Endangered butterfly recovering in some, not all, of range

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — More than 20 years of habitat restoration and breeding programs have helped the endangered Karner blue butterfly make a comeback in the pine barrens of upstate New York where it was discovered by Russian author Vladimir Nabokov decades ago.

"This project has been unbelievably rewarding," said Neil Gifford, conservation director for the 3,200-acre Albany Pine Bush Preserve. "Getting to see an animal that was on the brink of extinction locally, now have a robust and healthy population, is just incredible."

Ohio city better prepared to keep toxins out of tap water

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Bright yellow buoys equipped with sensors and scattered across western Lake Erie are more than beacons bobbing in the water.

They are among the first line of defense in keeping algae-produced toxins from again infiltrating the drinking water supply for those who live along the shoreline from Michigan to Ohio.


New hunt for oil in Florida raises environmental concerns

MIAMI (AP) __€” Renewed hunts for oil in sensitive Florida ecosystems have environmental groups raising questions about the state's regulation of the oil and gas industry.

A Miami company, Kanter Real Estate LLC, has submitted a permit application to drill an exploratory oil well on the eastern edge of the Everglades.

Finding money for highways is becoming a bipartisan project

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — As Congress considers a long-awaited transportation funding bill, some Republican governors as well as Democrats say they aren't waiting to raise or borrow money to fix or build roads, bridges and highways.

Federal lawmakers should look at funding options like raising the federal fuel tax, since many states have had to increase their own, some state executives at the National Governors Association meeting said Friday.


Damaged Shell icebreaker arrives in Oregon for repairs

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Environmental activists in Portland are protesting the arrival of the Fennica, a vessel that Royal Dutch Shell PLC plans to use in its Arctic offshore drilling project after it's repaired.

The damaged ship, a 380-foot icebreaker, arrived at a Swan Island dry dock about 3 a.m. Saturday. The icebreaker is a key part of Shell's exploration and spill-response plan off Alaska's northwest coast. It protects Shell's fleet from ice and carries equipment that can stop gushing oil.


South Dakota regulators to hear Keystone XL arguments again

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — State regulators this week will consider whether to approve for the second time in just over five years construction through South Dakota of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline, but it's unlikely a decision will come immediately.

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission hearing process is set to begin Monday and is scheduled to stretch until Aug. 4. The state initially authorized TransCanada Corp.'s project in 2010, but permits must be revisited if construction doesn't start within four years. The commission is now considering the firm's guarantee that it can complete the project while meeting the conditions of the 2010 approval.

In Iowa, Clinton says climate plan will promote renewables

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton says climate change is real and people are "just not paying attention" if they don't acknowledge it.

Addressing this issue Sunday, Clinton touted a program that would combat climate change at least in part by changing the tax code to promote renewable energy.

House Natural Resources hearing on ESA consultation

Washington, July 29, 2015, 10:00 am

The House Natural Resources Committee to hold a full committee oversight hearing into the federal government's enforcement of consultation rules under the Endangered Species Act.

House Natural Resources panel hearing on Interior, Forest Service law enforcement

Washington, July 28, 2015, 10:30 am

The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations to hold oversight hearing on the Interior Department and Forest Service's law enforcement policies on federal land.

House Natural Resources panel hearing on Coastal Zone Management Act

Washington, July 28, 2015, 10:00 am

The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources to hold hearing on the federal government's implementation of the Coastal Zone Management Act.


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