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    (CNN)The Biden administration plans to suspend oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a senior administration official confirmed Tuesday, undoing a move made by the Trump administration late last year.The decision comes after President Joe Biden issued an executive order earlier this year instructing the Interior secretary to place a temporary moratorium on oil and gas leasing...
    SpaceX may face a legal challenge from a rival satellite operator who has called for a halt to Starlink launches pending an environmental review of the megaconstellation. Broadband firm Viasat called on the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday to stay a license modification allowing for Starlink's expansion in low orbit. The megaconstellation — which promises to offer high-speed...
    (CNN)A federal judge on Friday allowed the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline to continue operating, concluding he did not have the authority to side with a tribal request to shut it down while the Biden administration works on an environmental review. Judge James Boasberg placed the blame squarely on the Army Corps of Engineers for the "surprising state of affairs" that...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a Thursday a streamlining of environmental review procedures that will greenlight the largest private sector investment in San Jose history. Newsom signed SB 7, which allows the governor to extend expedited environmental review for key developments and further streamlines the process to include small-scale housing projects. The legislation paves...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The owners of a Southeast Side metal shredding plant have filed a $100 million federal lawsuit against the city, after Mayor Lori Lightfoot put its permit review process on hold earlier this month. Southside Recycling and parent company Reserve Management Group accuse the Lightfoot administration of breaking an agreement to help the company move its operation, formerly...
    The Biden administration has decided not to order the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline to shut down while it completes an environmental review, dealing a blow to green groups and Native American tribes who had sought to stop it from operating. Lawyers representing multiple tribes challenging the Dakota Access pipeline, along with the Justice Department and pipeline operator Energy Transfer,...
    (CNN)The Biden administration will not shut down the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline while an environmental review is conducted, a blow to the environmental and tribal groups that have rallied against the project for years. Government attorney Ben Schifman told a federal judge on Friday that the Army Corps of Engineers, which handles permits for the pipeline, "is essentially in a...
    New York can finally proceed with a shorter environmental review of its plan to toll downtown Manhattan car trips, the Federal Highway Administration said Tuesday — ending years of delays begun during the Trump administration. Under the FHWA’s decision, the MTA and city may now proceed with an “environmental assessment” — which “requires less time to complete than an Environmental...
    Expanding environmental review. MPR’s Kirsti Marohn reports: “Large projects in Minnesota — from new highways to industrial plants to big housing developments — are required to go through an environmental review that examines the project’s potential risks to the land, air, water and wildlife. … But despite widespread concern over rising global temperatures, proposers haven’t typically been required to examine...
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Biden administration is pulling back an environmental review that cleared the way for a parcel of federal land that Apaches consider sacred to be turned over for a massive copper mining operation in eastern Arizona. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that it likely will take several months to further consult with Native American...
    By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Watchdog groups want the Biden administration to reconsider a decision by a U.S. agency not to conduct a more extensive environmental review related to production of the plutonium cores used in the nation’s nuclear arsenal. The renewed request comes as federal installations in New Mexico and South Carolina face a...
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Watchdog groups want the Biden administration to reconsider a decision by a U.S. agency not to conduct a more extensive environmental review related to production of the plutonium cores used in the nation’s nuclear arsenal. The renewed request comes as federal installations in New Mexico and South Carolina face a deadline of making 80 cores...
    The “Climate and Resilience” bill, resulting from the Citizens’ Convention was expected. However, this text, the last of the five-year term in terms of the environment, risks being at best a sword in the water, at worst a failure. Because it omits, like all the texts that have preceded it, a fundamental dimension of the challenge that we must...
    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the ruling of a district judge who ordered a full environmental impact review of the Dakota Access pipeline. Following a complaint by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said in April 2020 that a more extensive review was necessary than the one already conducted by...
    National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy. On his first day in office, President Joe Biden will sign a broad executive order mandating that the United States rejoin the Paris climate agreement and restore greenhouse gas limits that Donald Trump has weakened. Gina McCarthy, Biden's national climate adviser, told reporters Tuesday, "We know rejoining [Paris] won't be enough, but along with strong domestic action,...
