Conservation & Green Economy

Oil Exploration Off US Eastern Coast Approved

The Obama administration has sided with energy developers over environmentalists, approving the use of underwater blasts of sound to pinpoint oil and gas deposits in federal Atlantic Ocean waters.

EPA Could Restrict Huge Alaska Mine

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it is proposing restrictions that would essentially block development of a gold-and-copper mine near the headwaters of a premier salmon fishery in Alaska.

Sonic Cannons OK'd for Oil Exploration

The White House on Friday approved the use of sonic cannons to discover offshore oil deposits by shooting sound waves 100 times louder than a jet engine through waters shared by endangered whales and turtles.

Mysterious Crater Opens in Siberia

Russian scientists believe a 66-yard-wide crater discovered recently in northern Siberia could be the result of changing temperatures in the region.

Japanese Nuke Plant Gets Preliminary OK to Restart

Japan's nuclear regulator said two reactors at a nuclear power plant shut down in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown three years ago are safe enough to switch back on.

California Imposing Fines on Water Wasters

California makes wasting water a criminal infraction, subjecting water wasters to fines of up to $500 a day.

Texas City Council Rejects Partial Fracking Ban

The Denton, Texas, city council rejected a bid Wednesday morning to ban further permitting of hydraulic fracturing despite wide public support for the measure.

Across the United States, Black Bears Moving In

Black bear sightings are on the rise thanks to an increase in population and are being spotted where they haven't been for generations.

Big Data Fuels Farm Productivity

Big ag data culled from drones and field sensors will fuel the next advancements in farm productivity, experts say.

Earthquakes Rattle Oklahoma Fracking Fields

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded seven earthquakes in central Oklahoma in a span of about 14 hours, in seismic activity that some scientists attribute to hydraulic fracturing.

How Countries Tackle Nuclear Waste Problem

Tens of thousands of tons of spent fuel stored at nuclear power plants will remain dangerously radioactive for thousands of years, posing a dire problem for nuclear-powered nations.

Public, Industry Weigh in on Oil Train Safety

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is drafting regulations to improve the safety of rail shipments of crude oil following a series derailments, explosions and fires. With billions of dollars at stake, the railroad, oil, ethanol and chemical industries have been trying to shape the rules to their advantage in a series of meetings with the White House and PHMSA.

Correction: North Dakota Saltwater Spill Story

In a July 10 story about a North Dakota pipeline leak of saltwater generated by oil drilling, The Associated Press erroneously reported the names of the pipeline owner and its parent company.

Pipeline Break Could Devastate Great Lakes

A rupture of an underwater oil pipelines running through the Straits of Mackinac would be "the worst possible place" for a spill on the Great Lakes, according to a University of Michigan researcher studying potential impacts of a spill.

N.D. Pipeline Cleanup Could Take Weeks

A pipeline has leaked 1 million gallons of saltwater into the ground at a North Dakota Indian reservation, but company and tribal officials say the spill has been contained and hasn't affected drinking water.

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