Group Takes Fight Over Barrier Reef Pipeline Funding to Ninth Circuit

An environmental advocate’s attorney urged a Ninth Circuit panel on Monday to revive a lawsuit challenging the U.S. government’s funding of a natural gas project that opponents say threatens one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

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EPA’s Pruitt Praised by Right-Wing Groups for Getting Agency “Out of Science”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s director Scott Pruitt and speakers at a fossil fuels conference in Houston sponsored by right-wing groups had a mutual lovefest, with Pruitt praising the groups for their commitment to oil and gas and the groups lauding Pruitt for getting the EPA “out of science.”

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SoCalGas Pegs Cost of 2015 Leak at $841M and Counting

The 2015 blowout at an LA-area natural gas storage facility that displaced thousands of residents will cost Southern California Gas Company an estimated $841 million, according to a quarterly earnings report from the company – which said the leak generated more than 300 lawsuits involving over 43,800 plaintiffs.

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Coal Insider Tapped to Lead Agency That Regulates Mines

In yet another signal of the Trump administration’s departure from the previous administration’s environmental policies in favor of robust fossil fuel development, President Donald Trump nominated a former mining engineer to run the Interior Department Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement on Thursday.

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