    JFK’s inauguration was 60 years ago today: Look back at the days history-making moments CNN describes crowd at Trumps departure as the smallest of his presidency Biden moves quickly to restore environmental protections eased by Trump After he is sworn in Wednesday, President-elect Joe Biden will set the U.S. on track to rejoin the 2015 Paris climate accords and...
    GENE JOHNSON SEATTLE (AP) — A judge on Monday voided permits needed for a massive methanol plant on the Columbia River in southwestern Washington, agreeing with conservation groups that the project needs a more thorough environmental review. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had granted the permits for the construction of an export facility that is part of a $2...
    SEATTLE (AP) — A judge on Monday voided permits needed for a massive methanol plant on the Columbia River in southwestern Washington, agreeing with conservation groups that the project needs a more thorough environmental review. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had granted the permits for the construction of an export facility that is part of a $2 billion NW...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers has suspended its permit for a Chinese conglomerate’s $9.4 billion plastics complex on a technicality but says it may also review other aspects of the permit. The notice filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., did not mention the environmental and environmental justice claims made in a challenge to...
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Three environmental groups are suing to try to force a more rigorous environmental review of a 145-mile energy transmission line that would run through western Maine. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, contends that the Army Corps of Engineers should have performed a full environmental impact statement instead of a less-rigorous assessment, completed in July, that found “no...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City It may take a while longer before shovels hit the ground for the long-dormant Arverne East mega-development in the Rockaways. Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato and state Senator Joseph Addabbo are urging the city to conduct a new Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Nearly 70 members of the Maryland General Assembly have accused the State Highway Administration of tailoring a federally-mandated environmental study to fit a preordained plan for adding capacity to two highways in the Washington, D.C., suburbs. They also...
    HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health determined the state’s only geothermal power plant does not need an additional environmental review in its ongoing effort to restart after the facility was shut down by a volcanic eruption. Puna Geothermal Venture is in the review process for a noncovered source permit, which is effective for five years, The Hawaii...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- The entity working with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority on a proposed gondola from Union Station to Dodger Stadium on Thursday released possible renderings and routes for the project.The Los Angeles Aerial Rapid Transit gondola was proposed by Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies LLC, an entity created by McCourt Global, which said the public will...
    Controversial oil drilling projects in Alaska’s pristine reserves are among those that benefited from a June order from President TrumpDonald John TrumpMelania Trump used private email account while in White House, ex-friend says Trump reiterates call for drug test before debates, claims Biden 'is on some kind of an enhancement' How Markey took down a Kennedy MORE waiving environmental reviews...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison joined a coalition of 22 states, territories, and local agencies in suing the Trump Administration challenging unlawful changes to federal environmental laws enacted over 50 years ago. On July 15, 2020, the Trump Administration’s Council on Environmental Quality announced a final rule upending the requirement that federal agencies review and assess the impact...
    (CNN)We are in a wake-up moment -- for our water, for our health and for our world. About 1,000 people have died every day this summer as our country struggles with the coronavirus pandemic. One of the hardest hit areas of the country is the Navajo Nation, a community of over 250,000 in the Southwest. What makes them so vulnerable...
    Washington, DC (CNN)Manhattan is 22.7 square miles, and on any given day has tens of thousands of cars creeping through its avenues and streets. It's the densest part of the United States, and for years transportation and environmental experts have pushed for charging drivers fees that would discourage them from entering the heart of the city by car.This process is...
            by Edward Ring  An important new book by Michael Shellenberger, Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All, attempts to counter the common belief that climate change poses an imminent and existential threat to humanity and the planet. At 285 pages, this is a relatively short and very readable book, but it covers a lot of ground....
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday reversed a judge’s order that shut down the Dakota Access pipeline pending a full environmental review. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with pipeline owner Energy Transfer to keep the oil flowing, saying a lower-court judge “did not make the findings necessary for injunctive...
