Energy and utilities regulation

June 17, 2019 - 2:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sided with the state of Virginia on Monday, finding nothing improper about its decades-old ban on mining radioactive uranium. The owners of a massive deposit of radioactive uranium, the largest known in the United States, challenged that ban, which has prevented...
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June 17, 2019 - 11:59 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court has fined oil giant Shell 2.5 million euros ($2.8 million) for breaching Dutch labor and environmental laws in a case linked to two explosions and a gas leak at a chemical plant south of Rotterdam. The East Brabant court ruled Monday that Shell did not...
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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, file photo, smoke billows from the site of a gas well fire near Quinton, Okla. A federal report says the explosion and fire that killed five workers at the southeastern Oklahoma natural gas well in 2018 was caused by the failure of blowout prevention devices and other factors. (Kevin Harvison/The McAlester News-Capital via AP, File)
June 12, 2019 - 12:25 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The failure of safety devices designed to prevent blowouts contributed to an explosion and fire that killed five workers last year at a southeastern Oklahoma natural gas well, according to a federal agency's report Wednesday that also lists inadequate training and a deactivated...
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FILE - This Sept. 13, 2012, file photo shows the San Onofre nuclear power plant along the Pacific Ocean coastline in San Onofre, Calif. Southern California's San Onofre nuclear power plant was permanently closed in 2013, but the site remains home to 3.5 million pounds of nuclear waste that has nowhere else to go. Members of a House subcommittee held a hearing Friday, June 7, 2019, not far from the defunct plant to highlight the urgency behind efforts to build a long-term national repository for used radioactive fuel, a proposal that has languished for decades in Washington. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
June 07, 2019 - 10:04 pm
LAGUNA NIGEL, Calif. (AP) — Southern California's San Onofre nuclear power plant was permanently closed in 2013, but the site remains home to 3.5 million pounds (1.59 million kilograms) of nuclear waste that has nowhere else to go. Members of a House subcommittee held a hearing Friday not far from...
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FILE - In this Jan 7, 2019, file photo, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham speaks at a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M. Lujan Grisham is opposed to plans by a New Jersey-based company to build a multibillion-dollar facility in her state to temporarily store spent nuclear fuel from commercial reactors around the United States. Gov. Grisham sent a letter Friday, June 7, 2019, to U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, saying the interim storage of high-level waste poses significant and unacceptable risks to residents, the environment and the region's economy. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)
June 07, 2019 - 6:03 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's governor said Friday she's opposed to plans by a New Jersey-based company to build a multibillion-dollar facility in her state to temporarily store spent nuclear fuel from commercial reactors around the U.S. In a letter to U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Gov...
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In this photo provided by the Navajo Nation, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, center, tours Chaco Culture National Historical Park about 95 miles northeast of Gallup, New Mexico, on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico is at Bernhardt's right. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez is on his left. (Jared Touchin/Navajo Nation via AP)
June 05, 2019 - 6:25 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A top official with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Wednesday the agency is open to Congress considering legislation limiting federal leases for oil and natural gas development near a national park in New Mexico held sacred by Native Americans. Michael Nedd, the...
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June 05, 2019 - 1:03 am
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Beverly Hills has become the first U.S. city to end most tobacco sales. The City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to snuff out sales of cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products beginning in 2021. The ban covers sales at gas stations and pharmacies...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018 file photo, Pacific Gas & Electric crews work to restore power lines in Paradise, Calif. Pacific, Gas & Electric Co. initially planned to de-energize local powers lines in vulnerable rural areas during high winds, but has expanded its precautionary power outages to urban areas that could mean multi-day blackouts for cities as larges as San Francisco and San Jose, which could endanger some who depend on electricity for their life support. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
May 30, 2019 - 8:30 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators on Thursday approved allowing utilities to cut off electricity to possibly hundreds of thousands of customers to avoid catastrophic wildfires like the one sparked by power lines last year that killed 85 people and largely destroyed the city of...
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U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks at an energy summit hosted by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and attended by Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
May 30, 2019 - 6:37 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Trump administration is committed to making fossil fuels cleaner rather than imposing "draconian" regulations on coal and oil, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Thursday at an energy conference in Salt Lake City. Perry previously said the administration wants to spend...
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FILE - This Feb. 28, 2019 file photo shows a storage tank near a well pad located in a field near a housing development in Broomfield, Colo. The newly reorganized Colorado Oil and Gas Commission planned to meet Tuesday, May 21, 2019, and will later begin rewriting state rules to emphasize public safety and the environment instead of production. A new Colorado law weakens industry influence on the commission while adding experts in public health and wildlife. The law reflects increasing fears about public safety as a booming oil and gas field north and east of Denver overlaps with fast-growing communities. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
May 21, 2019 - 7:15 pm
DENVER (AP) — Colorado officials said Tuesday that they had no plans to stop energy companies from drilling for oil and gas while regulators overhaul state rules to make health, safety and the environment their top priority. Dan Gibbs, chief of the state Department of Natural Resources, said...
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