Environmental activism - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Environmental activism 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 Environmentalists triumph as Senate upholds drilling rule WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmentalists notched a rare win in the Republican-led Senate on Wednesday as a GOP effort to reverse an Obama-era rule restricting harmful methane emissions unexpectedly failed. The 51-49 vote against the repeal measure was a blow to the fossil-fuel industry and groups linked to the conservative Koch Brothers, which had waged a publ... Thu, 11 May 2017 03:30:00 GMT 2017-05-11T03:30:00Z Gov't to begin seismic surveys in Atlantic in drilling push WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Wednesday it is moving forward on seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean, the first step toward offshore drilling in a region where it has been blocked for decades. The Interior Department said it is reviewing six applications by energy companies that were rejected by the Obama administration. Environmental g... Wed, 10 May 2017 22:21:00 GMT 2017-05-10T22:21:00Z Friends, foes of national monument jockey for Zinke's ear MONTICELLO, Utah (AP) — Fifth-generation Utah rancher Bruce Adams enjoyed a prime seat next to U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke as he toured a national monument created on land in Utah that Adams' ancestors helped settle in 1879. Adams, a county commissioner, joined Zinke on a horseback ride and a helicopter ride, describing the landscape of Bears Ears ... Wed, 10 May 2017 00:35:00 GMT 2017-05-10T00:35:00Z Environmental groups sue EPA over rollback of pollution rule WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmentalists and public health advocates are going to court to fight the Trump administration's move to rewrite Obama-era rules limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants. A coalition of about a dozen groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District... Wed, 03 May 2017 20:34:00 GMT 2017-05-03T20:34:00Z Trump to sign order aimed at expanding offshore drilling WASHINGTON (AP) — Working to dismantle his predecessor's environmental legacy, President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Friday that could lead to the expansion of drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. With one day left to rack up accomplishments before he reaches his 100th day in office, Trump will order his interior secretary to revi... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 01:29:00 GMT 2017-04-28T01:29:00Z 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 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 EPA chief makes first Superfund site visit with Indiana stop EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency toured an Indiana public-housing complex on Wednesday where roughly 1,000 people were ordered evacuated because of lead contamination, his first visit to a Superfund site that some environmental advocates called a major leadership test. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt joined Indiana ... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:15:00 GMT 2017-04-19T22:15:00Z Leak raises concerns about aging Alaska seafloor pipelines ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's picturesque Cook Inlet is home to endangered beluga whales and wild salmon — and a spider web of oil and natural gas pipelines on the sea floor, many of them placed there five decades ago. Cook Inlet's petroleum production is often overshadowed by Alaska's giant North Slope oil fields, but the inlet is in the spotlight as... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 20:16:00 GMT 2017-04-13T20:16:00Z Warnings but no action preceded deadly flood in Colombia MOCOA, Colombia (AP) — People were caught off guard when a devastating flash flood surged through a small city in southern Colombia, but not everyone was surprised. Government agencies, land use experts, and environmental organizations had said for years that Mocoa could face dangerous flooding. Many who lived in the most vulnerable areas were aware of the warnings, even if ... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 22:17:00 GMT 2017-04-05T22:17:00Z Nature groups want role in suit challenging marine monument PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Environmental groups that want to save a marine monument created by former President Barack Obama in the Atlantic Ocean off New England's coast are asking to intervene in a federal lawsuit that challenges its creation. They say the nearly 5,000-square-mile monument area has "extraordinary scientific and ecological importance," inclu... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT 2017-03-30T19:03:00Z Environmental groups challenge Keystone XL pipeline approval OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A coalition of environmental groups challenged the federal permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline in court on Thursday because they say additional environmental scrutiny is needed. The Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and other groups say the initial environmental review completed in 2014 is inadequate and outdated, and t... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:20:00 GMT 2017-03-30T18:20:00Z EPA denies petition to ban pesticide used on crops WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump Administration on Wednesday denied a petition by environmental groups that sought to ban a common pesticide used on citrus fruits, apples, cherries and other crops, reversing a push by the Obama administration to revoke all uses of the pesticide on food after a government review concluded it could harm children's brains. In ann... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 03:51:00 GMT 2017-03-30T03:51:00Z Ban sought for cyanide trap that hurt Idaho boy, killed dog BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Environmental groups have petitioned the U.S. Agriculture Department to ban its use of cyanide-ejecting devices aimed at killing coyotes after one went off near a boy and his dog earlier this month, killing the dog. The petition filed late Tuesday by the Western Watersheds Project and other groups starts a formal process to prevent the... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:49:00 GMT 2017-03-29T22:49:00Z Environmental groups file lawsuit over Trump climate actions CHICAGO (AP) — Environmental groups that vowed to fight President Donald Trump's efforts to roll back his predecessor's plans to curb global warming made good on their promise Wednesday, teaming up with an American Indian tribe to ask a federal court to block an order that lifts restrictions on coal sales from federal lands. The Interior Department last y... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:26:00 GMT 2017-03-29T22:26:00Z Trump, in break from other world leaders, digs in on coal WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring an end to what he's called "the war on coal," President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that eliminates numerous restrictions on fossil fuel production, breaking with leaders across the globe who have embraced cleaner energy sources. The order makes good on Trump's campaign pledge to unravel former President Bara... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:21:00 GMT 2017-03-29T00:21:00Z Trump takes aim at Obama's efforts to curb global warming WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving forward with a campaign pledge to unravel former President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to curb global warming, President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday that will suspend, rescind or flag for review more than a half-dozen measures in an effort to boost domestic energy production in the form of fossil fuels. As p... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:01:00 GMT 2017-03-28T12:01:00Z California air regulators vote to keep tough fuel standards RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — California air regulators voted Friday to keep the state's tough vehicle emissions standards through 2025. The state Air Resources Board voted unanimously at a meeting in Riverside to continue with the standards for 2022 to 2025 after reaching a conclusion similar to one by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama administration. ... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:39:00 GMT 2017-03-24T22:39:00Z Trump OKs Keystone pipeline, calling it 'great day' for jobs WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump greenlighted the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring it a "great day for American jobs" and siding with energy advocates over environmental groups in a heated debate over climate change. The presidential permit comes nearly a decade after Calgary-based TransCanada applied to build the $8 billion ... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:33:00 GMT 2017-03-24T21:33:00Z AP sources: US to approve Keystone XL pipeline WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, senior U.S. officials say, ending years of delay for a project that has served as a flashpoint in the national debate about climate change. The State Department will recommend the pipeline is in U.S. interests, clearing the way for the White House to grant a presid... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:32:00 GMT 2017-03-24T07:32:00Z Report: Climate outlook improves as fewer coal plants built BEIJING (AP) — Led by cutbacks in China and India, construction of new coal-fired power plants is falling worldwide, improving chances climate goals can be met despite earlier pessimism, three environmental groups said Wednesday. A joint report by the groups CoalSwarm, the Sierra Club and Greenpeace follows a warning this week by two international agencie... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 02:41:00 GMT 2017-03-22T02:41:00Z Trump fuel economy move sets up fight with Calif., NY DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump's decision to re-examine Obama-era rules that govern automobile gas mileage could be the first round of a potentially bruising political fight: revoking the ability of California and other Democratic-leaning states to set their own, tougher car-emission standards. Environmental groups are preparing for the clash, whic... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:55:00 GMT 2017-03-15T22:55:00Z Court rules to lift federal protections for Wyoming wolves A U.S. appeals court on Friday ruled to lift protections that kept gray wolves an endangered species in Wyoming for years after federal officials removed packs in neighboring states from that list. The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia doesn't take effect immediately, however. Environmental groups that want to keep the protections in place will... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 23:40:00 GMT 2017-03-03T23:40:00Z AP Explains: Trump executive order on water protection President Donald Trump has ordered federal agencies to rewrite an Obama administration rule that would shield many wetlands and small streams from development and pollution. Trump promised during his campaign to withdraw the measure, describing it as a classic case of federal overreach. Environmental groups say they'll fight in court to protect the rule. The likely outcome i... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 20:13:00 GMT 2017-03-01T20:13:00Z Alaska underwater gas leak continues, 2nd group to sue ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A second environmental group has given formal notice that it will sue the owner of an underwater pipeline spewing natural gas into Alaska's Cook Inlet. The inlet is home to endangered beluga whales, salmon and other fish. Gas since at least Feb. 7 has bubbled from an 8-inch pipeline owned by Hilcorp Alaska LLC. The pipeline moves processed natural ga... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:40:00 GMT 2017-02-28T23:40:00Z Trump orders review of Obama rule protecting small streams WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed an executive order mandating a review of an Obama-era rule aimed at protecting small streams and wetlands from development and pollution, fulfilling a campaign promise while earning the ire of environmental groups. The order, signed at the White House Tuesday, instructs the Environmental Protection Agenc... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:40:00 GMT 2017-02-28T23:40:00Z New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey environmental regulators on Friday approved a hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through a federally protected forest preserve amid raucous protests that included drums, tambourines and choruses of "This Land Is Your Land." The 15-member New Jersey Pinelands Commission voted to approve a plan by South Je... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:32:00 GMT 2017-02-24T21:32:00Z Water regulators for Philly, NYC mum on gas drilling talks Environmental groups and anti-drilling residents fear regulators are taking steps to lift a seven-year moratorium on natural gas development near the Delaware River, whose watershed supplies Philadelphia and half the population of New York City. They may or may not have anything to worry about. The Delaware River Basin Commission, the agency that monitors... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:16:00 GMT 2017-02-20T16:16:00Z