado blast FIRESTONE, Colo. (AP) — A home explosion that killed two people in Colorado was caused by odorless, unrefined natural gas leaking from an old pipeline, investigators said Tuesday, prompting the governor to order statewide inspections of similar lines. The underground line was believed to be out of service but was connected to a well within 200 feet (60 me... Wed, 03 May 2017 01:23:00 GMT 2017-05-03T01:23:00Z The Latest: Colorado checks gas lines after fatal explosion FIRESTONE, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on a fatal house explosion in northern Colorado (all times local): 6:05 p.m. Colorado's chief oil and gas regulator says the state doesn't have a complete record of all gas lines in the state like the one blamed for a fatal home explosion. Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission... Wed, 03 May 2017 00:11:00 GMT 2017-05-03T00:11:00Z EPA asks what rules to cut, gets earful about dirty water WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration got an earful Tuesday from people who say federal rules limiting air and water pollution aren't tough enough, even as it was seeking suggestions about what environmental regulations it should gut. The Environmental Protection Agency held a three-hour "virtual listening session" on Tuesday to collect public commen... Tue, 02 May 2017 21:27:00 GMT 2017-05-02T21:27:00Z Thousands brave weather to protest Trump climate policies SEATTLE (AP) — Thousands of people across the U.S. marched in rain, snow and sweltering heat Saturday to demand action on climate change — mass protests that coincided with President Donald Trump's 100th day in office and took aim at his agenda for rolling back environmental protections. At the marquee event, the Peoples Climate March in Washington, D.C.,... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 00:10:00 GMT 2017-04-30T00:10:00Z Robots, high-tech tools join battle against invasive species WASHINGTON (AP) — A robot zaps and vacuums up venomous lionfish in Bermuda. A helicopter pelts Guam's trees with poison-baited dead mice to fight the voracious brown tree snake. A special boat with giant winglike nets stuns and catches Asian carp in the U.S. Midwest. In the fight against alien animals that invade and overrun native species, the weird and ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:31:00 GMT 2017-04-28T21:31:00Z Eagle 'chop shop' case offers window into trafficking trade PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A two-year undercover operation that led to indictments against 15 people for illegally trafficking eagles and other migratory birds offers a rare window into the black market for eagle carcasses, feathers, parts and handicrafts, including one alleged dealer who called himself the "best feather man in the Midwest." The indictments anno... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:58:00 GMT 2017-04-28T18:58:00Z California says oceans could rise higher than thought SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — New climate-change findings mean the Pacific Ocean off California may rise higher, and storms and high tides hit harder, than previously thought, officials said. The state's Ocean Protection Council on Wednesday revised upward its predictions for how much water off California will rise as the climate warms. The forecast helps agencies in the nation's mos... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:20:00 GMT 2017-04-27T22:20:00Z Monument review includes oceans, tribal lands and Sequoias SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump's call to review 24 national monuments established by three former presidents puts in limbo protections on large swaths of land home to ancient cliff dwellings, towering Sequoias, deep, canyons and oceans habitats where seals, whales and sea turtles roam. Trump and other critics say presidents have lost sight o... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:19:00 GMT 2017-04-27T08:19:00Z Wyoming wolf hunts to start again after US court decision CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming will hold a wolf hunt for the first time in four years this fall now that a federal court has lifted endangered species protection for wolves in the state, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department said Wednesday. Planning is now underway for the hunt in northwestern Wyoming, which will probably be similar to the state's last wolf... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:13:00 GMT 2017-04-26T23:13:00Z Trump: national monuments a 'massive federal land grab' WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday directing his interior secretary to review the designation of dozens of national monuments on federal lands, calling the protection efforts "a massive federal land grab" by previous administrations. It was yet another executive action from a president trying to rack up accomplish... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:03:00 GMT 2017-04-26T21:03:00Z What's in a name? Bronx Zoo proudly displays 'snot otters' NEW YORK (AP) — It's a salamander by any other name — and some of those names are comical. The Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo is now proudly displaying two Eastern hellbenders — also known as "devil dogs," ''snot otters" or "old lasagna sides." Eastern hellbenders have flattened heads and bodies, small eyes, and slimy, wrinkl... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:59:00 GMT 2017-04-26T18:59:00Z Dye for mulch leaks from trailer, turning creek bright red LANCASTER, N.Y. (AP) — A mulch dye that leaked from a company's property is being blamed for turning the waters of a western New York creek a bright red. Officials in the town of Lancaster say they were alerted late Tuesday morning that a miles-long stretch of the Scajaquada (skuh-JAK'-kwah-dah) Creek had turned red. The state Departmen... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:50:00 GMT 2017-04-26T16:50:00Z Trump to order review of national monuments WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Wednesday directing his interior secretary to review the designation of tens of millions of acres of land as "national monuments," an action that could upend protections put in place in Utah and other states as Trump tries to rack up accomplishments in his first 100 days. The Antiqu... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:11:00 GMT 2017-04-26T01:11:00Z Court removes obstacle to releasing wolves in New Mexico DENVER (AP) — A federal court on Tuesday removed an obstacle to the U.S. government's plan to release more endangered wolves in New Mexico over the state's objections, but it was not clear whether additional animals would be reintroduced under the Trump administration. The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a temporary order issued by ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:28:00 GMT 2017-04-26T00:28:00Z Toy given to police officer as safety talisman gets to Ohio CINCINNATI (AP) — Police in Ohio have received a stuffed toy given by a child to a Pennsylvania police officer to help keep him safe. The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) reports a stuffed moose called Mr. Moosey has become a traveling protection talisman sent to police and other first responder agencies around the country. ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:05:00 GMT 2017-04-25T22:05:00Z Wild monkey spotted in central Florida neighborhood APOPKA, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials are warning central Florida residents to stay away from wild monkeys after one was spotted in the area. A rhesus monkey was spotted over the weekend in the Orlando suburb of Apopka. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials are asking residents to stay away from the monkey and to ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:59:00 GMT 2017-04-25T19:59:00Z Environmentalists sue government for Lake Erie's toxic algae TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Environmental groups in Ohio and Michigan sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, accusing it of dragging its feet on protecting Lake Erie from harmful algae that have fouled drinking water supplies in recent years. The federal lawsuit said the agency's lack of action is delaying steps that could combat the algae bloo... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:45:00 GMT 2017-04-25T19:45:00Z Trump to sign orders on oil drilling, national monuments WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will sign executive orders this week aimed at expanding offshore oil drilling and reviewing national monument designations made by his predecessors, continuing the Republican's assault on Democratic President Barack Obama's environmental legacy. The orders could expand oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:44:00 GMT 2017-04-24T22:44:00Z Wolf pup born in Missouri offers hope for endangered breed EUREKA, Mo. (AP) — A Mexican wolf born this month at a wildlife center in suburban St. Louis is offering new hope for repopulating the endangered species through artificial insemination using frozen sperm. The Mexican wolf population once roamed Mexico and the western U.S. in the thousands but was nearly wiped out by the 1970s, largely from decades of hun... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:10:00 GMT 2017-04-24T20:10:00Z Study: Whale and boat collisions may be more common PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group of marine scientists says collisions of whales and boats off of the New England coast may be more common than previously thought. The scientists focused on the humpback whale population in the southern Gulf of Maine, a body of water off of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. They found that almost 15 percent of the whales, which come to New... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:21:00 GMT 2017-04-23T14:21:00Z AP Exclusive: Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study WASHINGTON (AP) — Dow Chemical is pushing a Trump administration open to scrapping regulations to ignore the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species. Lawyers representing Dow, whose CEO is a close adviser to Trump, and two other manufacturers of or... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:32:00 GMT 2017-04-20T14:32:00Z Workers relieve pressure on leaking Alaska oil well ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal and state workers have reduced the amount of pressure in an oil well that is misting natural gas on Alaska's frozen North Slope, officials said Sunday. Workers from the Alaska Department of Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Saturday night were able to connect hoses to valves that allow pressure in the well to be red... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 01:35:00 GMT 2017-04-17T01:35:00Z Oil spill reported in Alaska, volume unknown ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A subsidiary of BP is reporting a crude oil spill on Alaska's North Slope. BP Exploration Alaska Inc. told state regulators Friday that oil is spraying from a well onto a pad and possibly onto the snow-covered tundra. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says the spill is ongoing and the volume is... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 22:47:00 GMT 2017-04-14T22:47:00Z EPA head tells coal miners 'regulatory assault is over' SYCAMORE, Pa. (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told dozens of Pennsylvania coal miners Thursday that the "regulatory assault" on their industry is over, and that the environment can be protected without hurting business. "We're going to do it the American way, grow jobs and show the rest of the world how it's done," Pruitt... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 22:37:00 GMT 2017-04-13T22:37:00Z