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PHOTO: Ted Boettner, who heads the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, says economic growth remains weak in West Virginia, and energy extraction is moving to the northern part of the state. Photo courtesy West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia's economy is still weak, and much of the energy-extraction growth has shifted north, according to the annual State of Working West Virginia report. The southern coalfields continue to experience declining production, said Ted Boetner, executive director of the West ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of a Liquefied Natural Gas Export Terminal in Calvert County is being challenged by community and environmental groups. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy.

BALTIMORE - Reaction has been strong to federal approval of plans to build a liquefied natural gas export facility on Chesapeake Bay in Calvert County. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave the go-ahead to Dominion Resources on Monday night, and community and environmental groups on Tuesday ...Read More

PHOTO: Montana farmers and ranchers gathered in Bozeman to learn more about weeds, pests and other issues related to climate change. Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) thrives when temperatures and carbon dioxide levels rise. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Farmers and ranchers gathered in Bozeman on Tuesday night to learn about how climate change is affecting their livelihood, and what they can do to prepare for risks and manage them. Montana State University environmental sciences professor Fabian Menalled said one example that ever ...Read More

PHOTO: Eleven oil-by-rail projects have been proposed for the Northwest since 2012. This car, known as a DOT-111, is the type that carries Bakken crude oil. Photo courtesy U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
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SEATTLE - About two dozen projects have been proposed in the past two years to move the Northwest toward becoming a transportation hub for coal, oil and gas to Asia. A new Sightline Institute report examines the combination of rail, pipeline and fuel terminal proposals across Washington, Oregon and ...Read More

PHOTO: Clean-up efforts to remove coal sediment already have begun at the Dan River coal-ash site in Eden, after a February coal-ash spill. Photo courtesy of Yadkin Riverkeeper.

SALISBURY, N.C. - It is the first full week that, by law, North Carolina will clean up four coal ash-sites in the state - in Asheville, Eden, Gastonia and Wilmington. While the cleanup is welcome news for those communities, others living near the 10 coal-ash sites not included want the state to do m ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has increased the number of anticipated grizzly bear killings to 11, due to conflicts with livestock on public lands. Photo credit: Chris Servheen/USFWS

PINEDALE, Wyo. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a new "incidental take" number for grizzly bears in the Upper Green region. The agency anticipates that 11 bears will be killed because of livestock conflicts on public lands over the next three years. It set that same number last year. ...Read More

PHOTO: In terms of solar energy powering public schools, a new study ranks Arizona third in the U.S. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Energy.

TEMPE, Ariz. - A new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association titled Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools, finds Arizona ranked third in the nation in terms of solar energy use in public schools. Steven Church, energy education coordinator at Tempe Elementary School District ...Read More

PHOTO: Later this month, the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute will mark 30 years of service to sustainable agriculture with a cover crop field day and celebration. (Photo courtesy MFAI)

EAST TROY, Wis. – This month the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute will mark 30 years of service to organic and sustainable agriculture. Jim Stute, the Institute’s research director, says the past three decades have seen huge growth and the future is bright because of consumer dema ...Read More

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