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Politics Jun 05Trump administration moves forward with plan to end wild bird protections
The Trump administration is moving forward with plans to scale back a century-old law protecting most American wild birds despite warnings that billions of birds could die.
Politics May 29AP report: Top U.S. official misused office to get son-in-law job
Investigators in a report obtained by The Associated Press say a senior Trump administration official misused his office for private gain by capitalizing on his government connections to help get his son-in-law hired at the Environmental Protection Agency.
Nation May 26Judge strikes down energy leasing rules in bird habitat
A U.S. judge has dealt a setback to the Trump administration’s efforts to increase domestic oil and gas exploration.
Economy May 14States, tribe seek to suspend coal sales on U.S. lands
A coalition of U.S. states, environmentalists and an American Indian tribe are seeking to revive a moratorium on coal sales from public lands in the West.
Science Apr 1810 years after BP spill: Oil drilled deeper; rules relaxed
Ten years after an oil rig explosion killed 11 workers and unleashed an environmental nightmare in the Gulf of Mexico, companies are drilling in deeper and deeper waters, where payoffs can be huge but risks are greater than ever.
Nation Apr 06Work starts in Montana on disputed Canada-US oil pipeline
A Canadian company has started construction on the long-stalled Keystone XL oil sands pipeline despite calls from tribal leaders and environmentalists to delay the $8 billion project amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Economy Mar 31Disputed Canada-U.S. oil pipeline work to start in April
The project is bitterly opposed by environmentalists and some American Indian tribes.
Science Mar 31Trump rule could kill billions of birds says former wildlife director
The former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told AP billions of birds could die if the government doesn't hold companies liable for accidental bird deaths.
Nation Feb 11Oil from federal lands tops 1 billion barrels as Trump eases industry rules
Oil production from federally-managed lands and waters topped a record 1 billion barrels last year, federal officials said Tuesday, as technological advances helped drive development in new areas and the Trump administration eases rules on the industry.
Nation Jan 22Trump administration approves Keystone pipeline on U.S. land
The Trump administration has approved a right-of-way allowing the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built across U.S. land.