    A federal appeals court on Wednesday reversed a judge's prior order that had shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline pending a full environmental review. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with pipeline owner Energy Transfer to keep the oil flowing, saying a lower-court judge 'did not make the findings necessary for injunctive relief.' But...
    FILE - In this October 2016 file photo, construction continues on the Dakota Access pipeline. A federal appeals court on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, reversed a judge’s order that shut down the Dakota Access pipeline pending a full environmental review. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with pipeline owner Energy Transfer to keep the...
    By JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday reversed a judge’s order that shut down the Dakota Access pipeline pending a full environmental review. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with pipeline owner Energy Transfer to keep the oil flowing, saying a lower-court judge “did not make...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Federal appeals court reverses order to shut down Dakota Access pipeline pending full environmental review. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    President Trump will host an event Thursday at the White House to tout his administration’s efforts on deregulation – a day after he announced sweeping rollbacks to the environmental review process for largescale infrastructure projects. While it is unclear if Trump plans to announce new deregulation efforts during the event, White House officials pushed back on the idea that...
    US President Donald Trump has announced alterations to a landmark environmental law, in a controversial move to allow projects to go ahead with less oversight. Mr Trump touted changes to the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) as a "historic breakthrough". He said they would speed up reviews of major infrastructure projects. But critics say the changes amount to the dismantling...
    President Trump is rolling back the nation’s main environmental review law in a bid to speed up the construction of freeways and other infrastructure projects, describing it as a job killer and “horrible roadblock.” Speaking before a crowd at a UPS warehouse in Atlanta, Trump announced he was signing an executive order overhauling the 50-year-old National Environmental Policy Act,...
    By Laila Kearney and Devika Krishna Kumar | Reuters NEW YORK – A federal judge denied an emergency request by owners of the Dakota Access oil pipeline (DAPL) for the court to reconsider its order to shut and drain the 570,000 barrel-a-day line within a month, court records showed on Tuesday. The pipeline, operated by Energy Transfer, is the largest...
    Pausing the pipeline. The Bismarck Tribune’s Amy R. Sisk reports: “A federal judge has ordered the shutdown of the Dakota Access Pipeline while a lengthy environmental review is conducted of the project opposed by environmentalists and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. … The move was requested earlier this year by Standing Rock and three other Sioux tribes in the Dakotas...
    Protests by the Standing Rock Sioux and other Native Americans were met with police dogs and gas in 2016. In yet another loss for the Trump administration and their incompetent attempts to sweep federal regulations under the rug, a federal judge today ruled that the Dakota Access Pipeline must be shut down, and all the oil in it removed, within...
    A federal judge on Monday ruled that the Dakota Access pipeline must be shut down by August 5. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg issued the order, a stunning legal setback for the Trump administration and the U.S. oil industry, in a 24 page memorandum that held the environmental review for the project fell too far short of National Environmental Policy Act...
    A federal judge Monday ordered the shut down of the Dakota Access Pipeline while federal regulators conduct a review of the multi-billion dollar pipeline. Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and three other Native American tribes requested the shutdown, arguing that the pipeline harms the environment and tramples on tribal lands. North Dakota officials believe shuttering the pipeline could damage the state’s...
    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday sided with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and ordered the Dakota Access pipeline to shut down until more environmental review is done. In a 24-page order, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg wrote that he was “mindful of the disruption” that shutting down a pipeline that has been in operation for three...
    A district court on Monday handed American Indian tribes a major victory – and a defeat for the Trump administration and the oil industry — by ordering that the Dakota Access pipeline be shut down by Aug. 5, according to a report. The US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that a key federal permit for the...
    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday sided with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and ordered the Dakota Access pipeline to shut down until more environmental review is done. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said in April that the pipeline, which has been in operation three years, remains “highly controversial” under federal environmental law, and a more extensive...
    By DAVE KOLPACK FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday sided with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and ordered the Dakota Access pipeline to shut down until more environmental review is done. In a 24-page order, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg wrote that he was “mindful of the disruption” that shutting down a pipeline that has been in...
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